seed.jpg   Seedy Saturday - 2018

Speaker: Various
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 2:30pm
Location: The Kitchener Public Library
(Central Branch)
85 Queen St N 
Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1
Fee: no charge

Seedy Saturday is a celebration and sharing of open-pollinated seeds and gardening know-how — "saving our past for our future." Seedy Saturday and Seedy Sunday events are held across Canada.

Waterloo Region's Seedy Saturday features seven speakers and numerous exhibitors/vendors.

Attend free seminars with a variety of speakers. Topics are listed below. Bring along seeds to swap, or purchase seeds from local vendors, including a good supply of heritage seeds. Master Gardeners are available to answer any questions you may have. There will also be displays from local community groups.

Come out for an hour or the day. Its up to you. If you are not familiar with heirloom vegetables you need to attend Seedy Saturday and find out what they are all about!



Seminars Exhibitors (subject to change)



Jolanta Dabrowski – Small Scale Bee Keeping

Jolanta is going to discuss the importance of small scale beekeeping; what’s in it for the honeybees and for us.


Cathy Nesbitt -  Organic Magic with Worms 

Learn all about worms and vermicomposting- a viable solution to manage food scraps and paper.  Discover how to convert organic matter into nature’s finest fertilizer.  Find out how worms benefit the environment.  Vermicomposting will be  explained from set-up to harvest.  Worm eggs, castings and worm bins in various stages will be displayed.   


Allan Watts – Grow Gourmet

“Grow Gourmet” is a temptation to lure people into growing their own food. I will share my appreciation of the freshness, the variety and the joy of growing many favourite and unusual vegetables. Heirloom seed offers gardeners a new exploration into vegetable gardening with unlimited choices of flavours and colours. Seeding, sprouting, growing, maintaining and all the fun that goes with it.


Spencer Hauck – Starting Seeds & Growing Herbs Indoors

His presentation will cover the basics of starting seeds inside, what’s needed and when to start. He then will cover off some of the best herbs to grow indoors, and out in the garden. 


Meeting Room C


Hanna Jacobs – Seed Saving for Beginners: Lettuce, Beans, Tomatoes

Beginning to save your own seed or just thinking about it, we will discuss the techniques used for successful seed saving.

We will focus on Beans, Lettuce, and Tomatoes and discuss the growing techniques specific to each species. This will include garden planning for seed and food production, plant spacing, rogueing out for inferior specimens, maintaining genetic diversity, and promoting strong growth characteristics. We will also learn about harvest methods, and the process of getting your seed from the garden to storage.



Becca Robinson – Restorative & Regenerative Urban Agriculture

Over the past year, two neighbourhoods in Kitchener have been undergoing a transformation. As part of the RAIN Smart Neighbourhoods Project, homeowners have received the support of a ‘coach’ to achieve goals for their outdoor space while managing storm water to benefit the natural surroundings. You will be inspired by some of the dramatic before, during and after photos from gardeners who have endeavored to install rain gardens and other rain smart landscape features that create beautiful and natural spaces for people and wildlife. 


Karen Sciuk – Determining Your Soil Type & Learning how to Enrich it with Compost

Soil is one of our most important resources and yet many of us know very little about it. This presentation will provide an introduction to soil, what it is, the different soil textures, the soil food web and how to create healthy soil with an emphasis on using composted amendments. 


Advanced Compost [more]
Anything Grows Seed Co [more]
Arthur Greenhouses [more]
Bee Doctor [more]
Cathy's Crawly Composters [more]
Colour Paradise Greenhouses [more]
Community Gardens [more]
Dirt Cheap [more]

District 19 (OHA) [more]
Garden Club of K-W [more]
gardenKitchener (KHS)
(you are here)
Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds [more]
John's Nursery [more]

Kitchener In Bloom [more]
Kitchener Master Gardeners 
Kitchener Public Library [more]
Lee Valley [more]
Matchbox Garden and Seed Co [more]
Meadow Acres Garden Centre [more]
PCR Solutions
REEP Green Solutions [more]
Seed Exchange
Seeds of Diversity [more]
Silvercreek Nursery [more]
St. Jacob Country Gardens [more]
Whistling Gardens [more



This program are a joint initiative of the Kitchener Horticultural Society, Kitchener Master Gardeners and the Kitchener Public Library.
There is no charge for admission but your generous support is appreciated.