seed.jpg   Seedy Saturday - 2019

Speaker: Various
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
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)

Meeting Room C

9:15 to

Hydrangeas – Karen Sciuk, Master Gardener

Learn to differentiate between the 6 main types: Aborescens (Smooth/ Anabelle), Macrophylla (Mophead, Lacecap), Serrata (Mountain), Paniculata (Cone shaped blooms), Petiolaris (Climbing), Quercifolia (Oakleaf). View highlighted features of several cultivars in each.  Understand when to prune. Learn how to troubleshoot when a shrub does not bloom. Go over planting instructions and common pests.

Karen Sciuk, a transplant to Wellesley, is an active volunteer within the surrounding horticultural community as the incoming President of Wellesley Horticultural Society, a board member of the Kitchener Horticultural Society, the incoming Co-ordinator of the Kitchener Master Gardeners, and the SW Director for MGOI. During fall 2017 she had the pleasure of working with the Rockway Gardens staff to help plant all the spring bulbs and witnessed daily the importance and popularity of that space with the public. Currently, to satisfy her love of horticulture, Karen is a garden coach in her community and helps to maintain some private residential gardens. Prior to November 2015,  Karen was an active member of both the Oshawa Garden Club and the Durham Master Gardeners, and worked as the Manager/Buyer in the trees/shrubs/perennials department of an Oshawa area Garden Centre. 

10:15 to

Trees in the City:  Growing forests in the concrete jungle -  Patrick Gilbride, REEP Green Solutions

Our city trees provide a wide variety of benefits, from cleaning our air and water to improving our overall health.  Trees and shrubs are also beneficial to pollinators and wildlife.  City trees face a variety of threats from Emerald Ash Borer to climate change.  Learn tips on how to protect and look after our trees and for planting them in your yard.

Patrick Gilbride is the Manager of Green Infrastructure Programs at Reep Green Solutions, an environmental charity that provides people with the practical tools, knowledge and capacity for action to make sustainable living the norm. He is passionate about working with homeowners, businesses and institutions to implement nature-based solutions that provide benefits to them and to the wider community  

11:15 to 12:00

Integrated Weed and Pest Management for the Home Garden – Tanya Olsen, Royal City Nursery

How to combat weeds, pests, and diseases in your garden while minimizing harm to our pollinators and the soil ecosystem. 

Tanya Olsen, is an experienced lecturer in the horticultural program at Humber College. She is also a third generation owner of Royal City Nursery.



9:45 to 10:45 

Houseplants; our constant garden – Tena Van Andel, Master Gardener

Many people today feel that growing houseplants is boring and that the real glory in gardening is growing outside.  Not so!  Each new study shows that houseplants are important to our health and mental well being.  Let’s look at these benefits and then discuss how to choose, care and come to love our very own constant garden.

Tena van Andel has volunteered with the Toronto Master Gardeners since 2003.  She has made several television and radio appearances and she writes and lectures on anything gardening.  Although, if you ask her for favourites -- orchids, large trees and the exotic bring a special gleam to her eye.

11:00 to 11:55


Herbs – from the savoury to the sensual … to deadly poison – Cathy Kavassalis, Master Gardener

Learn how you can enjoy the heady aromas of herbs in your garden or on your windowsill. Whether for culinary delights, calming infusions or causing calamities, there are hundreds of herbs that are easy to grow. The seductive perfumes of a Damask Rose will delight any gardener, while the beautiful Monkshood cloaks her deadly poisons in regal shrouds. Whatever your bent, there is an herb for you.

A scientist, educator and inspirational speaker, Catherine Kavassalis is a passionate gardener and conservationist. She is member of the Halton Master Gardener group, Past President of Oakville Horticultural Society and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Royal Botanical Gardens. Catherine endeavours to stimulate, interest and awe in the living world.

12:15 to 1:15

Trees and Shrubs for Smaller Gardens – Darren Heimbecker, Whistling Gardens

Darren will discuss options and the choosing of woody ornamentals for smaller spaces.  Many unique ornamental trees, dwarf conifers and shrubs will show the diversity and range of possibilities suited to any garden type.

On May 26, 2012, Darren Heimbecker opened Whistling Gardens nursery and garden center in Wilsonville ON just south of Brantford.   The botanical garden has 20 landscaped acres featuring classical garden styles some of which are inspired by old Renaissance gardens of Europe including the Place of Versailles.  Most gardens are surrounded by natural man made plantings and water features.  His conifer collection is the largest in the world with approximately 2,400 different species and cultivars.  A recently donated collection of peonies was presented to Whistling Gardens with over 1,000 varieties and species. 


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

District 19 Hort Societies (OHA) [more]
Garden Club of K-W [more]
gardenKitchener (KHS)
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Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds [more]
John's Nursery [more]
Karen's Glass Garden Art
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]
REEP Green Solutions [more]
Royal City Nursery [more]
Schneider Haus [more]
Seed Exchange Table
Seeds of Diversity [more]
Waterloo Region Nature [more]
Whistling Gardens [more]
Whitson Bees [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.