seed.jpg   Seedy Saturday - 2020

Speaker: Various
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
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 D/E

9:45 to


Natural Beekeeping – Jolanta Dabrowski

How to keep honey bees free of chemicals, antibiotics, and contaminated wax.

Jolanta Dabrowski is the owner of Natural Instincts Bee Keeping and has a M.Sc. in Entomology and Phytopathology.  

10:45 to


Finding a Perfect Match -- Right Tree for the Right Place -  Patrick Gilbride & Sarah van der Stam

A tree is an investment that gives back in benefits for decades. Be guided through the considerations for selecting a tree that will thrive. Walk through the steps to help you to find the perfect match for you and 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.

 Sarah van der Stam is a Kitchener Master Gardener who is passionate about volunteering and educating the community while putting her creative skills to good use. Her efforts are inclusive of many abilities, lifestyle choices and environmental impact.SarahV.png

Sarah’s brings more than 10 years of work experience in horticulture. The majority of her knowledge and experience was self-taught prior to 2017 when she had made the decision to return to school to study Horticulture. Sarah is currently studying “Sustainable Urban Horticulture with focus on Naturalizing and Restoring Landscapes and Arboriculture,” at the University of Guelph. 

11:45 to 12:30


Wildlife Gardening – Emma Walkerly

Adopt gardening habits that can help our native wildlife visitors, including pollinators, birds, and other fauna 

Emma Walkerly is a horticulturist at Meadow Acres, a full  service garden centre in Petersburg  



9:15 to 9:55 


Ins and Outs of Tropical Plants – Tanya Olsen

Strategies for bringing your patio planters from inside to outside and back again.

Tanya Olsen, third generation owner of Royal City Nursery, a full service garden centre in Guelph, is an experienced professor in the Humber College horticultural and landscape programs.

10:15 to 10:55



The World of Pollinators  Kim Fellows

Be drawn into the world of pollinators. Be inspired to share your space with pollinators, especially native bees. 

Kim Fellows, an active member of Bee City of Kitchener, was the outreach coordinator for Pollination Canada, a project under the umbrella of Seeds of Diversity, and has a BScH and MSc in Biology, from Queen's University.

11:15 to 11:55


Landscaping for Wild Pollinators – Jeff Thompson

Which plants are best for attracting wild pollinators? How to create a continuously blooming garden in an effort to maintain these beneficial insects. 

Jeff Thompson, owner of Native Plant Source  (native plant nursery in Breslau), is an Environmental Biologist involved in environmental planning and design.  

12:15 to 1:00


Grow Your Own Food! Sustainable and beautiful landscapes including fruit, veggies and eggs – Janet Cox

Design or enhance your landscape to include fruiting trees and bushes, perennial and annual vegetables, hardy chickens and other domestic birds. Many food plants are also beautiful and can be worked into an attractive design with existing ornamental plants. Even tidy front yards can work with nature!

Janet Cox, is a horticulturist at John’s Nursery, a full service garden centre in Waterloo.


Anything Grows Seed Co [more]
Apocryphal Seed Company [more]
Arthur Greenhouses [more]
Backyard Seed Savers [more]
Bee City Kitchener [more]
Bee City Waterloo [more]
Cathy's Crawly Composters [more]
Community Gardens Kitchener [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]

Kitchener In Bloom [more]
Kitchener Master Gardeners 
Lee Valley [more]
Matchbox Garden and Seed Co [more]
Meadow Acres Garden Centre [more]
Nancy's Creations and Seeds [more]
Natural Instincts Beekeeping [more]
Native Plant Source [more]
Neighbourwoods Tree Guards [more]
REEP Green Solutions [more]
Region of Waterloo Water Services [more]
Royal City Nursery [more]
Schneider Haus [more]
Seed Exchange Table
Seeds of Diversity [more]
Waterloo Region Community Garden Network [more]
Waterloo Region Nature [more]
Wild Birds Unlimited [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.