Seedy Saturday

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE!

Bring your open-pollinated (non-hybrid) and heirloom seed to TBG’s second annual Seedy Saturday and go home with a collection of new seed. After registering your seeds, they will go on the seed exchange tables for swapping. Leftover seed from this event will be added to the TBG Seed Library.

Seed will also be available for purchase from local seed vendors, so you can stock up for your 2017 garden. If it’s seed-saving and general garden advice you are after, look no further than the many educational displays, or attend a FREE presentation/information session.

*Coffee and Tea will be available for purchase. Bring a mug to help us reduce waste.


11 to 11:30 a.m. Worm Composting
Cathy Nesbitt, Cathy’s Crawly Composters & Cathy’s Sprouters
12:30 to 1 p.m. Reasons to Harvest Wild Food
Karen Stephenson, Edible Wild Food
1 to 1:30 p.m. Traditional  Ceremony in the Mohawk Garden
Terry Lynn Brant, Mohawk Seed Keepers
1:30 to 2 p.m. Permaculture in the Backyard
Robin Tench, EarthWorks EcoLogical Gardening
2 to 2:30 p .m. Socio-Economic And Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS)
Joanne Hutchinson, SEEDS


  • USC Canada
  • Mountain Grove Seed Company
  • Cathy’s Crawly Composters & Cathy’s Sprouters
  • North American Native Plant Society (NANPS)
  • Annelid Cycle
  • Nature’s Rainbow
  • Mohawk seed keeper
  • Sunfire Herbals
  • Seeds of Diversity Canada
  • LEAF
  • Rebel With A Garden
  • Bear Root Gardens
  • urbantomato
  • Agincourt Garden Club
  • Sentimental farm
  • Mouse Seeds
  • Sheila and Peter’s Country Garden
  • Live Green Toronto/City of Toronto
  • Socio-Economic And Environmental Development Solutions(SEEDS)
  • Eco Systems
  • The Bee Shop Inc.
  • EarthWorks EcoLogical Gardening
  • FoodShare,Toronto
  • Bees Are Life Inc.


  1. Bring seed in envelopes labeled with:
    1. Plant name (common and botanical name if you know them both)
    2. Year of harvest
    3. Place of harvest (postal code)
    4. Your name (if you wish)
    5. A bit about where the seed came from (if you wish)
  2. Register at the table and add your seed to those available for swapping
  3. Swap seeds – try to leave with around the same number that you brought
  4. Buy seeds from the vendors – you can use these for swapping as well if you’re not able to bring your own
  5. Learn about seed saving from presenters, library books, and other seed savers
  6. Bring some seed back next year!


  • Visit the Garden Shop for a selection of seeds and other nature-inspired gift items
  • Seed Trading in the Floral Hall
  • Light lunch, snacks and treats available
  • Seedy vendors & community partners (selling planting material, seeds, soil amendments, honey, etc)
  • Free drop-in seed crafts and activities for children in TBG’s children’s centre including seed mosaics, seed sensory activities for toddlers along with other games and activities

Seedy Saturday provides gardeners a chance to share their heirloom seed with one another to make sure it’s available for future generations. It’s also a great opportunity to discover varieties that are not available commercially. Click here to learn more about Seedy Saturdays.

Learn more about seed saving with TBG Library’s online guide

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  • Sandy

    do we need to register for workshops or just show up?

    • Mark Stewart

      Hi Sandy,
      The Seedy Saturday Info Sessions are free thanks to our presenters! There’s no need to sign up ahead of time. Info Sessions will take place in the library.

  • Eleanor

    How many seeds should be in an envelope for the swap table at Seedy Saturday?

    • Mark Stewart

      Hi Eleanor,
      It depends on the type of plant. A general rule of thumb is about 20 seeds.

  • Eleanor

    Will there be any sprouting seeds available?

  • Rob

    Is there a schedule for workshops? Just wondering what’s available.

    • TBG

      Hi Rob,
      I will see if we can post that schedule asap.

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