Get The Jump On Spring & Seedy Saturday

Two FREE garden events you won’t want to miss on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This one-day garden extravaganza includes:

Free Admission
$2 donation appreciated (Those who donate will be entered in free prize draws, 1 every hour!)


TBG’s annual Horticultural Open House with 30+ exhibitors including horticultural societies, garden clubs and environmental organizations, in addition to a floral design competition and show.

Floral design competition schedule and classes can be found here.

10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Fabulous Canadian Flora from Coast to Coast
Maureen Hulbert, Assistant/Past Coordinator, Toronto Master GardenersCanada is home to an astonishing array of unique native plants, each adapted to their own climate, geography and ecological niche. Take a trip across Canada in less than an hour and learn about some fascinating Canadian flora that you may never have known existed.
Fairy Garden Magic
Heinke Theissen, HorticulturistBring a little magic into your home with this enchanting gardening trend suitable for the whole family. Learn how to create a miniature fairy garden and be inspired by whimsical accessories you could craft yourself.
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Fighting Factory Food: The Shift Toward Personal Produce
Dushan Batrovic, Founder, Seed VoyageDushan invites us to ask, “why am I not growing more food?” or “why are my family and friends not growing more food?”  He will summarize all of the different benefits of backyard food: better flavour, freshness, variety, nutrition, saving water, avoiding pesticides and fertilizers, affecting climate change and boosting the local economy, etc.
Bee Happy
James Murray, Beekeeper and BreederJames will demonstrate certain aspects of beekeeping and discuss the bees’ job in the garden and agriculture. This will be a talk including the history of bees, how they got here – with plenty of time for questions and answers.
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Emma’s Cool Crops
Emma Biggs, 13 year-old Garden CommunicatorGrow a garden with crops that are fun for kids. Better yet, get your kids gardening too. Emma tells you about her favourite crops, including striped tomatoes, edible flowers, sour leaves and hot peppers that aren’t hot. They’re fun to grow for both adults and kids – and fun to pack in your lunchbox and show your friends.
Simple and Effective Spring Designs for Your Home
Helene Selemidis-Hill, Floral Designer and Floral, Horticulture and Rose JudgeHelene will demonstrate her passion for floral design when she shares with you some examples of using various types of containers and simple mechanics.  The focus will be on a Spring theme designing charming and inexpensive floral arrangements for your home to celebrate the coming of our beautiful Spring!
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Tricks to Get Kids Gardening
Carol Pasternak, Butterfly Expert and AuthorButterfly expert and author Carol Pasternak has a few good tricks up her sleeve to inspire our young people to embrace gardening. Kids over 7 are especially welcome. Included is how to hunt for, and raise, various butterflies and moths.
The Seedy Side of Gardening
Tony Snider, Avid GardenerEnjoy a lively discourse on the joys of growing plants from seed, including what “seedy” people need to know about germination, planting media, light requirements, maintaining seedling health, when to get started and helpful hints about containers, when to move your seedlings out into the elements, hardening off (after all, you have to be “hardened” to survive in a “seedy” world) and successfully transitioning your young plants to the garden.



Bring your open-pollinated and heirloom seeds to swap with other gardeners. Leftover seed will be added to the TBG Seed Library. Seeds will also be available for purchase from local seed vendors. 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

How to participate in the seed swap:

  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

This event is organized in partnership with the Ontario Horticultural Association (Garden Ontario)

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