Get The Jump On Spring & Seedy Saturday

Two FREE garden events you won’t want to miss on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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.


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

This one-day garden extravaganza includes:

  • free talks and demonstrations
  • gently-used gardening book sale
  • winter garden tours
  • gardening advice from Toronto Master Gardeners
  • special discounts in the TBG Garden Shop
  • Café and Coffee Bar (Bring a mug and/or a water bottle to help us reduce waste.)

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

Presentations Demonstrations
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Chickens in Your Backyard – A Beginner’s Guide
Kate Belbeck, Backyard Poultry Specialist (and Chicken Enthusiast  Extraordinaire!)
Rent The Chicken
Illuminating Your Floral Design
Heather Gray, Floral Designer and Floral Design Judge
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saving Seed Diversity Around the World
Katie Breen, Program Manager, Outreach and Education, USC-Canada
Orchids – Beyond Phalaenopsis
Terry Kennedy, Owner, Orchids in our Tropics
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Summer Flowering Bulbs – Exotic Flowers, Foliage and Fragrance All Summer Long
Dugald Cameron, Horticultural Consultant
Eclectic Designs for Your Home
Rosemary Passafiume-McLean, Floral Designer and Floral Design Judge
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Trumpeting the Return of Swans in Ontario
Donna Lewis, Naturalist, Gardener, Photographer, Swanherder
A Fresh Start – Fun Ideas for Spring Containers
Marion Comper, Master Gardener
2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Gardening with Less Water
Charlie Dobbin, Landscape Design Consultant, Radio Show Host

The Joy of Seeds!
Jillian Bishop, Owner, Urban Tomato

Vendors and Exhibitors


How to enter the Floral Competition: Get the Jump on Spring 2018 Competition Schedule and Rules.

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


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