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Get the Jump on Spring and Seedy Saturday

March 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Toronto Botanical Garden’s annual Horticultural Open House IS BACK with OVER 25 seed and garden-related vendors and exhibitors including local horticultural societies, garden clubs, and environmental organizations.

Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE Admission: $2 suggested minimum donation

This one-day garden extravaganza includes:

  • Free Garden Chats and Demonstrations (see schedule below)
  • Free Gardening Advice Clinic offered by the Toronto Master Gardeners
  • Free Drop-in Family Nature Activities and Facepainting
  • TBG Bloom Café and Coffee Bar for onsite noshing and refreshments in the Garden Hall
  • Garden Shop will be brimming with essentials for gardeners of all ages. You’ll find a thoughtful selection of seeds from West Coast SeedsRenee’s Garden Seeds, and Ontario’s Wildflower Farm, seed starting kits, live houseplants, sustainable products, Ontario honey, helpful gardening tools, nature-inspired home décor, and other necessities for stylish outdoor living.
  • Free sampling of Twigz Pretzels, Canada’s original craft pretzel
  • Seedy Saturday – Free Seed Swap – Bring your seeds to trade and take home something new to try! Scroll down for more information on how to participate in the seed swap.
  • Meet the Maker during informal interactions with artists, floral designers, and plant people in the Garden Hall

Click here for directions and parking information.

Talks and Demos Schedule

10:30 to 11 a.m. My Favourite Garden Tools
Garden Chat with Toronto Master Gardeners
Weston Family Library
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Spring Floral Design
Demonstration with Pat Ware
2nd Floor – Studio
12 to 12:30 p.m. Terrace and Balcony Gardening
Garden Chat with Toronto Master Gardeners
Weston Family Library
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Easy Summer Bulbs
Presentation with Michael Erdman
2nd Floor – Studio
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Get to Know the Orchid: The Diva of Houseplants
Presentation with Tena Van Andel
2nd Floor – Studio
2:30 to 3 p.m. Incorporating Native Plants into your Existing Garden
Garden Chat with Toronto Master Gardeners
Weston Family Library
3 to 4 p.m. Starting Seeds in Spring
Presentation with Roger Gettig, Director of Horticulture
2nd Floor – Studio

2023 Exhibitor and Vendor List

1 in a Millean 1inamillean.com
Add Love & Stir Add Love and Stir
Agincourt Garden Club
Bees Are Life Inc. / Ontario Honey House ontariohoneyhouse.ca
Birdhouse Designs instagram.com/birdhousedesigns
Canadian Succulents canadiansucculents.net
Drop Tha Bomb instagram.com/drop.tha.bomb
Centered by Plants centeredbyplants.ca
Eastcliff Farm eastclifffarm.ca
Gaia Organic Seeds gaiaorganics.ca/
Greater Toronto Bulb Society gardenontario.org/society-listing/entry/2382
Ikebana International Toronto Chapter #208 ikebana-toronto.com
Lora’s Lovables linktr.ee/loraslovables
May Craft Tribe Maycrafttribe.com
Milne House Garden Club milnehousegardenclub.ca
North American Native Plant Society www.nanps.org
North York Garden Club gardenontario.org/society-listing
Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society onrockgarden.com
Roses Without Thorns roseswithoutthorns.net
Rueneau Rueneau.com
Sayehsunstudio instagram.com/sayehsunstudio
The Garden Club of Toronto thegardencluboftoronto.ca
Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club www.torontocactus.club
Toronto Master Gardeners torontomastergardeners.ca
Urban Nature Store UrbanNatureStore.ca

How to participate in our FREE SEED SWAP

Seedy Saturday is a community event where gardeners share their heirloom seeds and help to preserve our horticultural heritage. Bring your extra, open-pollinated or heirloom seeds and discover something new! Drop your seeds off at the swap and then browse the seed exchange tables to see what others have brought. Also at the event, take advantage of local seed growers and vendors to stock up for this year’s garden, and learn about seed saving from seed conservation organizations.

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

Ways you can help reduce waste at this event

  • TBG will have waste stations for your recyclable and compostable materials with hands-on volunteers to assist.
  • Bring your own water bottle and take advantage of our complimentary water station, bring your own mug, plate, or cutlery when visiting the cafe.
  • You are encouraged to bring your own reusable bags or boxes to carry your seeds, plants, or garden-related treasures home with you.

Interested in participating as a vendor or exhibitor?  Click here to add your name to our pop-up market list. We’ll be sending out information soon.



March 25, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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