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May. 19, 2019 | Sunday
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The Master Gardeners of Niagara are planting the seeds of summer at the Seedy Saturday show on March 23
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The Master Gardeners of Niagara invite you to jump into the swing of spring by visiting the Niagara North Seedy Saturday show on March 23.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church, the free event will feature vendors, raffles, children’s hands-on activities and an opportunity to interact with the gardening community. For both novice and expert gardeners, the afternoon will have something for everyone.

Leigh-Anne Legault, chair of the event, said the Master Gardeners of Niagara hosted Seedy Saturday shows in the past until it went on a hiatus in 2015, but that was before her time with the group.

Now, Legault said there is a new generation interested in gardening and growing their own food.

“We’re hoping to create life-long gardeners. It’s a good way for families to get out with the kids and not spend a ton of money.”

It will be transit accessible, a feature Legault said was very important to her. There are a few similar events in the region, but she said people without vehicles can’t always get to them.

“We’re not asking people to drive. You can walk from the bus station. I think a lot of gardening events are by automobile only.”

The most important thing to her was to keep admission free, she said.

“We have some cost-events. That is not what we’re going for this time. People can come and spend the day and spark some joy. I think people are looking for low-cost family events.”

Donations of non-perishable food items are welcomed at the door, which will be passed on to Start me up Niagara.

Part of the Master Gardeners’ mission is to learn, share and connect, which is why she said the event is offering opportunities for learning as well as building connections.

“It’s a teaching event, we want people to learn new things, but we also want them to connect with each other.”

She said kids really enjoy these events. Stations will be set up for them to get some hands-on gardening experience, making something that they can in turn take home. Sparking their interests in gardening, she said it’s one of the aspects of the afternoon she is most excited for.

A seed swap will also take place. Gardeners can bring in seeds collected last season and trade with others. She said packages can be purchased for those who don’t have any to trade. Instructions on how to save and preserve seeds will also be available.

Speakers will address the crowd in the morning and afternoon on a variety of gardening topics.

Rob Croley will talk for an hour about homesteading at 10:30 a.m. He and his wife own a small organic farm in Niagara where they keep bees, goats and chickens, while also growing their own vegetables.

The topic of children in the garden will be covered by Sue Lusted at 11:30 a.m. A Master Gardener and former teacher, she will speak about teaching children to garden.

At 1:30 p.m., Kathleen Livingston will talk about rain gardens, which is a topic “she loves.”

More speakers may be announced once confirmed.

The Master Gardeners will host a house clinic where people will receive tips and answers on issues and techniques.

A host of vendors and professionals will be set up all day, selling handcrafted and other items as well as providing information on cannabis growing, vermi-composting, vegetable growing, sustainable art culture and more.

The Master Gardeners want to encourage anyone interested in gardening to give it a try. An email address and phone hotline are available for those with questions about any aspect of gardening.

Inquisitive gardeners can call 905-646-2818 or write to niagara@mgoi.ca and a horticultural expert will follow up.

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