A Snowy Seedy Saturday
March 12, 2008
On March 1st, I trekked into Ottawa to attend Seedy Saturday at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre from 10 AM – 3 PM. I’ve missed Seedy Saturday for the past two years and was really happy to attend this year. The weather report was calling for 10 – 12 cm of snow however I wasn’t going to let that stop me.
I had all my seeds for trade prepared in 23 little baggies and lovingly measured and labelled. There were garlic chives, Cherokee Trail of Tears pole beans, dill, Long Red Cayenne hot peppers and Kentucky Wonder pole beans.
I got in the car and headed out on the snowy roads. As I waited at an intersection, a front-end loader went by with a snow removal attachment:
The roads were pretty slippery and snowy. Once inside the centre, I dropped off my seeds at the Seed Trade table:
Every so often I would head back to the table and browse through some of the new drop-offs from the other attendees. Throughout the event I picked up:
- Andrew Kent bush beans,
- Kahnawake Mohawk Haricot bush beans,
- Yugoslavian Climbing pole beans,
- Cherokee Purple tomato,
- Moscow tomato,
- Bonny Best tomato,
- Mini yellow pear tomato,
- Locally grown woad,
- Kentucky coffee tree,
- Double-pink Icelandic poppy,
- Great Grandma’s marigold’s,
- St. John’s Wort, and,
- Date palm seeds.
It was nice to see some friendly faces, specifically fellow blogger Ottawa Hortiphilia with her kids, Patti from Down to Earth Gardens who is scaling back her plant sales to work on an Eastern Ontario garden guide book, and, my friend Berni from La Vie En Rose Gardens who I helped dig up her iris bed last fall.
Here you can see lots of vendors and attendees:
I also bought Chioggia beet and Dragon carrot seeds from The Cottage Gardener, Canabec Rose tomato seeds from Eternal Seed and Earliest + Best and Eva Purple Ball tomato seeds from Greta’s Organic Gardens.
I picked up catalogues for The Cottage Gardener; Eternal Seed; Greta’s Organic Gardens; Patri-Semences from Beaconsfield, QC; Heritage Seed and Produce from Westport, ON; and, Yuko’s Open Pollinated Seeds from Carleton Place, ON. I also bought three metal water bottles from Keriba, a SIGG seller.
Around noon, I popped in to listen to David Hinks, a Master Gardener, give a workshop on 12 Steps to Vegetable Gardening.
It was a nice way to spend a snowy Saturday and I had a good time.