The place to start when starting from seed

›› Heather Leary

While most of Canada is still in winter’s icy grip, gardeners on Vancouver Island are planning their spring, which officially starts with Victoria Seedy Saturday on February 16th. Running from 10am to 4pm at the Victoria Conference Centre, Seedy Saturday offers opportunities for gardeners—and the gardening curious—to connect, share ideas, acquire new seeds, plants or tools, and ­prepare for the gardening season ahead. Seedy Saturday in 2019 has a particular focus on container gardening and growing in small spaces to inspire the urban gardener.

A full day of speakers and workshops features topics ranging from how to grow a seed, worm composting and container gardening to growing hops, mushroom cultivation, keeping plastic out of your ­garden, and more.

Victoria Seedy Saturday also hosts over 60 vendors and exhibitors offering seeds, plants, tubers, gardening tools, as well as, a variety of local food products. Also in attendance are a number of garden ­societies, clubs, and educational programs.

Gardeners are invited to bring home grown seeds of the vegetable, herb, or flower variety to donate or trade at the Seed Exchange. Gardening books and ­magazines can be traded at the Seedy Saturday Book Exchange. A kid’s activity area offers a range of hands on activities to inspire young ­gardeners and teach some growing basics.

Admission is $8 and includes presentations, workshops, and activities. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the door. Detailed info about speakers, workshops and activities is posted at ­