Thank you to all our wonderful vendors, speakers and customers for supporting Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo this year. We had a successful event with just under four hundred people attending our event. A good time was had by all.
The highlight of the event was the arrival of our first speaker, Brian Minter. I cannot tell you how many people called or emailed to ask when he would be speaking. Brian is the guru of gardening here in British Columbia and his audience numbers attest to his popularity.
Shelley Levis presented an interesting talk on how to use edible flowers. Did you know all parts of the sunflower are edible, even the roots? She also taught us how to use nasturtiums not only as a trap plant for aphids but in salads as well.
Gary Lewis from Phoenix Perennials arrived with trays and trays of Hellebores and talked about them and their care. The Hellebore Hurrah starts this Friday so be sure to visit Phoenix Perennials to see what the garden center has to offer.
Vendors filled the large hall at the Ladner United Church and at times it was packed with customers. The seed swap was kept very busy and we had interesting seeds traded. New at the seed swap were some interesting Asian vegetable seeds and we had requests for seeds for Lebanese vegetables. I love the diversity that seed sharing brings to our community. I will be testing out the Chinese celery seeds that came in to see how it compares to regular celery. People arrived with seed stories like the one gardener who had been growing her Japanese squash seeds since the 1970's. Now that's a seed we want to preserve. That's what Seedy Saturdays are all about, spreading the word about seed diversity.
I want to thank Jim Short and his staff and volunteers at Ladner United Church for hosting our event. The venue was stunning and we loved having our event there.