Friday, January 23, 2015

Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2015- A Month to Go!

We are getting down to crunch time with Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2015. The vendor spaces have filled up nicely and we are working on making this the best event ever. The event is just a month away and we are excited to be kicking off the garden season with so many great presentations.
Lets take a look at our speakers on Sunday. The ladies from Botanus are coming to speak about summer bulbs for your garden. Bulbs are worth every cent. They come back for years on end and provide so much colour to the garden.


Elke Wehinger is the  co-founder and co-owner of Botanus Inc. She was born in the heart of the Blackforest in Rheinfelden, Germany. Elke has a Master’s Degree in floral design and owned a very successful flower shop in Munich. She immigrated to Canada in 1996 and soon thereafter co-founded Botanus.
Elke is very passionate about the business and along with her many hands-on skills and marketing genius, she is responsible for most of our wonderful plant photos. She’s also the brain-child behind our on-line Botanus Garden Club! If you haven't watched the garden club its on every Thursday. 


Pamela Dangelmaier is co-owner Botanus Inc. She is a native Vancouverite. Pam’s love of gardening began as a child when she explored her grandparent’s sunken garden - an inviting European-style landscape they had created around their Vancouver home. After graduating from UBC with a Fine Arts degree she pursued an active career in theatre, television and film and then returned to her ‘roots’ when she co-founded Botanus. Pam’s flair for the artistic can be seen in all that she does - from creating our catalogues and email newsletters to appearing as a gardening expert on television and radio.  She also LOVES being part of the Botanus Garden Club where she gets to have her ‘theatrical’ kick in front of the camera!


Wendy Leroux  is the Customer ‘Happiness’ Manager Botanus IncWendy grew up on the west coast of Canada but was actually born in Summerside, PEI. She has lived and gardened in South Langley for the past 27 years and loves her large front yard which is filled to the brim with Botanus plants.
Wendy is the customer ‘Happiness’ manager for Botanus, she loves her job because it combines her passion for gardening with her many years of experience in the area of sales and customer service.



We also have Kim Greenwood coming from the Langley Environmental Partners Society. Kim will be teaching two classes on Sunday. The first one will be a demonstration on how to grow vegetables in containers. With gardens getting much smaller many people need to grow their food in containers. Kim is also offering a class for parents and children where they will be planting up a small container to take home. The children's garden class is for ages 2-7 and a parent needs to be there to help their child. 



 Our final speaker on Sunday is Don Bruchet. Don is a lifelong gardener. He is a long time member of the  BC Fuchsia & Begonia Society, showing at the  annual show/plant sale at VanDusen Botanical Gardens and Annual Fuchsia & Begonia Garden Display at the P.N.E. In all of his home gardens Don mainly focused on growing perennial plants. He has lived in his Delta residence 15+ years and  developed a perennial garden that literally bloomed 365 days a year.
Don was retail manager for West Coast Seeds where he was involved in sales, seed and growing information for both for newbies and seasoned gardeners. Don is also a founding board member of Ladner Community Garden Society. Don brings us a wealth of information on how to start seeds. He will go over the basics to get you started from organic fertilizers to easy seeds to grow. This is the time to ask your questions about seed growing. 
So join us on February 21 and 22 as we welcome the new garden season. Bring your seeds to trade and enjoy the presentations. The event will be held at the Harris Barn at Kirkland House in Ladner, 4140 Arthur Drive. 
For information about the event email me at therivercrest@gmail.com. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo is Almost Here!

Its January and the team behind Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2015 is busy organizing everything from volunteers to seed swaps. It's time to gather your old seeds that you don't want and package them up for the seed swap. If you bring in a sealed and labelled package of seeds you will be able to exchange it for something different. Perhaps you didn't like the beans you grew last year. Try something different this year.


I like to use paper coin envelopes as they are recyclable. Be sure to label your package of seeds with the name of your plant, number of seeds, year saved and if they are open pollinated or hybrid. Most seed packages you buy let you know if the seeds are hybrids. Somewhere it should say F1 or hybrid on the package. If not, a little internet sleuthing will have the answer. Open pollinated seeds will have the symbol OP on the package. Whats the difference? Open pollinated seeds can be collected and most of them will grow true from collected seed. Hybrid seeds have two parents so the next generation will be different. If you expect the same plant as last year, don't save hybrid seeds. If you want to experiment a bit like I do, maybe plant a few hybrid seeds to see what you get?
Did you see our new poster above? Our schedule of speakers is up and we are looking forward to hearing all of them. Please note the new venue and the event is being held on two days this year. With so many people working Saturdays it gives them a chance to come to the event.
There is lots of free parking, yes free. Parking is free in all of Delta. The Harris barn is also close to transit and wheelchair accessible.
 There are still a few vendor tables open if you would like to come. We are looking for anyone with garden products. Just email me at therivercrest@gmail.com
We hope to see you on February 21 and 22. Be sure to say hello.