Monday, January 25, 2016

Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2016 Presents Conway Lum

Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2016 is less than a month away. The executive team from the Ladner Community Garden Society is busy getting everything organized. Today we want to share with you one of our speakers at the event. I have heard Conway Lum speak before and he is an excellent speaker. He can answer any of your gardening questions. His presentation will be about fruit trees and their quirks. Have you had problems with your fruit trees? I know many of us have issues with scab on apples and other fungal diseases. I have also been asked why certain trees don't produce fruit. Now is your time to come and ask your questions. Conway will be speaking at 11:30am on February 20 at the Harris Barn in Ladner. All of our speakers are located upstairs at the barn.

Here is a bio about Conway Lum.

Conway Lum is currently working for GardenWorks@Mandeville (originally Mandeville Garden Centre located at corner of Nelson St. and Marine Drive, Burnaby) since 1988. He started out in the nursery but is now in garden supplies/information desk conducting most of the in-house seminars/workshops.
Conway has a long list of achievements. He was recipient of the “Garden Communicator of the Year Award” by BC Landscape and Nursery Association (BCLNA) for 2012 and is a contributor to the “Ask-the-Pro” column in BC Living  (Garden Wise) Magazine. He even finds time to be an evening instructor for New Westminster Continuing Education for gardening classes.
He is past recipient of the “Garden Communicator Award” by BC Landscape and Nursery Association (BCLNA) for 2006 and  the “Environmental Star Award” by the City of Burnaby for European Chafer public education. Conway Lum previously served on the European Chafer advisory committee. So if you have questions about this relatively new pest, here's your chance. 
Conway is currently serving on the provincial certification committee for BCLNA and Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association. He is one of the first three candidates to receive the “Certified Horticultural Technician for retail” in Canada (CNLA) and recently obtained “Landscape Industry Certified” technician for ornamental and turf maintenance.
Come enjoy our speakers and  browse the vendor tables at Ladner Seedy Saturday. We are excited to announce a children's activity at Ladner Seedy Saturday. You and your child will be able to participate in a unique garden craft. We will have more on that later as we get closer to the event.
If you are interested in being a vendor we have a few tables left. Its a fun day for the whole family and a great way to kickoff the gardening season. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ladner Seedy Saturday Speakers for 2016

Ladner Seedy Saturday is starting to shape up as vendor registrations come in. We still have room for vendors so if you would like to join us at this event , let me know.
We have four wonderful speakers at Ladner Seedy Saturday. Lets look at our first speaker of the day, David Catzel.



David has over 20 years experience in agriculture using organic and ecological principals.  He has had the opportunity to experiment with seed growing/breeding, low till annual production, intercropping and companion planting while working with Glorious Organics Co-op in Aldergrove, BC. He has taught workshops in gardening, composting, permaculture, and seed saving to adults and children.  David has most recently been working with BC Ecoseed Co-op, a new seed company focusing on increasing the quantity and quality of ecologically grown seeds in BC. 

I met David last year when he came as a vendor to Ladner Seedy Saturday. I also heard him speak at the South Delta Garden Club. When he talked about the new plant breeding he was doing, I was hooked. Imagine being able to create new plants. That's just what David does. It takes time and patience to develop new varieties of vegetables for the home gardener. Last fall I bought two kale plants that had been crossed with Brussel sprouts. I was online looking at seed catalogues and I see this is a new vegetable for 2016 with some growers calling it Kalette. I am wondering what David is breeding this year in his garden. 
David is an avid supporter of our small seed growers here in British Columbia. We need to think about supporting them. Plants grown and seeds harvested close to our communities are the ones best suited for our gardens. With the Canadian dollar taking a plunge let's think about spending our money closer to home. 
David will be our first speaker at 10:00am on Saturday, February 20 so bring your questions about seed saving and vegetable growing. Doors will open a bit earlier so you have plenty of time to get a seat. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ladner Seedy Saturday 2016-45 Days to Go!

Happy New Year!! Its a busy start to the year as I receive vendor registrations for Ladner Seedy Saturday and go through all the details involved in event planning. Tables are filling up so if you came as a vendor last year, be sure to fill out the registration package soon. Last year we had 600 eager gardeners come to our event. The Harris barn was filled with people coming to listen to the garden presentations and shop with our vendors.
We hope to have master gardeners from VanDusen Botanical Garden come to help you with your garden questions.
Lets look at one of our speakers today. Randy Shore is a writer from the Vancouver Sun. I enjoy reading his column about gardening and cooking. Here is his bio:

Randy Shore


"Randy Shore's father and grandfather grew up on farms, yet he didn't even know how to grow a radish. Author of "The Green Man" column in the Vancouver Sun, he spent five years teaching himself how to grow food for his family, and then how to use the resulting bounty to create imaginative and nourishing meals the year round. His book Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow is a guide to cooking and eating sustainably year round."

Randy will by showing us his new book and answering all your garden questions. 
To read more about Randy check out his column here at the Vancouver Sun or follow him on twitter at @theGreenManblog
If you have questions about Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2016 please leave a message in the comments.