Monday, February 20, 2017

Thank You from the Ladner Community Garden Society


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.

Thank you from the Ladner Community Garden Society


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.

Thank you from the Ladner Community Garden Society


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.

Thank you from the Ladner Community Garden Society

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.

Thank you from the Ladner Community Garden Society

Mike Nugent from Bartlett Tree Experts gave an interesting talk about trees and their care. We saw some bad pruning practises and some good so it was a lesson learned for many. Imagine scaling a tree like this one. For the Bartlett crew, this is done everyday.

Thank You from the Ladner Community Garden Society

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.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Are You Coming to Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2017?

Are you coming to Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2017

Its less than a week until the Ladner Community Garden Society and the Ladner United Church opens the doors for Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2017. We are still getting requests from vendors and I am working on different layouts to fit everyone in. It looks like we have the Kelpman and Mike and Sandy's Berry farm coming again this year.

Are You Coming to Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden expo 2017?

We have a wonderful lineup of speakers including Brian Minter, Gary Lewis, Shelley Levis and Mike Nugent. The presentations will be in the Ladner United Church's sanctuary and the vendors will be in the celebration hall. Entrance to the event is through the main doors at the front of the church.

Are You coming to Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2017

Parking is always a struggle to find in our small town as its free. Yes, free parking, imagine that. So if you can walk to the event that's great or if you are driving try to use the public parking lots located at the corner of Elliot street and Chisholm street, along the Ladner Memorial Park on 47 avenue and along 47A avenue. Parking in front of the church will be reserved for our speakers so they can haul their precious plants inside for you to buy. Parking in the business area of historic Ladner is limited to three hours but may be long enough for you to hear a speaker and visit the vendors.

The ladies of the church will have refreshments so you can grab a coffee or a sandwich as you browse the show. We look forward to having fun next Saturday and hope to see you there. This event is a fundraiser for the Ladner Community Garden Society so that we can help support school gardens in our community.
A big thanks goes to the Ladner United Church for hosting our event. We couldn't have done it without your support.