Seed Saving 101 Workshop
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Dig the idea of saving seeds from your garden? Not sure where to start? Learn the basics of seed saving with horticulturalist and seed fiend Heather Veneziano in a hands-on workshop.
Please note: this workshop is included with Garden admission, and space is limited; Workshops will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Location: Classroom 2, Kelly Education Complex
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In need of seeds? Want to meet fellow seed lovers? Bring seeds or bulbs to share, and exchange them for new and interesting seeds and learn how to use Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s new Seed Library: by borrowing, planting, harvesting, saving, and returning seeds to the library, you can join your neighbors in a fun and fruitful planting cycle.
· Assorted seeds provided in a “potluck-style” exchange
· Educational literature, books, and other resources about saving and planting seeds
· Quick and dirty primer to the new Seed Library: what it is, how to use it
What you should bring:
· Clearly labeled seeds and bulbs to trade (this is not mandatory, but helps sustain the swap!)
· Containers, baggies, or envelopes
· A desire to learn and grow
Please note: this seed swap is included with Garden admission, and supplies are limited; today’s events will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Location: Lora Robins Library, Kelly Education Complex
Ready, Set, Grow! Workshop
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Now that you’ve learned about saving seeds and acquired some new and exciting varieties, find out how to start seeds indoors with Lewis Ginter Gardener James Coleman. Using a variety of DIY seed pots made from household materials, you will learn to germinate some easily-saved seeds and get some tips on soils, watering, light, and transplanting your seedlings.
Please note: this workshop is included with Garden admission, and space is limited; today’s workshops will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Classroom 2, Kelly Education Complex
Keynote Speaker: Ira Wallace
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ira Wallace lives and gardens at Acorn Community Farm in Mineral, Virginia — the home of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and seed growers. Her book, The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is available at the Lora Robins Library. Ira will discuss the value of seed saving as a practice rooted in social, economic, and environmental justice.
Location: Auditorium, Kelly Education Complex