Its such an exciting time...February...you can officially start counting DOWN to gardening season! Yay!
Its also that time of year that gardening type shows are starting up. Its a great time to get excited about the next growing season. A time to learn some tips and tricks before you get to put them into action. I am going to try going to a seedy saturday in my area...and see what it's all about...the Kingston one takes place on March 12 at the Central Library.
I first heard about Seedy Saturdays from my good friend Doug Kennedy of Green Side Up Environmental Services. He operates out of Omemee and participates in an insane amount of public speaking events until spring arrives...then you'll always find him out on the road or working the land.
I asked Doug some questions about these types of events and here's what Doug had to say!
What are seedy saturdays (sundays) all about?
Doug - These events are all about the promotion of seed trade/purchase in preparation of a new growing season as well as promotoing associated horticultural and gardening businesses, events and organizations.
What will you be speaking about at these types of events?
Doug - Topics I present at these events and others like it include native plants and gardening, soil and its importance, and other ecological or horticultural topics.
What are you bringing to the event?
Doug - During the different events I attend I usually bring my promotional material, and a some native plants (trees, shrubs, perennials) to sell or trade.
What would I (or anyone else...novice or expert) get out of an event like seedy saturday? Doug - It's one stop shop for acquiring your seed for the next growing season, whether its organic or hierloom. Also, there are organizations who attend some events and promote the programs which could include grant and volunteer opportunities. I always meet great people, expand my network and learn something at every event.
Why am i thinking about gardening at this time of year?
Doug - We are experiencing some warm spells, the spring is around the corner, days are longer. Spring is in the air and not to mention cabin fever.
What special qualifications do you have for being at these events?
Doug - None. All you need is something to promote, trade, sell, educate and talk about that is related to seeds or gardening.
What is your business Green Side Up Environmental Services all about?
Doug - We have a native plant nursery and provide a design/build landscape construction service including garden, tree, and stone work.
Do you specialize in any particular service(s)?
Doug - We specialize in natural approaches and ecological restoration as well as run a native plant nursery selling tree, shrubs, and perennials.
Any closing thoughts you have on seeds or these types of events?
Doug - Don't miss out on these events, they are a fundemental component of personal motivation and a foundation building block of the horticultural and gardening community.
Thanks Doug! I hope everyone can get to a local Seedy event. I included the link to the Seedy calendar...so you can search by town name and find one...but hurry...most of them take place in late February or early March.