Residents are invited to celebrate the best in home and gardens at a “seedy” show being held next weekend in Brampton. The eighth annual Seedy Saturday and Garden Show kicks off next Saturday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Century Gardens Recreation Centre (340 Vodden Street East), featuring an assortment of activities, exhibitors and presentations for local patrons with a “green thumb”! Guests can visit one of 30 different exhibitors, receive gardening information, share, swap and buy seeds, create gardening communities, take part in exhibits and presentations, and visit the Seedy Café.
There will also be a Kidz Zone available with plenty of activities for the kids. “This event is all about gardening, environmental sustainability and conservation, while bringing together the community to learn about the importance of nurturing the space they live in,” said Carole Spraggett, the president of the Brampton Horticultural Society, a co-organizer of the show. Several seminars will be held throughout the day, kicking off at 10:30 a.m. with “Why Waste Matters”, hosted by Nancy Lotecki-Neely of Zero Waste Caledon. At 11:30 a.m., Emma Biggs, host of “Gardening with Emma” takes the stage to talk about her work as a horticultural writer and broadcaster, followed by LEAF Stewardship Coordinator Brian Millward, who will speak about “Trees, Bees & Other Things” at 12:30 p.m. The suite of speakers will close out at 1:30 p.m. with a talk from Steven Biggs, horticultural writer and broadcaster, who will discuss “Edibles in Urban Landscapes.” Last year’s event attracted more than 1,100 attendees, and this year’s show promises to be even bigger, said Brampton councillor Paul Vicente. “I encourage everyone, especially if you desire a green thumb, to attend and learn more about spring planting and how you can help keep Brampton green,” said Vicente, who chairs the city’s Public Works and Engineering board. Admission is free, and the first 100 visitors will receive a free plant. This event is hosted in partnership with the Brampton Horticultural Society and supported by Seeds of Diversity, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to the conservation of agricultural and horticultural biodiversity. For more information, visit the show website at brampton.ca/parks.