For years I’ve bought seeds and learned plenty during Seedy Weekends (well Seedy Sunday, especially) at Montreal’s Botanical Garden (Jardin botanique de Montréal).
If you’re looking for gardening tips or planning to grow a lot of plants from seed or trading seeds in a seed exchange, it’s worth it because there are films, workshops and more than 20 stands with all sorts of vendors and non-profit groups selling seeds and garden-related items. It’s fun too if you’re curious about gardening or want to try something different in your garden. I’ve picked some interesting heirloom and organic seed varieties over the years. For instance, I didn’t know what an “apple” pepper would look like till I grew them last summer. I’ve learned a lot talking to vendors, who will give you tips on growing plants or on products such as fish emulsion, grow-lites for seed starting, that sort of thing. The indoor, country fair-like atmosphere means you meet people who are down to earth and friendly.
The event serves as a fundraiser for the NDG Food Depot’s gardening projects. The Food Depot recently absorbed Action Communiterre, which ran a network of collective gardens all over NDG. It’s a good cause and I know folks at the NDG Food Depot and Les amis du Jardin botanique and Espace pour la vie worked hard to put on a great event.
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E. at the Main Exhibition Greenhouse, Pie-IX metro station
When: Today, Friday Feb. 12, 2016 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13 & Sunday Feb. 14 2016, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free for Seedy Weekend activities only.
Event Facebook page
Espace pour la vie There’s an error on the page. Access isn’t “free with paid admission to the Botanical Garden greenhouses,” it’s free, period. But if you want to check out the greenhouses to see the plants, you’ll need a ticket. (Silly me. I thought Butterflies Go Free had started and mentioned that you’d need a ticket to see it but it’s not here yet. It’s coming Feb. 18)