Sunday, February 23, 2014
Heirloom Everything: From Seed to Seed
2 – 3 p.m.
Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library
Free; register in advance to reserve your spce
Interested in heirloom flowers and vegetables? Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, an artisan seed company and heirloom seed farm, highlights America’s gardening heritage through elegant, humorous, and telling images from the Seed Library's collection of antique and vintage seed catalogs, seed packs, and ephemera. He’ll suggest easy-to-grow, beautiful, tasty heirlooms for home gardeners and describe simple seed-saving techniques and tips used on his farm that gardeners can use at home.
3 – 5 p.m.
Parking fees apply for nonmembers
Gardeners are invited to bring saved or leftover vegetable, flower, and herb seed packets to share and swap with other gardeners. Beginners are welcome to participate even without seeds. Experienced seed savers will enjoy swapping with others at the Connoisseur’s Corner. Ongoing demonstrations will feature starting seeds indoors, germination testing, and seed saving. Chicago Botanic Garden volunteers and staff will share their favorite and recommended varieties for Chicago gardens.