GLENCOE, IL (January 28, 2014)—If gardening is an art, than saving seeds is like curating your art collection! The Chicago Botanic Garden presents an afternoon of sharing and swapping seeds and knowledge at its annual Seed Swap on Sunday, February 23. The event gives gardeners an opportunity to share and swap seeds with others as well as learn more about saving seeds and starting seeds indoors.
At 2 p.m., meet Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library (an artisan seed company and heirloom seed farm), for a lecture entitled “Heirloom Everything: From Seed to Seed.” Through elegant, humorous, and telling images from the Seed Library’s collection of antique and vintage seed catalogs, seed packs and ephemera, Greene will celebrate American’s gardening heritage. He’ll suggest easy-to-grow, beautiful, tasty heirlooms for home gardeners and describe simple seed-saving techniques used on his farm that gardeners can use at home. Preregistration for the free lecture is required; visit www.chicagobotanic.org to register.
The day will be capped off with a seed swap from 3 to 5 p.m. where gardeners are invited to bring leftover vegetable, flower, and herb seed packets, or seeds they have saved, to share and swap with others. Beginner gardeners are welcome, and bringing seeds is not required. Ongoing demonstrations and displays will feature starting seeds indoors, seed saving, and the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Chicago Botanic Garden volunteers and staff will share their favorite and recommended varieties for Chicago gardens.
Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/seed_swap for a complete schedule. The lecture and seed swap are free; usual parking fees apply.