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Super Seed Weekend

A weekend of events to learn, share, and swap seeds with other gardeners.

Super Seed Weekend

January 26 & 27, 2019

Seed Swap: January 27, 2019, 3 – 5 p.m.

Our Seed Swap has become so popular that it continues to be a full weekend of programs.

Seed Starting Saturday

Saturday's focus will be on classes and workshops offered by the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Don't miss a special tour of the Rare Book Collection of the Lenhardt Library, Seeds of Yesteryear.

Seeds of Yesteryear: Rare Book Collection Tour

2 to 3 p.m. in the Lenhardt Library
New! Join rare book specialist Stacy Stoldt to see selections from the Garden's collection of colorful seed catalogs from the late 1800s and early 1900s, seed company ads in magazines of the time, and a rare salesman's sample catalog in its own carrying case from Chautauqua Nurseries with plates held together by ribbons. Space is limited. Tour is free, but preregistration is required. Regular parking fees apply.

Seed Swap Sunday

Attend the lecture and stay to share and swap seeds with other gardeners.

Jovan Sage

Lecture: "Food, Community, and the Power of the Seed"

1:30 p.m. in the Alsdorf Auditorium
Seed Savers Exchange board director Jovan Sage is a creator, food alchemist, herbalist, grower, wellness coach, and restaurateur through her Brunswick, Georgia, businesses The Farmer and the Larder and Sage’s Larder. She’ll share her passion for the mission of Seed Savers Exchange and her community-based work. In our guest speaker’s words, “We can all agree that good food and community go hand in hand.” Learn the power behind building community and connecting our cultures through the seed. Sage will share connections between the growing and community building she does on her land and in her regional Georgia coast community to the larger international work that Seed Savers Exchange does. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet Sage and experience the passion she has for the mission of Seed Savers Exchange and her community-based work. Lecture is free; regular parking fees apply; preregistration required.

Seed Swap

3 to 5 p.m. in Burnstein Hall and Krehbiel Gallery
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. Talk to experts all about tomatoes, starting seeds indoors, winter seed sowing, seed saving, and more. Find out about Seed Savers Exchange and their work to conserve and promote America’s garden and food crop heritage. Learn about Conservation@Home with staff from the Forest Preserves of Cook County and University of Illinois Extension. Seed Swap is free; regular parking fees apply.

Garden members will receive a special 15% savings on purchases at the Garden Shop during Super Seed Weekend (15% off does not apply to sale merchandise).