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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.

Lecture: Saving Seeds—from the Backyard Garden to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Lee Buttala

1:30 p.m. in the Alsdorf Auditorium
Take a trip from our own backyards to an underground vault drilled into a mountain on an island 800 miles from the North Pole. Lee Buttala of Seed Savers Exchange shares how his organization preserves the heirloom seed varieties we all cherish. Get tips and techniques on seed saving and storage, hear stories about how varieties are selected, and discover the unique role Seed Savers Exchange plays as the only nongovernmental organization working with the international effort taking place at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Zip up your parka and join an expedition to the glacier-filled territory of the Arctic Circle where these precious seeds are stored. 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).