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Super Seed Weekend gets gardeners ready for the planting season

Annual event welcomes seasoned, beginning gardening enthusiasts

Jasmine Leonas, (847) 835-6829
jleonas@chicagobotanic.org

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 to Sunday, January 28, 2018
Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Starting seeds

Gardening enthusiasts—seasoned and new—get the best start on planning their planting at Super Seed Weekend, a two-day event featuring classes and workshops, guest speakers and a seed swap. This year’s weekend will be held Saturday, January 27, and Sunday, January 28.

Saturday will focus on seed starting, with a schedule full of courses, workshops and a discussion of the book “The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food” by Janisse Ray. Sunday’s highlight is the big Seed Swap. Sunday also features several workshops and a keynote speech from Rowen White.

White, director and founder of Sierra Seeds, is a passionate activist for seed and food sovereignty. She will deliver the keynote speech at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday of Super Seed Weekend in Alsdorf Auditorium. White, a member of the Mohawk community of the Akwesasne, will share powerful and inspiring stories of the re-matriation of traditional seeds with indigenous communities. Hear her explore how seeds can be a precious common heritage essential to the future sustainability of our food in her talk titled “Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World.” Her lecture is free, but preregistration is required. Sign up online for Rowen White’s lecture.

Sunday’s main event is the Seed Swap, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Burnstein Hall and Krehbiel Gallery. Visitors are invited to bring saved or leftover seed packets to share and swap with others. Gardeners of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. A Connoisseur’s Corner offers seasoned seed savers the opportunity to swap with each other. Experts will be on hand to answer questions on all kinds of seed-related topics.

While attending the weekend’s events, stop at the Lenhardt Library’s table to “check out” some seeds from the Seed Library. The Garden Shop will also be on hand with a booth featuring seed-starting supplies, seeds, books and more. Families can enjoy drop-in activities celebrating seeds, like a seed sandbox and making a seed necklace, and take some sunflower seeds to plant at home.

Courses and workshops have associated fees, but all other activities during Super Seed Weekend are free. Regular parking fees apply.

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Editors, please note: For digital images, contact Jasmine Leonas at (847) 835-6829 or at jleonas@chicagobotanic.org.

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