Seedy Saturday

Online Seedy Saturday - March 2021

Join us online throughout the month of March to learn about creative landscaping, urban gardening, sustainability, pollinators and more through speaker sessions, DIY videos or by connecting with a local expert at our virtual Green Expo. 

Featured Speakers

Visit our Online Event Calendar throughout March to access links to our video programs and live Zoom conference rooms.

Monday, March 1, 10am Beneficial Bugs: Bee & Bug Hotels
Tuesday, March 2, 10am Cathy's Crawly Composters: Indoor Vermicomposting
Wednesday, March 3, 2pm Carolyn M. Boyd: Birds of A Blue Feather Paint Demo
Thursday, March 4, 2pm Coffee Chat with Hidden Habitat: Ecological Landscapes
Friday, March 5, 2pm Seeds of Diversity: Fresh Ways with Balcony Gardens
Saturday, March 6, 2:30pm City of Barrie Forestry: Planting Trees
Sunday, March 7, 2:30pm Dried Flowers
Monday, March 8, 10am  Adam's Honey: Bee Mindful
Tuesday, March 9, 10am Seeds of Diversity: Custodians of Canadian Heritage Seeds
Wednesday, March 10, 2pm Wild Birds Unlimited Barrie: Maintaining a Bird Feeder
Thursday, March 11, 2pm Coffee Chat with a Master Naturalist
Friday, March 12, 2pm Seeds of Diversity: Seed Starting
Saturday, March 13, 2:30pm City of Barrie Horticulture: Soil-Under the Surface
Sunday, March 14, 2:30pm Hiking: Trail Mix and Foraged Crafts
Monday, March 15, 10am Oh Beehive: Sweet Beenefits of Beeswax Food Wrap
Tuesday, March 16, 10am Return of the Native: Eco Conscious Gardeners & Outdoor Enthusiasts
Wednesday, March 17, 2pm Seeds of Diversity: Heritage Flower Gardens c.1900
Thursday, March 18, 2pm Coffee Chat with Urban Pantry
Friday, March 19, 2pm Seeds of Diversity: Seed Saving
Saturday, March 20, 2:30pm City of Barrie Turf Maintenance: How to Seed a Lawn
Sunday, March 21, 2:30pm Seeds of Diversity: Cultivation and Processing of Medicinal Plants
Monday, March 22, 10am The Buzz about Bees and Pollinators
Tuesday, March 23, 10am City of Barrie Parks: Expert Tips for Backyard Composting
Wednesday, March 24, 2pm  DIY Takeaway: Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders *Register for a takeaway kit with supplies OR make this at home with your own supplies
Thursday, March 25, 2pm Coffee Chat with Edible Wild Food
Thursday, March 25, 7pm Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority: Growing your Beautiful Pollinator Patch
Friday, March 26, 2pm BPL Book Chat: Holly's Favourite Gardening Books
Friday, March 26, 2:30pm City of Barrie Parks: Planning Your Outdoor Garden
Friday, March 26, 3pm Seeds of Diversity: Seed Saving Intermediate/Advanced
Saturday, March 27, 1:30-2:20pm Seeds of Diversity: The Earth is our Provider-Grocery store, Pharmacy & Hospital *Register to watch this recorded video
Saturday, March 27, 2:30 pm  Simcoe County Master Gardeners: Live Q&A Panel *Registered
Sunday, March 28, 2:30pm April Gardening in Barrie
Monday, March 29, 10am Seeds of Diversity: Preserving the Flight of the Monarch: Reclaiming Biodiversity for Pollinator Protection
Tuesday, March 30, 10am Seeds of Diversity: Climate Change and Food Systems
Wednesday, March 31, 2pm Onion Surprises


Seed Library

We welcome donations throughout the year. When you harvest your plants, please save some seeds to donate back to the library. Before you donate seeds, please label the envelope with the seed type, the date the seed was harvested or purchased, and your contact information. 

"Borrow" seeds and get your garden growing with the BPL Seed Library located at both library locations. Community gardeners can borrow up to 3 packets of seeds to plant and grow. Do note that seeds are donated, and so supplies may be limited. We would like to thank the generous seed donations made by the Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery and Robinson Home Hardware, with their assistance we were able to replenish our supply and meet the seed requests from our community for 2021. 

Order seeds for curbside pick-up

Fill out our Seed Library Request Form.

Seed Exchange During COVID-19

Seeds of Diversity recommends the following guidelines for safe seed sharing. 

Green Expo

Celebrate and support our vibrant community of environmentally minded organizations, non-profit agencies and businesses.  Browse the virtual expo by clicking on the selected links.

  • Adam's Honey is a small producer of local honey, natural hive products and honeybee colonies. They offer a variety of products including: wildflower honey, buckwheat honey, flavoured honey, creamed honey, honey butter, beeswax, propolis tincture, pollen, soap, candles, lip balm, and hand salve. Visit them at the Barrie Farmers Market Saturday's in-person or or place an Online Market order or shop Adam's Honey's online store.
  • Barrie's Garden Centre is the place for your home, garden and landscape. Stocked with unique trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, roses and everything in between. Get gardening tips, tricks, new plants and more, read The Dirt from the Garden Centre and subscribe to their weekly e-newsletter. Access landscape design services, and a flower shop. Shop their store's in-person options or online.
  • Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery has been family owned and operated for over thirty years and is your one-stop-shop to fulfill all of your home décor and garden needs. Shop over 87,000 square feet of nursery stock, with thousands of varieties to choose from, at their Barrie location, rain or shine, in one of Ontario’s only indoor climate controlled nurseries. Explore their blog, Ideas & How To's.
  • Cathy's Crawly Composters this environmental business specializes in vermicomposting (indoor composting with worms) and organic diversion. Vermicomposting is a leading edge answer to our organic waste problem. Buy worms and stuff from the shop. In addition to Red Wiggler Worms, they also offer worm workshops, complete vermicomposting systems, educational books and videos. Learn about vermicomposting with the FAQ and various videos.
  • Edible Wild Food's website will teach you about edible weeds (including aquatic plants), mushroomstrees and shrubsflowerswild food recipes, and valuable information about herbal remedies and other related information. offers courses, plant walks, workshops and other unique experiences tailored to the needs of your group. Learn the wonders of natural foods, the tastes of wild plants and the delights in our forests. Shop their online store for Wildfood softcover books and PDF magazines.
  • Hidden Habitat is a native plant nursery that grows wildflowers, grasses and shrubs native to Ontario. They also sell Ontario native wildflower seeds, sustainably harvested from their cultivated fields in Muskoka. They offer ecological landscaping and garden design services. Shop in-person options or their website or participate in workshops. Get Design Tips for Front Yard Wildlife Gardens.
  • Oh Beehive sells beeswax food wraps and reusable bumble bags. Shop the store and learn how to care for beeswax wraps. Follow the OBH Blog.
  • Return of the Native grows native plants naturally, without chemicals or pesticides, so you can create flourishing ecosystems. Purchase seeds and plants. Access resources on fighting invasive species and gain gardening insights from snippets as well as Kate's blog.
  • Robinson Home Hardware - Barrie has been owned and operated by the Robinson family since 1923, they are proud community builders and supporters. Robinson Home Hardware is known for their commitment to personal service and their staff have answers to all of your gardening, hardware and home paint needs. Visit the store or shop online.
  • Simcoe County Master Gardeners (SCMG) is a volunteer organization comprised of individuals who are gardening experts providing in-depth sustainable gardening information to the general public. The Simcoe County Master Gardeners offer a wide variety of Speaker Talks and Demonstrations. Ask your gardening questions with the 'Ask a Master Gardener' form, or get advice from their expert articles. Learn how to join and become a Master Gardener yourself.
  • Wild Birds Unlimited Barrie (WBU) is a nature shop where you will find bird food, feeders, accessories, books and mason bees and pollinator information. Shop in-person options or online. Subscribe to their Nature Centered Podcast about feeding the birds, and enjoying nature right in your own backyard. View recorded virtual presentations online. Get tips from their Nature Notes Blog.
  • Urban Pantry is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. They are a collaboration of like-minded individuals and groups working together on community food security (urban agriculture, food skills & food access). Urban Pantry has partnered with the City of Barrie on many Community Gardens. They offer Food Skills Workshops & Community Kitchens as well as Barrie Good Food Box wholesale fresh produce subscriptions. Follow their blog or learn how to get involved.

Check back soon, we're 'growing' our list of Green Expo participants. 


What is Seedy Saturday? 

"Seedy Saturdays are a remarkable phenomenon. They are not one event, but a series of separate events, which have sprung up across the country, each individually and uniquely organized under the same general themes of encouraging the use of open-pollinated and heritage seeds, enabling a local seed exchange, and educating the public about seed saving and environmentally responsible gardening practices. They usually occur on a Saturday, hence the name, but also occur on Sundays and other days." Source: Seeds of Diversity Canada .

Learn more about Seedy Saturdays on the Seeds of Diversity webpage 'Everything you wanted to know about Seedy Saturdays'.


  • The Barrie Garden Club is a community based interest group for gardeners devoted to sharing a love of gardening. They promote the beautification of Barrie through a variety of activities and projects, provide educational opportunities, and advocate sound environmental practices. Plant Sale: held every spring, check website for date and location.
  • BPL's Gale Power Search. Use the Gale OneFile Gardening and Horticulture database to search for topics on gardening and horticulture or gardening and landscaping. Discover a collection of authoritative periodicals, scholarly journals, newspapers and reference content. Use the Topic Finder to explore new topics or keywords related to your search. Searches across multiple databases including Academic OneFile, Popular Magazines and Gale Virtual Reference Library. *Library card needed to access


  • Seeds of Diversity Canada - A group of seed savers from coast to coast who protect Canada's seed biodiversity by growing it themselves and sharing it with others. Every year, they multiply the most vulnerable seed varieties that they can, exchange seeds with each other, and keep those varieties alive and in cultivation for future gardeners to enjoy. Find out how you can support seed saving and local distribution. On their website you will find seed saving resources and a list of Canadian Seedy Saturday events. Using their website, find ways to source local and Canadian seeds from area greenhouses or local vendors or use their online reference guide, the Canadian Seed Catalogue Index or find the best locally adapted seeds in your region with The Ecological Seed Finder.


  • BPL's Gardening Buzz programs. These programs are offered year-round during gardening and harvesting seasons outside of Seedy Saturday in March. Learn about upcoming programs in our Events Calendar.

Explore Nature

  • Birds Canada is a non-profit, charitable organization built on the enthusiastic contributions of thousands of caring members and volunteer Citizen Scientists. Data (observations) collected by Citizen Scientists, alongside targeted research projects, are used to identify significant bird population changes and help direct conservation planning.Discover local birds, share your sightings locally and discover birds in your region.
  • Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is a not-for-profit, charitable organization spanning 3,000 acres of National Wildlife Area and Provincially Significant Wetlands and woodlands in Tay, Ontario in the Heart of Georgian Bay. These wetlands are home to a number of diverse species, including listed species such as Blanding’s Turtles and Trumpeter Swans. Species monitoring, developing pollinator friendly spaces, and invasive species control are among the stewardship initiatives undertaken by Wye Marsh staff and volunteers. Wye Marsh maintains trails and also hosts major events, and tours seasonally, as well as workshops monthly.

Kids in the Garden

Growing a healthy garden develops math, science, language, physical, and creative skills and can be an ideal learning environment for kids. So dig in, get dirty and have fun planting seeds and watching young minds grow! 

  • Join us for some engaging storytimes
  • Learn about photosynthesis and how it helps the garden in our science and discovery section
  • Listen to our Reading Champions as they help us create an imaginary garden or hear about the unlikely friendship between the Butterfly Lady and Braveheart the Butterfly.
  • Go on an Outdoor Adventure and see what you can find in your neighbourhood.

All our activities can be found here:


Bee City

The City of Barrie is proud to be a member of Bee City! A bee city is a designation that connects people, places and pollinators. Barrie has been working with residents and community partners to enhance naturalization and pollinator opportunities for the past two decades. Implementation of the Pesticide Reduction Policy in 2003 and the Council adoption of a Naturalization Policy for all city lands in 2007 were our first steps towards a pollinator healthy community.

Discover pollinator initiatives and how to make your yard more friendly for bees and pollinators by visiting the City of Barrie website.