Seedy Saturday

Seedy Saturday - March 2022

Join us Saturdays throughout the month of March 2022 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 Green Expo. 

Resources

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'.

Gardening

  • 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

  • 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.

Pollinators

  • 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.

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.