Green thumbs go for ‘Seedy Saturday’ at Historic Stewart Farm in Surrey

Heirloom vegetables, herbs and more at annual event on April 2

The heritage gardens at Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey

The heritage gardens at Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey

SURREY — Got a green thumb? Then check out Seedy Saturday this weekend (April 2) at Historic Stewart Farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There you’ll be able to shop for heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds of the kind grown in the heritage gardens on site. You’ll find rare peas, echinacea, hollyhocks, wild flowers, 200-year-old pole beans  and more.

The all-ages annual seed and plant sale and seed exchange will feature advice from master gardeners, and visitors can also sample freshly baked goodies from the woodstove at the restored 1894 farmhouse, 13723 Crescent Rd.

“You can tour the house and the grounds to get a feel of pioneer life, but to taste what the Stewarts actually ate is a priceless experience,” said Jerrilin Spence, curator for the historic site.

“If we lose these seeds, we lose a connection to the history.”

Seedy Saturday offers gardeners the opportunity to trade seeds and information with other seed savers and master gardeners to encourage the growth of nearly extinct plants. All varieties grown in the Stewart Farm gardens are considered heirlooms – non-GMO varieties that have been grown for at least 100 years. The varieties available include Sunshiny “Black-eyed Susan” flowers, classic cottage garden flowers like “Lupins” and also the “Purple Coneflower,” a flower known to attract butterflies and birds.

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