Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey hosts the upcoming Seedy Saturday April 2.

Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey hosts the upcoming Seedy Saturday April 2.

Seedy Saturday returns to Stewart Farm

Heritage seeds and heirloom plants offer a local history connection for gardeners. Swap seeds and share advice April 2

It’s a celebration of heirloom and endangered plant varieties that promises something for every gardner, from wee seedlings and plants to drawing on the experience and expertise of master gardeners.

Historic Stewart Farm will host its 14th annual Seedy Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2.

The by-donation event is more than just a seed and plant sale. It’s an opportunity to trade seeds and information with other seed savers and master gardeners to encourage the growth of nearly extinct plants.

“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,” explains Jerrilin Spence, Curator for the historic site. “If we lose these seeds, we lose a connection to the history.”

All varieties grown at the Stewart Farm gardens are considered heirlooms – non-GMO varieties that have been grown for at least 100 years.

Flowers like the sun-loving Black-eyed Susans, classic cottage garden flowers like lupins, and purple coneflowers, which attract butterflies and birds.

While parents shop for seeds and plants from the farm and local vendors, children can get their hands dirty with crafts and fun activities. Visitors may also join guided tours of the 1890s farmhouse, and sample treats baked in the wood stove.

Historic Stewart Farm is located at 13723 Crescent Road, South Surrey. It’s open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Entrance by donation.

For more information, visit surrey.ca/heritage, or call 604-592-6956.

 

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.

Surrey North Delta Leader