Ethan Hunt from Port Alberni questions the sharpness of a cactus at the Valley Succulents booth at Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday in 2019. (News file photo) Ethan Hunt from Port Alberni questions the sharpness of a cactus at the Valley Succulents booth at Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday in 2019. (News file photo)

Qualicum Beach gears up for 18th annual Seedy Saturday

Local gardeners welcome to attend the by-donation event on Feb. 1

Heads up to all gardeners — Qualicum Beach’s Seedy Saturday is almost here.

The 18th annual event educates attendees about gardening in Central Vancouver Island. In addition, there will be access to heritage seeds, plants and garden-related supplies and tools.

Murray Chantler, the publicity coordinator for the event, said the event is a great opportunity for gardeners to connect.

“The atmosphere at QBSS is one of palpable excitement and anticipation; gardeners are very passionate about getting their hands in the soil and growing things! For me, the QBSS event has always heralded the start of spring; a time of year that embodies the spirit of rebirth; the joy and wonder of nature that is at the heart of gardening,” he said.

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The event is especially timely, said Chantler, during a time when food security is increasingly important.

“Seedy Saturday events happen annually all across Canada and play a vital role in maintaining seed diversity and availability. Growing food has always been important in our society, but it is of even more paramount importance in our efforts to confront the effects of climate change,” he said. “Growing food, whilst nurturing and growing the soil in harmony with nature, is synonymous with nurturing ourselves, our souls; it is at the heart of who we are as human beings. That is why Seedy Saturday events are important, now, and in and for the future.”

The event will take place at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre at 747 Jones St., from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.

In the seed swap room, you can share your saved seeds with other gardeners and buy low-cost seeds that others have saved. There will also be speakers, a family program and a raffle.

— NEWS Staff

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