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Burnett: Seedy Saturday a sign of spring

A reminder that Seedy Saturday is coming up on Saturday, March 8, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Thanks to Jon and Sher Alcock, with Sunshine Farms, who’s brainchild several years ago became a major event each spring welcomed by gardeners and farmers up and down our valley and beyond.

This year will be the first time the Master Gardeners have taken over the management of the event.

The Alcocks have been very helpful with the changing of the guard making it a smooth transition.

So what is Seedy Saturday all about? It’s a day when gardeners can come together and share information, expertise, experiences and of course purchase seeds for spring planting.

The seeds available for the most part are of varieties which are seldom if ever found on the seed racks in garden centres or even catalogues.

Usually locally grown and clean, you can be assured of good quality and viability.

My pal Ken Salvail, from Ken’s Horticultural Services in Lake Country, will be on location for the first part and he will be calling in to join me on my weekly garden show from 8 to 10 a.m.

Seedy Saturday will be held at Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd.

More than 30 vendors and groups will be at the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 8.

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Have you ever thought you might want to take your gardening experience to the next level?

If so, then I recommend you think about taking the Master Gardeners Certification program.

If you are interested the first step is to take in one of the orientation meetings that will take place this spring.

I believe the first one on March 22 is already booked up, but here is room at the one on March 29 and another one on April 5.

The meetings are held at the McIntosh Properties office (suite 201) at Orchard Plaza, 1980 Cooper Rd.

For more information and to RSVP please email okanaganmastergardenerscourse@gmail.com.

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I had a nice group of enthusiastic gardeners attend my session on starting plants from seeds and cuttings at Bylands Garden Centre last Saturday.

I can tell people are getting ready for the spring gardening season as there is nothing better than growing your own plants.

My next session will be on March 1 when I will be conduct a workshop on pruning. Come join me at 1:30 p.m. and take the mystery out of this necessary gardening activity.

I promise you will come out of the session with a new outlook on pruning your trees and shrubs and be able to confidently go at your plants without fear. This is a free seminar.

On March 5,  let us show you how easy it is to start up your own fairy garden. Cost includes a planting container, soil, a plant and a figurine. In addition,Bylands will offer a 10 per cent discount on all fairy items.

For more details on seminars and events at Bylands check out the website www.bylandsgardencentre.com/events/free-seminars.

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