Langley Demonstration Garden coordinator Meg Jordan inspects a second year broccoli plant that has flowered and will produce seeds that can be planted this fall. Local residents are encouraged to bring their seeds and edible plant and perennial starts to exchange at the Demonstration Garden’s opening event on Saturday

Enjoy ‘Seedy Saturday’ plant exchange at garden for Mom

Opening of the Township of Langley’s Demonstration Garden helps get ready for Mothers’ Day

A celebration of all things gardening will mark the opening of the Township of Langley’s Demonstration Garden for the 2016 season and get ready for Mothers’ Day in a unique way.

Seedy Saturday and a Plant Exchange will be held at the Demonstration Garden, located in the Derek Doubleday Arboretum, in the 21200 Block of Fraser Highway, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

“Each year, this beautiful educational facility welcomes the spring and summer with workshops for kids and the community, information on composting and gardening, and a number of special events,” said Meg Jordan of the Langley Environmental Partners Society, which runs the garden in partnership with the Township.

“Seedy Saturday and the Plant Exchange are great ways for green thumbs to kick off the season and for newcomers to learn some sustainable gardening ideas and techniques,” she said. “They also offer a unique way to celebrate the Mothers’ Day weekend with the family.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring their extra seeds and veggie starts to exchange, get to know their local seed and plant resources, and support non-profit organizations through the purchase of garden items. Baked goods, tea, and juice will be available for purchase and pear trees will be up for sale.

During the day, guests can take a guided tour of the Demonstration Garden at 1:45 p.m. and discover secrets to seed saving with David Catzel of the Glorious Organics Cooperative at 2:30 p.m. Visitors can bring their own special container or use one provided to plant a container garden for Mothers’ Day at 3 p.m., and at 3:30 p.m. a fun activity will be held for kids.

The event will be held rain or shine and plenty of covered space is available.