It’s seed swap season around Chicago
This is the time of year for seed swaps around Chicago. Several groups have swaps of all sorts planned this weekend and next.
Chicago Botanic Garden Seed Swap
Seeding Chicago photo
Sunday, Feb. 26
2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring Diane Ott Whealy co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange and author of “Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver.” Diane will give a lecture and sign books from 2 to 3 p.m. Her presentation will be illustrated with photographs from her cottage–style garden at Seed Savers Exchange’s Heritage Farm.
From 3 to 5 p.m. everyone is invited to bring saved seed or excess seed packets to participate in the two-hour exchange. You don’t need to bring seed to swap (taking seed home works, too) and there will be a variety of demonstrations on starting seeds, saving seeds, seed germination testing and more.
The Eco Collective seed swap
Sunday Feb 26
RSVP for the exact address
$5 donation (benefits Eco Rooftop garden)
Details: Come swap seeds with other gardeners to improve your garden’s variety this spring & learn a couple of new things about growing. Bring seeds that you have saved over the growing season, “still viable” seeds that you have left over from last season, or new packs you’ve purchased for this season. And, bring a dish or drink to share with everyone, because snacks are always good.
The Peterson Garden Project annual seed swap
Sunday, March 4
2 to 5 p.m
Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Galter Pavilion
5140 N. California
Details: Trade your eggplant for zucchini, your cucumber for tomato. In addition to the seed exchange, there will also be opportunities to learn about planting, edible seeds, heirloom vegetables, and more. Peterson Garden Project volunteers will be on hand to discuss their three new community gardens for 2012. Details on sign-up to reserve garden plots will come mid-March; sign up for the Peterson Garden Project newsletter or follow their Facebook page for the latest information on the 2012 growing season.