Master gardeners host seed exchange Saturday

BERRYVILLE – The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association will host its annual seed exchange at Blandy Experimental Farm on Saturday.

Elaine Specht, seed exchange coordinator, shared her excitement for this year’s event.

“With the help of fellow master gardeners, we’ve been collecting seeds since last fall,” Specht said. “And we literally have hundreds to choose from.”

Specht along with other master gardeners started seed saving last fall in preparation for this Saturday’s seed exchange. Seeds include birdhouse gourd, ornamental millet, kale, globe thistle, and scarlet rose mallow.

Guests are encouraged to bring seeds, plants, roots, cuttings, along with books or magazines to swap with fellow gardeners.

“Individuals who bring five seed types or more are able to take as many seed packets as they desire,” Specht said. “But for those who come empty handed, we allow them to pick five seeds to take home and try.”

Several vendors will be on hand selling herbs and products from dried herbs. Master gardeners will be available to answer any questions and provide helpful growing and gardening tips.

Door prize drawings will include an individual membership to Friends of the State Arboretum, one free registration to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association Gardening Symposium and $15 off plant sales at the annual Garden Fest held at Belle Grove Plantation in June.

“We encourage gardeners of all ages to come out and find a new plant or two and ask questions,” Specht said. “As a master gardener, I know I like to share has much education with the public as I can.”

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association serves t Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties. Extension master gardeners are volunteer educators who work within their communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management, education and training.

If You Go

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Blandy Experimental Farm Library, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce.

Admission: Free