Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Swapping Seeds - Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle


UPDATE: The location and pricing has changed - please check the blog posted dated 1/24/07 for all the updates.

The seed swap is a fundamental part of human history. Seeds were one of the first commodities valued and traded. Today, modern gardeners collect and exchange seeds for many reasons ranging from cultivating rare, heirloom varieties to basic thrift. The exchange of seeds perpetuates biodiversity. It is an act of giving and the ultimate form of recycling.

The second annual Washington Seed Exchange, co-hosted by Washington Gardener Magazine and the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA), takes place on January 27 at the Arboretum visitor center. Seed Exchange attendees trade seeds, exchange planting tips, hear expert speakers, and collect goody bags full of gardening treats.

New to this year’s event is the first annual Washington Gardener Photo Contest. This contest offers an opportunity for all levels of photographers to present their best shots of gardens in the greater Washington, DC area. More than $500 in prizes will be awarded!

The first annual Washington Seed Exchange (pictured here) was held on January 26, 2006. After that event’s success, seed swaps in other cities across the nation have joined in celebrating National Seed Swap Day on the last Saturday in January.

Subscribers to Washington Gardener Magazine receive a $5 discount off the admission to the Washington Seed Exchange. The event is limited to 125 attendees and is expected to sell out. Registrations are accepted only via mail and must arrive by January 26. A registration form can be printed out from the USNA web site: http://www.usna.usda.gov.

UPDATE: The location and pricing has changed - please check the blog posted dated 1/24/07 for all the updates.

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