Seedy Sunday 2019 did not disappoint with a day packed with interesting stalls, events and people. Over 2,000 happy punters had a great time visiting the seed swap, with over 2,500 packets of seeds to choose from, and visiting the 70 stall holders who were showing, telling and selling all things gardening and wildlife related.
We were busy on our BHOGG stall all day with people coming to renew membership or join for the first time, buy wonderful organic feed and to ask expert advice on organic gardening. Seedy Sunday is an important event for BHOGG and organic gardeners as seeds saved locally often have adaptations to local soil conditions and microclimates, making them more likely to grow well and need less support. Seed swaps also provide a much wider choice of varieties than it is possible to get from seed companies, and although they may not always be strictly organic, their local heritage is an added boon.
Kate Harrison from the Seedy Sunday committee told us what she loves about the event:
“I’ve been coming to Seedy Sunday almost as long as I’ve lived in Brighton – 17 years! If you’d told me back in 2003 that I might be on the organising committee one day, I’d have been amazed. What I love about Seedy Sunday is that every year I learn something new, I buy some eye-opening plant (this year: Sea Buckthorn and Chilean Guava), and I meet some fantastic people. The atmosphere at Seedy Sunday is so special – full of people saying hello to old friends, making new ones, and talking about their common passions – gardening and wildlife.”
Seedy Sunday was organised by around 50 volunteers this year that set up, packed down and helped on the day. They always welcome new volunteers, so get in touch at their website for more information on how to be involved in next year’s event.
If you didn’t get along to the BHOGG staff to renew your membership or join, then don’t forget you can do so online on our website.
Images from top left (all images copyright of Jenni Cresswell, except where stated otherwise): BHOGG banner, Pennard Plant’s potatoes (image courtesy of Fenella Burns), Seedy Sunday seed packets ready for swapping (image courtesy of Fenella Burns), Infinity’s potatoes (image courtesy of Fenella Burns), Thomas Etty’s heritage seed catalogue, Pesticide Action Network’s Pesticide Free City badges, BHOGG leaflet, Stanmer Organics’ willow decorations, Seedy Sunday bunting, The Monday Group’s bird boxes.