Seedy Saturday at Evergreen Brick Works

Date: March 2

Time: 9am – 2pm

Cost: FREE

Details

Join us for our much-awaited Seedy Saturday happening on Saturday, March 2 at Evergreen Brick Works alongside Toronto’s largest year-round Farmers Market. This event is a celebration of seeds, gardening, and community. Join us for a morning of workshops, seed exchanges, expert talks, and more! Click here to learn more about Seedy Saturdays. 

 

This one-day community event includes: 

  • Free Seed Swap – Bring your seeds to trade and take home something new to try! Stay tuned for more information on how to participate in the seed swap. 
  • Conversation Circles with experts from the Farmers Market. Take part in discussions about community-supported agriculture, how to grow mushrooms and more!   
  • Garden Tools Free Market allows visitors to pass on gardening tools and supplies they don’t need anymore. 
  • Free Gardening Advice Clinic offered by the Toronto Master Gardeners.
  • Family Nature Activities in the Children’s Garden during Weekend Nature Play
  • Meet the Farmers! Toronto’s largest year-round Farmers Market hosts over 50 vendors selling locally grown and seasonal produce, prepared foods and products. 
  • Activities, talks & demos from local horticultural societies, garden clubs, and environmental organizations. 
  • Evergreen Garden Market boasts a wide array of must-have items catering to gardeners of every age. Explore our curated collection, including seeds from reputable brands like West Coast Seeds and Northern Wildflowers, alongside seed starting kits, houseplants, eco-friendly products, essential gardening tools, nature-inspired home decor, and everything else you need for chic outdoor living. 

Activities, Talks and Workshops

TOPIC LOCATION & TIME
Conversation Circle: Community Supported Agriculture with Liz from Joyfully Organic Farm City Builders Gallery 10 am to 10:30 am
Conversation Circle: Wild Foraging with Seth from Forbes Wild FoodsCity Builders Gallery 11 am to 11:30 am
Conversation Circle: Growing Mushrooms with Shannon from Fresh and Tasty MushroomsCity Builders Gallery 12 pm to 12:30 pm
Herb Garden Workshop with Wild By Nature: Learn how to plan, plant, and care for your herb garden from seed to harvest. Come with your questions and herby dreams! Pre-registration is required (Link below)City Builders Gallery 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Plant a Seed with Permastake! This will include free seed planting and designing your own Permastake to go along with your plant.Evergreen Garden Market 10 am to 1 pm
Native Plant Educational Resource Board – Come by the Evergreen Garden Market and pick up some resources to inspire your pollinator gardens. Pick up a ‘15% off Native Plants Coupon’ to use when our native plants arrive in May! Evergreen Garden Market 9 am to 2 pm
Greenhouse tours with the Greenhouse Growers. See what’s growing in the greenhouses at the Brick Works! (Max 10 people at a time) Meet at the entrance to the Children's Garden. Tours will run at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Weekend Nature Play: Join us in the Children’s Garden to make some newspaper seed starter pots and clay seed balls! The Children’s Garden 11am to 2pm
Free Seed Swap – Bring your seeds to trade and take home something new to try! Scroll down for more information on how to participate. BMO 9 am to 2 pm
Garden Tools Free Market allows individuals to donate garden tools and items they are no longer using for others to take. This is a wonderful opportunity to declutter your gardening shed, find new treasures for your garden, and contribute to a culture of sharing and sustainability. BMO 9 am to 2 pm
Preregister for Herb Garden Workshop

2024 Exhibitors

30+ local horticultural societies, garden clubs, businesses and environmental organizations offering information, demonstrations, and garden related products! 

Name Location & Time
10,000 Trees for the Rouge Young Centre - 9am to 2pm
Agape FarmsTD Future Cities Centre - 9am to 1pm
Black Creek Community FarmTD Future Cities Centre - 9am to 1pm
Buschbeck Farms / SoilRenewool TD Future Cities Centre - 9am to 1pm
Canadian Chrysanthemum and Dahlia SocietyYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
City of Toronto - Natural Environment and Community ProgramsYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
Crooked FarmzEvergreen Garden Market - 9am to 2pm
FLECK ProductionsYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
FoodShare TorontoYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
Ikebana International Toronto Chapter #208Young Centre - 9am to 2pm
Jocelyn's Soil BoosterEvergreen Garden Market - 9am to 2pm
MumbleweedsTD Future Cities Centre - 9am to 1pm
North American Native Plant SocietyYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
Not Far From The TreeYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
Ontario Iris SocietyYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
PermastakeEvergreen Garden Market - 9am to 2pm
Seeds of Diversity CanadaBMO - 9am to 2pm
SNGGLASSTD Future Cities Centre - 9am to 1pm
The Garden Club of TorontoYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
Toronto Botanical GardenTD Future Cities Centre - 9am to 1pm
Toronto Master GardenersYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
Toronto Nature StewardsTD Future Cities Centre - 9am to 1pm
Toronto Plant MarketYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
Toronto Seed LibraryBMO – 9am to 2pm
Tree Mobile Young Centre - 9am to 2pm
Underhill Seedsitters Young Centre - 9am to 2pm
WaterFarmers Young Centre - 9am to 2pm
WeeBeeHouse TD Future Cities Centre - 9am to 1pm
West Coast SeedsYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm
Withrow Park Farmers Market Seed LibraryYoung Centre - 9am to 2pm

How to participate in our FREE SEED SWAP

Participate in our Seed Swap, co-hosted by Evergreen, Toronto Seed Library and Seeds of Diversity! Bring any extra open-pollinated and untreated seeds you have and explore new possibilities for your garden. Simply drop off your seeds with a volunteer at the swap and take a moment to browse the seed exchange tables to discover what others have contributed. 

 

How to participate in the Seed Swap: 

  • Clearly label your seed packages with the type of plant and variety. Example: French Marigold or Yellow Pear Tomato 
  • Include the year the seeds were harvested so others will know how old they are. 
  • If you know the ideal growing conditions, include those details on the package too.  
  • If possible, portion your seeds out into small envelopes/packages to make them easy to share. 

 

Additionally, you can purchase seeds from the Evergreen Garden Market if you’re unable to bring your own, and these can be used for swapping.

Garden Tools Free Market

Time to declutter your gardening shed, find new treasures for your garden, and contribute to a culture of sharing and sustainability. The idea behind a “Free Market” is to create a temporary space where individuals can offer items they no longer need and to allow others to take what they require, all without any monetary exchange. It’s a way to build community connections and promote sustainability by reducing waste through reuse and sharing.  

How it Works: 

  • Bring and Share: Got extra gardening tools, pots, decor or other garden-related items? Bring them along! Share what you have and let others benefit from your green generosity. 
  • Take What You Need: On the hunt for a new shovel or in need of some pots for your plants? Explore the free market and take what you need. It’s all freely given with no strings attached. 
  • Quality Check: Please ensure that the tools and garden items that you donate are clean and in good condition. Would you gift this to a friend or neighbour?

Ways you can help reduce waste at this event

  • You are encouraged to bring your own reusable bags or boxes to carry your seeds, plants, or garden-related treasures home with you. 
  • Bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated and take advantage of our bottle refill fountains in Buildings 12 and 14. 
  • Grabbing brunch or a snack from the farmers market? Bring your own containers to take food home or borrow a reusable plate and cutlery from one of our prepared food vendors if you’re staying in to eat. Return used dishes to a designated dish bin and we’ll wash, sanitize and reuse!  

Apply to become an exhibitor

Evergreen welcomes the participation of non-profit organizations and community groups to join our vibrant community for an opportunity to connect with other like-minded garden and nature enthusiasts, expand your horticultural group’s membership, share knowledge, foster connections and much more.

 

Learn more and apply.

Photo by Al Yoshiki
Photo by Al Yoshiki
Photo by Al Yoshiki
Photo by Al Yoshiki

Best ways to visit Evergreen Brick Works

Take the free shuttle bus located outside Broadview Station. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes and has a bike rack available! Alternatively, hop on the 28 TTC bus from Davisville Station or ride your bike along one of the ravine trails. Paid parking is available, but spaces are limited. Learn more about how to plan your visit here. 

Apply to become an exhibitor