3-day learning pass: $35 members/
$45 non-members, or $20/$25 per day. Includes admission and parking.
Oswald Visitor Center
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Seeding the Future: Preserving Biodiversity One Garden at a Time. Presented by Shannon Carmody, Seed Savers Exchange program manager.
Everyone seems to be enjoying the rising interest in heirloom varieties. Enhance your enjoyment and understanding of these seeds with amazing histories and find out why it is important to engage in seed saving.
2:30-3:30 p.m. - Seed Saving Primer. Presented by Shannon Carmody, Seed Savers Exchange program manager.
Each spring, you dream about what to plant, select your bedding plants and seeds, and then brace yourself for the total at the check-out counter. How about reducing that investment while having the fun of creating a "perpetual garden" - one where the seeds you collect from this season become the miracle of next year's spring? Come learn the essentials to begin your own seed-saving journey.
Shannon Carmody will also teach a perpetual garden class in February.
4:00-6:00 p.m. - Chat and Chew - Maple Syrup Season
Pick up your boxed dinner* and savor the signs of spring at the Arboretum.
• Hike into the sugarbush to tap a maple tree and taste its sap.**
• Visit the Sugar House where sap is cooked into syrup, and learn about the maple sugaring traditions of First Nations and early settlers.
• Informal conversation with Seed Savers Exchange staff, Shannon Carmody and David Cavagnaro.
• Book signing at the Arboretum Book and Gift Store.
* MUST be ordered in advance. $15/box
** Free with price of admission. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required for maple syrup tours and demos.
7:00-9:00 p.m. - Beyond the Heirloom Tomato: The Legacy of the Food You Eat. Presented by David Cavagnaro, Seed Savers Exchange preservation gardens manager.
Do you relish the increasingly available numbers of amazing heirloom varieties of vegetables, from tomato to chard, with their brilliant colors and fabulous flavors? Whether you are celebrating the rising interest in heirlooms as a foodie, a gardener, or both, you will be dazzled and inspired by one of the original Seed Savers during this evening of fascinating stories and tantalizing images.
Spring Expo 2012 Educational Programs
are presented in collaboration with
Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa