Gardening & Seed Swap


Kinder Gardening

Transition Horsham’s tenth Seedy Saturday will include the usual seed swap and stalls from local  horticultural societies, nature reserves and charities. If you have no saved seeds to swap you can pick up packets of seeds you want for a donation. Seed saving encourages bio-diversity in plants and insects, produces strong, locally acclimatised plants and saves traditional varieties. Also find out about Transition’s Community Allotment – new members welcome to grow and share organic fruit and vegetables.

Seedy Saturday 2019 will include “Growing Together” – free talks and workshops organised by Friends of Horsham Park.  Come and learn about sustainable pest control, growing peat free and growing sweet peas from local experts – and have a go at growing from seed or creating blooming pots for Mother’s Day (charge for materials).

Growing Together Programme Saturday 2 March 10am-4pm

The event includes talks and workshops, green gardeners’ question time and an
opportunity to purchase a wide range of garden sundries and plants. Proceeds from
many of the activities will go to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

  • 10:30 Growing peat-free – Neil Grey, Melcourt and local nursery Prenplants
    Neil will explain how to grow a range of plants in peat free compost, including
    vegetables, flowers and shrubs. A wide range of plants and compost for sale –
    proceeds to Chestnut Tree.
  • 11:30 Mad about seed sowing! – David Hide, Fargro with students from Brinsbury college
    Former RHS Wisley Gardens propagator David Hide is teaming up with Brinsbury
    college students for a workshop on seed sowing made simple. Sow and take home
    pots full of seeds to grow on and plant out in your garden.
  • 12:30 Growing pesticide free – Ant Surrage, Fargro
    An interactive workshop on how to control a range of deadly bugs and gruesome
    diseases found lurking both in the greenhouse and the garden. Prepare to be scared!
  • 13:30 Growing sensational sweet peas – Roger Parsons, National Collection Holder and author of Sweet Peas an Essential Guide. Roger will deliver a practical demonstration on growing the very best sweet peas in the garden or on your allotment. This promises to be one of the real highlights of Growing Together and a must see for all lovers of this most beautiful of cut flowers.
  • 14:30 Green Gardeners’ Question Time – Chair Melanie Wood, Garden Superstore.
    Panel to include David Hide, Fargro, John Marder HDC
    Your chance to quiz a panel of experts about all aspects of gardening but with a
    focus on the ‘green’ Why not bring along some samples for the panel to identify?

Seedy Saturday on Sunday! Programme – Sunday 3 March 10am-3pm

  • 10:00 Show opens. Seed swap and stalls continue all day.
  • 11:30 Ever thought about an allotment? Come and find out what’s involved in managing your own allotment plot or in being part of the community allotment – from experts and not-so-experts.
  • 12:30 Local Food Roots. A 35minute film followed by a local food conversation – what’s happening in Horsham. This film explores the story of local food and highlights the innovation that has taken place since 1990. It’s a story about the pioneers – and the opportunities for the future.
  • 13:30 Gardening for Wildlife. Pete Crawford, Sussex Wildlife Trust, will provide our concluding talk on this vital topic.

Friends of Horsham Park would like to thank the Garden Superstore, Greenlines, Prenplants, Fargro, Melcourt and Brinsbury College for supporting this event.