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Take part in the “Great Seed Swap”

September 8, 2011

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Rare varieties of heritage vegetables, such as Duke of Albany peas and red tankard turnips, will be on show

Gardeners are being given the chance to swap seeds from plants they have grown, for seeds from a wide range of garden vegetables and flowers, grown by other enthusiasts at an event organised by Kew.

The ‘Great Seed Swap’ is being held at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex on 17 September 2011.

Rare varieties of heritage vegetables, such as Duke of Albany peas and red tankard turnips, will be on show

Rare varieties of heritage vegetables, such as Duke of Albany peas and red tankard turnips, will be on show

TV botanist and gardener, James Wong, and Gardener’s Question Time panellist, Matthew Biggs, will be available to share expert tips and advice.

Matthew Biggs will be holding a question and answer session for people to put their gardening queries to him, and James Wong will be talking about exotic vegetables and underutilised food plants, to show there is more to growing your own than potatoes and beans.

Dr Paul Smith, Head of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, said: “The Great Seed Swap is a new event for Wakehurst and we hope it will appeal to people already growing their own edible produce – and others interested in getting started.

You do not have to bring seeds with you to swap as seeds from allotment and community groups, specialist growers and seeds saved from plants in the botanical gardens at Wakehurst, will be available for a small donation.

Seeds stored in the national seed bank will not be available.

Heritage varieties

Rare varieties of heritage vegetables, such as Duke of Albany peas and red tankard turnips, will be on show in the Wakehurst nursery, which is not normally open to the public.

These varieties are being conserved by national charity Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library.

Other speakers will include Bob Sherman and Neil Munro from Garden Organic Heritage Seed Library, talking about the importance of gardens for biodiversity, and heritage seed varieties.

Family day out

Children will be able to have a go at potting seeds, and take part in an activity session to learn more about plants that go into food, and there will be stalls selling local food and produce.

More details

Date: September 17 2011

Time: 11am to 5pm

Admission : £2 entry to The Great Seed Swap (Garden entrance not included.)

Place: Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TN

Further information 01444 894067 or visit www.kew.org/seedswap

The event is supported by Garden Organic Heritage Seed Library and Seedy Sunday (Brighton and Hove).

Venue

kew’s Millennium Seed Bank
Wakehurst Place, Ardingly West Sussex RH176TN United Kingdom + Google Map
Phone:
01444894067
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