Surrey’s Stewart Farm opens up its heirloom gardens for Seedy Saturday

Trade seeds, swap tips, talk to master gardeners and more April 11 at Historic Stewart Farm.

Summer daisies bloom in the heritage gardens at Surrey's Historic Stewart Farm.

Trade seeds and swap tips with other seed savers and master gardeners when Stewart Farm hosts its annual Seedy Saturday event.

The historic farm’s gardeners will be opening their treasury of heritage seeds, saved from the farm’s heirloom gardens.

All of the vegetables, flowers and herbs grown in the garden are considered heirlooms – non GMO varieties that have been grown for at least 100 years.

Examples include hollyhocks, the classic cottage garden flowers, traditionally planted around the outhouse so refined ladies wouldn’t have to ask where to find the facilities.

Another are Rouge Vif d’Etampes pumpkins – the variety favoured by a fairy godmother to turn into Cinderella’s coach.

The Lazy Housewife bean, meanwhile, dates back to 1802. It’s the first stringless snap bean, hence the name. The original seed for this variety was donated to the Stewart Farm by a Surrey pioneer family.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Drop in. Admission by donation.

The 1890s farm is located at 13723 Crescent Road, South Surrey. It’s open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information call 604-592-6956 or visit surrey.ca/heritage.

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.