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Sunday, March 19, 2006
Seeds of Springtime

Maybe it's the weather, or maybe it was yesterday's visit to Seedy Saturday (FoodShare's annual community sale and exchange of native, edible and heritage seeds), but spring definitely seems to be in the air. If you're feeling it too, here are some things to see, do, visit and think about over the next few weeks:

The Urban Seed Savers Network is a new organization that holds its inaugural meeting on Sunday, April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Northern District Library (40 Orchardview Boulevard, near Yonge and Eglinton). It's a project of Seeds of Diversity, which is dedicated to preserving heritage organic vegetables, fruits and flowers. (People wishing to attend should RSVP to 1-866-509-SEED.)

The North American Native Plant Society is holding this year's annual sale of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns, vines, grasses and sedges from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Markham Civic Centre Atrium at 101 Town Centre Boulevard (Warden and Highway 7). For more information, call 416-631-4438.

If you're searching for unusual specimens, visit Sacred Seed (2A Dundonald Street, just off Yonge north of Wellesley, 416-928-6811). They have an abundance of rare herbal and floral seeds from Richter's, the wonderful out-of-town herb suppliers. Sacred Seed is especially geared towards intoxicating plants of many varieties, and can supply you with such rarities as peyote cactus (legal to grow, but not to harvest, they inform me!) They also stock a very focused selection of books.

Finally, there's an interesting art installation running at Dyan Marie Projects (1444 Dupont Street, Unit 31, around the back, 416-536-4017) from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays until April 8. Conceived by Napoleon Brousseau of SEED Collective, it takes the form of a landscape image projected on the gallery wall. By calling a phone number and punching in numbers, you can "create" a tree seed and make it grow, shrink, change colours and even change forms. When the caller is satisfied with their own tree, they hang up, and the tree is "planted" in the landscape. Brousseau hopes eventually to identify sponsors who will help him bring the project into neighbourhood schools, so that whenever a virtual tree is planted, some money goes towards planting a new urban tree, perhaps in a concrete schoolyard. Brousseau's work is part of a group show called "Trellis".

posted by SarahBHood @ 3:29 PM

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