Turnout for the seventh annual seed exchange, held Saturday at Cedarcrest High School, was better than expected as word of this community event continues to grow. Several hundred people filled the commons, and some of the classrooms for the opportunity to pick up some firsthand knowledge from gardening experts at the scheduled workshops, and a wide assortment of saved seeds.
The large crowd seemed to be in search of a variety of things, said volunteer and new resident of the Valley, Talinna Appling, but calendula was popular this year.
Appling said she found out about the event because of her work in horticulture, plus “I’ve been an aficionado about saving seed for a long time.”
Despite the close quarters around the seed tables, an atmosphere of sharing prevailed, even down to the youngest participants. Mabel Stout, at 18 months, offered me a seed envelope as we both waited in line at one of the tables.
The all-volunteer seed exchange annually features gardening workshops, a hot lunch by donation, and several vendors offering gardening information and products, although the main event is the seed, free for the planting, available to all who participate.
Learn more at www.snoqualmievalleyseedexchange.org.