Willow Springs Seed Swap Event to Feature Classes, Gardening Tips

(Willow Springs) a�� The second annual Willow Springs Seed Swap and Garden Seminar will be held Thursday, January 23 from 4:30-8 PM at the Charles Ferguson building in downtown Willow Springs.

The garden seminar will feature four different one-hour classes, which touch on growing herbs, raised bed and container gardening, natural sweeteners, beekeeping, and small fruit gardening. Speakers include Art Davidson, Baker Creek Seeds expert; Marilyn Odneal, a horticulture adviser with the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station in Mountain Grove; Amy Patillo with the MU Extension office in Howell County, and gardeners Kim and Lou Whemer.

Another feature of the event is the seed swap, which is designed to allow individuals to exchange, free of charge, their a�?heirlooma�? or a�?heritagea�? garden seeds. Vegetable seeds are especially encouraged, but flowers and potatoes (sweet potatoes and white potatoes) to sprout also are welcome. Seeds must be non-hybrid and non-GMO. Seeds will be exchanged on a packet-for-packet basis, with beginners with no seeds to share allowed five packets total.

Gardeners should use their own judgment in determining how many seeds to place in a bag for trade. Seeds saved from the 2012 or 2013 growing season are welcome. No guarantees are made for seed germination, but gardeners are encouraged to bring what they believe is good seed.

Concessions and drinks will be available at the event. For more information, call 417-469-1167 or 417-252-0935.