Join the experts at Seed Savers Exchange (SSE), of rural Decorah, and other regional gardeners on Saturday, March 22, to get inspired, plan a garden and start some seeds. A series of four workshops are planned on a variety of topics throughout the day, followed by a free community seed swap.

Starting at 10 a.m., the spring garden school will cover the following topics:

• Gardening with Heirlooms, presented by SSE co-founder Diane Ott Whealy

• Edible Landscaping, presented by SSE board member David Cavagnaro

• Saving Seeds from the Vegetable Garden, presented by SSE Public Programs manager Grant Olson

• Starting Seeds Early, presented by SSE greenhouse manager Amy Holmgren

Registration is required for the spring garden school and includes all four workshops, lunch and the seeds and materials needed to start a flat of seeds to take home. Registration is $45; SSE members receive a discount. Register at or by calling (563) 382-5990.

Starting immediately after the spring garden school, at 3 p.m., is a free community seed swap. No seeds to swap? No problem, everyone is invited to participate. If you have seeds, bulbs, tubers, scion wood, tools and materials or general advice to share, bring them along to contribute. Seed swaps are a great way to meet other gardeners and find a new favorite garden variety as well as learn new tips and tricks.

Also participating in the seed swap at SSE's Heritage Farm is SeedBroadcast Iowa, whose Mobile Grow Kit will be on site, inviting individuals to share their seeds and seed stories. SeedBroadcast Iowa is part of the larger SeedBroadcast collaborative project, which is committed to examining the inter-connections between people, seeds and agriculture, through the performance, listening and sharing of seed stories.