For those who want a head start on their gardens but are too late to plant the seeds, the College of the Rockies’ annual Garden Seeds and Starts Swap and Sale offers last-minute gardeners a chance to be brought up to speed.

Set for Saturday (May 26) at Invermere’s community greenhouse, the event will have an array of potted plants and herbs available for sale. The selection was planted from seed by students and community members who have been taking courses at the greenhouse through school programming to learn about growing their own food.

“We have some seeds for sale but we’ve timed this one so that people can take their plants and plant them out directly,” said Ally Candy, the community greenhouse education co-ordinator.

The swap and sale is also an opportunity for local residents to visit the community greenhouse, which currently has a membership of close to 200 people, to find out more about it and ask questions. Gardeners are asked to bring their perennial splits to the event as a donation to be sold as well.

“All the money goes back into the greenhouse’s education programs so we can get soil, seeds and supplies,” Candy said. “We’re pricing it equivalent to what you’d find in a nursery.”

The Garden Seeds and Starts Swap and Sale takes place Saturday (May 26) at the greenhouse located adjacent to the college between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.