Hi everyone! Just wanted to get a date down for our Fall Swap! I still need to reserve the spot at Oak Hollow, but unless something comes up we're looking at October 4th for our swap date!
I'll put it on my calendar. Will make a list and post what I can bring.
I hope I can finally get to one of the these...I know I will have some brugs to trade. Maybe even a rose bush or two and knows what else.
Do you have an exact address for Oak Hollow where I can plug it into a gps and get a better idea about the drive time?
I think I can finally make one this year!
Will be updating my page but contact me if you see something you like so I can reserve it for you.
aez... the actual address for the park is...
1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point NC, 27262
That won't work for where we'll actually meet but will put you close to it. We've met on the front and backside of it and I think if I have my pick I'll book the backside area. It's easier to unload plants at. It will depend on availability when we reserve it. Once we do that I'll post directions. We had a problem one time with the exit markers (I-40) being changed due to construction. So we have to go check all that out too.
Here is a link that might be useful: Oak Hollow Festival Park
Good stuff. I'm geographically impaired so I assumed it would be in Raleigh. That address is actually an hour closer than I anticipated. I was a little meh about driving six hours round trip but four hours is a LOT better. I'll mark it on my calendar! Thanks!
I will attend once again, thank you. Please try to get the back of the park (the one with no stairs). Does anyone have any Apple Mint? I will bring food, and spread the word.
Here is a link that might be useful: my trade list
Hi quirkpod Robin:
I have apple mint. Sent you an email to set up a trade.
Anyone else interested please contact me - the earlier the better so I can pot things up if I have to dig them from the ground. Still adding items as I go through my pots. Also need to add a section of things I can root.
I'd like to come to this swap...since it's in my neck of the woods there! lol
By then I should have some stuff to really trade outdoors wise...as well as houseplants!
Hey everyone! I'm sorry I have been so out of touch. I have responded to all the emails I received. If you didn't hear back (as of today) it's an email or GW boondoggle. My swap list is NOT up to date, but will try to do so in the next couple of weeks.
Robin we are going to try to get the backside, it is easier to unload/load.
Red!! Glad to hear from you again and look forward to meeting you in person!
Hey Rootdigger......I look forward to meeting you too!!! :O)
I updated my haves and wants lists on my profile...if anyone is interested in anything please let me know!
Cool! We got the shelter on the backside of the park! For those that haven't been to one of our swaps this location makes it possible for folks to pull right up to the shelter to unload/load and then pull their vehicles back over to the parking lot. I'll post all the info, directions and so forth ASAP.
Thought that I had posted to say that I plan to come. I look forward to seeing Karen, Robin and Vickie again as well as meeting new friends. I am going to bring a friend with me who gardens but doesn't trade on GW.
Ok, did I miss what time this is going to start? I had someone ask me and couldn't tell them.
I can't find anything else on it either.
What am I missing?
I didn't see a time either, but I guess I won't be attending as it is about a 4 hour drive for me....
Fran, I haven't posted the full info (still working on all the directions) but we have the shelter rented for 10am to 2pm, but can get there as early as we want. People usually start arriving abt 9:30 to unload/set-up and do special trades. We try to start the swapping about 10:30. We have a pot luck after the swap. There is a nursery up the road that some people like to go to afterwards called Nelsons. If anyone wants directions to that we can do it at the swap. He may come this year to the swap if he's done with Furniture Market stuff. We also have the Farmer's Market/Nursery an exit up (from our exit) on Sandy Ridge Road that some like to visit.
Ok root, making sure I wasn't just being dizty again....lol.
Fran, no problem :)
I'm updating my swap list and my want list this evening. I dug out an entire bed and where I thought I might have a few hundred bulbs, I have thousands. However, my daughter's boyfriend was so kind to dig it out for me. Therefore, I have a wheelbarrow load of bulbs, and 3 - 5 gal buckets full. I know what they all are and will try to separate them, but it's bulb time with no cultivar names. I know which are daffodils (mixed cultivars), which are lycoris (all the lycoris are the radiata), I have tons of muscari (all americana - the plain purple), crocus (mixed cultivars), lilies (mixed orientals and asiatics), daylilies (mixed hybrid cultivars - no ditch lilies), paperwhites, etc.
I have some of these rooted if anyone wants to do some special fall swaps.
Here is a link that might be useful: E. strictum
I look forward to meeting some gardening buddies here in NC.
It's been a happy tropical garden I planted this spring and I look forward to sharing plants.
I'll have to update my list....
Wanna trade some of your Strictum for my curly Epi? Mine is rooted as well.
I emailed you about maybe a special trade for some of your Lycoris bulbs.....but, I just realized I forgot to sign it. lol
I'm such a dork.
I just wanted you to know it was me. lol
Hey Red, that'll be great!
Hi Meagan, glad you're coming!
I'm going to try to make it to the swap, Everyone was so nice, so now I'd like to share some of my plants with you all. I mostly have mints,AV and herbs. Choc.,orange,apple,pineapple,cat,and horehound
and I don't know what else.
Hope to see you all then.
I have some white rain lilies I can make special trades for.
I am also trying pretty hard to collect some nicotiana seeds in red,pink,and green.
The rain lilies are white.
Now we know why you chose redheadedstepchild as your id. LOL I would like to trade some rain lilies for some lycoris. Would that work? We can email back and forth about the rest.
LOL...that works for me!! :O)
I'll email you in the morning after I have slept a little...and gotten rid of the bleach smell in my head! lol
I decided to do a little fall cleaning and didn't dilute the bleach down when I used it to clean with. lol DUH!
Have a good night!!
I am planning to attend this swap. Sounds like loads of fun. Please check my page for any interest. Keep in mind lots of my natives are going/gone dormant. I will check your pages also. plantbug
Redhead, I don't have butterfly weed PLANTS (asclepsia tuberosa) to share, but I have lots and lots of this year's seed, which I collected just before the rain. Let me know if you want some, swap or no swap. If they're worth a swap to you, I'd like some rain lilies.
I'd love some seed!! I'd be more than happy to swap bulbs with you!
I'll email you!
I really want to attend the swap this year. I'd love to meet you all in person. I lurk mostly but post every once in a while. I did attend one of Robin's swaps a few years ago. That was a blast. I have updated my plant list, nothing special but let me know if you see anything you'd like to have.
I am making plans to come, and barring any issues I should be there. I have wanted to come to the other swaps but something always managed to pop up. That means I have never been and have no clue what to expect other than enjoying myself. Is there any thing I should know that is a no-no? What about seeds?
Tammy, absolutely no trading of children for plants... LOL, aside from that anything garden related is fine!
I have been slack this year, but should have directions up soon.
Hey Red, Since I know you like epies do you want a Dragon Fruit/Hylocereus undatus? I have some already rooted.
Ohhhhhhh, How could I turn down a dragonfruit already rooted? lol
Check out my list and see if there is anything you are looking for....maybe we could do an epi trade? ( evil grin) hehe
I have some Hoya I can trim as well....I am a horrible enabler!
Did I mention how excited I am about the swap? hehehe
Hi, I've written an article to promote the upcoming swap!
Hope the weather is good!
Hi Becca and thank for the article promoting our swap! Don and I have a blast doing this and we really appreciate all the folks that come and are so generous. They're the ones that really make this happen.
A few bits of info I thought you and others (that are new to this) might want to know. We do not require potted or labeled plants. While that's nice and some people do and I'm certainly not telling anyone not to, we don't require it because some of us are just too busy or too lazy (like me, lol). Some of us are digging and cutting and grabbing up to the last minute and just don't have the time. We have a very laid back and fun group of people that like to keep it simple. If there's a plant sitting there that you don't know something about just ask, someone will help, or at least head you in the right direction so you can google for more info. I usually have my camera and if all else fails we'll take a pic and post it on the "Name That Plant" forum. Once you have the plant name it's easy to ask for more info on GW or search for other info on it.
As to potting, people bring plants in pots, milk jugs, tuna cans, bare roots, clumps, wrapped in newspapers and stuffed in plastic/paper bags, buckets and boxes. If you have arranged a special swap then you might want to discuss that with the other person, but the general swap is no holds barred, bring it in what ever way works for you. Also special swap items are kept at your vehicles so they don't get mixed up with the general swap stuff. Come early to handle those.
We understand newbies may not have much or anything to trade, that's fine and we love to take newbies under our wings and help them get started. No one has ever gone away empty handed. If you don't have plants to bring you can still bring food for the potluck!
We started this swap after going to the Raleigh (John's) swap for several years. We like the way he does his and we do ours the same way. People line up outside the shlter with all the plants inside the shelter on and around the tables. I say go and everyone grabs one plant and takes it back to their stash pile. We do that for a few rounds and then up it to 2 then 3 and so forth. That gives everyone a good chance at getting something really special they want in the first few rounds. Once we've had several rounds we have a final round where everyone grabs till it's gone. Then after everyone's eyes have glazed over and they're trying to figure out where they're going to put it all, we have lunch!
People always want to know what to bring? Anything garden related. I've seen seeds, yard art, garden tools, gourds, gardening mags, pots (a personal favorite of mine!) and more. Plants can be anything from annuals (more popular in the spring of course) perennials, shrubs, trees, houseplants, tropicals, herbs, edibles and natives too. From common stuff to the the exotic, it's all good! We do have a spring swap and last winter we started having a seed swap which everyone loved. It was a nice way to get a green fix in the winter.
We do ask for everyone to contribute to the potluck. Some years we try to have a theme lunch (chili, grilled hotdogs, etc...) I think we may have a cool fall this year so I'm going with chili. I know some of you remember the 1st two events we had where we about froze to death (in the spring) so I'm going for something that will warm us up just in case. I make a spicy chili, so if someone wants to volunteer to make a mild one that would be helpful. The shelter has lights and electrical outlets if you need to plug something in to keep it warm. We've never had a shortage of plants or food and we have some great cooks! Wood's hummus is wonderful (hint, hint) and Dawn always brings something yummy. For those that can't cook or don't have the time, there are always grocery stores/delis and so forth.
We keep this simple without a lot of rules and regs, and we have a lot of fun. It's all about the plants and spending time with other gardeners that all love what they do and love to share.
Sorry for the book, but if anyone has any other questions please ask.
Would anyone be interested in some Hoya Lacanusa var. ( Snow Caps) ?
I have some rooted good sized cuttings. I have enough for 4 trades of enough plant matierials to fill out a 4 inch pot...maybe a 6 inch pot each.
Red... great will stick it back for you! I am so tempted by your epis, easter cactus, ground orchids, rhips and hoyas (hehehe, see I've been looking!), but I have to figure out how much more I can really handle. I'm on overload and haven't even been to a swap yet this fall! I have yet to recover from the spring swaps! I am doing some major cleaning out from my pot ghetto and beds. I need some breathing room!
Sorry for any misleading info, my invitation says "Please bring potted, labeled plants only. No cuttings. Thank you."
I have a question....The swap is from 10-2. With special trades at 9:30 am?
In order for me to get there at 9:30, I'm going to have to leave here around 6:45-7am.....lol
When is the absolute cut off to get there and be able to swap? Just incase I get a late start...and, would it be okay with the people I made special trades with if I do not make it by 9:30...to do it after the swap maybe? I just don't want anyone to be disappointed in me being late...cuz in all honesty...I sometimes end up being late due to the kids...pit-stops ect. lol
BTW..I'll bring soda..if that is okay.
Becca, no problem hon, I just didn't want anyone to think they weren't welcome if they didn't have the time or inclination to do the extras. Like I said some people do label things and I try to at least label my oddball stuff. This year though we are digging a good bit out of my yard and may not have the time or containers to do it all. I am for sure digging toad lilies and I could probably go through old invoices and records and such to identify the individual cultivars (since I lost some of the tags) and such, but I'd rather spend that time digging more! :)
Red, That's fine, just chase them down and don't let them leave until you're ready, lol... The biggest reason we do that is sometimes people have other commitments and leave soon after the swap. We never start on time either so don't worry, especially when we know for sure someone is coming. Sodas are fine, thank you!
Cool beans...so just so I know...will the trading part start at 10?
Toad lilies you said? lol :O)
Did I mention how excited I am about this swap?
Red, I'm sorry I told you 10. People start arriving about 10, I'm the one (and DH) that gets there about 9:30 to set-up. We have the shelter rented for 10am to 2pm, but can get there as early as we want. People usually start arriving abt 10:00 to unload/set-up and do special trades. We'll try to start the swapping about 10:30 or 11:00, with time for questions and scoping out the eye candy before the actual swapping begins. It just depends on how long that takes. Usually if someone is running late folks will help them unload to catch-up.
Here's a link to the directions and other info......
Here is a link that might be useful: High Point Triad Plant Swap 2008
Thanks Root!!! :O)
Will anyone be bringing any varagated canna? Other than red color. lol
Hey, I'd be happy with any canna other than red really...but, thought i'd try my luck on the other first. lol
Root and Don, thanks again for organizing this.
We are not sure exactly what we will dig up, but will make some pies, and bring whatever can`t get out of the way of the shovel. Anyone want some big rosemary or lemon thyme?
We`ll look forward to seeing you all soon!
Bob and Dawn
Would anyone be interested in night blooming cerus?
I also have an abundance of Pineapple sage if anyone is interested.
Hi, I've heard this is one really good plant swap that you don't want to miss! This will be my first year. I don't have the variety of plants that I've had in the pass due to a big house renovation that took some of my garden/plants. I'll be bringing some black eyed susans, ground cover that I need to look up and some sedums. Will that work?? I'll bring some food as well - dessert & diet can sodas. I'm really looking forward to it. I am particularly interested in ferns, miniature hostas. orchids and carnivorous plants. I would be happy to get whatever I could get. I'm kinda starting with a clean slate. See you soon, jdbheartease
PS - Any stray plants that I see sprigging up - I'll try to pot up.
Root, do you know about how many people are coming? If it's not a huge amount, I can try to dig up my recipe for meatballs...I have a crockpot I can bring.
I uploaded to my member page all the plants and things I would be bringing to the swap.
It doesn't include things I've made special trades for.
If you see something on my regular list you'd like a side trade for...or something you would really like from the list let me know! :)
I'm super excited!! I can't wait to meet everyone and make some gardening friends!
Can we or should we label the plants with out email addys in case whoever gets them needs to ask questions? Also, do the plants need to be a certain size? For example I have some sedum ground cover growing in those annual bedding containers that I have cut in to four individual containers.
I will bring some goodies to eat even though I don't know how long I will be able to stay.
Should we wear name tags?
Jdb, that'll work fine! Look forward to meeting you.
Red, We never know how many till it happens, just make what you can. It is OK if we run out... :) thank you!
Tammy, I'll bring name tags (note to self to get them out)... and emails labels are great or sometimes people will post last minute questions on the conversation forum about the plants.
OK.....gotta go dig some more! See you all in a few days!
Hey, does anyone have any sassafras seed and/or root? I would love some of both but would be thrilled with either.
How is the gas situation in High Point? Do you have any stations with gas? Just trying to plan out my fill-ups. lol
It is still rather difficult to find a station with gas here...thought the situation might be different there.
Hwy 68 is fine. We went thru there Saturday and most of it was $3.55. One place that we saw was out of the higher grade, but there are several stations thru there so it shouldn't be a problem.
Charlotte the last I heard was having a lot of problems. If you know anything about "Twitter" you might want to check on there.
I'll try to check Hwy 68 on Friday and if I see a problem will let you know.
Sad thing is...right now gas is cheaper in charlotte where they have it than here...and in a normal time our gas is 10-15 cents cheaper than theirs. arrrrrg
3.55......THAT"S CHEAP! lol
I paid 3.90 today at the station here in town that had gas.
I'm not worried now..I'm sure atleast one station will have it! lol
Thanks for helping me out!!
It's all subject to change so fast, but will keep an eye on things for any major problems locally. They have a Twitter for Charlotte gas, link below.........
Here is a link that might be useful: Twitter (Charlotte Gas)
Found a better tag for Charlotte - ctlgas.
Here is a link that might be useful: ctlgas
Thanks for the links!!! :)
YVW, hope it helps!
If anyone has aluminum cans I would appreciate them - our local teen group at the library is collecting them for a fundraiser for young adult books.
I hope to have extra plants/seeds to give you in exchange.
Good Morning everyone!! Today's the Day!! WooHoo!!