HAVE: Charlotte Fall Plant Swap 2012- Sept 22

elaine5678August 16, 2012

Charlotte Fall Plant Swap 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2-4pm

Shelter #3, Park Road Park, Charlotte, NC

For first time swappers - we don't care if you have weeds (natives) or high dollar orchids. If you have plants to give away and want them to go to good homes, this is the place to be. We trade anything and everything. If you don't have much, don't worry - we don't have rules about that either. It would be nice for everyone to bring snacks or food to share. Hopefully everyone will go home with more than they brought! Other gardening stuff is also welcome- pots, books, magazines, potting soil, statues, etc.

How it works: You show up early and place your plants in with all the other plants (there are no sections - we do this on purpose). You find a spot away from the shelter where you can stash the plants you grab during the swap. I will stand up and welcome everyone to the swap and ring a bell. You get to grab ONE plant and take it to your stash zone. We do this two or three times before we change it to TWO plants per ring and then THREE plants and finally we have a free-for-all where everyone wrestles for the leftovers. Then we break into the food! If you have something that is extra special you may choose to arrange a "Special Trade" with someone. Special trades are handled before and after the general swap to avoid confusion. (If this description looks familiar to you, it's because I borrowed it from the Raleigh Plant Swap coordinator, John, with permission, of course!) Take a peek at the Raleigh swap post to see how they arrange special trades, etc.

After the swapping is over, we'll sit down to enjoy a potluck meal/snack, so please bring a dish to share along with your plants. Also, if you are inclined, you can leave a small donation toward the renting of the shelter. We have the shelter all day, so feel free to come early. I'll be there around 1 or 1:30. The swap will start at 2. Let me know if you have paper plates, cups, napkins or nametags that you can bring. Thanks!

Park Road Park is located near the corner of Park Road and Tyvola Road. Simple directions: from I-77, take exit 5 for Tyvola Road, turn east as if you're going to South Park Mall, go 2.5 miles, turn right onto Park Road (at the brand-new AutoBell), take the first right onto Closeburn Road, which is also the park entrance, then take the first left into the parking lot and shelter #3 is at the end of the parking lot. The small #3 on the shelter is hard to see. If you find yourself at a playground, you're at the wrong end of the park. You can drive through the park to get to us, or go back onto Park Road and look for the park entrance at Closeburn Road. The address that the city uses for this park is 6220 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209, but that didn't work for me on googlemaps. It would've had me about 2 miles out of the way. I'd suggest using the intersection of Park Road and Tyvola (Or Park Road and Closeburn Road) as your destination for googlemaps or GPS.

Here's a link to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg website about Park Road Park, including a map of the park: http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Parks/ParksByRegion/SouthRegion/Pages/ParkRoad.aspx#map

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Also, please label your plants. Something simple like "yellow daylilies" or "cactus houseplant" or "Japanese maple". Thanks, this will make it easier to know where to plant the new plants we take home!

All plants- houseplants, "yard plants" and air plants are welcome. Some suggestions of things to bring:
--divide perennials (daylilies, hosta, some herbs, canna lilies)
--bring extra veggie seeds that you started, but ran out of room
--dig up that plant you hate and let someone else take it home!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 2:43PM
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Fun! Fun!!! This is my list (so far) of plants potted and I do have plants not listed. I can send pictures. Let me know if you see anything you would like to work out on a special trade:

rice paper plant sun/shade
barberry, rosie glow sun
catawba tree sun
clerdundrum bungei sun/shade
colocasia elena sun/shade
crape myrtle dark pink sun
elephant ears upright sun/shade
forsythia yellow sun
grasses, 3-4 ' tall sun
lady in red fern shade
lizard tail shade
mondo grass 3" sun/shade
mondo grass 8" sun/shade
native holly sun/shade
native red bud sun/shade
native sun flower sun
passion flower, purple bloom sun
pinella tripartita sun/shade
rice paper plant sun/shade
trillium cuneteaum shade
vinca dark variegated sun/shade
wegelia variegated, light pink bloom sun
yucca color guard sun
yucca green native sun

I am looking for pink pampas grass.
What are you looking for?
Please email me directly.

Thanks, plantbug

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 4:17PM
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New address for the park: 5301 Closeburn Road, Charlotte, NC. That should get you into the park. Then take the first left into the parking lot.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 10:33PM
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aquadragonfly(7b NC)

I am not sure if I would get to come to this or not but plantbug you do have some items I would really like to get. I will have to see if I can come. I will contact you if I am able to attend!

:) Aqua

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 4:23PM
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Happy Happy! I am new to Charlotte but have been a member of GW since the beginning. Have been active in CT swap for years. I have hardly anything to swap as this summer has been a learning experience but i do cook and love pot lucks! So see ya there! /Abi

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 7:52PM
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junehl(Z7 NC)

Sounds like fun. I'll have to look for more plants, but so far I have some bridal's wreath plumeria.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 12:13AM
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I have the following that I'm bringing to the swap or we can arrange a special trade:
aloe- houseplant
Porch Peach tree
corn plant, 1 stalk- houseplant
Easter cactus- very big
Thanksgiving cactus- not sure of the color
avocado plant that I caught growing in the compost

2 plum trees- these aren't coming to the swap- too big!

I'm sure I have more....

If you don't have plants, you're welcome to just bring food... Plantbug suggests CHOCOLATE!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 8:41PM
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Hi, there, I am interested in a plum tree but how will that work if they wont be at the swap?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 7:08PM
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I have for special trades ONLY:

Ginger Lily-Hedychium Dr Moy pale orange bloom, var leaf
Ginger Lily-Hedychium coronarium white blooms, green leaf
Canna-Bengal Tiger
Musa Basjoo Banana
Windmill Palm, Trachycarpus fortunei

Email me privately, please. plantbug

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:53PM
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junehl(Z7 NC)

Had a great time meeting everyone and got some wonderful plants.

Thank you for hosting the plant swap laineyplantgrower

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 7:31PM
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Thanks to all at the swap, esp. Elaine for organizing! Gary and I enjoyed meeting so many fellow gardeners and just plain nice people!/Abi

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 9:53PM
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I am so sorry I missed this.
I just posted a list, if anyone is still in the swapping mood.

Here is a link that might be useful: my post

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 4:19PM
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