wanted: western ma swap 2005 schedule
It's time to start getting ready for the Spring. Here is the plan for the upcoming season. Just a few changes from last year's post, mainly the addition of the Wish List. That seemed to encourage people to bring more of those special plants and varieties. It gets better every season!
253 Warren Wright Rd. Belchertown, MA 01007
When? The 1st and 3rd Tuesdays during the months of MayÂSept., 2005
May 3, May 17 (Not on May 31st)
June 7, June 21
July 5, July 19
August 2, August 16 (Not on Aug.30th)
September 6, September 20
6:00pm arrival/prep, 6:15 plant swapping begins (usually done by 7:30) Rain or Shine.
What to Bring? Perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, cuttings, fresh cut flowers, bulbs, seeds, etc.
$1.00 dues to cover costs- including a drawing for a plant. Bring a box or bucket in which to bring home your plants.
How Does This Work? At 6:00 people will arrive with their items to swap. The items will be placed on the
ground in the area where weÂll sit. You may want to bring a chair in case there are not enough. At 6:15
weÂll name off all of the items to be swapped. It is very helpful if the items are labeled. Many bring shopping
bags or buckets with freshly dug plants labeled with the plant name. ItÂs not necessary to pot the plants youÂll
bring- but you should try to keep the roots from drying out. YOU CAN BRING AS MANY OR AS FEW PLANTS AS YOUÂD LIKE. SOME GARDENERS ARE JUST STARTING AND MAY NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO SWAP. THAT IS OK! Many seasoned gardeners have more than enough to share and would rather give them away than throw them in the compost. There are many plants that do poorly unless they are divided regularly (irises, daisies, phlox, etc.) This is a great way to trade them for plants you may not have.
As soon as all of the plants are named people will be told to take their first pick. Each pick is a plant, not a full
container. The first pick is offered to those who have brought an item from the "Wish List" that is kept of
swappersÂ wishes. Even if the person who wanted the plant is not there if you brought a wish list item then you
can be part of the first pick. If you are the recipient of a wish list plant then that is considered your first pick. After everyone is done people will step back and then the second round will begin. Everyone is included in this round and all of the rest of the picks. This will be repeated as long as there are items left. You may leave with a couple plants or with many depending on the contributions that week. WeÂll finish with a raffle for a beautiful plant.
Other Notes: No dogs or smoking please. If you bring children try to make sure they are not disruptive.
Parking will be along Warren Wright Rd. - please be careful not to block the road or my neighborsÂ driveways.
Feel free to spread the word, everyone is welcome.
Come a little early if youÂd like to browse through my gardens.