2014 Spring Fling/Swap
It's time for us to plan our Spring Fling/Swap for 2014. DH & I are looking forward to hosting again this year! It will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM (or when you get here) until 2:00 PM (or whenever you need/want to leave). If you've never attended one of our gatherings, please mark your calendars!! It's going to be great to see old friends again also. Now, let's do a brief outline of the totally loose-structured Garden Party!
The purpose of this Meet & Greet is to exchange extra plants, materials, share stories and tips, attach a name to a face and even squeeze in a pot-luck lunch! Somehow there is always more than enough food. For fun (like we need more?!) you can participate in the "door prize" exchange which can be ANYTHING garden, growing, yard or landscape related. It can be purchased or handmade. (Who can forget Telow's gorgeous carving??? Or the painted gords?? Or Dawn's Hab Gold Jelly?) Participation isn't mandatory, but it's a LOT of fun. We draw for gifts by numbered ticket. Someone volunteers to call numbers and someone volunteers to play Vanna White.
Who can come? Everyone! Well, almost. I think the main requirement is an interest in gardening, whether you are 8 or 80. Children are welcome, as are your mother, in-laws, brother, neighbor or friends, etc. But please, only one car load. Heh!
What do you bring? (And Tree has already started a thread about this.) Any extra plants, rootings or seeds. Got extra pots sitting around but can't throw them away because they're too good? Bring 'em! Mia graciously brought a load (and I mean LOAD) of bamboo one year for plant stakes! You get the idea. Also bring a chair for yourselves or blanket, sunscreen and your contribution to the meal.
Ken & I will provide the space, the tableware (plates, napkins, cups, eating utensils, etc.) as well as iced tea, water and probably apple juice or lemonade. I've arranged for a Porta-Potty also. This wonderful company hasn't gone up in price since I first rented one 5 years ago. The price is $90 and any buck or two contribution to help off-set that cost is very much appreciated. There will be a can provided nailed to a tree for donations. It's a "pot for a pot", if you will.
Where? Out at the Ol' DH and p-mac Homestead of which I will provide a map 2 weeks before the event. We have a couple acres in rural NE Norman with plenty of parking. Gathering will be out under the Redbuds. We are about 10 to 15 minutes from either I-35 or I-40, out between Lake Stanley Draper and Lake Thunderbird. I also suggest you wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. We have LOTS of sand out here - as well as a few stickers.
I have tables for the food and other needs. There will be a clearly marked areas for "Offerings" to share, "Door Prizes" and "Pre-arranged trades" for those that arrange for specific items.
To sign up, it's a 2-step process. First - post here! Let's start this party! What are you bringing and what do you need? Second - shoot me an e-mail from "my page" to tell me how many and give me your personal e-mail. I'll need this to get a map to you. I'm sure everyone understands the safety in not disclosing the location publicly. Yes, sadly it's a crazy world sometimes.
Have I left anything out? Are you ready? Let the fun begin!!!