HAVE: 2013 Denton County Spring Swap
Sunday April 21 3-5 PM
Indian Creek Clubhouse
1689 Bandera Drive
Cross streets are Hebron Parkway and Hunt Drive.
You do not have to live in Denton County to participate.
There are tables and chairs inside. Restrooms & full kitchen as well. Eating happens inside the building. Swapping happens in the parking lot. We'll be outside a lot so you might want to wear hats and plenty of sunscreen.
Bring snacks to share and what ever you want to drink. We'll provide the paper goods, silverware and ice.
If you want to be in on the "door prize" drawing bring a garden related thing (not a plant) and put a gift tag on it with your own name. We'll use the gift tags to draw names.
Since there isn't any shade in the parking lot you should plant to bring something to cover your tender plants from the sun with. Either a pop up canopy, or a sheet strung between some chairs or a table with a sheet over it would work.
If this is your very first plant swap or you are a new gardener, you don't have to bring any plants. But are encouraged to bring items you can trade with. (Candy, pots,
soaps, lotions anything you are willing to trade for plants)
Please be sure to tell everyone that this is your first swap or that you are a newbie to gardening and you will see how nice everyone is and how they make you feel right at home.
The basics of a plant swap:
Bring plants divided from your garden beds, potted up and labeled.
Bring cuttings, labeled of course.
Plants are the stars, but get creative about what else you'd like to swap, such as garden art and sculpture, books, seed packets, extra tools, garden hats, cute pots. Bring your tips, too.
Each person will want to know what they are getting. By the time they get home many have forgotten what the name of the plant is, so please label each item.
Some people note any tips that might help the plant's new owner be successful enough to divide the plant again in a few years. Some traders/swappers print out care sheets for each plant to hand to the new owner. But if you have labeled properly, the new owner can find info about the plant easily on line.
A potted plant has roots. A cutting does not. A cutting stuck in a pot of dirt is not a potted plant. Please do not try to pass one off as such.
When swappers receive plants they always put them away from those they are trading away. You might want to bring a sheet or something to lay over the plants you plan to take home.
Please DO NOT take anything without asking.
It is good etiquette to ASK if it is OK to take a certain plant.
Sometimes swappers have done "pre-trades" on the internet with other gardeners and they are saving those plants to give to them. Pre Trades should be well marked and set aside but in the chaos of getting to the swap and setting up, some things just don't get done. Always ask.
There will be a designated area for free plants for the taking. These will be extra plants that swappers will bring to give away and no trade is expected.
When marking your plants, you can use permanent ink on Popsicle sticks, cut pieces of old blinds, plastic knives, forks or spoons and anything else you can be creative with! Printed labels are fine too.
What if it rains?
WE WILL BE THERE RAIN OR SHINE! We are die-hard gardeners and the swap will go down regardless!
What is a pre-trade? How do I pre-trade with other gardeners before the plant swap?
A pre-trade is a plant trade made with other gardeners online who are going to the scheduled plant swap. Gardeners are looking for certain plants to swap with other gardeners and agree ahead of time that they will bring those plants to the plant swap for each other.
Does the plant swap cost any money to attend?
ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY IS TO BE EXCHANGED FOR ANYTHING! We allow swapping or trading of plants or garden-related items only!
You can post trades here in this thread.
Let the swapping begin!!!
Here is a link that might be useful: Denton County Gardening Meet Up Group