WANTED: Ft Worth Autumn Swap
Autumn in Texas!
Time to "Swap Til You Drop!"
Our Autumn Swap for 2005 will be on Sunday, November 7, starting at 11 AM & going on until we're all wore out (or until they run us out of the park!), at Trinity Park.
Where it is:
Trinity Park is on University just north of I-30, on the east side of the road, across the street from the first entrance to the Botanic Gardens.
Just turn into the park, & follow the trail.
You can't miss us!
We won't be in the gazebo but just past it under the big old trees near the picnic tables, as in the past.
What it is:
Spring & Autumn, Texas Forum members meet to share plants, seeds, flower pots, supplies, books, magazines, garden art, garden junk, & crafts, as well as "garden chat", camaraderie, & tips.
What to do:
Pot up your "surplus" plants (those that you're thinning out, those you're removing in favor of a different type, those that self-seeded or volunteered, those that you grew on purpose & now realize that you have enough for 40 acres, etc.)
It's a good idea to mark each item while you've got it in your hands:
I use a Sharpie on light-colored plastic picnic knives & stick them into the soil.
If the plant is going to be in bright sun, write the name on the handle & the blade.
If the exposed part fades in the sun, you still have identification on the underground part.
Seeds should be in sealed envelopes marked with the name & maybe some instructions (full sun, full shade, lotsa water, etc), & the approximate number of seeds.
What else to offer:
Garden art, garden junk, decorative items, birdhouses/feeders/baths, garden supplies, containers (there's always *somebody* who needs those zillion plastic pots!), & books are all popular things at a swap.
on this thread, items that you have to trade & items you'd like to receive.
This is a good way to do "pre-trades":
Pre-trades are a valuable way to control your "inventory" to increase your likelihood of coming home with things you are thrilled to have.
Plus, you can allot car-space according to which items will bring you what you want!
I have learned the hard way to make a list of what I have promised each person, put each person's things in one cardboard box if at all possible, & staple a big "mailing label" with their name onto the box.
Don't try to bring all of this stuff (you won't have room for plants!), but here are some ideas to help make your swap experience as pleasureable as possible:
folding chairs/tables, sheets/blankets to set things on, newspapers, jugs of water to hydrate plants, notebook & pen to make notes (& take down people's names & phone #s to set up "nursery dates" & the like!), plastic bags, business or personal cards showing your own name/#s/email, camera, several sets of printed instructions for your plants' new owners, things to eat, things to drink, a hat, loose comfortable clothes & shoes, etc.
New to gardening or to the area or if you've just moved into a place, & you don't have lots/much/some/any to trade?
*Puhleeeze* come to this swap!
Some of us have *lots* of extras, & we bring plants
to get them adopted rather than to get something in return.
Just ask me about four o'clocks, obedient plants, orange Kwanzo daylilies, oak seedlings....