have: ft worth swap new location

seamommy(7bTX)October 6, 2009

I thought this post would bear repeating so:

Brenda says our old location has been reserved already, so she has generously reserved a pavilion SOUTH of I-30 by the zoo.

From I-30 on the western edge of downtown Ft Worth, go

SOUTH on UNIVERSITY approximately 9/10ths of a mile & turn


I forgot to take an odometer reading once I turned, but just follow the road through some curves, & just a breath past the ballfields & bleachers on the right, you'll see a big nice pavilion with a *lot* of tables.

We'll also have a huge grill & 2 smaller ones, &.....




Since we want everyone to have a happy & harmonious experience, we're posting rules for clarification this year:

Swap starts at 9 AM or whenever the first bunch arrives, & we "swap til we drop"...which usually happens about 2 PM!

Bring your surplus plants, cuttings, seeds, garden supplies & tools, art, garden clogs...anything that another gardener could possibly use, & be realistic & respectful about what you expect to "trade" these items for.

(I sometimes bring a cat litter bucket full of rose cuttings, but I don't expect to get a brand new Ace Hardware wheelbarrow in return!)

Be sure your plants are well-hydrated, as travel & wind are hard on them, & we want to give our adopted plants the best start possible in their new homes.

Sturdy, permanent, not-easily-dislodged labels are most helpful, & info sheets are absolutely priceless.

When arranging pre-trades, be sure that you & your trade partner are on the same page;

if you offer a "plant" for a "plant", describe its size, size of the pot it's in, age of the plant, when you took the cutting from the mother plant, etc.

It's perfectly fine to trade cuttings, but be sure that your trade partner knows what he/she is getting, & bear in mind that, while some cuttings will root, not all of them will, so bring a bunch..

When I bring that bucket of rose cuttings, I always have as many as possible of each variety;

they "cost" me literally nothing, & I want to be sure my trade partner ends up with *roses*.

Helpful accessories include hats, sunglasses, drinking water, water for hydrating/watering plants, Sharpies, notebooks, chairs, tables, little red wagons or some such, newspaper, extra boxes, cards with your name/email/phone # to hand to kindred spirits.

A good way to keep your "inventory" in order is to box your pre-trades & label each box with the trade partner's name;

I my own self use a whole sheet of letter-sized paper & write the person's name in enormous letters;

on one side of the page, I list what is in the box;

on the other side, I list what that person is bringing me.

Complete one trade before you begin the next one:

It's too easy to hand off your box to a trader only to find that they get lost in the shuffle while you try to answer questions from someone else...

& someone else gets your plants from the trader, who has gotten carried away with swap fever.

If you bring a table, or if you snag one of the tables in the pavilion, put your "availables" on top, your "already promised" pre-trades behind or beneath, & the things that you're taking home beneath.

(It wouldn't hurt to put your own name on some boxes or at least to bring paper & a Sharpie to label what you're taking home.)

We've always kept rules to a minimum, but here are 2 that should be self-explanatory:

1. Do not stick a cutting in a pot & call it a plant.

If someone discovers this at the swap, the person who did it will be asked to leave.

2. Do *not* remove a plant from *anywhere* unless the owner/trader is looking you right in the eye when you take it.

In fact, rather than "taking" the item, it would be better to have the trader pick it up & hand it to you.

Remember, if there's a conflict over this, the trader/offerer/*owner* of the plant will prevail, so be sure that person wants you to have the plant.

Here's an idea I got from another plant forum, & it comes in handy this year, when my poor old garden is overgrown & needs thinning & I have an emotional problem with pulling up healthy plants & throwing them away.

This autumn we're going to have an "orphans" table, where you can put things that are "free to good home".

I my own self will be bringing tall purple Mexican petunias, 4 o'clocks, & English Ivy.

"Rules", or etiquette, for the orphans table are that each person takes what he/she can use & leaves the rest until the end of the swap.

When people start leaving, everything on the orphans table is available to anyone.


There are 3 additional very helpful, informative threads about the Ft Worth swap.

You should see them on the first page of the Exchanges page, but you can find them by typing key phrases into the search box:

Luncheon Dishes

'Door Prizes' (include the quote marks) &

Haves Wants

and now....

let the mania begin!

Cheryl (sounding a lot like Sylvia)

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phyllisb2008(8 DFW)

Cheryl, did you an Sylvia go to the same school?

    Bookmark   October 9, 2009 at 11:47AM
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It was a special school for the excruciatingly gifted.

It was so exclusive, we were the only ones there.

neener neener neener!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2009 at 2:02PM
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...but ignore the directions to the "old" location!

& you don't need a table now, because the pavilion near the zoo has lots of tables.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 5:16PM
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Refinements for these rules:
Orphan's Table:
Extra plants that we want to share without a trade will go onto an "Orphan's Table", which is to be left untouched until the door prizes are drawn.
When you collect your door prize, you can go to the Orphan's Table & pick one item or two, depending on the number of plants donated.

When everyone has picked one or two items, we'll start over.

Don't Take, Wait Until It's Offered:

I cannot stress this strongly enough.
Do not take *anything*, even if you see your name on a box or a plant.
It isn't yours until the person who brought the item hands it to you, at which time you hand your trade to him or her.

This is the only way for traders to be sure that they don't lose control of their items before they know that they're happy with the item they're to receive in trade.

If you're trading an azalea for an ivy, & you've brought a 5 gallon azalea & your trading partner has brought a 4" pot of ivy & you don't think that's equitable, you can decline the trade.

If anyone takes something without permission, that person will be asked to leave.

One more "suggestion", but it's a *strong* suggestion:

Post your haves before you post your wants & before you ask a trader for something they've posted.

& the flip side to that is, of course, if someone asks for something & you can't find what they've offered, *ask* before you agree to bring them something.

We are all free, of course, to give our plants away *if we want to* (something like informed consent), but that doesn't excuse taking advantage of someone's generosity.

As was mentioned on a thread last spring, you can always bring cookies;
Wal-Mart sells every variety under the sun!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 5:29PM
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