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HAVE: Raleigh Spring Swap & Picnic 2013

Posted by trianglejohn z7b NC ( on
Fri, Mar 1, 13 at 13:21

Raleigh Spring Swap & Picnic 2013
Saturday April 27th, 2pm - 4pm
Pine Shelter - White Deer Park - Garner, NC

Everything will be the same as in past swaps. We have the shelter from 1:00pm til 4:00pm so show up early and help people haul plants to the shelter.

We have three activities going on at the same time - the general swap, special trades, and the picnic. You are free to join in on any of them. The general swap is done in a modified Round Robin style where I ding a bell and you get to grab a limited number of plants and then stash them in your special hiding spot away from the shelter. After a few rounds all heck breaks loose and we just grab all the left over plants. The special trade swaps are off to the side and are where you exchange plants one-on-one with someone you have arranged a trade with. There will be a Special Trades thread started here on the Carolina Garden Web Exchange subforum to handle all the details. The only rule is that you need to keep your special trades away from the main shelter or else someone may take them during the general swap. The picnic is after the swapping. A Swap Food List thread will also show up where people can announce what they will be bringing. There are a few grocery stores nearby so that items can be picked up on your way to the park if you don’t want to cook.

As in the past we have no rules, you are free to haul anything gardening related to the swap and give it away - this includes live plants, seeds and bulbs, cuttings, pottery, tools and equipment. One thing that sets our swap apart from others is that we do not require you to even bring plants to participate. We always have way more plants than people. If you feel guilty taking something for nothing you can always bring food for the potluck picnic.

I believe this is our 12th year of getting together to talk dirt and trade plants!!! Some of you were there from the very beginning and some of you are recent converts to this crazy hobby. On the surface this activity looks like its all about the plants but in the end it is really all about the people - we enjoy spending the afternoon talking to other gardeners as much as we do playing in the dirt.

Here’s the town of Garner’s web page about the park: and Recreation/Parks.aspx?ID=25

An easy way to get there is to take the Beltline to exit #299 and turn South (away from downtown Raleigh). The road you are on is Hammond or Person (it has two names). Stay on this same road as it crosses Hwy 70, by now it has changed names to Timber Drive. Take Timber Drive all the way to Aversboro Street and turn Right (this intersection has a Wallgreens, a CVS and a Lowe’s Foods). There is a small city sign showing how to get to White Deer or Lake Benson Park. White Deer Park is on the right side of the road. There is a church on the opposite side of the street. If you see a big wooden sign for Lake Benson you have gone one short block too far.

Once you enter the park take the first turn to the left and drive until you see the big parking lot. I think the parking lot is one way. Our shelter is after the turn and right up against the parking lot. Look for the small sign that says “Pine” up on the eave of the building. There is a map on the park website above.

The parks address is: White Deer Park 2400 Aversboro Street Garner NC 27529

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: HAVE: Raleigh Spring Swap & Picnic 2013

YAY: a sure sign of SPRING!

RE: HAVE: Raleigh Spring Swap & Picnic 2013

I am really looking forward to this year's swap since I missed both of last year's. I will update the list of plants I have to trade asap, but for sure I have 'Bengal tiger' cannas, several kinds of salvias and 'Diamond Frost hybrid Euphorbia. Also, I am rooting several kinds of fig trees including 'Kadota', 'Celeste', 'Violette de Bordeaux' and 'Chicago Hardy'. I have several year old Rabbiteye blueberry sprouts and year old American persimmon seedlings.

can't make the swap (wah!) this spring but need help

I am going to be out of town, so I will miss the swap, which I have not missed in many years. However, I need your HELP, or I should say that the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association needs your help. Who is the worst polluter of our streams in NC? Durham County. Ellerbe Creek is a mess. Here is the important part: ELLERBE CREEK CONTRIBUTES POLLUTION TO FALLS LAKE, RALEIGH'S WATER RESERVOIR! Lots of folks are helping, including Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. ECWA is planning more residential rain garden installations this spring. NATIVE PLANTS ARE NEEDED. If you have extra native plants, potted up, please consider contributing them. I can send you a list of plants most needed if you want. The plants can be picked up from your home, or maybe someone will collect them for me at the swap. This is a great cause, and it impacts most of us directly. Also join the ECWA list serve to stay informed of improvements!

Here is a link that might be useful: ECWA

RE: HAVE: Raleigh Spring Swap & Picnic 2013

Does anyone have an Angel Trumpet they are willing to swap for? I picked one up at a swap last year for my daughter, Theresa, and it was the focal point of her garden.

RE: HAVE: Raleigh Spring Swap & Picnic 2013

iamcgowa - someone usually brings some to the swap, big ones and small ones so don't be surprised if you get one.

RE: HAVE: Raleigh Spring Swap & Picnic 2013

I won't be able to come this spring, sadly. I hope to come in the fall and see everyone. I enjoy seeing fellow gardeners, although I don't need more plants to care for.

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