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Michigan Perennials Swap 19 May, 2007

Posted by magickiwi Zone 5 Michigan (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 4, 07 at 1:28

It's time to plan for the SPRING PERENNIALS PLANT SWAP & POT LUCK so bring your extra plants, your dish to pass, bring a friend with his/her plants and join in the fun! Come and meet other gardeners from the area, have a delicious meal and acquire some wonderful new plants.


DATE: Saturday, 19th May, 2007
TIME: 10:00am - 2:00pm
PLACE: Wayland City Park,
Park St & W Cherry St.
Wayland MI 49348

SWAP MATERIALS: perennial plants, shrubs, well-rooted cuttings and divisions (potted up) and bulbs. We are asking for plants that are well established, of good size (size you would be thrilled to buy at the store), and in gallon pots or larger (gallon pots are approx 6 inches across x 6.5 inches tall). Bring along photos of your plants if you can. Do mark if they are invasive or not ... mini blinds cut up and written on with #2 pencil make great markers - the pencil marks last for years.


POT LUCK: Please bring a dish to pass, with serving untensils, and your own beverage; be sure to bring and mark your serving spoons etc. with your name. Paper plates, napkins, cups & plastic silverware will be provided.
* If your last name begins with A-L please bring a dessert or salad. *
* If your last name begins with M-Z please bring a main dish or vegetable. *

GIFT EXCHANGE: If you wish to participate in the Gift Exchange drawing, please bring along ONE, UNWRAPPED, NEW, GARDEN-RELATED ITEM VALUED AT $5-$10 (enough advance notice for you to be able to find bargains!). Present your item at Check-In to receive your gift drawing ticket. Only those who donate an item will be eligibile to participate in the drawings at this Swap. At previous swaps we have had
many wonderful items eg: plants, gardening books, bird houses, bird feeders and garden ornaments. Please only bring ONE gift each.

10:00AM - Arrive, sign in with name and number of plants, get name tag, put plants in assigned area, put out dish to pass, meet other gardeners and look over all the plants.
11:45AM - Pot Luck, visit and have Gift Exchange
1:00PM - Swap begins
After swap - more visiting, pack up, goodbyes.

This will be a Round Robin Swap.
Rounds #1-2-3 - everyone selects one plant.
Rounds #4-5-6 - everyone selects 2 plants.
Rounds #7-8 - everyone selects 3 plants
Rounds #9-10 - everyone selects 3 plants and so on ...
This way everyone gets a chance to get some of the plants they really have on eye on. This works well and people have been very pleased at our previous swaps. Everyone should be able to take home as many plants as they bring.

TIPS FOR THE DAY: bring a folding chair, a table for your plants in case there arent enough picnic tables there to put them on, bring and mark your serving utensils for your dish to pass. The City Park has a children's play area and a toilet block for your convenience. If you are bringing your little ones along be sure to have someone with you to keep an eye on them at all times so that they are safe. It helps to have some way to transport your plants from your vehicle to the swap area ... wheel barrow, wagon, sled etc.
Let us know if you are coming so we can get a head count, make up name tags and get you pre-registered.

Email with any questions and to pre-register. Please print this off and save for future reference!

I look forward to seeing you there!

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RE: Michigan Perennials Swap 19 May, 2007

Looks like we will have quite a few people at the swap - over 50 last spring - and I am certain there will be lots of gorgeous plants to choose from, great food and plenty of lively conversations! Hope to see you there!

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