“New England Plant Swap Planned for June 1st in Walpole” This was the headline in the local paper that caught my eye on May 1st 2013. I did a post about it https://mygardenmychickens.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/plant-swap/ and have been looking forward to it since then. Yesterday I dug up some rhubarb, wisteria, siberian iris and transplanted 3 black cherry tomato plants to bring to the Swap.
The GPS said it was 35 minutes away and off I went. It was a little more than 35 minutes but not much, I got there just after 9:00 am and they hadn’t started yet. There were three rounds of plant taking, round one was everyone who had brought a plant could go and take one plant, round two was you could go and take half as many plants as you brought, ( so if you brought 10 plants you could take 5 in the second round) and the third round was you could take the balance of your plants. This worked very smoothly, probably because gardeners are nicer and more patient than non-gardeners. Just my opinion.
I had a ball. All of my expectations were met and exceeded. Jim, with his official looking New England Plant Swap shirt, pointed out Lance Robinson as the master-mind behind this Plant Swap. Lance started this last year and the day was cold dreary. Today was sunny and bright, actually HOT. I thought it was well attended, well organized and location, location, location. Adams Farm is a beautiful piece of New England. The Walpole Garden club has a butterfly garden there that is stunning and there is a community garden with 62 plots. Good sized plots.
Spending the morning talking to people with green thumbs and dirty fingernails, was most enjoyable. Marcia and I swapped stories about chickens. Peggy offered me strawberry plants from her community plot. I can’t say enough good things about this. Thank you Lance, great idea and job well done. I will try to give my new plants a good home. This is what I got strawberry plants, 2 types of hosta, 1 day lily, some Sedum autumn joy and 1 red hibiscus. Quite a haul if you ask me.
I didn’t count how many tables were set up for the plants, all were covered and there were plants on the floor around them. I have 2 pictures that were taken after the first round and maybe after the second round, I was busy picking out plants.
Did I mention that I had a good time??