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Name: Rick Moses
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Feb 10, 2019 7:00 PM CST

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2019 Spring Plant Swap

What: 2019 Spring Plant Swap
Registration Begins: Friday, April 19, 2019 Mid-Atlantic Gardeners 2019 Spring Plant Swap
Trading Begins: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Trading Ends: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

This swap is being hosted by Susan (Sulurph) in Potomac, Maryland. Directions will be posted the week of the swap.

There are two threads set up for the Mid-Atlantic Gardeners 2019 Spring Plant Swap.

The first thread is to let us know who is attending and what food or beverage item they are bringing for the pot luck lunch.
2019 Spring Plant Swap - Details and Updates

The second thread is for general chat about the swap. This thread also contains information on how the swap will be conducted.
2019 Spring Plant Swap - CHAT

If you have any questions, please post them to the 2019 Spring Plant Swap - CHAT thread[/url].

If you've never been to an in-person swap, don't be shy! After all, where else can you go and hang out with a bunch of people talking about plants with enthusiasm?

Swap Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: Noon until . . .
Where: Susan's Place (Sulurph), Potomac, MD
Who: NGA Members and their guests (scroll down thread for list of attendees)

As with past swaps, we will be using the Seed Swap tool here on the NGA site. A link to the swap will be posted when available.

Useful Links:
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What you've bought/dibbed
What you've sold

Swap Control Panel
Swap Events Log (Adds, Delets and Dibs)
Complete Swap List


Please only post here if you are planning to attend. Questions, comments, etc. should be posted in the 2018 Fall Plant Swap - CHAT thread.

Last Updated: 13-May-2019

Attending (User ID, From):
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- Sue & David (Sulurph, Potomac, MD)(Our hosts)
- Donner & Tony (Donnerville, Damascus, MD)
- Frenchy (Frenchy21, Falls Church, VA)
- Francine (TantaFrancine, Falls Church, VA)
- Jill (Critterologist, Frederick, MD))
- Lisa & Eric (5601Lisa, Washington, DC)
- Rick (RickM, Derwood, MD)
- Sally (Sallyg, Central MD)
- Sue (SueD, Sewell, NJ)
- Terri (AspenHill, Lucketts, VA)


Pot Luck Lunch... Who's Bringing What:
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- Donner: Chinese Dumplings
- Frenchy: Chocolate Dessert
- Lisa: Tex-Mex Dip and Chips
- Sally: Veggie Tray or Salad
- Sue: Chickpea Salad
- Sue & David: Grilled Chicken, Fruit Platter, Iced Tea, Fruit-Infused Water

Misc Stuff... Who's Bringing What:
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- Jill: Nametags
- Donner: Locator Signs
- Frenchy: Table and 4 Chairs
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Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Feb 10, 2019 9:16 PM CST
I can't host but am willing to help set up, etc... for whoever might be hosting. Smiling
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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Feb 19, 2019 8:12 AM CST

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74 days and counting until the first Saturday in May.

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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Feb 19, 2019 10:00 AM CST
I'll host... a group buy! Just got an email from B&D lilies, 6-packs of orientals deeply discounted. See here: https://www.bdlilies.com/speci...

I'll start a thread if there's interest. Suspect we need to move quickly before these sell out. I already know I "need" 'Felicia' and 'Firebolt' for their names as well as their beauty. I'll buy 6 but am happy with only 3, so I can share. Have not yet calculated shipping!
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Feb 19, 2019 4:55 PM CST
May 4th is a huge event at work, that I should participate in, and 11th is my scheduled Saturday shift... Thumbs down
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Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Feb 20, 2019 11:58 AM CST
I can't do May 11 either. What about May 18? I realize it mostly depends on the host's schedule, of course! I just have too many unknowns on my plate right now to offer. I'll know more closer to the date.

Rick, did you post a link to this thread in any of our more active threads? I don't often come to the forum as such, just hop straight to a thread I'm watching.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
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Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Feb 20, 2019 6:04 PM CST
What about April 27th - is that too early?
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Feb 20, 2019 10:03 PM CST
I can get together early or late! Depending on how early the soil warms, there might not be much up to divide and share for an earlier swap date. My seedlings won't be large or hardened off; maybe I can share tomatoes by then. I do a lot of my planting-out on or after Memorial Day, so I'm just more tuned toward dividing and potting up in May than in April. But as I said, I'm up for a party any time!! And I'll do my best to bring plants, too.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Feb 20, 2019 10:46 PM CST
I'm up for any date -whichever seems to work best for the host/hostess and the group. Smiling

Rebecca_W
Mar 11, 2019 3:17 AM CST
I would offer but there's no street parking for people which eliminates me.

I wonder if a church would be willing to let us use their parking lot and facilities. Or a nature center in a public park (that doesn't charge admission or at least won't for the event).

Should we ask around? Group hug
Name: David
Lucketts, Va (Zone 7a)
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greenthumb99
Mar 11, 2019 5:23 AM CST
I have weekend obligations this spring so I won't be able to attend, but I have in the past suggested utilizing a picnic shelter at some county park: shelter, picnic tables, rest rooms, trash receptacles, parking, flat grassy areas. No one has to make their house and yard presentable, warn the neighbors, and clean up the kitchen afterward. We come, enjoy, and leave without a trace; our own little Burning Bush Festival sans art installations and fire breathing contraptions.

Some parks are very busy, with their shelters adjacent to playgrounds, athletic fields, etc. Others are small, isolated, and devoid of other amenities, providing more intimate, quiet settings. An example:

A new little park Was installed last year in Point of Rocks in Frederick County Maryland. the Point Of Rocks Commons Community Park.

*easy access - one block off Rt 15 at Rt 28 in Point Of Rocks
*picnic shelter with eight large picnic tables, seating 64 people
*running water
*public restrooms
*trash receptacles
*parking for over 20 vehicles immediately adjacent to shelter and restrooms
*large open area for "pop-ups"

Also,
*an amphitheater with lots of sitting wall
*a deli across the street
*100 yards from C&O Canal towpath with Potomac River nearby.

I called about reservations. Since the park is new, it is considered under construction and not on the reservation schedule yet. However, the park is in use and the restrooms are open, so if not yet on the schedule, we can just use it. If on the reservation schedule by swap time it is $80 if reserved by a Frederick County resident (Hi Jill), $120 for a non-resident. What are your thoughts?

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Mar 11, 2019 6:36 AM CST
Might be a good time to try this idea, maybe some new faces will feel less shy about dropping in, in a park. Thumbs up
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Mar 11, 2019 10:53 AM CST
Thanks, David -- great sleuthing!

I like the idea... not as fun as exploring somebody's gardens, but much easier! I could certainly make the reservation if needed. We could put a jar on the nametag table and ask everybody to drop in $5...

Point of Rocks Park is just off 15, right before the bridge over the Potomac. It's not too far from me, maybe 15 minutes, but I hesitate to take charge for the same reason I'm not offering to host as I'd hoped -- 4 parents whose medical situations make my availability uncertain and limit my time (house is less trashed than last month but nowhere near presentable, and y'all know I'm not picky, LOL)

I do have gift table items and name tags to bring or pass along...
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Mar 11, 2019 11:04 PM CST
I like the park idea too.
Name: Ric Sanders
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Eric4home
Mar 12, 2019 9:42 AM CST
We use local parks for our Hobby GH club annual picnic, meeting, and craft project. It was so popular that we set it up as a regular event at the same park every year. We use a twp. park which means someone needs to be or know a resident to reserve the pavilion. At the end of the day all those left pitch in to leave it as clean or cleaner than we found it. That way an easily accessible site can be selected. No muss no fuss. Thumbs up
In this case the club pays the fee and the cost of the entrée, which may only be hotdogs, sausages, and burgers, everything else is as we do for our swaps, pot luck. A collection jar with a suggested donation would be in order in this case. Smiling
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Rebecca_W
Mar 16, 2019 3:14 AM CST
I LOVE the public park idea. The one concern would be if it rains. Would the park still make us pay? Could we have a "rain date"? Could they lower or wave the fee since this is a 'public service' event and not-for-profit?

Is anyone a member of a Master Gardener's group who might be willing to host us?
Name: David
Lucketts, Va (Zone 7a)
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greenthumb99
Mar 16, 2019 6:23 AM CST
We hold swaps rain or shine. If rain is in the forecast several members bring "pop-ups". Plants go under the pop-ups and attendees either hang with the plants or indoors at the host's home. Here the shelter is probably large enough for both attendees and their plants, plus some would bring their pop-ups.
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Mar 19, 2019 3:08 PM CST
Master Gardener groups often have their own events, open to the public, either swaps or sales.

The big shelters could definitely hold our group in the event of rain -- plants would be fine out in it of course.

I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Yehudith
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
meiramalka
Mar 31, 2019 6:47 AM CST
Might want to look at Wheaton Regional Park. It connects to Brookside Gardens, plenty of food available, barbeque pits and cover. Its a great place and the conservatory is gorgeous!
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Mar 31, 2019 10:45 AM CST
It looks like a great location.

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