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A successful first annual Governors Village Neighborhood Gardens Plant Swap was held a week ago on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the pool parking lot.
On what turned out to be a warm and sunny, blue-skied day, dozens of community residents took advantage of this opportunity to share extra perennial divisions and house plants.
After identifying and labeling their items neighbors then were able to “shop” freely for new garden additions from among the donated items. After all, the event motto was Bring a Plant, Take a Plant or Bring a Few, Take a Few. There were lots of conversations, questions about proper growing conditions and assurances provided about size, bloom time and color as people browsed for the perfect plants to take home.
Neighborhood children sold lemonade and cookies. Many a child was smitten by the magic of plants, asking questions about the names and how to care for them, and seeing the potential for how they would grow.
By the end of the swap children and adults were all happy traders. One grateful resident, Lisa Marie Taylor, summed up the spirit of the Plant Swap by saying she, “…picked up about $100 worth of plants free of charge. These plants, however, are priceless as they were grown with loving care by our neighbors.”
The plant swap was sponsored by Neighborhood Gardens, a committee of residents interested in gardening: Cheri Simpson, Chair; Cliff Simpson, Keith Larkin, Adele McLean, Maria Smith, Ted Smith, Joanne Donaton, Ann White and Susie Moffat. The group is also working on plans for the second annual Governors Village Garden Tour scheduled for Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Cliff Simpson, cliff.simpson at sbcglobal.net
Keith Larkin, keithlarkin7 at gmail.com