ROCKINGHAM ― Local gardeners and others with green thumbs are invited to Richmond County’s first plant swap next week.
Event organizers are encouraging plant lovers to bring plants, cuttings, seeds, pots or tools to swap with like-minded individuals.
“We have events for beekeepers and farmers in the county, but nothing for casual hobby gardeners, so this is something new to try” said Paige Burns, county director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension.
Sharon Nichols, event organizer, said the swap is “a perfect opportunity for gardeners in the community to meet each other and swap tips as well as plants.”
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Hitchcock Creek Greenway on Steele Street, with a social featuring light refreshments at 5 p.m. and the swapping starting at 5:30
“It’s fun to meet other people who share your passion for helping things grow and create beauty,” said Nichols.
Here’s how it works, according to Burns: if an attendee brings two items, they select two items to take home.
“If there are extra plants available,” Burns added, “we will not hold to that.”
Everything must be clean, pest-free and labeled, organizers say.
“Lots of gardeners have extra plants or plant babies,” she added. “Hostas and daylilies need to be split occasionally and you may not need them, but you don’t throw them away. This will be a fun way to give them a new home and exchange them for new plants gardeners may not have in their collection.”
If there is enough interest and a high enough attendance, Burns and Nichols say there will be future swaps.
For more information visit facebook.com//richmond.ces.ncsu.edu or call 910-331-9965.