UPDATE: The plant swap is growing like a dandelion doused with fertilizer (like mad, in other words)! Just a reminder that all on-street parking downtown is FREE on the weekends (and M-F from 5 pm- 8am). Most surface lots are pay lots 24/7, but the lots marked in blue have agreed to allow FREE parking on Snowmageddon Plant Swap Day!
Here is a partial list of participants & vendors at the April 24 swap. Slow Food North Louisiana, NW Louisiana Master Gardeners, NWLA Gardeners, Queen Bee Hippie (body and beauty items made with honey and other natural products), Wired & Sassy Jewelry, The Plant Station, Cone Farm and Garden Mart, Yeero, Yeero Food Truck (Greek food), Taqueria El Eden (traditional Mexican), & Taylor’d Eatz (Jamaican food). There will be garden-related and inspired antiques and vintage for sale, worm castings for sale, lots of FREE seeds and starter plants, and a GIANT table of FREE cookbooks to show you how to use all the bounty of the earth. In addition, people will be selling and swapping succulents, spider plants, bromeliads, bulbs and more. THIS JUST IN: several hundred cookbooks featuring recipes for garden bounty will be available for FREE.
If you are planning to set up a table for the items you wish to swap/give away/sell, please contact me here so I can reserve you a spot.
Remember, the swap starts at 10 am for the public, and it will be held RAIN OR SHINE because The Lot is covered. For loads more information, read below.
The Lot in downtown Shreveport has become ‘the’ place for food trucks, live music and vendors and fun outdoor events, but on April 24, it will host a first for the local community- a plant swap. Plant swaps are fairly common events, but to our knowledge, this is a first for our area, certainly on this large a scale. Google plant swap and you will see that different folks run them in different ways, but one thing is universal- you bring something and swap it for something else. In our case, we are asking that the ‘something’ that you bring be plant-or-garden related, like plants, rootings, seedlings, seeds, gardening equipment of any type, garden art, windchimes, pots, whatever it is that you have, make or grow that someone else might want to have, too.
The idea for our so-called ‘Snowmageddon Plant Swap’ came in February during the week of our devastating snow and ice weather event. It appeared that every potted plant and many garden plants had been dealt a death blow by the cold. We thought the concept sounded great for a number of reasons.
We invite you to come and enjoy a great day of plants, garden talk, shopping and eating! (Yeero, Yeero (Greek food), Taylor’d Eatz (Jamaican) and Taqueria Mi Eden (Traditional Mexican) will be here.) It is Saturday, April 24 from 10 am- 3 pm at 400 Crockett Street at The Lot. We ask that you go online to the Snowmageddon Plant Swap page on Facebook and get a free ticket showing that you will be coming to give us an idea of the numbers of visitors we might see. We encourage you to bring at least one plant or garden item to swap or give away. There are no limits on the quantity of items that you bring, but all plants must be pest free.
You can sell items, too, but if you want to bring things to sell, we ask that you also bring some items to swap or give away. You can bring anything that fits into the ‘garden’ or ‘plant’ category; seeds, plants, cuttings, starters, pots, garden tools, garden art, windchimes, soil, bags of compost, gardening books or brochures and the like. Please make it so that you can separate your plants and cuttings individually so they will be easier to trade and include information regarding the type of each plant, cutting or seed. People will need to know the names of what they are getting.
We plan to have tables set up so that folks who bring items will have a place to display and trade. If you would like a dedicated area for a large number of items to sell or trade, please call the DDA at 318-222-7403 and ask for Liz.
We hope this will be a lot of fun and provide free and lower cost opportunities to make your garden green again, perhaps with some plants or vegetables you have never grown before. It will definitely be a day to meet other folks who garden, ask a lot of questions and make some new friends. The event will be held rain or shine.
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Who can participate? Anyone who wishes. We encourage you to bring at least one plant or garden item to swap or give away. You are not limited on the quantity of items that you bring, but all plants must be pest free. Tickets to come and swap plants are free, but we need a head count. Get your ticket here.
Can I Sell Items, too? Yes, if you want to bring plants or gardening-related items to sell, you can, but we ask that you also bring some things to swap or give away.
What can I bring? Seeds, plants, cuttings, starters, pots, garden tools, garden art, windchimes, soil, bags of compost, gardening books or brochures. Please pot your plants individually and wrap your cuttings individually. It will make it easier to trade them. Please include tags with information regarding the NAME of each plant, cutting or seed and if you wish, information on how to plant/care for them. People will need to know the names of what they are getting.
Who Will Be There? Shreveport DDA and The Lot have been joined by members of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners, Slow Food North Louisiana, Caddo Commissioner (and ardent gardener) John Paul Young, the NWLA Gardeners Group on Facebook & Cotton St. Farms , Wired & Sassy Jewelry, Queen Bee Hippie will be there, too, as will The Plant Station and Cone Farm and Garden Mart from Minden.
Want to Partner with us on this? Email Liz here!
What Should Participants Bring?– Your items to swap. A couple of cardboard boxes for the stuff you will swap and take. Tags telling what your plants are. A few dollars in case you want to buy something. A big smile and neighborliness!
We hope to be able to provide tables for those who register to display their plants & wares, but at the very least there will be a big area of nice concrete, a covered space, bathrooms and at least one food truck.