Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:00 AM
Events, All, Community
CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Calling all gardeners! As a part of Cleveland State’s 9th annual It’s All About the Green Environmental Awareness Event on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., there will be another plant exchange for employees, students, volunteers and friends of the college. Participants can bring plants from their own garden to exchange for plants from other people’s gardens.
Check in for the plant exchange starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 10:30, and the actual exchange will be from 10:30 to noon.
Participants will need to bring a plant flat, box or plastic grocery bag to use to collect plants during the exchange. You will receive tickets for the plants you bring, and these tickets may be used to pay for the plants you select at the exchange.
Joyce Chapman, Plant Exchange Coordinator, said, “We have had much success at past plant exchanges, so we are looking forward to offering this again this year. The plant exchange provides everyone a great opportunity to share your flowers with others by uncovering your flower beds to find little sprouts of something wanting to show its beauty to you and your neighbor. Many of these plants need to be divided to help the plants produce the best quality of its beauty. Go do some digging and come talk about your garden and hear from others about their garden!”
According to Chapman, there are certain steps that need to be taken to prepare plants for the exchange:
- Dig and divide your plants the day before or day of the exchange. Take care not to damage the roots of the plant while digging them. Once dug, a garden fork, ditch shovel, and spade are all great tools for dividing. Please make sure there is enough soil left with the root ball to protect the roots from drying out. Wrapping the roots with damp newspaper is a great way to provide additional moisture.
- Participants can dig their plants earlier and put them in containers. If you choose to do this, remember to water them well until the exchange.
Identifying the plants:
- Each plant brought to the exchange should be properly labeled. We ask that you include as much information on the label as possible such as the name (botanical and/or common), growing conditions (sun, shade, etc.), height, color, bloom time (spring, summer, fall), and anything else you may find insightful to share. Also, to deter the spread of invasive plants, visit the Tennessee Exotic Plant Pest Council website at www.tneppc.org/invasive_plants and refrain from bringing plants with a “severe threat” ranking.
- If you collected seeds last year or have some leftover from spring planting, please bring that along to exchange, as well. Please have all the seed pre-sorted and labeled. Be sure to have a spot at home prepared for your new plants so you can plant them as soon as possible.
For more information on the 9th annual It’s All About the Green Environmental Awareness Event, contact Tracey Wright at (423) 473-2341. For more information about the Plant Exchange, contact Joyce Chapman at (423) 472-7141, ext. 224.