have been getting a number of emails and phone calls about the
Washington Gardener Seed Exchanges. I thought I'd put together
the following FAQ. Feel free to pass it on to any fellow gardeners:
Yes, you can still register. We have plenty of spaces open. The
preregistration deadline is by Friday, January 24 for the Brookside event and Friday, January 31 by the Green Spring event. To register onsite, you can still fill
out the registration form and bring it with payment to the event
starting at 12:00noon on Saturday. The form is posted here: http://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2013/12/seed-exchanges-2014.html
or email email@example.com
with "Seed Exchange" in the subject field and we can email it directly to you.
We recommend eating lunch before coming. We will be serving a healthy,
light snack break mid-way through the event -- fruit, granola bars, etc.
We have filtered water - if you have a travel mug, bottle, or cup you
like, please bring that to fill up. We will have some plastic/paper cups
on hand, but are trying to keep this event as “green” as possible.
We will have generic blank name tags -- but we ask participants to be
creative and make their own tags or if you have your own name tag
from work or another event, by all means bring it. We will do prizes for
most creative name tags :-). Again, we are trying
to recycle and make this event eco-friendly.
- When you get your goody bag at
check-in, please make sure to label it with your name -- all the bags
look alike and can get easily mixed up. Bringing a few sheets of those
personalized address labels you get with charity mailings will come in
handy for this and for labeling your seed packets, giving out your
contact information to fellow gardeners, etc.
- If you are
bringing seed catalogs for our give-away table, be sure to rip off the
address labels and tear out any order insert with your personal
information on it.
~ We also welcome gardening books for swapping, so feel free to bring those too.
- We screen incoming seeds and do not accept
any invasives listed in the "Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural
Areas" booklet from the National Park Service. See the listing at: http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/pubs/midatlantic/toc.htm. (We do not allow GMO seeds in either, but chances are slim that any home gardener would have access to them.)
~ You can bring unused seeds from purchased packs or seeds you
gathered from your own garden. Carefully
pack and label your seeds as best you can. The more information you can
provide, the better. More details on seed packing and labeling are on the registration
form. Did you know you can make your own seed packs? Get great free
downloadable templates are here: http://tipnut.com/seed-packets/
Please do NOT bring
large quantities of seed in one bag. Our volunteers are over-whelmed at the
check-in tables already with sorting seeds into the table categories, please
break them up into smaller quantity packs ahead of time or we will not be able
to put them out.
(No, you don't have to
bring seeds. It is great though if you do bring them. Store-bought is fine.)
(Yes, you can bring
bulbs, tubers, corms, etc. to the swap. They should be bagged and labeled
just like seeds.)
(Older seeds are fine, if
you can test for viability that would be great. The exceptions are lettuce,
onions, and impatiens seeds, which should all be less than a year old.)
~ Make a list of your seed “wants” in advance. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement
of the day and forget the basics that you came for or the rarities that you had
- Here is the
updated event schedule*:
12:00-12:30 Registration and seed drop off to WG Staff & Volunteers
12:30-12:35 Introductory remarks and overview
12:35-1:25 Speaker 1
1:30-2:00 Speaker 2
2:00-2:30 Refreshment Break and
Seed Swap Preview
2:30-3:00 Seed Show and Tell**
3:00-3:30 Seed Swap!
3:30-3:45 Garden Photo Contest Winners Presentation
3:45-4:00 Final Door Prizes and closing remarks -
Kathy Jentz Washington Gardener magazine
*As with all live events, the schedule is subject to last minute change.
**Show-and-Tell participation is voluntary. We encourage you to introduce
yourself, share some fun facts and background on the seeds you bring, or
tell us about any local garden projects or groups that you are involved