Garden Gnome: Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale is May 5

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Every time I walk through the yard checking on plants and fussing over chewed leaves, I think of the wonderful folks who have shared plants that now dot every flower bed.

I love to shop for flowers, but there is something special about having an attachment to other people through plants. It’s one of the reasons why the Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale is one of my favorite events in Augusta.

The 14th annual plant swap is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Franke Pavilion at Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.

It’s a fabulous chance to find plants that you know will grow in our part of Georgia and South Carolina, pick up tips from Master Gardeners who will be on hand to answer questions, and pal around with all the other plant nuts.

I promised to bring Ajuga, but crown rot seriously depleted my shade beds. I have something just as pretty to share – lovely little irises that produce pretty blue blooms in the shade and multiply at a fair pace.

There will be lots of other plants brought by other, more talented Master Gardeners. These plants are sold at very reasonable prices to benefit the park.

Others are welcome to bring plants to swap or sell, too. You will need to provide your own tables or equipment, and you are asked to donate 10 percent of the profits to the park.

Snacks will be available. Before you leave, check out the park, the gardens, the play area, the dog park, the pond and wetlands area. Many of the improvements were made possible because of the annual sale.

GARDEN EVENTS

• The 14th annual Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The park is located at 1600 Troupe St.

• Vince Dooley will be the featured speaker at the 2012 Hydrangea Conference. Registration is $25 and includes several speakers and lunch on June 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. You can register through csrahydrangeasociety.org.


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