Today was the Wood County Plant Exchange in NW OHio – I am so glad I clicked on the event featured on Facebook a few months ago because I got a reminder this morning. I was running a little behind and really had no idea what to expect so I grabbed a couple of little plants I had in 3” containers ( catnip, stone crop and foxglove ) and headed up to the fair grounds.
plant exchange event 2018
When I got there I couldn’t believe all the people that were there… they even had volunteers out in the parking lot directing traffic for parking!
I wish I would have known this event was this huge… I would have brought more plants. They even had a drive through area where you could drop off your plants at the door. Once The volunteers check to be sure your plants were market….. You get a bracelet so you know what group of ‘plant exchangers’ you are in. Everyone gets 3 plants and you get an additional plant for everyone you bring. What a great way to start a garden – for free! NOT TO MENTION you get to chat with other plant geeks from your area.
There was a few musicians entertaining before the event began and local organizations had tables set up with local gardening information, handouts and even more free plants!
Just before 10 am I took a photo of the goodies… look at all those plants. People were packed in with their wagons, milk cartans, bags and even strollers to carry their finds home.
Someone from the event made a brief announcement welcoming everyone and explaining how folks were to be let in to the plants – and away everyone went… it was very organized… no stampedes …. Everyone was excited to walk the floor and check out what folks were exchanging.
Everyone had a different bracelet on based on when they arrived and how many plants. I think here were 5 or 6 different groups.