Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shady Swap Recap: At the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

So as it turned out the #shadyswap ended up not being as Shady as initially intended, They were nice enough to allow us to use the press room as well as a table. So that we could all sit comfortably and talk seeds. To be honest it almost gave it a school lunch effect, where the kids swap different lunch items until they get what they want. Which in a sense gave it a feel all of it's own, everyone seemed comfortable and as if we all had known eachother for quite a while. The shady swap had a great turn out; in attendance was Kylee , Xan ,  Julia , Melissa , Mr. Brown Thumb , Auntie Cara , Abbie , and Linda . With special Appearances by: Gina,  ShawnaDiane , Kylee's Wonderful Mother , and Joe L'ampl.

Everyone brought great items to the table. To see everyones individual Seed lists click on here

The Seeds i walked away with!

Scarlet Runner Beans..been wanting to grow these, and now I can.
These are the seeds that i got from the swap, most of these will be put to use in my own garden and others will be given away as seedlings to friends and family. To hopefully inspire them to garden.

One of the greatest things that I enjoyed regarding the seed swap was that after we were done, any seeds that weren't taken, were left for others to try.

In my experience Seed Swaps are fun, and they should be, being that it is a method to give/ receive seeds that will have otherwise gone unplanted. It is also a great way to try and grow something new that you might not have been willing to try otherwise. To Start a Seed Swap in your area these guidelines  have seemed to have worked perfectly as well as Fern Richardson who has also has posted great in depth information on seed swapping.


Shawna Lee Coronado said...

Great recap! I loved coming and think this is so much fun to do. Next time I'll bring lots more seeds. WOOT!


Xan said...

Oops-- make that Gina's link

Xan said...

Thanks for the shout out! It was great meeting you, and thanks for the shishitos! Oddly, Linda's link above seems to go to my dashboard? (How is that possible)

Diane said...

I helped myself to some columbines after the swapping was done. Looked like fun but I just don't have the time or energy to keep seedlings alive these days... maybe next year!

Finding My Green Thumb said...


Great! I'm glad you liked it, It was fun havin you there!


I adjusted the link...thats interesting because i tested each link yesterday..i wonder why that happened? Thank you fro bringing it to my attention. I also adjust your link as well :-)


I'm glad you did! i have some of those as well i can't wait to see how they grow! Its my first time growing them this year.

garden girl said...

It was great meeting you and the others in the group I'd only previously 'known' through twitter and/or blogs.

I loved how casual and friendly it was, and it was nice leaving the extras for others. It was great being able to meet in the press room and getting a chance to chat with other bloggers and press people who were gathered there.

MrBrownThumb said...

It was a lot of fun. Glad to have met so many of the bloggers.