The HOPE Initiative’s annual fall plant swap is Saturday, Sept. 17.
The plant swap is at Millstone Farms and Gardens’ red barn, 1500 W. Alabama Street, New Castle. The plant swap begins promptly at 9 a.m.; so swappers are encouraged to be ready no later than 8:45 a.m., preferably by 8:30.
“This is the greatest fun in the shortest amount of time!” said Millstone Farms co-owner Cathy Hamilton. “We haven’t had a swap yet that lasts longer than 45 minutes, in and out, with wonderful sharing of plant starts, garden tools, yard art.”
Hamilton said everyone is a winner, even those who bring plant starts and then just enjoy giving them away, taking none in return.
“At the last plant swap, some participants left with over 10 new items!” she said.
The plant swaps are held twice a year: spring and fall.
Those who bring swapping items will have first pick of the offerings in “Rounds One and Two,” but those who initially don’t have anything to swap will be welcome to join in the remaining rounds. Seasoned gardeners will be on hand to give gardening advice to beginning gardeners.
Some tips for the day
Setup begins at 8:30 a.m. to allow browsing before the 9 a.m. start of the plant swap. Most participants display their offerings from the back of their car or truck.
Feel free to print out pictures of your plants in bloom to attach to plant starts, so folks will know what they look like in all their glory!
This event is rain or shine. Millstone has a shelter house that can be used if it is bad weather.
Directions to the Plant Swap, located on the grounds of Millstone Farms and Gardens, 1500 W. Alabama Street, New Castle:
In front of the Henry County Hospital, at the intersection of 14th Street and 16th Street (otherwise known as State Route 103), turn west onto W. Alabama Street. Millstone Farms and Gardens is on the right at the end of the hill.
In addition to the fall plant swap this Saturday, the Hamiltons, owners of Millstone Farms and Gardens, will pass the farm to its new owner, Mr. Brad Crowe.
Come out for swapping plants, bidding a farewell to the Hamiltons who have moved to Virginia, and meeting the new owner.
HOPE Initiative is a group of people who come together with the goal of better “ensuring dignity to all citizens of New Castle and surrounding areas.” The goal of HOPE Initiative is to enhance an already good and decent region by being an out-loud “good neighbor.”
For more information regarding the HOPE Initiative Plant Swap, contact Dennis Hamilton, 513-295-5360 or email@example.com.