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Hudson Garden Club 2016 Fall Plant Exchange Oct. 1 at Veterans Way Park Pavilion

Published: September 14, 2016 12:00 AM

For almost 30 years, the Hudson Garden Club has welcomed the community to share in the time-honored tradition of spring and fall plant exchanges. Thousands of plants have found new homes and brought joy as they grew, many also being shared again years later, and the cycle continues. In many respects, little has changed from the early days when the rule was 'bring a plant, and take a plant, and if you don't have any, pay a nominal price.

This is not a fundraiser for the club; it truly is sharing plants from our home gardens. This is also a great opportunity to visit the park.

The date is Oct. 1. This is always a fun event for the HGC members and the community. The check-in will begin at 9 a.m. and the exchange will start promptly at 10 a.m.

The Hudson Garden Club donates through our only fundraiser, the Home and Garden Tour, some of the monies towards trees and other projects in the Parks and throughout the City, and we have a wonderful relationship with all.

Veterans Way Park is located at 55 Veterans Way near downtown and is accessed from state Route 91 (the traffic light by

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Starbuck's) or Milford Road (which runs behind ACME Plaza).

The pavilion is just off the parking lot, making it easy to carry plants to share and take home. It's only steps away.

Check in: Each plant needs to be divided and labeled and brought potted in good condition to the Exchange.

/A label has been designed that will keep all the plants uniformly marked and easy for those volunteering and those choosing plants. The label identifies the plant, providing name, color, height, bloom time and growing needs, i.e.: sun, shade, etc. We welcome as many plants as you would like to share, with the exception of any groundcovers (no groundcover will be accepted) or if it is a known invasive variety perennial or herb.

/ Invasive plants will not be accepted

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/ No more than two plants of the following will be accepted:

- Herbs: lemon balm, mints, chives, valerian, tansy and bee balm (monarda)

- Fast spreading perennials: roadside Daylilies, Yarrow, Gooseneck Loosestrife, Black-eyed Susans, Shasta daisies,

- Obedient plant. Coreopsis and Violets, among others.

Tickets: One ticket will be issued for every standard size plant you bring. You may use tickets to purchase plants from the exchange, and if you have leftover tickets, they may be used for a plant exchange held in the same year. If you do not have any plants to share, plants may be purchased at the end of the exchange.

All plants, excluding the premium plants, which are labeled as such, are available for one ticket/or $1, premium plants are priced slightly higher. This is a wonderful and fun tradition for both the Garden Club and the residents of Hudson and beyond. Come out and and hope for a sunny day. There is not a rain date.

Don't forget to bring containers to take plants home in. If you have any questions, please call Sherry Beam 330-342-0969, or email info@hudsongardenclub.org Check the HGC website www.hudsongardenclub.org to download plant labels and read more complete guidelines.

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