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Gardeners share tips, greenery

Sharing nature

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Betty Crowther's yard is crowded with plants, many with unusual or whimsical names such as Black Flamingo, Mickey Mouse elephant ear, Devil's Backbone and Lizard's Tail.

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The Evans resident and master gardener plans to do what gardeners do best: share the amusingly named plants with other gardeners Saturday at the annual Plant Exchange and Sale.

"I have more plants than I know what to do with," said Crowther, a member of the Cherokee Rose Garden Club and an organizer of the event. "I love to pass along plants."

Crowther got the Black Flamingo now blooming in her yard from fellow master gardener Helene Hondrum.

"We trade and we swap," said Hondrum, an event organizer who believes in the sharing nature of gardeners.

Hondrum, like Crowther, has many cuttings and rootings potted up to trade for more plants at the plant swap, which will last from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Evans.

Hondrum recently moved, which meant leaving her well-tended garden behind.

"I cannot wait until Saturday, I need all kinds of stuff," Hondrum said of the event put on by the Cherokee Rose Garden Club.

The event, in its eighth year, gives gardeners the opportunity to share plants. It is held in the fall as the season is the optimal time for planting.

The event is free and anyone is welcome to set up a booth for selling or trading plants or garden accessories. For more information, contact Crowther at (706) 860-3696 or Hondrum at (706) 854-8215.



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