SAPS – Southern Appalachian Plant Society

SAPS Plant and Seed Swap
Saturday, October 10, 10:30am – 12 noon
Eastman’s Bays Mountain Recreation Area, 406 Bays Mountain Park,

Kingsport, TN 37660, Shelter # 9

Join us for one of our favorite events of the year. Bring your plants (herbs, perennials, trees, shrubs and house plants), seeds, and even garden art, books, containers, etc. to swap. Bring gardening magazines and catalogs you have finished for someone else to read. You can expect to find a wide array of plants, including some hard to find natives and pass-along plants not widely available at garden centers. Many of us have gotten starts of some of our favorite plants at the Swap.

Bring your plants, seeds and other items between 10:30 and 11 am but be sure you are early enough to get them set in place before swapping begins at 11 am. Come and join the fun!
Gathering safely during the pandemic requires us to modify our usual event. We will be meeting outdoors in a large shelter, and, to limit contact time, we will not have our traditional potluck luncheon and silent auction. Everyone is expected to wear a mask to help ensure our mutual health and safety. In ad- dition we will be following Tennessee and CDC guidelines currently limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people. To help us stay within the meeting limit, please RSVP to When responding please let us know if you or you plus partner/spouse will be attending so we know the total number.

Meeting host: Earl Hockin 423- 817-54730.
Please remember that you are responsible for taking any of your donations that are not claimed by others by the end of the swap.
The Plant and Seed Swap is a SAPS members only event. (Non members may join at the Swap and have membership for the rest of 2020 and all of 2021; membership is $20. Current members may renew for $10 for next year alone since we were unable to host most of our events this year.)
Note new location: Eastman’s Bays Mountain Recreation Area.


Make your way to Meadowview Parkway which is at exit 3 from I-26. Go in the direction of Bays Mountain Park. The road continues as Reservoir Rd past the Willowbrook Subdivision. Continue on Reservoir Rd and note the signs directing you to Bays Mountain Park. Turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Rd and continue up that road till you reach the right hand turnoff to Eastman Recreation Area. Proceed into the Recreation Area till you cross the small creek; then turn right. Shelter 9 is located about 100 feet down, just across from the restroom facility.

Upcoming Events

September 25 – October 10

UT Arboretum Society Fall Plant Sale will be conducted with sales and payment online and no contact pick up at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge, October 16-17. Visit website for a catalog of plants offered by great vendors: Tennessee Na- turescapes, Riverdale Nursery and East Fork Nursery of Se- vierville.

September 29, October 7, October 22

Fall Invasive Plants Workshops (Zoom).1 pm – 4 pm. Learn how to identify and tackle nonnative invasive plants in your area. $10.
October 2

October 17

Winterizing Your Garden Beds. Sycamore Shoals State Park. 9 am – 12 pm. Led by Master Gardener Ben Hunter. Free. 423-543-5808. #/?event=gardening-seminar-winterizing-your-beds

October 18

Gardening For Caterpillars. UT Gardens, Knoxville. Zoom.
1 – 3 pm. $35 members/$45 nonmembers. DispForm.aspx?ID=250

November 1

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Plants and Pollinators. 8 pm. Warriors Path State Park. Enjoy
a slide-illustrated talk on native wildflowers, and the “busy
bugs” who help them thrive. Free. After the slide show, a “help
the pollinators” contest for children! Meet at the Open Air
Chapel, or pool entrance if it’s raining. 423-239-6786. event=plants-pollinators-10-2

Virtual Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Heirloom Seeds-Saving Stories, Preserving Biodiversity with Ira Wal- lace, Worker/Owner of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Author. 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm. NC Botanical Garden. Zoom. Free. Pre-registration required. Registration ends: 10/30/2020.

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October 3, October 10, October 17 and October 24

Fall Bird Walks each Saturday in October. Sycamore Shoals State Park. 8 am. Meet other birders and naturalists at Visitor Center Parking Area for a morning of birding during the migra- tory season. Free. 423-543-5808. parks/events/sycamore-shoals/#/?park=sycamore-shoals October 10

SAPS Annual Plant and Seed Swap Details are on the first page of this issue.

November 12
SAPS Virtual meeting. 7 pm. Viburnums with Dr. Sue Hamil- ton, Retired Director UT Gardens, Knoxville. Zoom presenta- tion. Details in November Wheelbarrow.

Melody’s Monday Musings

Big Spring Master Gardener Association, UT Extension, Greene County. 6:30pm. Zoom. Free. Pre-registration re- quired.