Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS)

October Meeting

SAPS Annual Plant and Seed Swap and Silent Auction

SAPS will hold its Annual Plant and Seed Swap and Silent Auction on Saturday,October 13, at the Appalachian Fairgrounds at Gray. Building#1, from 11 am – 1:30 pm.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 heir- looms not widely offered in the nursery trade along with some of the newest introductions.

Got an extra special plant to share? Bring it for the Silent Auction. The Silent Auction offers a chance to bid on some rarer plants and other special garden themed items. Proceeds from the auction help us bring in great speakers. Make some new garden- ing friends and reconnect with old ones at our delicious Pot-Luck Luncheon, one of the highlights of the event. Please bring a dish to share along with a serving utensil. SAPS will supply paper ware, utensils and drinks.

Luncheon/Swap Set-Up – 11:00 AM, Pot-Luck Luncheon -11:30 AM, Seed/Plant Swap and Silent Auction – 12:30-1:30 PM

Meeting host: Earl Hockin 423- 817-54730. Directions to the fairgrounds are on page 4 of the Wheelbarrow.



We are offering to members a few recommendations for anyone interested in garden tours and travel both within the United States and Overseas.  Members have travelled with each of these groups and feel confident in suggesting them to you.

Feel free to contact them and ask to be added to their contact list in order to be informed when they have trips available.  You may also want to google them for more information, as some have websites and/or Facebook pages.  Garden Tours and Travel  Troy will be announcing his 2019 tours on

August 1.  He has already posted a few hints on his Facebook page.

Ron and Linda Williams  or call them at 417-408-3880.

Dr. McDuffie, retired professor from Virginia Tech  He has already posted all his 2019 tours.  Take a look!

Jason Reeves, Horticulturist at UT Gardens in Jackson, TN .  Email him and ask to be added to his announcement list when he schedules a tour.

Dr. Sue Hamilton, Director of UT Gardens in Knoxville schedules garden tours almost every year.  Ask her to add you to the announcement list.  The announcements can usually be found on the UT Gardens Facebook and email announcements.

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