Southern Appalachian Plant Society

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April 27 &28 – Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair Saturday, April 27 from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, April 28 from 12 noon – 5 pm at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport.  The oldest garden fair in the region and a favorite among gardeners, the festival will feature thousands of plants for sale- perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs – with an emphasis on natives, herbs and heirlooms (including a wide
variety of heirloom tomatoes), along with garden related arts and crafts. Visitors will also see heritage breeds of animals and spring activities on a mid-nineteenth century farm as volunteers shear the sheep, spin and weave the wool, cook over the fire, and shape iron over the forge. Children’s activities abound as volunteers help children create plant and nature crafts and learn gardening skills. Ol’ timey music and foods add to the experience. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. For more information, call 423-288-6071 or see

Exchange Place has a core group of experienced volunteers who are organizing the Fair, but we always love fresh input from other gardeners. If you would like to help on the SGF committee we would welcome your ideas and skills. If you can spare any time that weekend to help with set-up, hospitality, take-down, children’s activities, staffing the information table, parking, etc., we would be grateful. Volunteer time counts as Master
Gardener hours. To volunteer for this fun event or for more info, please contact Joy Moore at or 423-348-6572

May 2-Herb Saplings meeting at 7 pm at Exchange Place. The program will be “Herbs in the Landscape” with Jane Hall of Wicked Plant Shop. Please bring an herbal snack to share if you have time.

May 16: SAPS meeting –  Juliette Trevino Sherk:  “Residential Landscape Design for the 21st Century”

Other gardening events in the area may be found on the events tab in the menu above or click here.


Don’t forget to renew your SAPS membership for 2024!  Click here to for information to renew.

We have an updated vendor list!  New vendors have been added where we can get a 10% discount.  Click here to see the updated list.

 SAPS Survey

Thanks to those that participated in our survey!!   See the results from the 118 members that responded to the December 2023 survey.  We  asked for their top 3 preferences for SAPS meeting topics for in 2025, suggestions for other topics, and possible speakers.

See the results of our survey here.

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