Plant, seed swap slated for Saturday

PARKERSBURG – The West Virginia University Extension Service is sponsoring a plant swap Saturday at City Park.

The WVU Extension Wood County Master Gardeners will be hosting the first “Wood County Spring Plant and Seed Swap” beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Shelter 9 in Parkersburg City Park.

The event is open to the public and everyone can bring extra plants, seeds or transplants for the garden and the flower bed.

“This is a great opportunity to add new plants to your landscape and also be part of a wonderful community event,” said J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Agriculture agent. “This year’s new class of Master Gardeners is assisting with the planning of the event.”

People can bring up to five plants to swap for five plants. Plants must be healthy. Forms will be available to identify the plants people bring.

Participants can swap gardening tools, lawn art/decorations, birdhouses and feeders, books, magazines and ideas.

“This is a great way to expand your garden or find new varieties and it is free,” Barrett said. “If you are planning to trade, please bring seeds or plants in sandwich bags or small containers. Remember to label each item.”

Information will be available about soil testing, vegetable gardening, composting and other horticulture topics

Master Gardeners are volunteers who are trained in small scale food production, horticulture, and gardening through the training course. These volunteers, in turn, share their knowledge with the community.

Master Gardeners undertake community-based gardening projects and help the public find solutions to gardening and horticulture problems.

For more information, call the extention office at 304-424-1960.