Let me introduce myself….I am the Spirit of Oklahoma Gardenweb Spring Fling…..okspringfling for short. I am here to let all of you know about our upcoming annual “family reunion”. With our little community move – we had to come up with a new way to communicate things so bear with me as I am as new to this as the rest of you. (And if the following paragraphs sound familiar – yes, I pulled up the original post from last year and just edited it a bit to apply to this year’s get-together.)
Our Spring Fling/Swap for 2015 will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11:00 AM (or when you get here) until 2:00 PM (or whenever you need/want to leave). If you’ve never attended one of our gatherings, please mark your calendars!! It’s going to be great to see old friends again as well as meet all our new ones! Now, let’s do a brief outline of the totally loose-structured Garden Party!
The purpose of this Meet & Greet is to exchange extra plants, materials, share stories and tips, attach a name to a face and even squeeze in a pot luck lunch! Somehow there is always more than enough food. For fun you may participate in the “door prize” exchange which can be ANYTHING garden, growing, yard or landscape related. It can be purchased or handmade. (I got one of Lisa’s handpainted gourds last year!!!!) Participation isn’t mandatory, but it’s a LOT of fun. We draw for gifts by numbered ticket. Someone volunteers to call numbers and someone volunteers to play Vanna White.
Who can come? Everyone! Well, almost. I think the main requirement is an interest in gardening, whether you are 8 or 80. Children are welcome, as are your mother, in-laws, brother…neighbor or friends, etc. But please, only one car load. Heh!
What do you bring? Any extra plants, rootings or seeds. Got extra pots setting around but can’t throw them away because they’re too good? Bring ‘em! If you’re new and don’t have anything, don’t worry! Just bring yourself! You get the idea. Also bring a chair for yourselves or blanket, sunscreen and your contribution to the meal if you’re going to join us for lunch.
We (me, the human I’m using to transcribe this and her hubby) will provide the space, the tableware (plates, napkins, cups, eating utensils, etc.) as well as ice, tea, water and probably apple juice or lemonade. Arrangements have been made for a Porta-Potty also. Same company so you know it’s clean. The price is $90 and any buck or two contribution to help off-set that cost is very much appreciated. There will be a can provided nailed to a tree for donations. It’s a “pot for a pot”, if you will.
Where? Same place as last year. We have a couple of acres in rural NE Norman with plenty of parking. Gathering will be out under the Redbuds. We are about 10 to 15 minutes from either I-35 or I-40, out between Lake Stanley Draper and Lake Thunderbird. I also suggest you wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. We have LOTS of sand out here…as well as quite a few stickers.
I have tables for the food and other needs. There will be a clearly marked areas for “Offerings” to share, “Door Prizes” and “Pre-arranged trades” for those that arrange for specific items.
So if you’d like to attend, hoover your cursor over my name (Posted by okspringfling) and you will see the option to “follow”. I will be notified by e-mail and then I will “follow” you. My understanding is I will then be able to e-mail you! This is how I’m going to accumulate everyone’s e-mail so I can send you a map to the event in a few weeks. I intend to send a map to all. I’m sure everyone understands the safety in not disclosing the location publicly. Yes, sadly it’s a crazy world sometimes.
Next - let’s start this party! What are you bringing and what do you need? Have I left anything out? Are you ready? Let the fun and planning begin!!!