On Saturday, April 9 from 9 am- 2 pm, the world (or folks from the greater Ark-La-Tex, at least) will beat a path to The Lot, 400 Crockett Street in downtown Shreveport, for the return of the Downtown Plant Swap.
“The swap came about after last year’s terrible winter ice and snow event,” says Liz Swaine, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority. “Locals lost so many plants during the prolonged cold snap and it was going to cost lots of money to replace them. We wanted to do something to help the community and knew that our local green thumbs could help. They came through with flying colors!”
“A plant swap is not normally considered a ‘downtown’ event,” continues Swaine, “but everyone begged us to do it again, so we did!”
To prepare for year one, Swaine and the DDA turned to social media and local gardening groups, asking for advice and information. She found support from The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners, the NWLA Gardeners, NW Louisiana Gardens, and numerous other local gardeners and plant buffs.
“They were all incredibly helpful,” says Swaine. “They came, brought plants and seeds, volunteered to help, shared posts and information. It was like a big green support group. After it was over, they were already talking about the NEXT one!”
This year, the plant swap is BACK, and bigger than before. Cuttings, seedlings, seeds, indoor and outdoor plants, compost, rabbit manure, growing/gardening advice, wind chimes, suncatchers, garden art, organic coffee, garden furniture, pots, vines, trees, flowers, garden-themed jewelry and more will be available for trade or purchase Saturday. Make a day of it with morning coffee from vendors or a Bloody Mary or Mimosa from The Lot’s bar and enjoy lunch at Boba Tea, No Teeth Meat BBQ, Sophie’s Italian Ice, and Taco Joe’s Authentic Wet Tacos.
The theme of the plant swap is to come with items to barter. Visitors to the free event are encouraged to bring garden-related items to give and trade as well as sell, or, they can come just to buy.