This will be the 13th year I’ve held the Post-Gazette Backyard Gardener Plant Swap. Although there’s some dispute with participants about how many years this has been going on. The first couple seasons I actually held the event at my house. It quickly grew and that’s when we moved to North Park.
On Sunday June 7th, 2015 the event is back to the old location in North Park across from the Ice Skating Rink on Pearce Mill Road from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Come at 12 noon, the event is usually over in about a half hour and I just wait for others to come so they
Bring divisions from your garden to trade with other gardeners. Be sure plants are labelled and please don’t bring anything invasive.
Thousands of gardeners attend every year and it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet like minded people.
I’ll also be giving away ‘Limbaugh Legacy Potato Top’ tomato plants. The Pittsburgh heirloom tomato was introduced to me by the late Fred Limbaugh, here’s the whole story. The plants produce large (1-2pound), pink and meaty tomatoes.
Usually they are the last fruit picked in the garden, so grow other varieties too. There are a limited supply of plants, they will be given away on a first come, first serve basis, one to a family please.
Mindy Schwartz of Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery in Wilkinsburg will have lots of plants to give-a-way too.
Here’s a video that captures the fun and camaraderie of the event from a few years ago.