Spring is in the air and you can bet that plant swaps are a big part of spring gardening fever. This Saturday on April 1st, the Hancock Native Plant Swap will once again grace the grounds of Mother’s Cafe and Gardens, at 4215 Duval Street, Austin, 78751. The community event will start at 8am and last until all the plants are swapped!
As its promotional information states: In its 5th year, Austin and surrounding area gardeners converge on Mother’s Cafe and Garden, bringing baby plants to share with others. The spirit of this free event is to promote the sharing and use of a variety native plants in our landscapes. Master Gardeners and Habitat Stewards attend and love to help you find plants that will work well in your yard. Wondering if a plant in your yard is native or not? Bring a sprig from it and one of the experts will be able to identify it for you. Don’t have any natives? That’s okay, nobody goes home empty-handed! A fun, lively event, but it doesn’t last long, so come early!
There will be a variety of native plants, but also herbs, tree saplings, as well as hardy non-natives appropriate for the Austin area. Here’s a by-no-means complete list of plants available at the swap:
tulsi (holy) basil
blue mist bush
little periwinkle shade flower
red rain lily
Live Oak saplings between 3-4 feet tall
Chinquapin Oak saplings
fall obedient plant
Frostweed blooms in late summer and fall, and is a prized by the southward-migrating Monarch butterfly nectar source.