On Sunday I hosted the first seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The event was a success because of the volunteers like My Skinny Garden, Garden Girl, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Growing in Chicago, Laura Young of the Lurie Garden, and Jessica, president of the Forest Park Community Garden who brought an impressive seed starting display. The show this year has three mascots referred to as the garden girls. They made appearances in print and media leading up to the show, but they had nothing on the garden girls (women, really) who all showed up on this day and gave freely of their time to ensure the swap went smoothly. If you attended the swap you should visit their blogs and become regular readers.
Many of the seed we had to give away came from the following generous sponsors: Territorial Seed Company, Baker Creek, Renee's Garden, Grow Organic, Wildflower Farm and High Mowing Organic Seeds. I was surprised when a guy (whose name escapes me) showed up with a large seed donation from Southern Exposure Seeds. He said he was a former employee, but was not just sort of their ambassador. Because of these generous donors we were able to give away a lot of seeds to people who didn't bring seeds of their own. So, if you're looking for a seed company to buy seeds from I highly recommend ordering from the companies listed here. If you're interested in hosting a seed swap you can read my post with tips on hosting a seed swap.
I have some excess seed, and I plan on taking some with me to the flower show on Thursday evening for ChicagoNow's monthly gathering which will be held at the show. Three ChicagoNow bloggers will be presenting a panel on social media and blogging. If you're in the area you should join us for a night of blogging and social media from 5p.m.-until the show closes. If you attend find me and ask me for some seeds.
Thanks to everyone who attended and made it such a fun event.