It's Plant Swap Time!

One of our most popular meetings/activities is coming up this April 21st. It's time for the annual plant swap! The plant swap gives members a chance to bring some plants that others might want, and pick up a plant (or two, or ten) that someone else has brought.

Here's how it works:

  • Every member will receive one ticket for coming to the plant swap.
  • Everyone will get an additional ticket for every different type of plant or fish you bring to the swap.
  • You will need to take home any plants or fish you brought that didn’t find a new home.

 

Here is our itinerary for the plant swap meeting:

5:30 PM Volunteers meet at Zilker and begin setting up. Please report to Barb Lenhardt.

6:00 PM Members start bringing their plants, check them in and get their tickets. A table will be set up for the purpose.

6:45 - 7:15 PM Food will be served in the meeting room. Chili dogs!

7:15 - 7:30 PM Jeannie will conduct a short meeting.

7:30 - 8:15 PM PLANT SWAP! Trade your tickets for plants.

7:45 - 8:00 Listen for the announcement that everyone has spent their tickets - all remaining plants are then free for the taking. 

8:15  Clean up - we have to leave the area absolutely spotless, so please lend a hand! 

 
2014 Zilker Garden Festival
Don't forget the Zilker Garden Festival, March 29-30. There will be dozens of vendors selling plants and other garden-related stuff. As a member of the Austin Pond Society, you get two free tickets to the festival. Tickets are usually given out at the March meeting. We will also have a table at the festival, so visitors can learn more about us. Hope to see you there!
 
2014 Pond Tour - Call for Ponds
Would You Like to Be on the Pond Tour This Year?
The pond tour committee is currently looking for ponds for this year's tour (June 7th and 8th)! Being on the tour is a blast - you get to show off and talk about your pond, plants, fish, and other favorite subjects with folks who are genuinely interested. If you've ever thought that it might be fun to be on the tour, here's your chance! The committee needs to select 20 ponds by the middle of April (that's not very far away), so we need to hear from you as soon as possible, even if you're just thinking about being on the tour!

Here are some answers to a few questions/concerns you might have:

My pond's not very big or fancy. In fact, I built it myself! You only want the big, professionally built ponds, right?
Not at all! We were recently told by one of the water garden vendors that many of their customers have said that although the fancier ponds were impressive, they were more interested in the smaller, simpler ponds that they could build and maintain themselves. Each year, we want to make sure that we have plenty of all sorts of ponds. Don't worry about whether your pond is "up to standard." If you like it, others will too!

You don't want my pond on the tour - the plants and the fish are all dormant. It's really not much to look at.
All of our ponds look like that right now! We've got enough experience with ponds to recognize the beauty the spring and summer will bring. If you have some pictures of your pond in the summer, that would help, but it's not required.

My yard's a mess! I would be embarrassed to let anyone see it.
It's true that you'll want to have your yard and gardens looking their best for the tour, but that doesn't mean they have to look like Zilker. Just like your pond, your yard does not look its best this time of year, and we understand that. When the tour representative visits your pond, he or she will be evaluating it primarily on safety and legal issues. Of course, if you have some pictures to show off, we'd love to see them!

What about liability? I'm worried that someone might get injured and sue me!
The Austin Pond Society purchases event insurance for the pond tour. All the ponds on the tour are covered. This is one of the reasons why owners with ponds on the tour must be members of the Austin Pond Society - it's a stipulation of the insurance policy.

I'm interested in being on the tour! What do I do next?
You need to let the committee know you're interested! Soon! Send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  with a few details about your pond, and your general location. Be sure to include your name and phone number, and when would be a good time to contact you. Someone from the tour committee will contact you within a few days to talk about your pond and arrange a visit. 

If you're interested, but still have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , and we'll do our best to put your mind at ease, and convince you that being on the tour will be one of the highlights of your summer! We look forward to hearing from you!  
 
2014 Board Changes

 If you've been at the last couple of meetings, you know that we've had some changes to the board. We'd like to welcome Barb Lenhart as our new programs person, and Betty Blackson as our librarian. Nancy Reinert has stepped up to fill the treasurer position. Thanks everyone for your patience as we went through the nomination/election process for these changes.

          2014 Board

President - Jeannie Ferrier
Treasurer - Nancy Reinert
Secretary - Julienne Smith
Programs - Barb Lenhart
Special Events - Linda Tinsley
Publicity - BJ Jenkins
Editor - Frank Allcorn
Photographer/Historian - Glen Hubenthal
Pond Tour/Webmaster - Karl Tinsley
Membership - Darren Bayhi
Hospitality - Sonja O'Sullivan
Parliamentarian - John O'Sullivan
AAGC Representative - Steve Blackson
Librarian - Betty Blackson 

 

 

 

 
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We meet in the Austin Area Garden Center, located inside the Zilker Botanical Gardens at Zilker Park. The Zilker Botanical Gardens are at 2220 Barton Springs Rd. in Austin, Texas. Parking at the Austin Area Garden Center is free for the meeting.
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