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Dozens of plant fans attend perennial swap

WARRENSBURG Dozens of gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts gathered Saturday for Warrensburgh Beautifications 10th annual Green Thumb Perennial Swap, held in Warrensburgh Riverfront Park. A steady stream of people from a wide region visited the event, swapping not only excess plants from their garden, but exchanging gardening tips and information about flowers they grow or seek to raise. Whether it was identifying mystery plants or exchanging ideas about gardening or landscaping, participants said they enjoyed the event. Besides pleasant socializing and garnering useful information, attendees enjoyed the lush surroundings of the Riverfront Park, established and annually festooned by Warrensburgh Beautification. This group, 24 years old and almost 50 members strong, sponsors a wide variety of ongoing programs and projects to enhance its historic host community. The perennial swap, participants said, is one of the best-known and well-established events of its type in the Capital Region. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County had representatives at the event Master Gardener Ruth Fruda of Warrensburg and horticulture educator julie Nathanson. The two offered growing tips, tested soil, and distributed information discouraging planting of invasive species and promoting native varieties instead. Bare-root plants and trees, donated by Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District were given away to swap attendees. Sumptuous baked goods by Beth LeCount McLaughlin of Warrensburgs Coffee Room, were served at the event. The swap event is like a rite of Spring, Beautification founder Teresa Whalen said. People attending were interested and excited our common love of gardening is what its all about.

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