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The Mississippi Gulf Coast Plant Exchange returns October 22

It’s that time of year! The Mississippi Gulf Coast Plant Exchange will be conducting its fall meeting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 22 at the Harrison County Fair Grounds in Gulfport.

This meet will be held under the large black pavilion at the fairgrounds, so shade and weather protection are available. Bring your plants in your trunk or truck and head on over! This is the place to share seeds, cuttings, plants, crafts, and even plant pots.

The group was formed by Wendy Freed in July 2012 and has been growing steadily since. They now have 8.6k members on their Facebook page.

These “meets” are twice a year in the spring and fall and are a delightful way for gardeners and plant lovers to connect, share plant tips, improve their plant inventory, and have a fun-filled day. The day will feature drawings for door prizes and a grand drawing for 50% of the proceeds. The other 50% is used to fund the expenses of the next meet in spring. Tickets are $2 for the grand drawing and are limited to one per member. You don’t have to be present to win.

Although you must be a member to attend, guests of members are allowed, to join in the fun day of exchanging plants and other items such as beverages or baked goods, even crafts, yard art, and more, but remember no selling! So even a newbie gardener can just bring some bottles of water and leave with an inventory of lovely plants.

Also, becoming a member is not complicated. All you have to do is join the Facebook page. It’s FREE. They even have members from other areas such as Florida and Louisiana that have heard about the group and just want to be a part of a garden-centered community. And no member is left behind, even if you move out of state you can still retain your membership.

Absolutely no sales are allowed on the Facebook page or at meets. It’s an exchange only, a way to associate with and meet other members, a place to share from your own gardens.


Written by Brenda Lewis

Brenda Lewis is a native of Jackson County. She has attended the University of Southern Mississippi on numerous occasions, earning a BS in Architectural Technology, advanced studies in Accounting and now on a mission to finalize her Masters of Business Administration.
Brenda is an avid fisherwoman, owns her own boat, baits her own hook, cleans her own fish and cooks them. But sorry guys, she has a loving husband, daughter and 4 grandchildren. When unable to fish her spare time is spent in the greenhouse and garden, supplying fresh edibles for the family and cultivating local species and rarities.
In 2007 her team was awarded the 2007 Golden Eagle Challenge from the University of Southern Mississippi. The challenge was to create the best business plan and presentation of a viable technological business. In 2015 she was certified as a TapRoot Cause Analyst, a system used to improve performance, fixing small problems to avoid major incidents.
Having worked in a small family business since childhood she was exposed to entrepreneurship. That experience led her to her own business, tax preparation, where she served her loyal clients for 10 years. During that time, she earned the Enrolled Agent certification with the IRS, and insurance and security licenses, offering additional services to her clients.
Her employment has been in private business, government, contract and corporate settings. Mostly in management, her tasks included a variety of administrative, safety, Quality control and human resources.
“The reason I want to write for OurMsHome is I have experienced the advancements in Jackson County first hand over the past 50 years, and I feel that the county has made enormous progress. We need to ‘toot our horn’ and let the world know about our rich history and abundant natural resources.”


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