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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Annual Seed Swap returns Saturday

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

On Saturday, March 25, the Parks and Recreation department in Harker Heights will hold their annual seed and plant swap, which allows citizens to learn about the benefits of gardening. Those who attend the free event are welcome to bring seeds and/or plants to take and share with others; local vendors will also be present to answer gardening and planting questions.

The swap will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail, and go on until about 11 a.m. Parks and Rec asks that those who bring seeds, bulbs, or plant cuttings to clearly label them in an envelope, baggie or container. The name of the plant and growing instructions are also required, and if possible, a picture of the plant as well. There will be labels available at the event. It’s also been stated that the swap will not accept hybrid seeds.

The garden centered vendors at the seed swap will include members of the Killeen Garden Club, an educational organization established in 1993, as well as the Belton Iris Society and Hidden Falls, a nursery and gardening center off Stan Schlueter.

“Our seed swap is normally held once a year,” says Activities Specialist Dorian Evans. “We had a swap and integrated class planned originally for January, but that was cancelled. The seed swap is a wonderful opportunity for people in the community to come and trade back and forth among other citizens. We welcome anyone interested in coming to bring their favorite seed, plant or flower.”

Evans, who has been with the Parks and Recreation department since January, says the seed swap has been going on for a few years now. It is not mandatory to bring something to swap, anyone interested in gardening is welcome. Citizens can learn what they need to have in order to yield a successful, healthy spring garden, and learn how to make the most out of square-foot gardening techniques.

For further questions in regards to the seed swap, or for volunteer efforts, call 254 953 5466.

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