New Digs For The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Gardeners from Auburn Hills and twelve surrounding communities met last Saturday morning for their annual rite of spring – the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange.  This year, the Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) hosted the exchange on the back patio of the Auburn Hills Community Center – which provided a beautiful green, wooded backdrop.

To kick-off the planting/gardening season, participants received a gift bag filled with gardening goodies including flower seed packets and gardening gloves.  First-time attendees enjoyed talking with experienced gardeners to gain insight on the types of plants available, recommended planting environments and invasive species to avoid.

The Perennial Exchange is an annual event held by the BAC on the third Saturday of May.  Mark your calendars to take part in this fun and free event next year!

The Perennial Exchange – New Venue, Same Great Event!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Attention gardeners!  The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange – a favorite springtime event – returns next Saturday, May 19th in a brand new location.  The exchange will take place on the back patio of the beautiful Auburn Hills Community Center, located on the City campus.

For 25 years, residents and friends from neighboring communities have joined together in Auburn Hills to exchange their perennial plants for new ones that add variety to their gardens for no cost – zero, zip, zilch.

To prepare for the event, simply divide plants into small groupings, put them in plastic containers (containers you don’t need back) and attach a note to identify the plant type (if known) and whether it prefers sun or shade.

Participants can talk shop with the other gardeners and enjoy coffee and sweet treats.   Round up your friends and neighbors, have some fun and grow your garden in the process.

The Community Center sits just behind the tennis courts on the City Campus located at 1827 N. Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills.  For more information, please call 248.364.6946 or email eabrennan@auburnhills.org.  See you Saturday, May 19th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and as always … the early bird gets the worm!

Don’t Buy New Plants – Trade For Free!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

The largest gardening event in Auburn Hills is just over one week away.  The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange draws gardening enthusiasts from communities throughout the metro Detroit area.  It’s a great way to diversity your garden at no cost.

A Perennial, once planted, will come back year after year without re-planting.  The great thing about them is that they grow and spread out a little more every year so that it can be divided up and placed in different spots in the garden – or divided up and traded for different varieties at a local exchange.

The Exchange will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at River Woods Park.  The park is located on Squirrel Road, just south of M-59.  Bring the plants you wish to trade in disposable containers labeled with the type of plant it is (if known), then chat with exchange participants to strike a deal.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro,  join in the fun!  Meet your neighbors, enjoy coffee and treats and get your garden growing.  For more information about the event, please contact the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission at 248.364.6946.

Remember, as always, the early bird gets the worm!

Plant Party This Saturday

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Unlike our frigid and (gulp) snowy weather last weekend, this Saturday is expected to be a sunny, 74 degrees in beautiful Auburn Hills.  Perfect weather for the City’s Perennial Exchange!

Bring your extra perennial plants to River Woods Park this Saturday between 11:00am and 1:00pm to trade them for new and different varieties.   Simply divide your plants into small groupings, put them in plastic containers (containers you don’t need back) and attach a note to identify the type of plant and whether it prefers sun or shade.   A master gardener will be on hand to answer questions, give gardening advice and help identify mystery plants.

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While you’re there, enjoy sweet treats and participate in a gardening gift raffle.  Round up your friends, have some fun and grow your gardens in the process.  By the way…the event is free.  River Woods Park is located just south of M-59 on Squirrel Road.  For more information, please call 248.364.6946.

Remember 11:00 a.m. Saturday – the early bird gets the worm!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

I’m stealing a line from the old English nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” because it begs a great question.  How does your garden grow?  

Personally, my garden grows much better than it used to and that is due in no small part to my involvement with the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange event.  The Perennial Exchange, hosted by our Beautification Advisory Commission, is a terrific opportunity to diversify a garden at absolutely no cost.

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This free event draws gardeners to Auburn Hills from cities near and far; from White Lake and Clarkston to Armada and Grosse Pointe and everywhere in between. Attendees range from gardening experts to brand new beginners.

The trade works like this: If you have an overabundance of a particular perennial, divide it into small sections, put the plants in disposable containers with soil and label them with the type (if known) and indicate whether they like sun or shade.  At the event, meet your neighbors, see what types of plants you would like to swap and strike a deal!

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If you are a beginner, you may want to buy a couple of small perennial plants to trade, just to get your garden started.  In my experience, gardeners are always happy to share their extra plants and steer you in the right direction.  In no time, your garden will grow like crazy!

The Perennial Exchange will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 11am to 1pm at River Woods Park.  For more information, please call 248.330.2488 or email eabrennan@auburnhills.org.  We hope you can join us.

Perennial Exchange This Saturday

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Gardeners, gather your goods.  It’s time to trade!  The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange is this Saturday, May 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at River Woods Park.

This event, hosted by the Beautification Advisory Commission, is a great opportunity to gather new varieties of plants for your garden – for free!  Meet other gardeners, learn more about perennial plants from a Master Gardener and participate in a great gift raffle.  Light refreshments (sweet treats) provided.

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Before the event, separate selected perennials from your garden, put them in disposable containers with fresh soil and label them with the plant type, if known.  It’s also helpful to indicate whether the plant thrives in sun or shade.   At the Exchange, mix and mingle with fellow gardeners to trade plant types and voilá!  New plants to spice up your garden!

Hope to see you this Saturday, rain or shine.  Remember … the early bird gets the worm!

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Dedicated To Making Auburn Hills Beautiful

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

What makes Auburn Hills beautiful?  I think our parks, the blooming trees Downtown, the manicured landscaping of our incredible businesses and our residents who take great pride in their homes all play a part in creating this truly beautiful city.

Our City Council understands the need to be intentional in beautification efforts and supports that idea through our Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC).

The 2015 Beautification Advisory Commission - from left to right - Ilene Ingram, Karen Lewis, Celeste Yoskovich, Rich Foster, Cheryl Verbeke and Linda Hogan

The 2015 Beautification Advisory Commission – from left to right – Ilene Ingram, Karen Lewis, Celeste Yoskovich, Rich Foster, Cheryl Verbeke and Linda Hogan

Our 2015 BAC Commission Members are a creative, diverse and dedicated group that works to encourage our residents and business to take an active role in the beautification of their properties.

The BAC’s annual Perennial Exchange is coming up on Saturday, May 16th.  This event invites our residents and friends from other communities to swap perennial plants to add new variety to their gardens for free.

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In June, the BAC calls for nominations for the City’s Beautification Awards program.  Residents may nominate themselves, their neighbors and Auburn Hills businesses for a Beautification Award.  Winners receive an award and are invited to attend the Beautification Awards Dinner held at the Auburn Hills Community Center in the fall.

The group also participates in the Beautification Council of Southeastern Michigan (BCSEM), the City’s “Keep It Clean” Program, and works on special projects including the City’s lamppost banner program that adds a touch of outdoor color in every season.

The BAC encourages and welcomes active participation in all of their events and programs as they work to make Auburn Hills a beautiful place.