Exchange Event

Exchange Event


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 On Saturday February 11th we will be having our annual Scion wood exchange event. 


This will be done differently than our prior scion wood / grafting events and different from any other Orange County Chapter in the past. The event will be encouraging bringing anything garden related from cuttings to seeds to unneeded pots, books, tools. To make them available to others who can use them. We ask that on items in short supply take minimal so others can also get something.

We will be giving Five 2.75 gallon pots per person and one of those will be filled with some quality planting soil consisting of sandy loam, peat moss, pumice, humus. It is Special D mix

Please to not take more than one pot of soil as we are limited on the amount and need to make available to all. 

We will also have some white food grade buckets with lids from 2 gallon to 3 gallon size. Limited to one per group.  Great for storing – food stuffs, pet food, legos , toys, whatever you want. Originally had frosting in them. 

We will have a number of Seed packets to give out.  Every person attending can get one packet of Each of at least 27 varieties of Organic vegetable seeds  

 Scion wood / cutting can be dropped off at Frank’s Lake Forest address prior to the day of the event or on the day of the event as early as 8:30am at the Farm Food Lab in Irvine.. We will be preprinting labels for each scion wood , and will have them prepared prior to the event. We still have some labels left over from last year, so less work. – provided we know ahead of time what to expect.

 Fill out the registration page (Below) with the Scion wood / Cuttings planning to bring. (do not forget to click SUBMIT)

  Note- on the event location some people noted it can be difficult for find with mapping software since the park is so large. So… We drove from different directions to the location while recording a video of how to get there. . we will be posting them on our website soon to aid everyone. 


8:30 -10:00am Dropping off of Scion wood

10:00 we will be making scion wood available to members of the South OC chapter

At 10:30 am Other chapters and the public who have brought items to the exchange will be able to get cuttings / other stuff.

11:00 am everyone else.

12:00, we will have a brief description of how to graft avocado seedlings. 

12:15 we will have participants graft cuttings onto avocado seedlings that we will be supplying. There will be mentor grafters going around to answer questions and to critique the grafting methods. Our goal is to increase hands-on knowledge by members of grafting to the public..

Prior to the event we will also HAVE made videos describing possible issues to expect when grafting, this way more people are prepared ahead of time and make better use of the instructions. If you or someone you know is good at grafting or even another different method of propagating plants and want to speak or answer questions at the event, let us know. The link to the Videos is HERE 

Plants or cuttings NOT to bring- NO Citrus or Curry plants due to a plant disease in California, and No plants under a current ACTIVE patent – Expired patents are OK.- see our list of past and current Patented plants list by clicking here  

Grafting mentors get 3 to 5 Gallons of worm castings.

We expect a large turnout at the event.

We are asking Attendees to make available scion wood / cuttings of known varieties NO citrus cuttings please ( there is a citrus Quarantine due to a disease that kills citrus trees. We will be releasing more information as the time approaches to people who have registered , we recommend you put it on your calendar. It will be a great time to meet other people interested in gardening. 

Location is Orange County Great Park Farm + Food Lab, 8000 Great Park Blvd, Irvine, CA 92618

Help Us promoting the event by mentioning on social media. We have also made minimalist flyers to save on paper. Print, and cut into strips and give out. The PDF document is Here 

Videos made showing driving to the location. (Click here)

Map to location 

  This Free Event is open to the public. Registration recommended fill out below and click submit

It was a great event with Costco and Orange Farm Supply having Tables / Booths setup

Everyone who asked got some 3 gallon  black nursery pots and one of them filled with Great Special D mix soil from Aguinaga Green. They also got a white food grade buckets with lid.

Everything flowed smoothly

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Things people have stated they will be bringing.
List will expand as date approaches.