ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Plant Swaps and Swapping Plants With Your Garden Flowers

Updated on March 22, 2013


Allysum - a plant I have many of that would be good for plant swapping.
Allysum - a plant I have many of that would be good for plant swapping. | Source

Saving Money and Recycling by Plant Swapping

Last Saturday was one of the best days of my life... I got to do something I love - pick up some new plants and interact with other avid gardeners. And the best part? It was all free! How did I do this? By attending a "Plant Swap" and "Swapping Plants" with other gardeners.

Now for those unfamiliar with a plant swap or plant swapping, there are 2 ways you you can go about it - you can actually attend a plant swap like I did, or you can also informally swap plants with neighbors and friends or fellow gardeners (The swap I attended was publicized on Craigslist a few weeks in advance so it gave gardeners a few weeks to prepare)

Plant swapping is nothing new but the idea of plant swapping is starting to get more popular. With an emphasis now on "saving the planet " by going green, people are looking for more and more ways to recycle, reuse and reinvent traditional ways of using things.

At the 4 hour plant swap I attended there were were several hundred people coming and going - gardeners came with trees, rooted cuttings, seeds, bulbs, planters, landscape materials and even koi fish for the pond! There was a table for people bringing in plants, which were then identified with tags and then transferred to tables for people to browse through at their leisure.

I went with about 70 plants and came home with new things that I needed for my garden - more pots, some annuals, a few new perennials and some bamboo sticks to hold my dahlias up. It was great to see people swooping up my plants as fast as I brought them. I knew they were going to good homes and I was satisfied to go home with some things I needed - all free of charge.

At the end of the day the person who held the plant swap donated the rest of the plants to someone doing a planting project for a patch of bare freeway land - so ultimately all the plants brought found new "earth" to be planted into - and no plants were wasted - very green I'd say!

Don't throw your plants away - swap them!

I don't know about you, but I have a very hard time throwing plants away or giving up on them, so a plant swap is perfect for gardeners like me who want to recycle their plants. I also love to propagate new plants, so being able to see plants reproduce and go onto happy homes is a very rewarding thing for me. I also know I am being responsible to the earth when I recycle and reuse things from my garden.

So if you like to garden and a plant swap sounds like something you'd like to try, check out your areas for a swap, and if there isn't one around, consider holding a plant swap yourself. It's fun, rewarding and of course, very very green!

Perennial Morning Glory

I brought some Morning Glory Perennials to a plant swap and they barely made it to the table!
I brought some Morning Glory Perennials to a plant swap and they barely made it to the table! | Source


Submit a Comment
  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    This year I have decided to do a garden without buying any plants. I am going to be doing alot of plant swapping, plant clipping and looking for free plants on Craigslist. I also have many plants in containers that are finally going to go into the ground. This will be fun!

  • Eileen Hughes profile image

    Eileen Hughes 

    10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    I would never have thought of swapping plants. thanks for sharing

  • websitesecurity profile image


    10 years ago from Utah

    This is a great idea! I am going to have to talk to my neighbors this year and see if it's something they might be interested in!

  • Clara Ghomes profile image

    Clara Ghomes 

    10 years ago

    Nice! Thanks for sharing:-)

  • C.S.Alexis profile image


    11 years ago from NW Indiana

    This is actually one of the best ways to collect many of the old fashioned plants that you remember from grandma's house. I really think you did a great job here. C.S.

  • commentonthis7 profile image


    11 years ago

    i never heard of plant swap before good ideal

  • Raven King profile image

    Raven King 

    11 years ago from Cabin Fever

    In Elko it's a very difficult climate to grow anything even for the professionals. I wish I could have been there! Well, happy gardening.:)


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)