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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


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  • Dorsi profile image

    Dorsi Diaz 7 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!

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    Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

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

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    websitesecurity 8 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!

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    Clara Ghomes 8 years ago

    Nice! Thanks for sharing:-)

  • C.S.Alexis profile image

    C.S.Alexis 9 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.

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    commentonthis7 9 years ago

    i never heard of plant swap before good ideal

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    Raven King 9 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.:)