Monday, December 15, 2014

Register now for the 10th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchanges

The 10th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchanges, hosted by Washington Gardener Magazine, takes place on January 31, 2015 at the Behnke Nurseries in Wheaton, MD AND at February 7, 2015 at Green Spring Gardens in Fairfax, VA. You can attend both or you have a choice on which side of the beltway you want to attend!

Seed Exchange attendees trade seeds, exchange planting tips, hear expert speakers, and collect goody bags full of gardening treats.

Registrations are streaming in now and we expect a sell-out of both locations. We urge you to pre-register to guarantee yourself a spot.

The event also includes such “green” features as the garden book and catalog swap. Participants are encouraged to bring their gently used garden books and mailorder garden catalogs to trade with each other. Any leftover publications at the end of the swap are donated to the National Agriculture Library in Beltsville, MD.

The first annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange was held on January 26, 2006. After that event’s success, seed swaps in other cities across the nation have joined in celebrating National Seed Swap Day each year on the last Saturday in January.

Subscribers to Washington Gardener Magazine receive a $5 discount off the admission to the Washington Gardener Seed Exchange.

The registration form is posted below. Please print it page 2 and fill it out, then mail it along with payment by January 25 (see update note below) to Washington Gardener, 826 Philadelphia Ave., Silver Spring MD 20910.

UPDATE 1: The speakers have been announced, See their details here:

UPDATE 2: We still have some spaces left, so you may register on-site at the Washington Gardener Magazine 2015 Seed Exchange on Saturday, January 31 12:30-4pm at Behnke Nurseries in Beltsville, MD. On-site Registration opens at 12:00noon. The program begins promptly at 12:30pm. We recommend that you print out the registration form and fill it in and bring it along with a check made out to "Washington Gardener" in order to speed things up and keep the registration line moving quickly.
    We also still have spaces left for the Seed Exchange on February 7 at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA. You can still mail in your registration for that, please ensure that it will arrive by February 5.
    And yes, you can attend and participate, even if you have no seeds to swap. We always have plenty of extra to share with new and beginning seed starters!


  1. Lynne Welch1:59 PM

    I always look forward to seed exchange time! I am currently reading Digging Deep by Fran Sorin, her book has me in the mood to get my hands in some soil! is her site, he book is so good.

  2. Looking forward to seeing you there, Lynne! Sounds like a great book -- we'll add it to our to-be-reviewed list.

  3. I subscribed to this magazine last year and only received one magazine! Was ignored by editor as to why...

  4. Anonymous3:04 PM

    2nd Season community Gardner here. I have no seeds to exchange - would this event help me to learn how to save seeds for future use/exchange?

  5. Rononi - please send an email to wgardenermag (at) aol (dot) com

  6. Anonymous - Yes, the speakers and your fellow attendees at the Seed Exchanges are happy to share their knowledge of seed saving and starting.

  7. I also received only one copy of the magazine last year, Kathy. I emailed and also left a phone message about it, but haven't received any followup or any explanation.


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