Tuesday, April 28, 2015

8th Annual DC Plant Swap Details

8th Annual DC Plant Swap Details

hosted by Washington Gardener Magazine

What: A Plant Swap -- bring and receive free plants to expand your garden

Why: Free Plants! Last chance to do so before the season heats up.

Date: Saturday, June 13

Time: starting at 11am bring your plants for sorting by category (shade perennial, groundcover, herb, etc.) -- swap starts promptly at 11:30am -- do not be late (the swap goes fast and can be over in a matter of minutes!) - after swapping, we can socialize, snack, and trade more info on the plants we brought - we plan to conclude and be cleaned up by 12:00noon. so you will have the rest of the day to plant and enjoy your Saturday.

Place: US National Arboretum's R Street parking lot  --  if it storms, we will move inside to the auditorium. 
Who: anyone is welcome as are any of your friends, relatives, or neighbors -- it is FREE -- feel free to forward on this invitation

How: be prepared to BRIEFLY introduce yourself and describe your plant swap offerings

~ a name tag - home-made or from work or school -- whatever works
~ pen and paper - you will want to take lots of notes as folks describe the plants and their growing conditions
~ plants to swap - pot them up NOW -- the longer they can get settled in their pots, the better their chance of success and survival - (no plants to share? see note below)
~ labels - fully label all your swap plants with as much info as you have - optimally that will include: common and scientific name, amount of sun needed, amount of water needed, any other special care notes, and color of the blooms (if it is not currently in flower)

What NOT to bring: common orange daylilies* and any invasive species - use this list to screen your plant offerings
*Hybrid daylilies are fine and totally welcome, but the common orange ones (aka "Ditch Lilies") usually end up with no takers and we are stuck having to throw them out as yard waste.

What if you do not have plants to swap? Come anyway! Bring refreshments like cold drinks and yummy finger foods to share with the other swappers. (Be sure to also bring cups, napkins, utensils, serving spoons, etc., if your food item requires those items for consuming it.)

An RSVP is not required, but it would help us in our planning to know how many of you will be joining us. So if you can, please go to https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonGardenerMagazine and see the Events tab and respond there with your "yes" or "maybe."

A BIG Thank You to Ben Schifman for this terrific new art to promote the event~

Please feel free to forward this invite far and wide to any local gardeners you may know.


  1. Thanks for organizing this each year. Caitlin is very excited to attend.

  2. Thanks to all who came out for the DC Plant Swap at the US Natl Arboretum today! We will posts photos and a video from event in the next few days. Get those plants watered and in the ground asap!


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