May 14th – 4th Annual Plant Exchange!

It’s time for the 4th annual Regent Neighborhood/ West Madison Plant Exchange! We had up to 1500+ people last year and an enormous list of plants – all FREE!

When: Saturday, May 14, 2010 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM (or whenever people stop showing up!)
Where: I am hosting this at my home, at 1 North Prospect Ave in Madison.

What is a plant exchange?
First, and most importantly, it is NOT A SALE. All plants are joyfully given and freely received. One gardener’s invasive pest is another’s heart’s desire. If you have no plants to bring for trading, please still come! There are usually more plants than homes for them and we love to spread the wealth of our yards.
Annuals, perennials, vegetables, shrubs, trees, and native plants all welcome and encouraged. Feel free to drop off labeled plants in advance if you’re unable to attend, but have things you’d like to re-home. They will be very much appreciated. Anyone who would like to help prepare for the event or with the “day of” setup – it would be greatly appreciated!
There is no one-to-one ratio for giving/taking, many people just drop off without taking anything! Please be respectful, however, and don’t take five of one plant and not leave any for others. Unfortunately, we had problems last year with a couple of people who took advantage of the spirit of generosity offered and took many more pants than was fair to the others at the event. This year, we ask that you take no more than you need for your personal home – not rental properties or the homes of friends who aren’t in attendance – unless you KNOW they want a particular plant. Failure to be respectful of these minor limits may result in a request to leave.
If you have no plants to bring for trading, please still come! There are usually more plants than homes for them and we love to spread the wealth of our yards.
This is a great opportunity to come meet old and new friends alike, re-home plants you don’t have a need for or already have too many of, or an opportunity to establish a new perennial garden without the cost of new plants.
Please consider bringing juice, coffee, bagels, donuts or pastry to pass if you’re unable to bring plants. This is in no way required, but makes for a more friendly, enjoyable event.
Hostile invasive plants will be removed from the offerings, and used to educate – I know I was charmed a few years ago by a petite white flower that showed up in my moonlight bed only to later discover at the West Madison Garden Club sale that it was garlic mustard.
We try to group similar plants together – you drop off what you’ve brought with other similar plants and then take as many others as you can provide homes for. The mix of offered plants is mind-boggling.
Feel free to drop off labeled plants in advance if you’re unable to attend, but have things you’d like to re-home. They will be very much appreciated.
When: May 14, 2010 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM (or whenever people stop showing up!)
Where: I am hosting this at my home, at 1 North Prospect Ave in Madison.
Although this is happening in Madison’s Regent Neighborhood, I am again opening it to anyone in the gardening community – the more the merrier, and the better selection for all. Please feel free to send this to any and all gardeners you think would be interested – during this economy it gets harder and harder to justify paying for something that so many others would freely give – or that would likely end up on compost pile or in the trash.
Anyone who would like to help prepare for the event or with the “day of” setup – it would be greatly appreciated! Please call or email ay questions.
Thank you!

Elizabeth Kerwin
1 N. Prospect Ave.
658-0999

(very) General List of plants previously available over the past three years:
anemone
asiatic lily
aster
astilbe
baby’s breath
balloon flower
bell flowers (campanula )
bells of ireland
bergenia
black eyed susan
blanket flower
bleeding heart
blood root
bugsbane
butterfly bush
butterfly weed
caladium
carnation
carrion vine
catnip
chameleon plant
chamomille
cherry trees
chives
clematis
clematis
cobra lily
columbine
coneflowers
coreopsis
cosmos
curly willow
dahlia bulbs
daisy
day lily
delphinium
dianthus
dragon flower
euphorbia
fennel
fern
forget me not
forsythia
fountain grass
foxglove
gaillardia
garlic
gays feather
ginger
goats beard
helenium
hellebore
hens and chicks
heuchera (coral bell)
hibiscus
hollyhocks
hosta
hydrangea
iris
ironwood
jack in the pulpit
japanese painted ferns
japanese iris
japanese maple
joe-pye weed
lady’s mantle
lamium
lavender
lemon balm
lettuce
lilac
lily of the valley
lobelia
lungwort
lupine
magic lily/resurection lily/bare naked ladies
mallow
masterwort
may apple
mint
monarda
mum
obedient plant
onions
oregano
oriental lily
pagoda dogwood
pampas grass
parsley
peony
pepper plants
phlox
poppy
potentilla
prairie smoke
primrose
pulmonaria
queen of the prairie
raspberry
red bud tree
rhododendron
rudbeckia
russian sage
salvia
scabiosa
sedum
shooting star
siberian iris
on the mountain
solomon’s seal
spiderwort
spirea
spurge
statice
switch grass
tansy
thyme
tiarella
toad lily
tomato plants
trillium
trumpet vine
verbena
vinca
viola
virginia bluebells
weigela
wild geranium
wisteria
wormwood
yarrow
yucca
zebra grass

Many of these were represented by many different varieties, such as ferns, iris, sedum, lilies, iris, cone flowers, hosta and others.

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