11th Annual DC Plant Swap
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: Sunday, September 30
Time: starting at 2pm bring your plants for sorting by category (shade perennial, groundcover, herb, etc.) — swap starts promptly at 2:30pm — 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 3pm.
AFTER THE SWAP, Bradley Evans, Horticulturist, will show us around the landscape around visitor center that he maintains. This collection is called the National Arboretum’s Introduction Gardens and they have been described as a fascinating “mosaic of bold tropicals, curious succulents,the occasional rarity, and uncommon or new annuals and perennials.”
Place: US National Arboretum’s R Street parking lot — if it storms, we will move inside to the headhouse.
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 (http://www.mdinvasivesp.org/list_terrestrial_plants.html) 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.