Plant Swap

For New Gardeners and Experts alike

Plant & Seed Swaps

How it works

Swapping is a fantastic way to share plants and seeds as well as gardening wisdom with other gardeners.

The first step is to look around your garden or yard and see which plants can be divided or which ones you no longer need. Dig them up and place them in pots with some soil. Cardboard boxes and even plastic bags work as well if you don’t have pots. Label your plants with as much information as you can, at a minimum write down the name and whether the plant prefers shade or sun.

The plant swap takes place at our home in West Chester over the course of a few hours on a Friday and Saturday. Bring your plants at any time of the swap and pick up plants that others have dropped off. The selection of plants changes throughout the event but there always seems to be a little bit of everything.  You can also post photos of your plants to the Plant Swap Facebook group to let others know what you have.

Any plants leftover at the end of the swap, will be left out for anyone to stop by and pick up over the course of the next few days. We will update the Plant Swap Facebook group with the kinds of plants that are left.

Are you a new gardener and don’t have any plants to share? No problem. Stop on by and choose a couple of plants to get you started. We trust that you will return and share plants in the future.

What kinds of plants can I bring to the swap?

We welcome almost all plants…perennials, annuals, natives, vegetable plants, herbs, shrubs, trees, houseplants, tubers, bulbs and seeds. The only thing we do not accept are invasive plants. You can check this link for a list of plants considered invasive in Pennsylvania.

I don't have enough soil and/or pots to pot up all my plants. What can I do?

You don’t need to pot up the plants the way are nursery does. Enough soil to cover the roots is great. And some plants are okay without any soil for a short period of time (e.g. irises). If you don’t have enough pots or simply not the right size, you can also use other plastic containers from your recycling bin, or cardboard boxes, and trash bags. Another option is to ask in the Plant Swap group if anybody has extra pots.

Do I need to label my plants?

Yes, we ask that at a minimum, you write down the name of the plant. The more information you can provide the better. For example: sun/shade, dry/moist soil, flower color, height, spreads a lot…anything that would help a fellow gardener decide if the plant is a good choice for them and where to plant it. If you don’t know the name, you can use plant ID apps (e.g. PictureThis) or post a picture in the plant swap group and others can help out.

How does swapping work?

It’s very simple. You bring any plants you would like to share (except invasives) and then look through the plants at the swap and take what you like. It is not a 1:1 exchange but here are some guidelines…

• Bring nothing – take 2-3 plants
• Bring a little – take some but don’t load your car up, and then come back 2 more times
• Bring some – have fun!
• Bring a lot – THANK YOU! You may load up your car.
• If there are 2-3 plants of one kind, take one.
• If there are 50, you may take multiples.

What happens if it's raining?

This event is rain or shine. We only reschedule for severe weather.

2024 Swap Dates

Seed Swap

Spring Plant Swap

Fall Plant Swap

Native Seeds Swap

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