The Perennial Exchange

Welcome to The Perennial Exchange! If you are interested in gardening, you have come to the right place. The Exchange has plant swaps twice a year where you can meet local gardeners, trade plants, hear from great speakers, and tour local gardens. 

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Member Benefits

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Members exchange plants to offset the cost of commercial nurseries​​​​​​​.  Members leave the plant swap with car loads of free plants.  ​​​​​​​


Our members are generous and always willing to give away plants to help new gardeners.​​​​​​​


Plant swaps include workshops, speakers and tours to enhance our members' knowledge. ​​​​​​​


The Perennial Exchange promotes the use of native plants, whenever possible, to preserve natural ecological communities.

New Ideas

The club has members with diverse backgrounds, some with little gardenting knowledge, some who are master gardeners.  The club is a great forum for sharing gardening ideas.​​​​​​​

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Members are mostly located in central and southern Indiana.  Plant swaps are rotated between counties to  make it convenient for members. Many friendships have been formed over the years since the club was formed in 1995. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Code of Ethics

Members are expected to abide by a Code of Ethics to ensure the best possible experience all members.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​I will provide quality plants.

I will be efficient in the delivery of my plants.​​​​​​​

  • I will provide the kind of plants that I would like to receive.​​​​​​​

I will be courteous when I contact or when contacted by​​​​​​​ other members.

I will foster growth of gardening knowlege and friendships.

Plant Swaps

Spring 2021 Plant Swap

Yet to be determined! 

Location: To be determined!

Cost: $10

General Agenda:


  9:00 – 10:00 Setup & Continental Breakfast

10:00 – 10:30 Plant Swap

10:30 – 10:45 Take plants to vehicles/clean

10:45 – 11:00 Welcome to Lake Lemon 

11:00 – 11:30 Business Meeting and Elections

11:30 – 12:15 Presentation on Rain Gardens

12:15 – 12:45 Lunch served

12:30 – 1:15 Presentation on Wildflowers & More

 1:15 – 1:30 FINAL CLEAN UP -- Please Help!

1:30 Tours TBD

Set-up will follow the same plan as usual. Set out your plants, label all plants clearly and keep the area underneath the table for plants that you will have traded and will be taking home. While setting up, grab some continental breakfast and start looking for plants you may want. At 10:00, we will start the swap. Please only take one of the same plant per person since others may want that plant! Contact the table owner for additional plants.​​​​​​​

Door Prizes:

Please bring a gift for the door prize table. It does not have to be fancy or expensive. In addition, if you have handmade or unique items please feel free to bring them and offer up for sale to members.

Membership Dues:

We ask all members to pay $10.00 membership dues each year in the spring. Your current renewal date is on your address label.* Please mail to Victoria Witte (with or without swap registration) or renew on the website, 


REMEMBER: Unless your mailing label has a date after 2020, your annual dues ($10) need to be paid. You can pay at the swap, or, more conveniently, include the $10 with your registration ($20 total) which must be returned promptly. NOTE: All 2020 dues paid will be applied to 2021.

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Members' Garden Photos

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This is another one of Ellen's Fall 2017 plant swap finds.


Petroselinum crispum
Flat Italian Parsley
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Ellen got this healthy "Butter-and-Eggs" at the Fall 2017 plant swap.

Linaria Vulgaris
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Ellen Miller, our new club secretary, shared some of her recent plant swap "success stories".

Chelone obliqua
Pink Turtlehead
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Victoria, our club Treasurer, shared a photo of one of her beds, all ready for Spring.


Stachys 'Helene von Stein’ better known as Big Ears, Calamintha, Siberian Iris, Perennial Geranium, Clustered Bellflower, Montauk Daisies, Pennisetum ‘Hameln'

This is a picture of a wild bergamot Ellen Miller received at last years swap. 

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If you would like to share your garden photos, please fill out the contact form and let us know!

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Members pay a $10 membership fee to cover postage, printing, building rentals, and miscellaneous expenses.  Members are asked to pay their dues before the Spring Plant Swap. Click below to join or renew membership.  You may also register for the plant swap at the same time.