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. 

The Perennial Exchange

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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 knowledge and friendships.

Plant Swaps

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The Spring Plant Swap will be held at the

Martin County Community Center

2668 US Hwy 50

Loogootee IN 47553

Saturday, April 2, 2022


Our hosts for the Spring Plant Swap are Karen Whorrall, Sarah Greene, Robin Myers, and PE Officers. We are planning an exciting day for members and their guests. We encourage all members to register early and bring a guest/new member or two! Please share this information with your friends, garden clubs, and like-minded groups.


9:00 – 10:00 Setup* & Continental Breakfast

10:00 – 10:30 Plant Swap

10:30 – 11:00 Take plants to vehicles/clean

11:00 – 11:15 Business Meeting and Elections

11:15 – 12:00 Presentation on Bromeliads

12:00 – 12:30 Light Lunch & Door Prizes

12:30 – 1:15 Presentation on Plant Propagation

1:15 – 1:45 FINAL CLEAN UP -- Please Help!

*Set-up will follow the usual plan, shared here for our new members and guests. We recommend digging plants or packaging bulbs/tubers/seeds by the night before the swap. Label all plants clearly and keep the area underneath the table for plants that you have selected during the swap and plan to take home. While setting up, enjoy some continental breakfast and start looking for plants you may want to swap. At 10:00, we will start the swap. Please only take one of the same plant per person, as others may want that plant.

Presentation Topics and Speakers:

Bromeliads Speaker: Karen Whorrall

Plant Propagation Speaker: Ed Paynter

Door Prizes:

Please bring a gently used or new garden-related item to share at the door prize table. It does not have to be fancy or store-bought, because we simply enjoy the door prize drawing fun!

New Membership Model and Swap Registration

Beginning in 2021, new members will pay a one time membership fee of $10.00. An annual fee is no longer required. The one-time membership fee is used to pay for the website, mailings, and miscellaneous club expenses. In addition to the one-time membership fee, we will continue to charge a separate fee for plant swaps to cover the costs of food and facility rental.

Members are encouraged to bring guests. However, guests coming for a second time are asked to join the club and pay the one-time member fee.

Members should register for the plant swap by clicking on the button at the top of the page. Two options are available for plant swap registration: 1) register online and pay at the plant swap, or 2) register online and pay online via PayPal.

Non-members may join by clicking the non-member button at the top of this page and have the option to pay for their membership via PayPal, by mailing a check, or paying at the door.

For additional information on the swap, you can access the full newsletter under the member area.


Beginning in 2021, new members will pay a one time $10 membership fee. An annual membership fee will no longer be required. Plant swap registration fees may still be required to cover food. Click below to join our club!