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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The Perennial Exchange

www.theperennialexchange.com

Member Benefits

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Save

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

Share

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

Learn

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

Conserve

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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Meet

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


The Spring 2021 Plant Swap

was held on May 15, 2021!

​​​​​​​Greene County Center Township Fire Department

11216 E SR 54 

Bloomfield, IN 47424


Cost: Free!


Agenda: This year we had a great turn-out for out plant swap. It was an abbreviated version of our normal plant swap because of on-going COVID concerns. The following was the agenda.

Program:

  9:00 – 10:00 Setup & Continental Breakfast

10:00 – 10:30 Plant Swap

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

10:45 – 11:30 Business Meeting and Elections 

11:30 - 12:00 Presentation on Beekeeping by Dave Branneman - Click here for Dave's Handout on Beekeeping and additional resources and websites.

FINAL CLEAN UP


Set-up followed the same plan as usual: Set out your plants, label all plants clearly and keep the area underneath the table for plants that you have traded and will be taking home. During set-up, attendees were provided continental breakfast while they started looking for the plants they wanted to trade. At 10:00, the swap began. Participants are encouraged to take only take one of the same plant per person since others may want that plant!

Door Prizes:​​​​​​​

Participants donated door prizes.


Membership Dues:

​​​​​​​Membership dues were waived for 2020. The Executive Committee is evaluating the need for dues in 2021. More information will be forthcoming. NOTE: All 2020 dues paid will be applied to our next round of dues collection.


Check back for information on the Fall Plant Swap!

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Photos from the Spring 2021 Plant Swap

Members' Garden Photos


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

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


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Linaria Vulgaris
Butter-and-Eggs
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Ellen Miller, our 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.

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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.

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