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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring 2021 Plant Swap
May 15, 2021
Greene County Center Township Fire Department
11216 E SR 54
Bloomfield, IN 47424
Agenda: This year we will have an abbreviated version of our normal plant swap because of on-going COVID concerns. The following is the agenda. Note, all attendees will be required to wear a mask.
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 - Bring you own bag lunch!
FINAL CLEAN UP -- Please Help!
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.
More information will be forthcoming! Check back in April!
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.
Members' Garden Photos
This is another one of Ellen's Fall 2017 plant swap finds.
Petroselinum crispum Flat Italian Parsley
Ellen got this healthy "Butter-and-Eggs" at the Fall 2017 plant swap.
Linaria Vulgaris Butter-and-Eggs
Ellen Miller, our new club secretary, shared some of her recent plant swap "success stories".
Chelone obliqua Pink Turtlehead
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.
If you would like to share your garden photos, please fill out the contact form and let us know!
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.