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.

Spring Plant Swap

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Photos from the Fall 2022 Plant Swap

Thank you to Sandy Belth for her interesting presentation on Gardening for Butterflies! Also, thanks to Jeffrey Belth for sharing his knowledge and his book, Butterfles of Indiana: A Field Guide! For your own copy, follow the link: 

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April 22, 2023

Center- Jackson Fire Station

12116 E State Rd 54, Bloomfield, IN 4742

(Register by: April 15, 2023)

Planned Program:

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

10:00 – 10:30 Plant Swap and initial clean-up

10:30 – 11:15 Business Meeting

11:15 – 11:30 Find & ID local native plants (Bernadette de Leon)

11:30 to 12:00 Light lunch & early round(s) of door prizes

12:00 to 12:30 Raising wildflowers from seed (Karen Whorrall)

12:30 – 1:00 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 in the first rounds, as others may want that plant.

NOTE: To make plant labeling easier, one full page of this letter can be completed with your contact information.* Feel free share the PDF with others. (*Tips: Fill in the information on a print-out and copy that sheet as many times as needed. Also, use those unsolicited address labels that charities send to you.) 

Door Prizes:

Please bring a gift for the door prize table. It does not have to be fancy or expensive, and we all enjoy the fun of door prize drawings! 

New Membership Model:

If you have come to two swaps without joining or renewing your membership, we now are asking for a one-time membership fee of $10.00 membership. That’s right, you will not need to renew again unless this new model does not match our costs of producing a digital newsletter and having a website.

You can pay at the swap, or, more conveniently, include the $10 with your registration ($20 total if you are becoming a member) and via mail to Ivy McCammon (6925 W. Ison Rd., Bloomington, IN 47403) by April 15th. You can also pay via this website.

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

Online Registration and our Website:

To access the member-only capabilities, go to the Member Only link on this page's menu and follow the instructions. If you have not previously registered online, you will fill out a registration form. If you are a paid member under the new lifetime model, disregard the instructions to send in membership dues. You will receive access to the member area after registering and receiving an access approval email from the web master. If you are registering as a new member, you may pay via Paypal or mail in your membership fee as described above.


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!