Annual Spring Plant Exchange


Tom, Ruth, and Wild Ones Host 25th Annual Spring Plant Exchange: Find New Native Plants, New Friends

THE 25TH ANNUAL SPRING PLANT EXCHANGE will be at Ruth and Tom’s house, 2502 Waite Ave., Kalamazoo, on Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. Come help us celebrate this special anniversary of the Wild Ones social event of the season. Over the years many thousands of native plants have found new homes and provided new habitat for polinators and other wildlife.

The exchange will offer numerous plants from Tom and Ruth’s gardens, as well as plants brought by other Wild Ones members and supporters. In keeping with principles we’ve always emphasized, it’s not necessary to bring a plant in order to take one; and no plants will be for sale.

We do ask that attenders should bring only plants native to Michigan; and all plants should be potted up carefully and identified with labels. If in doubt as to whether your plant is a native, call or e-­‐mail to inquire; or stop worrying and simply bring yourself, to enjoy and celebrate.

There will be refreshments, and the house will be open for rest and conversation, and for shelter in the event of rain. As always, we proceed, rain or shine.

Several members of Wild Ones will be available throughout the afternoon to answer questions and to help people set out the plants they bring and to choose appropriate plants to take home.

CORE, Community Organized Regenerative Earthcare, will be a co-sponsor of this special anniversary plant exchange; and members of CORE will be special invited guests.  CORE is establishing native-plant, food-forest, and community gardens at the nearby grounds of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where Kalamazoo Wild Ones used to meet–and always hoped to establish some native-plant gardens.

The purpose of the Plant Exchange is to foster community and natural landscaping with native plants.
Milkweed seeds and seedlings will be available as part of the special “Wild for Monarchs” project of Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones, in cooperation with Wild Ones chapters throughout the nation and Monarch Watch, headquartered at University of Kansas.

Here’s a plant-­‐exchange etiquette guide.

1.  Respect and Share with Others
  • If you see a special plant, but there are only five of them, please don’t take Ask the person who brought it, or one of the expert-­‐ looking folks hanging about, what the chances are of getting more.
  1. Respect Plants: give them the best possible chance of survival
    • Plants might not get planted immediately. If you’re bringing plants, please pot them up carefully so they can survive.
    • Don’t bring junk, which at a minimum includes non-­‐native
3.  From Each Person According to Ability; To Each According to Need
  • Just starting out? Don’t have plants to bring? Of course you may take plants. In fact, that’s one of the main purposes of the Plant Exchange. We all had to get started somehow, and when native plants start doing really well in your yard, bring some

Don’t have plants but want to bring something? Some refreshments would be welcome.

If you’re not already a member of Wild Ones, please consider supporting our work by joining.

Please provide species labels for your plants. For questions about the exchange or about native species, please call Tom at (269) 381-­‐ 4946, or e-­‐mail