Fall Plant Exchange


Tom, Ruth, and Wild Ones Host Fall Plant Exchange Sunday, Aug. 27, 1 to 5: Start Digging and Potting

THE FALL PLANT EXCHANGE will be at Ruth and Tom’s house, 2502 Waite Ave., Kalamazoo, on Sunday, August 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. 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 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.

There will be a ceremony around 3 p.m. at the Life Cairn, in observance of vanished and vanishing species. Please bring a stone to add to the cairn if you wish to participate. For questions about the exchange or about native species, please call Tom at (269) 381-4946, or e-mail yard2prairy@gmail.com. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Plant-Exchange Etiquette Guide 

1. Respect and Share with Others
•If you see a special plant, but there are only 5, please don’t take 2.  Ask the person who brought it, or one of the expert-looking folks hanging about, what the chances are of getting more.

2. Respect Plants: give them the best possible chance of survival
• Plants might not get planted immediately. Please pot them up carefully so they can survive.
• Don’t bring junk, which at a minimum includes nonnative invasives.

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 back.
• Don’t have plants but want to bring something? Refreshments would be welcome.

*We’ll ask for a $5 donation from non-members. Please consider supporting our important work by joining.