Are you ready to get your garden in gear? If so, you might be wondering about how you can score some plants for less. A plant swap is the perfect way to thin out some extra plants you have, while scoring some new ones to enjoy at the same time. If you want to have a plant swap with your friends, here are some tips on how to host a plant swap that you can try!
1. Gather up the interested parties.
You will want to invite anyone that gardens and has some plants to thin out just like you do. Talk to your friends who flower or vegetable garden and see if they would be interested in attending. As always, the more the merrier!
2. Set the ground rules.
The rules for the plant swap usually go as follows: Each guest is asked to bring their thinned out plants in individual containers. Butter dishes or old plastic containers work great. Each container should have the name of the plant written on it in marker. The guest may also bring simple directions for how to care for the plant.
3. Prepare your party.
Pick the date and time, and then prepare the location. A backyard is the perfect, informal spot. Set up tables for all of the plants, add some simple décor (a few potted plants works great!) turn on some tunes, and get ready to swap.
4. Pass out tickets.
When guests arrive, give them one ticket (a simple scrap of paper is fine) for each plant they are bringing. For example if a guest brings 10 plants to donate, they get 10 tickets. Let guests set their plants on the tables, set out the directions, and mingle.
5. Let the swap begin.
When ready let guests use their tickets to “buy” other plants that are there. This way, each person gets the same number of plants they donated. Let guests share their knowledge about the various plants and have fun talking about all things gardening.
At the end of the event, guests will have new plants to enjoy and will have gotten rid of old ones they didn’t have room for. Such an event is also a great way for fellow gardeners to share knowledge and talk about all things garden related!
If you love to garden and so do your pals, a plant swap is a great way to score some new and free plants. Give these tips a try for planning your own plant swap party!