Spring Plant Exchange

The spring plant exchange is one of our oldest and most popular annual traditions. It is not a sale, but a community gathering and an opportunity for experienced native-plant gardeners to share both their expertise and their extra plants with those in the earlier stages of establishing a native landscape. Members and non-members alike are welcome. Information about Wild Ones membership will be available at the exchange.

The 2024 spring exchange is Sunday, June 2, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at the home of Tom and Ruth Small, 2502 Waite Ave, Kalamazoo. Their gardens will provide an inspiring model as well as many plants for the exchange; more plants will be contributed by other KAWO members and supporters.

Bringing plants: if you have plants to bring, drop them off at the Smalls’ residence a day or two before the exchange if possible. Please bring only native plants, carefully potted and with the species clearly identified. Keep in mind that they may not be replanted right away. If you have a mature garden with extra plants and need help with digging and potting, post to our Facebook page.

Taking plants: you don’t have to bring a plant to take one, and experienced native-plant gardeners will be there to help you choose the right plant for your site. This year we ask that you take no more than 5 plants within the first two hours, to ensure that those arriving later in the afternoon have a selection of plants to choose from. 

Email us at [email protected] with any questions. If you would like to help set up for the event, please see our Community Projects calendar.

This year’s exchange will include two (optional) special events. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a ceremony to present the Nancy Cutbirth Small Distinguished Service Award

At 4:00 p.m. there will be a brief ceremony for those who wish to place stones on the Life Cairn, started by Tom and Ruth in 2012, in honor of species vanished from the earth or threatened with extinction, as well as those we may yet be able to save through our dedication to restoration.

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