Spring Plant Exchange

Join us for the 30th Annual Spring Plant Exchange and Celebration!

Hosted by Tom, Ruth, and Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones

Sunday June 4, 2023 • 1-5 pm 

2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the spring plant exchange. Come celebrate this milestone with us!

The exchange will offer numerous plants from Tom and Ruth’s gardens, as well as plants brought by other Wild Ones members and supporters. Our goal is to encourage the planting of natives for the beauty they offer and to support the wildlife that depends on them.  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. You need not be a member of Wild Ones to participate in this event.

  • Anyone interested in volunteering to help set up for the event should contact Paul Olexia.

30th Anniversary Celebratory Events

We will have a celebratory cake and other refreshments available. Supporters are invited to bring an additional snack to share. In addition to picking up some great plants to try out, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, please join us for these special events:

1:30 and 3:30 pm: Garden tours of Tom and Ruth’s native plantings. Tom and Ruth’s property is a showcase of native plantings and will offer many ideas for how a residential lot can be transformed to appeal to both local biodiversity and neighbors.

2:30 pm: Life Cairn ceremony. Tom and Ruth began a Life Cairn in their front yard in 2012, on the first anniversary of the first Life Cairn on Mount Caburn, England. You are invited to bring a stone or two to add to the cairn. The ceremony will be both a commemoration of what we have lost and a rededication to saving whatever we can of vanishing species.

Location: Tom and Ruth’s home, 2502 Waite Ave, Kalamazoo

There will be several experts available to help with your choices and questions.

If you have plants to bring to the exchange, please bring them to Tom and Ruth’s before the exchange if at all possible. You can drop off plants the preceding Tuesday through Saturday. Remember that only native plants are allowed, and they should be carefully potted (they may not get re-planted immediately!) and identified.

We look forward to seeing you!

For questions about the exchange or about native species, please call Tom at (269) 381-­‐ 4946, or Email Tom.

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