Plant swap returns to Reed City on Saturday

REED CITY — Residents looking to decrease or add some perennial plants to their gardens will have the opportunity at the annual Perennial Plant and Seed Swap.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Reed City Depot and is hosted by local master gardener April Hamilton.

In previous years, the event has been held in the spring, but due to scheduling Hamilton held off planning the event. Because of the popularity of the plant swap among gardeners in the area Hamilton decided to hold an autumn swap.

“It is so popular that I had people approach me almost daily asking if we are having the plant swap this year,” Hamilton said.

The idea behind the swap is to help people add variety to their gardens.

“Gardening can be expensive when you are buying full priced plants,” Hamilton said. “The swap helps us exchange plants, ideas and help educate those looking to garden for the first time.”

Many different flowers will be available at the swap, including irises, daffodils, columbines, lilac bushes and other popular garden plants.

“It really depends on what people have in their garden. More people means more variety,” Hamilton added. “We have big variety of plants, especially irises.”

The concept is the same as previous years. Attendees bring extra flowers or seeds and trade with other gardeners. The individuals making the deal decide the exchange. The sharing of tips and other planting information is encouraged.

In addition to the swap, Hamilton said information about a Muskegon River Watershed Assembly rain barrel workshop in Osceola County and other information for productive gardens also will be available.

“It’s not just a plant swap, it is an information swap, too,” Hamilton said. “To hold the workshop in 2015, we need to get barrels. Anyone who wants to donate food grade 55 gallon drums for the workshop will help keep the price down.”

There is no cost to attend the plant swap and people do not need to register to bring plants to the swap. People are asked not to stop and drop plants off.

“We really like people to stay with their plants so they can share information and different tips about planting,” Hamilton said. “If you have a love of gardening and you share it, that’s master gardening.”