Welcome to The Perennial Exchange! If you are interested in gardening, you have come to the right place. The Exchange has plant swaps twice a year where you can meet local gardeners, trade plants, hear from great speakers, and tour local gardens.
Members exchange plants to offset the cost of commercial nurseries. Members leave the plant swap with car loads of free plants.
Our members are generous and always willing to give away plants to help new gardeners.
Plant swaps include workshops, speakers and tours to enhance our members' knowledge.
The Perennial Exchange promotes the use of native plants, whenever possible, to preserve natural ecological communities.
The club has members with diverse backgrounds, some with little gardenting knowledge, some who are master gardeners. The club is a great forum for sharing gardening ideas.
Members are mostly located in central and southern Indiana. Plant swaps are rotated between counties to make it convenient for members. Many friendships have been formed over the years since the club was formed in 1995.
Code of Ethics
Members are expected to abide by a Code of Ethics to ensure the best possible experience all members.
I will provide quality plants.
I will be efficient in the delivery of my plants.
I will provide the kind of plants that I would like to receive.
I will be courteous when I contact or when contacted by other members.
I will foster growth of gardening knowlege and friendships.
Spring Plant Swap
Rescheduled to Fall due to COVID-19
September 19, 2020
Location: Camp Rock
(Boys & Girls Clubs Camp near Riddle Point)
7599 N Tunnel Rd.
Unionville, IN 47468
Our hosts for the Spring Plant Swap are Bettina Kehoe, Bernadette de Leon, Vicky St. Meyers and Debra Bulger. They are planning an exciting day for members and their guests. We encourage all members to register early and bring a guest/new member or two! Please share this with your garden clubs and groups.
The deadline for registration is April 11.
9:00 – 10:00 Setup & Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 10:30 Plant Swap
10:30 – 10:45 Take plants to vehicles/clean
10:45 – 11:00 Welcome to Lake Lemon
11:00 – 11:30 Business Meeting and Elections
11:30 – 12:15 Presentation on Rain Gardens
12:15 – 12:45 Lunch served
12:30 – 1:15 Presentation on Wildflowers & More
1:15 – 1:30 FINAL CLEAN UP -- Please Help!
1:30 Tours TBD
Set-up will follow the same plan as usual. Set out your plants, label all plants clearly and keep the area underneath the table for plants that you will have traded and will be taking home. While setting up, grab some continental breakfast and start looking for plants you may want. At 10:00, we will start the swap. Please only take one of the same plant per person since others may want that plant! Contact the table owner for additional plants.
Please bring a gift for the door prize table. It does not have to be fancy or expensive. In addition, if you have handmade or unique items please feel free to bring them and offer up for sale to members.
We ask all members to pay $10.00 membership dues each year in the spring. Your current renewal date is on your address label.* Please mail to Victoria Witte (with or without swap registration) or renew on the website, www.theperennialexchange.com.
*REMEMBERUnless your mailing label has a date after 2020, your annual dues ($10) need to be paid. You can pay at the swap, or, more conveniently, include the $10 with your registration ($20 total) which must be returned promptly -- by April 11th.
Members' Garden Photos
This is another one of Ellen's Fall 2017 plant swap finds.
Petroselinum crispum Flat Italian Parsley
Ellen got this healthy "Butter-and-Eggs" at the Fall 2017 plant swap.
Linaria Vulgaris Butter-and-Eggs
Ellen Miller, our new club secretary, shared some of her recent plant swap "success stories".
Chelone obliqua Pink Turtlehead
Victoria, our club Treasurer, shared a photo of one of her beds, all ready for Spring.
Stachys 'Helene von Stein’ better known as Big Ears, Calamintha, Siberian Iris, Perennial Geranium, Clustered Bellflower, Montauk Daisies, Pennisetum ‘Hameln'
This is a picture of a wild bergamot Ellen Miller received at last years swap.
If you would like to share your garden photos, please fill out the contact form and let us know!
Members pay a $10 membership fee to cover postage, printing, building rentals, and miscellaneous expenses. Members are asked to pay their dues before the Spring Plant Swap. Click below to join or renew membership. You may also register for the plant swap at the same time.