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Hosting a Garden Swap

My first experience at a Garden Swap was in 2009. At the time, I lived in a small apartment with a tiny balcony, and a handful of potted plants.

Friends from my church were amazing gardeners, and organized a community event for people to bring plants, seeds, books, or whatever garden goodies they could share to swap.  

About twenty people came to that event.  Everyone lined up their cars, popped their trunks and the swapping/garden party commenced. My contribution that day were bags of coffee grounds from the coffee shop I worked at. It felt strange not having much to swap, but that was the day I really understood the generocity of gardeners. At the end of the event, I went home with a few succulents, and a Japanese Maple sapling.  

Since moving to Kitsap County, I have continued this tradition many times. I’ve done one on one swaps with friends, neighborhood garden swaps, and by mail seed swaps. The circumstances might be different, but the idea is the same. Gardens grow and multiply. Why not share? 

And yes, that Japanese Maple is growing happily in my homestead garden. 

Carilyn Mae

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