Fall Plant Swap!

Saturday, October 7th - 9:30am
Learning Gardens Laboratory
6801 SE 60th

This is a friendly reminder so you can start gathering your plants, seedlings, seeds, books, garden tools and garden art to swap. Time to swap your "too-muches" for your "gotta-haves". 

Bring your excess plants or those you just can't find the perfect spot for.  Bring any seedling starts you have leftover (do you really need three dozen chard and kale starts?), seeds, garden tools, and garden art that need a new home.  Bring plants in pots/containers, seeds in envelopes/containers already labeled, along with growing condition requirements.   Please read Japanese Beetle precautions below.

As with all our Chapter events helping hands are most welcome to make quick-n-easy work and fun for all.  We need help before and after the swap to set-up, move tables, and tidy-up.  Or volunteer to bring a snack or help at the info table giving plant advice or identifying mystery plants (it's fun!).  If you are interested in helping please email Peg O'Rourke at peglorourke@msn.com  Time spent counts as 'Partner' volunteer hours.  A fun way to earn volunteer hours!

  •      8:45 am – Volunteers arrive to help set up tables
  •      9:30 am – Arrive with your plants, seeds, tools or garden art to swap. Enjoy a treat, cup of coffee, chat with fellow gardeners and peruse the plant selection.
  •     10:00 am – Let the Swapping Begin!
  •     10:30 am -  Plant Swap ends. Take your plants (both your new ones and any you brought that that didn’t find a home.)
  •     11:00 am -  Volunteers help break down tables and put them away. (Yes, it’s just that easy).

What to bring:

To Swap and Share: perennials, vegetable starts, evergreens, ornamentals, annuals, seedlings, houseplants, bulbs, perennial herbs, trees and seeds!  Any garden art or garden tools that need a new home.  Bring plants in pots/containers, seeds in envelopes/containers already labeled, along with growing condition requirements.

A cardboard box(es) to carry your newly acquired plants home.
A friend who might have plants to swap (guests are more than welcome to join-in the swap - feel free to share this invitation).

No worries if you don't have any plants to swap - just bring an empty box to fill - we know there will be extra plants needing new homes!

No Invasive plants or disease/insect infected plants! 
(See Japanese Beetle precautions below.)

Invasive Plants (Please don’t bring any of the following):

  • Bishops weed                                     
  • Creeping jenny
  • English holly                                      
  • Garden loosestrife
  • Impatiens balfourii                          
  • Italian arum
  • Ivy                                                        
  • Lamium 'White Nancy’
  • Lesser celandine (often called marsh marigold)
  • Money plant (Lunaria)                     
  • Norway maple
  • Pokeweed                                           
  • Tree of Heaven
  • Verbena bonariensis                        
  • Vinca minor
  • Yellow archangel                              
  • Yellow-flag iris

To learn more about invasive and noxious plants go to:
Oregon Noxious Weeds
or The Portland Plant List

If you have a plant that can act like a thug but is non-invasive – be sure to share that information on the plant label so the plant adopter will know what to expect.


DO NOT bring any plants from in or around the Japanese Beetle quarantine area (the communities of Cedar Mill and Bonny Slope in Washington County).  Please come to the swap and just bring an empty box to fill with new plants to bring home.
This event will take place rain or shine.  We’re gardeners by gosh!  :-)

No RSVP required.  Just come join-in the fun and take advantage of some great "swap"ortunities!