My friend Stephanie hosted the most awesome springtime party – it helped us all unload the perennial plants overtaking our yards and grab some new and different plants for our flower beds.
After this little get-together, each of us ended up with a trunk-load of new plants. We calculated that if we’d have purchased the plants from a garden center, it would have cost us upwards of $900 total for everything.
The idea all started with a Facebook message asking if a group of us wanted to swap perennial plants from our garden. Umm … yes. Stephanie planned and hosted the swap at her house. (Thanks, Stephanie!) We each dug up plants in our yard to bring (I brought lemon balm and lots of iris that have overtaken my flower beds.)
There were eight of us participating – some didn’t have any plants but wanted to start gardens. Some didn’t want to bring home any plants but wanted to unload perennials. Then, there were a few like me who wanted to give and get. This is part of the stash of plants at the party when I arrive.
Stephanie also asked us to label the plants with all the info we had. I didn’t do this well, but some folks were really detailed and included sun requirements, height, planting info, etc.
I was able to get all my new plants planted in the yard the next day (which unfortunately meant this momma could barely move afterwards).
And that, my friends, is my favorite party idea ever! I think we’re going to make it an annual event. I still have tons of irises to split this fall and I’m planning to swipe some peonies from Stephanie’s yard if it’s the last thing I do.
(Read more about the planning and details at Stephanie’s blog – Homeowner Rookies.)
Sound off: How do you stock your gardens for the season?