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Trade your extra or unwanted seedlings, seeds and plants for
seedlings, seeds and plants donated by other gardeners!

Sunday, April 29, 2019, 10am 

The Barn at Wilde Lake, 10027 Hyla Brook Road

The Wilde Lake Community Action and Resources for Environmental Stewardship (CARES) Plant Exchange is a community-wide FREE event. The Exchange encourages reuse, recycling, resource sharing, and information exchange. The Exchange is open to anyone, and is a great way to add variety to your gardens!

Please see below or check the WLCA website (www.wildlake.org) for details about how the Exchange works and lists of acceptable items and plants that are not permitted. (Maryland native plants will be available).

Questions? Contact Wilde Lake CARES Chair Bess Caplan at besswlvb@gmail.com



Before the Exchange:
 Dig up, separate and label plants (even better if you know the Latin name). Plants should be potted
well in advance of the Exchange to allow time for healthy root growth.
 Bring your labeled donations to The Barn between 9:15 and 9:45 am. Place your plants beneath the appropriate category sign (edible, native, house, garden tools, etc.) Proceed to one of our volunteers to receive a ticket to the Exchange. You must arrive with your donation prior to 9:45 am to receive a ticket for entry. 
 A donation of a single plant or garden item is all that is necessary to gain access to the Exchange.


During the Exchange:


  On April 28, at 10 am, the Exchange will open.

  Go through and select whatever items interest you. If you have more than you can carry, we have a Hold Area where you can leave items and return to shopping.

  Bring a box, box top or sturdy bag to transport your items to your car.

  Once you have selected your plants, you must present your ticket to an Exchange volunteer before departing with your items.

  The Exchange will close when all the items have been selected or 10:45 am (whichever comes first)

What will the Exchange accept?
 Large Trees and Shrubs (please deliver these directly to The Barn at Wilde Lake)
 Outdoor plants
 House Plants
 Edibles – herbs, vegetables
 Bulbs and Seed packets that are within 1 year of the “sell by” date
 Ceramic pots and garden tools (no plastic pots)


The Exchange does not accept donations of invasive plants. The following plants are not permitted:
- Any type of exotic vine (ex: English Ivy,
Porcelain Berry, Asian Wisteria, Winter
Creeper, etc.)
- Burning Bush
- Day Lilies
- Bamboo
- Asian Honeysuckle
- Bradford Pear
- Norway Maple
- Japanese Barberry
- Autumn Olive
- Multiflora Rose
- Butterfly Bush
- Periwinkle (Vinca)

Please note: The Exchange reserves the right to dispose of any plant which is deemed to be in poor condition or diseased, or which may otherwise pose a threat to the health and ecological diversity of the community.