The Lexington Chapter of Wild Ones has a native plant exchange on the first Thursday of May at St. Michael’s Church in Lexington. In 2020 we had to cancel this popular event due to covid, but we brought it back on May 6, 2021! It was a great success, and it was wonderful for us to be together in person again and to welcome many new gardeners ready to experiment with natives.
We also host an online plant exchange which functions year round. Wild Ones members and non-members can participate, but every participant must be approved by a group administrator.
To become a participant, you need to sign up at https://groups.io/g/lexwildones. Scroll down to “Group Email Addresses” and click on “Subscribe”. Follow instructions and wait for our approval. Once approved, you will have to create a password and then you can post the plants you want to give away as well as any plants you are looking for. When you offer or request something, please put your plant(s) in the subject line, and say whether this is a plant offer or a request. To respond to a post, you directly contact the person who made the offer or the request and arrange for pick-up or delivery.
To participate in the exchange, you don’t have to offer a plant to the group for every plant you receive. Experience tells us that long-time native plant gardeners have lots of plants to give and new ones are greatly in need of plants. So, we hope that group members will offer plants generously and receive them gratefully according to their ability and need.
This group functions as a Listserve, which means you potentially receive all the emails posted to the group. But in “Settings”, you can arrange how, when or whether you want to receive these emails with plant offerings or requests: you can receive an email every time someone makes a post, or emails can be bundled in groups of twelve, or you can receive them every morning, or not at all. You can also unsubscribe, of course.
Also, please keep in mind the Wild Ones growers and sellers of native plants who are listed on this website under “Resources” and then “Plant Sellers” in the menu bar above.