Good Neighbor Day is coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and it’s a great opportunity to do something kind for your community. One fun way to connect with others is to plan a neighborhood plant swap. Plants create a peaceful environment and add natural beauty to our homes, two things everyone can use.
Sharing a love of plants and gardening with others in your neighborhood can promote inclusivity, create connection and build friendships. A plant swap can be as big or small as you’d like to make it. The only requirement: Participants must have seeds, flowers or plants to share.
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Ready to start planning? Here’s what you need to know to host the ultimate neighborhood plant swap.
Get The Word Out
Recruit a few friends or neighbors to help out. And if your neighborhood has a social media page, be sure to post your plant swap information there. You can connect with others through a telephone/text tree or post flyers around your neighborhood.
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Decide What Type Of Plant Swap You Want To Host
Your plant swap can be big or small; and once you put out feelers, you’ll have a better idea what your neighbors would prefer. Do what feels right, whether you choose to hold a large plant swap at a nearby park or host it virtually.
Here are a few helpful guidelines:
Everyone who participates should have a seed packet, plant or flower to trade.
Plants should come with a plant label and care instructions.
Only healthy, pest-free plants should be swapped.
Check Out These Plant Swap Party Ideas!
Whether you decide on a small get-together or a larger outdoor event, these ideas will ensure your plant swap party is a neighborhood hit.
Plant Party In the Park: Host your event at a nearby park or in your back yard. Set up tables creating different stations or opt to make the space feel like a plant nursery. You and the other plant lovers can share helpful plant care tips, enjoy some snacks and, of course, trade plants.
Plant Swap Dinner Party: Invite a small group of plant-loving friends or neighbors and host a potluck. Everyone can share a different dish along with a plant. Set up a side table just for the plants. Trade your plants over a tasty meal.
Book Exchange-Style Plant Swap: Similar to a book exchange, set up a box in a specified location where neighbors can leave a plant and take a plant. Plants such as succulents make good options because they can be left in the sun without water for lengthier periods.
Virtual Plant Swap: A modern twist on the plant swap, you can create a group on social media and invite friends and neighbors to post photos of plants they want to trade. Once your neighbors have virtually chosen a plant, they can be dropped at the recipient’s doorstep.