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Plant Exchanges

There are few events more satisfying than a good plant swap with serious gardeners, who don’t bring invasive species or other pests.

Plant swap in the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, 2013.

Many of the best mums in my garden came from a perennial exchange I attend. When I read on a tag “This mum always winters over,” I know those experienced gardeners never lie.

Last year I got a white dahlia that is just breathtaking. At this year’s exchange (in Bloomington, Indiana), I got a little peach tree with red leaves, and the tag says that it bears peaches with white flesh. It is currently growing in a coffee can and looks very healthy.

When I got it home I proudly showed it to my husband who, quite tactlessly I thought, asked me where I was going to plant it. I had actually been wondering that myself. It is certainly going to outgrow the coffee can, and there is not an inch of space left unplanted in our garden.

Since we have so many deer who frequent our garden. I will probably have to build a 6-foot fence to shield it, but I will worry about that later. After all, the little tree looks lovely and it was free.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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