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Washington Gardener Magazine presents the 14th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchanges! Washington Gardener magazine, the publication for DC-area gardening enthusiasts, is hosting the 14th annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange at Brookside Gardens and Green Spring Gardens. These seed swaps are in-person and face-to-face. You bring your extra seeds and swap them with other gardeners. Everyone will leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends, and expert planting advice.
Join us for:
Make-it Take-It Seed Crafting Table
on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 12:30–4:00pm at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD
on Saturday, February 2, 2019, 12:30–4:00pm at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA
(Foul weather that day? Call 240.603.1461, for updates about possible snow/ice delay.)
How to Register
Register online at WGSeedExchange-BrooksideG.brownpapertickets.com for the 1/27/18 event and WGSeedExchange-GreenSpringG.brownpapertickets.com for the 2/10/18 one.
Registration fee is $20 per person. Friends of Brookside members, Friends of Green Spring members, and current Washington Gardener subscribers receive a discount rate of $15 per person.
We strongly urge you to register in advance. There is a limited enrollment of 100 participants at each location!
Event Hashtags #GardenDC and #SeedSwapDay
If You Have Seeds to Bring and Swap:
Please package them in resealable plastic zipper or wax sandwich baggies. Put an average of 20 seeds per baggy — more for small seeds like lettuce, fewer for large seeds like acorns. Label each baggy with a white sticker (such as Avery standard 5160 address label sheets) giving all the information you have on the seeds. If known, include the plant’s common and scientific names; its soil, sun, and watering needs; and, its origins — where and when you collected the seeds. If you don’t know all the information, that is okay; just provide as much as you can.
Yes, you can bring unused or opened commercial seed packs.
What If You Don’t Have Any Seeds to Swap?
Come anyway! Even if you don’t have any seeds to trade, you are welcome to attend. We’ll have plenty of extra seed contributions on hand and many attendees will be there just to learn, network, and prepare for next year’s seed collecting.
Expert speakers from the local gardening community will give short talks on seed collection and propagation tips. There will be ample time for individual Q&A throughout the program with the featured speakers, and invited experts as well.