WG Seed Exchange 2023
Washington Gardener Seed Exchange
We are hosting two Washington Gardener Seed Exchanges -- one at Brookside Gardens on 1/28/23 and the other at Green Spring Gardens on 2/4/23.
Please select the DATE AND LOCATION you want to attend!
Join Us for:
- Seed Swapping
- Door Prizes
- Planting Tips
- Expert Speakers
- Goody Bags
COVID POLICY: We require all attendees to show proof of full vaccination at the check-in desk. Masks must be worn at all times.
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 dont 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.
(Note: This schedule is subject to change.)
12:40-1:20 Gardening talk
1:20-1:55 Gardening talk
2:00-2:15 Snack break and room reset
2:15-2:30 Seed Swap preview time
2:30-3:00 Seed Swap
3:00-3:30 Photo Contest winners
3:30-4:00 Door prizes and closing talk
How Do We Swap?
As you check-in, staff will collect your seeds and place them at the appropriate seed category tables.
You will be assigned a random seed swap number. There will be a short period for attendees to preview all the seeds brought in and available for swapping. You will be called in by your number to pick a seed pack from each of the category tables (if desired).
After the initial seed swap is complete, attendees are free to take any of the left over seeds and to trade seeds with each other. Dividing of packets is encouraged and extra baggies with labels will be on hand for that purpose.
What Types of Seeds?
Seed swap categories will include natives, edibles, herbs, exotics, annuals, perennials, and woodies (trees/shrubs). If you can pre-sort your seeds in advance into whichever of these seven major categories fits best, that would help us speed up the process on the swap day.
Door Prizes! Goodie Bags!
Each attendee will receive a goodie bag at the seed swap. The bags include seeds, publications, and garden items donated by our sponsors. In addition, we have some incredible door prizes to give away especially for area gardeners.
If your organization would like to contribute seeds or garden-related products for the goodie bags and door prizes, please contact Kathy Jentz at 301.588.6894 by January 25.
NEW This Year:
Make-it Take-It Seed Crafting Table
We are GREEN!!!
Garden Book and Seed Catalog Exchange
Seed Exchange attendees are encouraged to bring their used or new garden books and seed catalogs to swap and share at this years event. We also ask you to bring your own water bottle or reusable mug and a home-made nametag. We will have a
best nametag contest, so get crafty!
Hashtags #GardenDC and #SeedSwapDay
Space is limited, so act today!
Washington Gardener Magazine subscribers get $5 off the $20 attendee fee!
Brookside Gardens 1/28 OR Green Spring Gardens 2/4 (View)
1800 Glenallan/4603 Green Spring Rd,
Alexandria, VA 22132
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|
||What is the photo contest about? Is it too late to enter? |
||Here are the details on the Garden Photo Contest = https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2022/12/2023-garden-photo-contest-kicks-off.html This year's cycle has just ended - but please do consider entering next year -- check back on our blog for details on entry starting this December.|