Bring donated plants from your home garden to share with others and leave with new plants in this old-fashioned plant exchange!

This event is FREE and open to all. No registration is required.

Perennial Plant Exchange 2024

Date to be announced soon!

Garden Project’s Resource Center | 2401 Marcus St., in Lansing’s Foster Park

How it Works: 

6 – 6:15 p.m. | Arrival & Check-in

  • Organize your plants and browse the plant selection.
  • NOTE: Check-in closes promptly at 6:15 p.m. Those arriving after 6:15 p.m. will not be able to participate in the exchange.

6:25 p.m. | Round 1

  • Those who donated one plant may select one plant from the selection.

6:30 p.m. | Round 2

  • Those who donated two plants may select a second plant from the exchange.

6:35 p.m. | Round 3 – 10

  • Each person in attendance selects a plant from the table. Rounds continue until there are no plants left.

Preparing for the Exchange:

  • Carefully divide or dig up the plants you wish to donate. Watch an instructional video here.
  • Pot each plant individually.
  • Label each plant with one of our labels. Please fill out labels before arriving to the plant exchange.
  • Bring a box or crate to help you take your new plants home.

REMEMBER: Garden Project’s Resource Center has garden tools to lend, including digging forks and shovels to make your plant dividing task easier.

Plant Inventory:

Plant selection varies each year  — which is part of the fun of the event! You can browse a list of plants exchanged in 2022 to get an idea for what you might see at this year’s event:

2022 Perennial Plant Exchange Plant List

BasswoodJapanese AnemoneRaspberries
Bearded IrisLamb's EarRose of Sharon
Boston FernLemon BalmRudbeckia Triloba
Bronze FennelLily of the ValleyRussian Sage
ButterburLucifer CrocosmiaSedum
ChivesMatrix Lily BulbsShasta Daisy
ComfreyMintSiberian Iris
CoreopsisMother of Thousands (houseplant)Snake Plant
Cup PlantNew England AsterSpearmint
CurrantsNorthern Sea OatsSpider Plant
Egyptian Walking OnionsOreganoStrawberries
HelianthusOstrich FernSunchokes
HelleboresPaw PawVariegated Liriope
Hens and ChicksPeonyVariegated Solomon's Seal
Honeysuckle VinePeppermintWalking Onions
HostaPersimmon SeedlingsYarrow
Jade PlantPurple Cone FlowersAdditional assorted Michigan native plants

No plants to share this year? Come anyway! There are often extras to go around.