Gardening enthusiasts are invited to bring their flora to the fourth annual MIT Community Plant Swap on Friday, June 9 from noon-1:30pm under the trees near the MIT Chapel.
The swap brings together MIT community members with a common interest in gardening and allows them to share extra plants, garden supplies and advice with one another. Participants can bring perennial plants that have spread or need to be divided, extra annuals (including vegetables) that don't fit in their gardens, house plants, or excess garden tools or decorative and clay pots.
Plant swap participants receive "vouchers" in exchange for what they bring to the swap and then use their vouchers for plants and supplies that others have contributed, so they can get new plants without spending any money. (Sorry, no vouchers for empty plastic pots.)
An added benefit is the participation of some of MIT's own gardening experts from Grounds Services in Facilities and from Endicott House, who will be on hand to answer questions and give advice.
Participants may drop off plants and pick up vouchers starting at 8:30am on June 9, but the swapping won't begin until noon. Plants left over at the end of the swap will be given away.
The plant swap is sponsored this year by the MIT Gardeners' Group (under the auspices of the MIT Women's League). The Gardeners' Group is open to all members of the MIT community. An e-mail alias for gardeners has been established; anyone who would like to be added to the list or who have questions about the plant swap may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call x3-2269.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 31, 2000.