11th Annual Seed and Houseplant Swap

Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:30 am-
12:45 pm


 Fee: $15 includes both talks, the swaps, and refreshments.

Join us for our annual January swap – two fun talks, refreshments, and lots of seeds and houseplant cuttings for all. A great opportunity to get together with fellow gardening enthusiasts; beat the winter blues and get a head start on spring.

Bring seeds and houseplant cuttings to swap, if you have them, but come either way – there will be plenty for everyone.



9:30-10:30 am: Choosing and Using Heirloom Vegetables

Remy Orlowski is owner of the Sample Seed Shop in Tonawanda, where she sells seed of an enormous variety of vegetables and flowers in small, affordable (“sample-sized”) packets; all of the images and most of the descriptions on her website (sampleseeds.com) are based on her personal experience in upstate NY. Remy loves heirloom varieties (and new varieties with heirloom genetics) for their excellent flavor and fresh-picked qualities. If you’ve been disappointed in the past with heirlooms, that probably means that you’re not growing the right ones for our area. Remy will tell us all about varieties with superlative yield, disease resistance and flavor, including lots of outstanding varieties we’ve never heard of.

10:30-11 am: Seed and Houseplant Exchange; refreshments


11:00 am-12 noon: Gardens and Wildflowers of New Zealand

In November of 2015, Carol and David Southby visited New Zealand, traveling from north to south in search of interesting gardens and wildflowers. In this talk, Carol will show us notable plants they saw growing in public and private gardens, and explore design ideas and plant combinations we can use in our own gardens. We will also see some of the unusual wildflowers that have evolved during the 80 million years that the islands of New Zealand have been isolated from any other land mass.


12 noon-12:45: Questions, exchange, refreshments


Tips for the Swap

Seeds you have collected (or other fresh seed that you would like to share):

Label with as much information as you can – common name; botanical name; annual, perennial or biennial; hardiness; variety; size; sun, soil, and moisture preferences; bloom time and color. At minimum, note the common name and flower color. If possible, divvy seed into reasonable small quantities in small envelopes with the information written on the envelope. If you need help with this, call the RCGC library; they can provide assistance. If you don’t have coin envelopes or other small envelopes, just bring the seeds and info, and we will have envelopes available here at the event.

Bring in some good-sized pieces of those overgrown monsters you have at home or any special houseplants you are willing to share. Seal the cuttings in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel, or put ends in water in a jar. Or bring the whole plant in its pot!


Carolyn Van Ness, RCGC Librarian

The RCGC library has several books with seed-saving information.