Kingston Frontenac Public Library hosts first ever plant swap

All photos by Jessica Foley.


Do you have a green thumb? Are there an abundance of plants in your gardens? Did you collect too many seeds? Or maybe you have houseplants that need a new home.

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is holding their first ever Plant Swap. This event is being held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Isabel Turner Branch beginning at 2 p.m. Drop in to share your extra plants or seeds with fellow Kingston gardeners, and find some new plants and cuttings for your own gardens.

“We don’t know how many people will come with plants to actually trade, and how many will prefer to drop in and give away their extras to a good home. We’re expecting a mix of novice and experienced gardeners, and of indoor as well as outdoor plants,” said Anne Hall, a librarian that oversees programming and outreach for the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

“We’re offering people the chance to register early for some table space, so that those with lots to trade will be able to spread out a bit and display their plants to good advantage,” Anne continued, “But anyone is free to just drop in and see what’s on offer, without booking table space.”

Ask questions of your fellow gardeners, or borrow some gardening books or DVDs to enjoy as the gardening season progresses. The library will have a collection of gardening materials ready for you to browse while deciding which plants you may like to take home. A member of the library’s programming staff will be on hand to help people get settled or answer questions that may arise during this event.

“We hope that things will be informal enough to allow for lots of one-on-one conversations about one’s plants, as well as a friendly exchange of advice,” Anne said. “What we learn from this year’s swap will help us plan our next one!”

Kindly bring your trade-ins packaged for easy transport: inside plastic bags, or in a pot in a plastic bag, carton or cardboard box. If you know what plants you have, labelling your trades will be a help for those ready to take home something new.

The Plant Swap is open to adults and teens, and no registration is required. Drop-in, free of charge, and find a new treasure for your home or garden. If you have a lot to share you can reserve table space by visiting or phoning 613-549-8888.


Jessica is a busy working mom and writer who enjoys covering local interest stories, and creating content for her own website A Modern Mom’s Life.  She loves living, working, and playing in Kingston.  You can see what she gets up to with her family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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