Stackwood’s free Freo plant swap

Stackwood’s plant expert Claire Greenhill preparing for the plant swap. Picture: Rae Fallon
Stackwood’s plant expert Claire Greenhill preparing for the plant swap. Picture: Rae Fallon

GROWING your garden doesn’t have to be expensive, says Sarah Bell of Fremantle’s Stackwood.

The concept store is hosting a free plant swap on July 14, where green thumbs can exchange cuttings and flora, keeping the big bucks for other indulgencies around the home.

“We think connection is such an important part of life and something we all need more of,” Bell said.

“What better to connect over than all things green, especially with the renewed popularity in caring for indoor plants?”

Bell said the store focused on indoor plants but all flora was welcome, including natives and edible varieties.

“Rare and interesting species are encouraged – if punters don’t know what plants they are bringing, our experts will try to identify them,” she said.

“There is no limit to how much you can bring, we just ask you to carry your plants into the venue and bring a box to take your swaps with you.

“If a plant is a cutting, you must be able to strike that particular variety that way and plants must be healthy and bug and disease-free.”

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The event also includes storytelling and advice to encourage a sense of community.

“I love finding out where people’s plants are from – if it is a cutting from someone’s grandmother’s 80-year-old-tree, how cool is it to have that knowledge?” she said.

“Often the people who come know a lot about how to care for that type of plant and can pass tips on.

“Sometimes people just like to come ready for a yarn or with a photo of the mother plant on their phone as it might look impressive.”

Plant swaps are money-free exchanges and operate on an honesty system.

“Stackwood contributes some greenery at the start of the session and we have never seen anyone leave empty-handed, so don’t be shy about contributing,” Bell said.

“You will receive back in kind your share of greenery, conversation and community feels – and some.”

The Plant Swap is on July 14 from 10am to 2pm as part of 10 Nights in Port for Glasshouses and Green Futures.

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