Free plant exchanges planned in NW Ohio

Two free plant exchanges are planned in Northwest Ohio over the next couple weeks They will at the Wood County Fairgrounds on April 28 and in downtown Toledo at the Main Library on May 5.

In addition to about 20 volunteers (most are graduates of the rigorous OSU Extension Master Gardener program), there are usually ornamental grasses, edibles, bulbs, several varieties of ground covers, seeds, tree saplings, and the perennial favorites, hostas and day lilies.

Donated plants should be labeled with their names, be free of weeds, and in bags or pots. Garden paraphernalia such as gently-used tools, gloves, and yard art, is also accepted.

Plants being donated will be unloaded from cars by volunteers and sorted into categories for easy “shopping.” In addition, people often bring their own boxes or wagons in which to carry their bounty.

The Bowling Green Plant Exchange begins at 9 a.m. April 28 with plant drop off, informational tables, and expert advice from the legion of Wood County Master Gardener Volunteers who produce the event. Plant giveaway begins at 10 a.m. and is typically finished by 11 a.m. The Wood County Fairgrounds is at Haskins and Poe roads.

Toledo’s Plant Exchange on May 5, begins at 8:30 a.m. with plant drop off, informational tables, and answers to questions from Master Gardeners. The giveaway begins at 10 a.m. and wraps up about 10:45 a.m. The Main Library is at 325 Michigan St.; enter the parking garage from 11th and then Adams streets.

The Toledo event is a collaboration between the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the OSU Extension Lucas County Master Gardeners, and unaffiliated garden enthusiasts.