Passalong Plants To Share With Friends And Neighbors

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It’s a notion older than our nation: the idea of sharing plants with neighbors and friends. This “pass along plants” tradition started when nurseries didn’t offer many heirloom or native plants, and the only way to acquire them was from another gardener. Although it is possible to acquire almost any cultivar or variety these days from a specialty plant store, the idea of gifting plants has not lost its appeal. But before you organize a pass-along-plant sale or plant swap, you may be interested to hear more about the history of this American tradition. Pass It Along Plants Was the term “passalong plants” first used by Steve Bender and Felder Rushing in their book of that name published some decades ago? Perhaps so. In the charming text, they attribute the tradition to Southern grace and thriftiness, since plant sharing was a matter of kindness and also an important way to […]

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