Before the Exchange:

  • Dig up, separate and label plants (even better if you know the Latin name). Plants should be potted well in advance of the Exchange to allow time for healthy root growth. 
  • Bring your labeled donations to Slayton House (10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD 21044) on April 27, 9am-7pm, or April 28, 9am-5pm.  Place your plants on or near the tables outside, to the left of the Slayton House Village Green entrance (follow signs).  Proceed inside to the front desk and receive a ticket indicating you have made a donation. 
  • A donation of a single plant or garden item is all that is necessary to gain access to the Exchange.

During the Exchange:

  • On April 29, between the hours of 10am and 2pm, come to the Wilde Lake CARES Plant Exchange at the Barn at Wilde Lake.
  • Present your ticket for entry.
  • Go through and select whatever items interest you. If you have more than you can carry, we have a Hold Area where you can leave items and return to shopping. 
  • Bring a box, box top or sturdy bag to transport your items to your car.

What will the Exchange accept?

  • Large Trees and Shrubs (please deliver these directly to The Barn at Wilde Lake)
  • Outdoor plants
  • House Plants
  • Edibles – herbs, vegetables
  • Bulbs and Seed packets that are within 1 year of the “sell by” date
  • Ceramic pots and garden tools (no plastic pots)

The Exchange does not accept donations of invasive plants.  The following plants are not permitted:

  • Any type of exotic vine (ex: English Ivy, Porcelain Berry, Asian Wisteria, Winter Creeper, etc.)
  • Burning Bush
  • Day Lilies
  • Bamboo
  • Asian Honeysuckle
  • Bradford Pear
  • Norway Maple
  • Japanese Barberry
  • Autumn Olive
  • Multiflora Rose
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Periwinkle (Vinca)

Please note: The Exchange reserves the right to dispose of any plant deemed to be in poor condition, diseased or may otherwise pose a threat to the health and ecological diversity of the community.