Annual Seed Exchange/Chapter Meeting
The Growing Place
Public Welcome Free Event Seed/Plant Swap Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking
Location The Growing Place 2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora, Il 60542 (Approximately 1/2 mile north of Ogden Ave. on Montgomery Road. Enter thru front gate and park in retail parking lots.)
Start saving seeds now and join us for the much-anticipated Greater DuPage Wild Ones Annual Seed Exchange and Chapter Meeting, hosted at The Growing Place in Aurora! This event is a favorite among our members and friends, and it is an excellent opportunity to connect, share seeds, and valuable information. We encourage everyone to save seeds in preparation for this gathering.
How the Exchange Works
Bring your own harvested seeds to the Seed Exchange and trade them with fellow enthusiasts. Don't worry if you don't have seeds to trade; you can make a donation in exchange for seeds. Click here to see a list of seeds that were available last year. To see some tips on seed collecting go to our Seed Harvest page.
Labeling and Packaging Seeds
Clean your seeds by removing them from stems, leaves, and fluff. Package seeds in envelopes or paper bags, clearly labeling them with Latin and common names, description, color of the flower, time of bloom, plant height, and best planting location. Print copies of our Seed Labels Template (Microsoft Word Format) or Seed Labels Template (PDF Format) to easily label your seeds.
Membership Meeting and Elections
All members are welcome to attend our Chapter Membership Meeting, which coincides with the Seed Exchange. We will conduct officer elections between setting out the seeds and everyone collecting them. The meeting will be brief, lasting only about 5 to 10 minutes.
Contribute to our Silent Auction by donating garden-related items such as books, posters, art objects, garden tools, bird feeders, and more. All auction items should be in good condition and preferably related to native gardening.
Save the date for this enriching and community-focused event. Let's come together to share seeds, gardening insights, and enthusiasm for native plant conservation!