Gardeners browse the selection at the 2016 Ashcroft Communities in Bloom plant swap. This year's swap is on April 22.

Gardeners browse the selection at the 2016 Ashcroft Communities in Bloom plant swap. This year's swap is on April 22.

Annual Ashcroft plant swap coming soon

Communities in Bloom encourages local gardeners to see what they can split in their gardens, and bring the extras to the swap.

Although spring seems to be taking its time getting here, local residents have already begun to tidy up their yards. The annual Ashcroft Communities in Bloom (CiB) Plant Swap is coming up soon, so now is your chance to split any perennials or shrubs you have too many of and bring them to the swap.

The CiB committee has opted to change the plant swap to a Saturday this year. It will be held on Saturday, April 22, which is also Earth Day. The plant swap will be held in the same location as in previous years: at the north end of the Heritage Park on Railway Avenue (in front of the Visitor Centre). Because this is a plant swap, the success of the event will depend on the quantity of plants that local residents bring in. Remember that you don’t have to bring something in order to take something; it is open to everyone, and is a great opportunity to get more plants for your yard.

With that in mind, the CiB committee asks that local residents take a little time to look around in their yards and split as many items as possible. Please try to pot them or place them in boxes; labels are great, but not required. Please bring any plants to swap at 9:30 a.m. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. No early birds!

Communities in Bloom gratefully accepts donations at the plant swap. All donations are used to assist with local projects.