Plants and ideas traded

2019-12-17 06:00
Grant Davids and Michelle Lenk at the plant swap event held in Gardens.

Grant Davids and Michelle Lenk at the plant swap event held in Gardens.

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A plant swap organised by Candide Gardening had plant fanatics buzzing at Happy by Nature, a plant nursery located in Gardens, on Thursday 5 December.

Participants had to bring different plants which they then exchanged.

One of the participants were Michelle Lenk from Diep River, who traded her pothos for a pilea. She describes the event as “super amazing” and something needed in the city. She says it is a great way of bringing people together and encouraging gardening.

Shani Krige, the market lead for Candide, says the swap is positive and inclusive and encourages a sharing culture.

“People came with plastic crates full of plants. I could not believe my eyes,” says Krige.

According to a statement, this is an attempt by Candide to encourage people to get out there and grow more gardens. 

“Plant swaps are a growing trend internationally, with regular events happening in all corners of the globe.
“These relaxed get-togethers are meeting points for plant aficionados, newcomers and everyone in between – a chance to share ideas, and trade plants and cuttings,” reads the statement.

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