Pollinator Plant Swaps

Swaps serve our community

Share the abundance of your gardens! Dig and divide native perennial grasses and perennials wildflowers, pot up unwanted seedlings and share surplus container-grown seedlings and cuttings. Wild Ones Front Range Chapter is working with multiple mission-aligned organizations to organize Pollinator Plant Swaps featuring plants native to our region. Our aim with these “pay it forward” events is to get ecologically valuable plants into the yards and gardens (and outdoor pots) of residents in underserved communities with limited access to plants. Native plants will attract native bees, butterflies, moths and birds to neighborhoods lacking in access to nature.

Are you growing native plants this season? Do you have unwelcome “volunteers” reseeding in your garden?

Please consider donating any surplus plants to support a native plant swap this spring. To arrange a donation of plants or to volunteer for one of the Denver or Fort Collins Swap events, please contact us. We have surplus pots available and willing hands to help dig or transplant.

Pollinator Plant Swap: Fort Collins
When: May 22, 2021, Time 10am-12pm (tentative)
Where: CSU Environmental Learning Center 2400 South Co. Rd. 9 Fort Collins, 80525
Contact: noco@peopleandpollinators.org

Due to the ongoing pandemic, registration and masks are required for this event. Registration for this event will be through Audubon Rockies and will go live mid-April. Please see the event description below for more details.

Pollinator Plant Swap: Denver
When: June 6, 2021, Time 10am-1pm (tentative)
Where: EarthLinks 2746 W 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
Contact: frontrangewildones@gmail.com
This event will be subject to COVID-19 guidelines

Pollinator Plant Swaps are community-investment, pay-it-forward events; they are free and open to the public. These events make pollinator-friendly plants available to people who might not otherwise have access to them. We will be spotlighting native plants because of their critical role in pollinator conservation.

Please label each plant that you bring using plant tags or masking tape with as much information as possible; list the common name, botanical (Latin) name, sun requirements (Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade) and moisture requirements (High, Moderate, Low, Dry/Xeric). Please ensure that any plants you plan to share at the swap are grown free of chemicals to protect pollinator health: this means no herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or synthetic fertilizers. The bees will thank you! To protect our natural areas, we also cannot except donations of plants that are listed as noxious weeds by the CO Dept. of Agriculture.