Annual Plant Exchange

Canna 'Queen Charlotte'

The annual Plant Exchange allows members to share plants that are rare in cultivation

By distributing plants round the country we can re-establish plants in danger of being lost and give members the chance to get hold of something rare or unusual. We encourage members to propagate these plants and pass them on, to help secure their future.

How does it work?

Members and collection holders submit a list of rare and unusual plants they have to offer. They can also request plants which are difficult to obtain or which have disappeared from the horticulture trade. Members can then bid for the plants offered and they are exchanged for free at our national AGM or members weekend.

Once the lists have been consolidated across all the local groups, they are published here in December. You can bid for plants being offered before the end of February via your local Plant Exchange coordinator or by contacting contacting us.

Groups will deposit and collect plants from the national AGM in April or the members weekend and distribute them to their new owners.

Plant from the 2019 Plant Exchange

Plant from the 2019 Plant Exchange

Lucy bringing plants into the Exchange

Lucy bringing plants into the Exchange

Do I have any rare plants to offer?

If you know the name of your plant, check the RHS Plant Finder and if it has two or fewer suppliers listed then it qualifies for the Plant Exchange. If you're unsure, please contact your Plant Exchange coordinator, via your local group, for advice. It could also be considered for the Plant Guardian scheme if it meets the criteria, so please consider registering it through this link.

How much does it cost?

No payment is made to the donors of the plants and there is no charge to the recipient. Local groups can choose to propagate and sell the plants to raise funds if they choose (providing of course that these are not covered by Plant Breeders’ Rights or the regulations regarding post 2014 wild collected species under the Nagoya Protocol.

More Information

For more information contact the Plant Exchange coordinator for your local group in the first instance. If you do not know who this is please email us.

For anyone taking part in the Plant Exchange, we recommend that you read this guide to biosecurity produced by the National Trust.

Conserving the diversity of garden plants

eg: plant genus, common name, county, collection holder name.