The RulesThe Rules
Restricted and Limited Plants (What Not to Bring)
- This event is for Scott Arboretum members only. Join now or volunteers will be available on Friday and Saturday to review and renew memberships or help you join. Please bring your current membership card to the event.
- Perennials, tender perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, water garden plants and vegetables are all welcome.
- All plants must be potted, well established, and labeled with their Latin name. Help with plant ID and Latin names is available during drop off.
- No more than 9 of the same type of plant, and no more than 3 of aggressive or extremely common species will be credited. We will not give credit for unhealthy or invasive plants.
- Once plants are checked in you will be given one token for every three qualifying plants contributed, as determined by the volunteer chair. Additional tokens may be given for more valuable plants.
- Your tokens, valued at $1, may be used during both the Exchange and Sale to purchase plants.
- No Credit Cards! Cash, checks and tokens only may be used to purchase plants during the Sale.
- During the exchange, members may select one each of as many different types of plants as their tokens allow. During the Sale session, you may purchase as many of any given type as you wish.
- Entry is for the Exchange is by number. When you arrive or drop off plants, check in for your line-up number.
We try to assemble an interesting and eclectic mix of plants for the exchange and sale, to appeal to the wide variety of plant enthusiasts the event attracts. Generally we limit the quantity of plants of one variety participants may contribute so we’re not overwhelmed with that one variety. There are also a number of specific plants listed below are further restricted or not accepted as indicated.
1. No more than (9) of any one kind of plant *
2. No more than (3) of the following may be exchanged for creditOver the years we have identified some plants that are consistently leftover at the end of the Sale, so we accept only a few of the following plants from each contributor
|Asters - unknown cultivar or species||Aster|
|Dendranthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’||Sheffield Pink chrysanthemum|
|Galium odoratum||Sweet woodruff|
|Lysimachia ciliata purpurea||Purple Fringed loosestrife|
|Lysimachia clethroides||Gooseneck loosestrife|
|Monarda||unknown cultivar or species Bee balm|
|Oenothera speciosa||Evening primrose|
|Rudbeckia – unknown cultivar or species||Black-eyed Susan and Coneflowers|
|Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’||Autumn Joy Sedum|
|Jasminum nudiflorum||Winter jasmine|
3. The following plants are not accepted because they are considered to be invasive or too common to appeal to shoppers
|Acer palmatum – seedlings||Japanese maple|
|Buddleja – seedlings||Butterfly bush|
|Hemerocallis fulva||Orange daylily|
|Pachysandra terminalis||Japanese spurge|
|Vinca minor – unknown cultivars **||Periwinkle|
4. In addition to the plants listed above we will decline any plants that are generally recognized as being invasive. For a more complete list please consult the following sources: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
5. We reserve the right to decline any plants that are wilted or in otherwise poor condition.
On occasion we do offer large numbers of highly desirable plants that are made available to Plant Exchange & Sale by the generosity of donors who found themselves with a surplus they wanted to share. Please contact us in advance if you are considering such a donation.
*So, for example, while you may offer only (9) Hosta ‘Blue Angel’, you are still permitted to contribute another (9) Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’, and so on.
** Named cultivars may be accepted