The Trenton Cultural Center, located at the corner of West Road and Edsel, will be a gardener’s dream on Saturday, Sept. 25, as Trenton Parks and Recreation holds its 17th annual Autumn Perennial Exchange.
From 10 a.m. until noon, gardeners will have the opportunity to weed out their excess foliage that has grown over the summer months and make room for new varieties of flowering flora by swapping their surplus plants with fellow gardeners for new varieties.
Joann Perna, the city’s assistant director of Parks & Recreation, said the ground rules are simple.
“Just bring the plants or seeds you want to trade clearly marked in plastic bags or pots,” she said. “For best trading come at 10 a.m. sharp; register on site to obtain a table assignment and walk around to other tables to exchange, trade or barter with fellow gardeners and make your best deal.”
What if you are just starting out and don’t have plants to exchange? No problem.
“Many of our gardeners will have plenty to give away,” Perna said.
Door prizes and refreshments also will be available. As an added bonus, a special seminar will be held by a rose expert called, “Lullaby Your Rose Bushes for the Winter,” sponsored by Dr. Noel Jackson.
A rose can last forever but, Michigan winters can be brutal on the plant. Take part in one of the special “Rose Seminars” to learn how and when to prepare your roses for the winter season.
A list of supplies will be provided that will help you with the process. The seminars will be held at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. during the Perennial Exchange.
Gardeners are also asked to share their favorite helpful gardening tips. Just jot down your helpful hints along with your name address and phone and drop them off at the plant exchange or at Trenton Parks and Recreation Office. For those who have more questions than answers, once again, there will be master gardeners on hand to help out.
Perna said the best thing about the event is that it’s free. For additional information on the day’s events, call (734) 675-7300.