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City News Blog: Hollis Garden Will Host First Community Plant Swap

LAKELAND, FL (August 23, 2022) – The public is invited to the first Hollis Garden Community Plant Swap on Saturday, September 17th at 9 a.m. Kevin Polk, Horticulturist who oversees Hollis Garden said, “Please join us for our first Community Plant Swap with support from the Lakeland Plant Swappers Facebook Group. Gates at Hollis Gardens will open at 8:30 a.m. and the first round of swapping will begin promptly at 9 a.m.”

 How the plant swap works:
Plants and gardening items are placed in a designated location between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Depending on arrival time, attendees are divided into groups, and each group will be announced and have a specified amount of time to peruse the available plants. This is not a one-to-one swap! Bring what you can and are willing to share.

What to bring for the swap:
• Garden-related items like plants, seeds, tools, and/or books
• Label those plants and seeds, please

What NOT to bring for the swap:
• No chemicals
• No invasive plants

Types of plants that might be found to swap:
Orchids, Bromeliads, Tropical Plants, Aroids, Grasses, Flowering Trees, Native Plants, Succulents, Butterfly and Hummingbird Attractants, Herbs, Fruit Trees

This is not a plant sale, but there will be a few vendors on site with a LIMITED supply of plants.

We recommend parking in the lot adjacent to Hollis Garden and the Magnolia Building (702 E. Orange St.), the Iowa St. Parking Garage (located on the corner of Iowa and Orange directly West of Hollis Garden - Free Parking on the weekends), or the lot adjacent to the Lake Mirror Center and Peggy Brown Building (121 S. Lake Ave.) More info on downtown parking here. Hollis Garden is a botanical display garden set in a neo-classical architectural environment complete with patterned flower beds, public art, and ornamental fountains. Hollis Garden is a formal garden that sits on a 1.2-acre site located within historic Lake Mirror Park. Here you will find over 10,000 flowers, ornamental shrubs, and native trees.


Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.

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