How big is too big for a plant exchange? It’s just a rhetorical question. So far, as our Hawaii Kai exchange has grown, so has the kokua and support needed to run it. Before the pandemic, there were these huge exchanges run by a group called 808 Green Thumbs. At some point, it grew so big they made a decision to stop doing them.
Nowadays, 808 Green Thumbs exists as a Facebook group. It’s likely the most active exchange around for local gardeners and an incredible source of knowledge. I love the vibe it gives off, and the administrators of the group should be highly commended for keeping it a safe, fun and cordial place to talk story about all things plants.
The good news is that while 808 Green Thumbs has stopped doing swaps, others have started new exchanges. Posted on 808 Green Thumbs and Oahu Garden Hub, another Facebook group, is a plant swap open to the general public. The swap is on Saturday September 23rd from 10am to 11am at One Love Church Parking Lot, 1276 Kailua Road in Kailua.
If you’re on that side of the island, go check it out.