Seed Swap Event
Start time October 16, 2022 - 12:00 pm
End Time October 16, 2022 - 3:00 pm
Address Bedford Hills Train Station
Join Healthy Yards, Bedford Audubon and Bedford 2030 for a community Seed Swap at the Bedford Hills Train Station! Almost 30 varieties of native plant seeds will be available for free on Sunday, October 16 and the event is free and open to all.
We encourage everyone to bring seeds, seedlings, rootings, cuttings of native plant species, herbs and veggies to the Seed Swap. Make sure everything is accurately labeled and bring all donations for the swap to the ‘donation tent’. Plant and seed donations are not mandatory.
There will be a family activity to make “seed bombs,” a fun, strategic way to distribute seeds in open spaces.
“The objective of the event is to give out as many seeds as possible and encourage people to plant them in their own gardens and along roadsides,” said Filippine Hoogland of Healthy Yards. “We need more native plants and everyone is invited to help get them established […] Native plants are a crucial food source for our insects. Insect populations are in dangerous decline due to habitat loss and the lack of native plants, and that is having a devastating impact on birds as well.”
Professional gardeners will be on hand to advise visitors on plant choices and planting methods.
The following is a list of some of the seeds available.
Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), Black eyed Susan ( Rudbeckia hirta), Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), Field Thistle ( Cirsium discolor), Field Goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis), Field Aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum), Flat top goldenrod (Oligoneuron album), Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), Blazing Star (Liatris spp), Hyssop Leaved boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium), Little Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium dubium ‘Little Joe’), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata), Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Rattlesnake Master ( Eryngium yuccifolium), Showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), Showy Trickfoil ( Desmodium canadense), Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), Wild Four O’ Clocks (Mirabilis nyctaginea), Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and more!