City News Blog: Hollis Garden to host first community plant swap


LAKELAND, Florida (August 23, 2022) – The public is invited to the first Hollis Garden Community Plant Exchange on Saturday, September 17e 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. Doors to Hollis Gardens will open at 8:30 a.m. and the first round of redemption will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.

How Plant Swap works:
Plants and gardening items are placed in a designated area between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Depending on the arrival time, participants are divided into groups, and each group will be announced and given a set time to browse the available plants. This is not a one-to-one exchange! Bring what you can and be ready to share.

What to bring for the exchange:
• Garden related items such as plants, seeds, tools and/or books
• Label these plants and seeds, please

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

Types of plants that could be found to trade:
Orchids, bromeliads, tropicals, 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 stock of plants.

We recommend parking in the parking 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 weekend parking), or the lot adjacent to the Lake Mirror Center and Peggy Brown Building (121 S. Lake Ave.) More info on parking in the city center here. Hollis Garden is a botanical display garden set in a neo-classical architectural environment with patterned flowerbeds, public art, and ornamental fountains. Hollis Garden is a formal garden that sits on a 1.2 acre site located in the historic Mirror Lake Park. Here you will find more than 10,000 native flowers, ornamental shrubs and trees.


Kevin Cook
Communications Director
Town of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The city of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and became 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 just an hour’s drive away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its convenient central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The city owns and operates Lakeland Electric, Florida’s third largest utility and was one of the first to bring electricity to the Sunshine State more than 110 years ago.

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