One unexpected kind deed can brighten someone’s day. Isn’t it? Now that we’re too close to say goodbye to this year, I want to make a wish today; “to see people being more kind towards themselves and others.” But how can we spread more kindness in the world? I feel one of the easiest way is, “through some random acts of kindness!” But we often get stuck at finding inspirations or ideas about what these random acts could be? So here you go! Today, I’m excited to share another idea, that will motivate you to take that extra step and reach out to your neighbor, or to bring your community together to participate in a kindness deed. And that is through a ‘plant swap’.
This is my second collaboration with FTD, and you can find the first post here . Let’s keep the chain going, by radiating these kindness ripples. Let’s find out more ways to be kind every single day. If you have more ideas, please do share with me.
What is a Plant Swap and Why You Should Host One!
If you haven’t heard of plant swaps yet, you may be missing out! This year has made it really difficult for us to connect with friends and family so the only way to stay in touch (while staying physically distant) is to get creative. If you’re looking for a new way to engage with your community other than socially distant walks or virtual dinner parties, a plant swap is the perfect event to host during a pandemic.
The rules are simple:
- All guests should bring at least one plant, cuttling, pot or seed package.
- Everything should be labeled with care instructions. You can download a cute plant tag below.
- Any plant that’s brought to the swap must be healthy and pest-free.
You can host a plant swap with friends in your backyard or set up a group on social media to connect with other plant enthusiasts who are interested in exchanging some of their green friends for new ones. A great way to get your neighbors involved is by setting up a box or structure outside of your home where you can take and leave a plant — just like you would at a book exchange!
You can swap any plant from a tiny succulent to a large fern. If there’s a plant in your home that no longer fits your lifestyle, a plant swap is a great opportunity to find a new owner who’ll be happy to care for it. You can also use this event to exchange plant tips and experiences with other green thumbs and learn a few secrets about propagating or repotting.
If you’re hooked on the idea, FTD put together a helpful visual that illustrates the different kinds of plant swaps you can organize to get your community together. Don’t forget to download and share the plant tag so everyone can label their greens before passing them on to a new owner.
Check out the links below to Download some fun ideas and information regarding plant swaps.
With thanksgiving around the corner, you can also borrow some ideas from FTD, to set your dinner/lunch table with these wonders, or throw a green-thumb garden party for your family and friends, or you can gift a plant to your neighbor, colleague, or a friend simply to say, ‘thank you!’
Please go ahead and share the word, spread the word, and download the images to add them to your idea board, bulletin, or in the journal. And if you love this idea of random act of kindness through a plant swap, please like and share this article. Do not forget to leave me your thoughts in the comments below.