I discovered the GardenWeb community for sharing knowledge and trading seeds and plants in October 2002.  I loved this website and found many people sharing my passion for gardening.  I made some wonderful swaps by mail all around the country for many years.  Also, I have enjoyed local plant swapping events in New England.  I am so pleased when I can find a happy home for my extra seeds and plants.  Every gardening season I still enjoy the bounty of my trades.  I have wonderful salad greens, many types of squash, unusual tomatoes, new woodland plants, and interesting flowers all thanks to Garden Web trades.

Sadly Houzz runs the site and the changes and updates are horrible.  The search function for specific varieties and seeds on trade lists is gone.  Trade lists are very hard to find. I had hoped that Houzz would improve over time.  However, I have lost patience and will go elsewhere for swapping and sharing garden knowledge.

I garden in hilly Central Massachusetts.  My area has winter temperatures as low as minus 20F.  I have spent a lot of effort in seeking out microclimates on my land so that I can try growing less hardy exotics.  I have a southwest-facing slope underneath a large pine tree where the grass stays green most of the winter.  The snow melts quickly here.  I think of this site as being zone 5/6.  I have a garden that receives hot summer sun on the southern side of the house where I have my best success with castor beans, peppers, artichokes, and eggplants. I have several types of gardens to match my soil conditions.  The house is built on ledge and there is terrible soil.  Also, building codes required us to bring 30 dump trucks of sand to the site for the septic system.  Therefore, I have a few yuccas and a cactus garden in my backyard.  At the edge of the woods away from the house I grow shade tolerant plants such as hosta, chervil, sweet woodruff, ostrich fern, and hellebore.  My town is rural and my house is surrounded by many acres of forests and fields.  I appreciate the native woodland plants and the wildflowers in the open fields.

Where there is soil instead of ledge on my property, I embrace edible landscaping.  I love to eat what I grow and enjoy looking at the plants. My favorite edible landscaping treasures are my persimmon, elderberry, medlar, sea buckthorn, and pawpaw trees.  No fruit tree sprays are necessary for producing fruits from these plants.  I am very disappointed with my plum, apple, and cherry trees, which are very disease and pest prone, and as a result yield little or no fruit.  However, I have learned not to give up!  During the drought and dry weather of 2015 I had bumper crops of blemish free and juicy shiro plums. The gardens connect me with closest people in my life.  There are peas that my children used to devour raw outside when they were young. Through adopted roses I cherish the memory my late mother-in-law. I love to share my extra vegetables with my coworkers who live in apartments in the city.  My coworkers are very grateful and sometimes give me chocolate treats as a thank you gift.  I derive great pleasure in growing exotic and tasty vegetables and fruits that you can not buy at the grocery store.  The pawpaw fruits make for very interesting conversations.  Overall, gardening is an essential part of my life.

In recent years I have developed a strong interest in medicinal plants.  I attend workshops led by Herbalists that include the following: Stephen Buhner with two informative websites that include valuable tick-borne disease treatment guidelines and gaianstudies.org, Emily French of Sweetgrass Herbals, Chris Marano of
Clearpath Herbals, Jade Alicandro Mace of Milk & Honey Herbs, Kristen Avonti of Tree of Dreams Sanctuary.  I go to the meetings for the Herbal Community of Central Massachusetts (HCOCM), the International Herb Symposium, and Herbstalk.  I am an online forum contributor for Herbmentor.org. More of my gardening efforts are devoted to growing herbs that include astragalus, ashwaghanda, Mexican tarragon, chamomile, and holy basil. In addition, I do wildcrafting with Pinus strobus, St John’s Wort, mullein, Tsuga canadiensis, yarrow, rose petals, spilanthes, nettles, maitake, chaga, and red clover. As I age and cope with pre-diabetes, hypertension, and worsening vision, I look forward to embracing closer connections with herbal allies.

 SEEDS - I'm offering and/or trading 
Updated 2/15/16 photos available upon request
Seeds Collected by me 2015
Cilantro Slo-Bolt
Cactus Hardy Opuntia compressa  - will send fruit
Dill Bouquet
pawpaw Asimina triloba
​tomato - Alisa Craig
​tomato - Blue Fruit
tomato - Kimberly
wheat - Redeemer
Seeds Collected by me 2014
Artichoke Cardo Gobbo
Ashwagandha African Type (Withania somnifera)
Tulsi Kapoor - Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
Miniature White Cucumber
Tomato Black Prince, plant grown isolated
Tomato Blush, plant grown isolated
Tomato GRUENE HELARIOS, plant grown isolated
Tomato, Volgogradskiye Early, Azerbaijan, plant grown isolated
Tomato Zogola, plant grown isolated
Seeds Collected by me 2013
Bean Bush Provider
Broom Corn
Tomato - Striped German grown isolated
Tomato - Honeydrop Cherry grown isolated 
Tomato - Green Sausage grown isolated
Tomato - Arkansas Traveler grown isolated
Tomato - Black Brandywine grown isolated
Wheat Vermont Read 1898
Spelt Oberkuhler Rotkorn
Toothache Plant Spilanthes acmella
Seeds Collected by me 2012
Rice Hayayuki Northern Japanese variety - grows well in Vermont
Tomato Stump of the World grown isolated
Tomato Barnaulski konservnij grown isolated
Seeds Collected by me 2011
Tommy Toe tomato - plant grown isolated
Matina plant tomato - grown isolated
Plum Lemon tomato - plant grown isolated
Orange Banana tomato - plant grown isolated
Manyel tomato - plant grown isolated
Gardener's Delight cherry tomato - plant grown isolated
Black Aisburg tomato - plant grown isolated
Seeds Collected by me 2010
Tomato Big Rainbow plants grown isolated
Tomato Barnaulski Konservnij
Tomato Black Seaman plants grown isolated
Tomato Missouri Pink Love Apple plant grown isolated
Seeds Collected by me 2009
Arugula PI 120927, Turkey
pepper yellow bell  - Golden Store grown isolated
tomato  Black Giant, Ukraine grown isolated
tomato Russian 117 grown isolated
tomato Transparent White grown isolated
Seeds Collected by me 2008  
Tomato Ukranian Heart
Tomato Japanese Trifle Red
Seeds Collected by me 2007
Tomato - Russian Black Pear, plant grown isolated
Tomato - Black Russian, plant grown isolated
Tomato - Subarctic Plenty, plant grown isolated
Tomato - Black from Tula
Seeds Collected by me 2006
Tomato - Silvery Fir Tree, plant grown isolated
Tomato - Yamal, plant grown isolated
Tomato - Arkansas Traveler, plant grown isolated
Tomato - Ruffled Yellow, for stuffing, plant grown isolated
Tomato - Praleska, plant grown isolated
Tomato - Ispolin, plant grown isolated
Tomato - Wapsipinicon Peach, plant grown isolated
 PLANTS  - I'm looking for 
Updated 2/15/16
Packaging and Shipping make multiple plant trades more practical.
Artichoke tubers Jerusalum easy to peel without knobs
Alliums that I don't have
Basil - Perpetual
Bearded Iris - named varieties that I do not have
bleeding heart, white
carnivorous plants
Celeste or Violette de Bordeaux (aka Negronne) and other varieties of figs that produce in my zone 5 short season
Che fruit
citrus for culture as houseplants
Cobweb Leeks (Sempervivum arachnoideum)
colorful flowers for planters
Crosne (Stachys affinis)
Desmodium gyrans
Elderberry - named cultivated varieties
Eleutherococcus senticosus
Epimedium alpinum
Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum
hardy Chrysanthemum other than yellow 
hardy Cyclamen (hardy in zone 5) 
hardy kiwi (Actinidia) that bear bountiful crops of fruit.
hardy persimmon
hardy pomengranate
hardy Primose other than yellow
Lysichiton species
maypop passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
mulberry - flavorful types -dwarf types preferred especially Geraldi
onion sets or plants
oregano - variegated
peach - hardy for zone 5
Pelargonium sidoides
sage - Curly
savory - winter and summer types
scented geraniums
Siberian iris - named varieties
Stapelia - large flowered
Tempt Me!
I am also interested in receiving items instead of plants in exchange such as crafts, beautiful flower pots and planters, potpourris, herbs, spices, and non-perishable homemade foods. 
 PLANTS I'm offering and/or trading 
Photos available Upon Request 
Updated 2/15/16
High postage costs and the work with involved packaging make local plant deals very appealing. Packaging and Shipping make multiple item plant trades more practical.  Flat rate boxes work well for large numbers of heavy plants and long shipping distances.  I have been complimented on how many healthy plants I am able to pack in these boxes! 
Winter trades may be postponed due to frozen ground and snow
Summer trades may be delayed due to heat, which can stress some plants
Detailed communication involving exchanging many e-mails is essential for setting up plant trades so that each trader has a clear understanding of expectations so that there is no disappointment for anyone
artichoke tubers Jerusalum 'Stampede'
aloe (houseplant)
Asarum canadense reflexum - wild ginger
Aster tataricus Tatarian aster
winter hardy yellow flowering cactus - two varieties of Opuntia compressa - one has larger pads, spines, and larger yellow flowers
Chinese chives or Prairie onion
chocolate mint (Mentha piperita)
cinnamon vine (Dioscorea batatas) seedlings
False Sea Onion (Ornithogalum caudatum) (houseplant)
giant reed grass (Arundo donax)
grape, Wild Concord
green leaved hosta
Hemerocallis Stella D'oro
Hemerocallis Honey Redhead
Iris pallida light blue, early bloom, medium height, multiplies well
lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
mole purge or gopher purge (Euphorbia lathyris) 
money plant - Lunaria
ribbon grass (Phalaris arundinacea picta)
Siberian Iris blue
soapwort, Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officiensis) self-sows too easily!
succulent - houseplants - have photos
various sedums - have photos
Veltheimia bracteata (houseplant)
Landscape Plants:
bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora)
Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

lilac - Mrs Edward A Harding

lilac - Michael Buchner
lilac - Sensation - dramatic bright purple petals edged with white
lilac - unknown variety - double pink
lilac - unknown variety - light purple, large heads

lilac - giant impressive flower heads - from a great plant trader in Washington
variegated dwarf bamboo (Pleioblastus variegatus)
Yellowgroove bamboo (Phyllostachys aureosulcata)
black birch (Betula lenta) mint flavored bark
hayscented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora)
native white birch
partridge berry (Michella repens)
Pyrola elliptica (Shinleaf)
sassafras - difficult to transplant
skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) April & October best months to dig & ship
starflower (Trientalis borealis)
stinging nettles (Urtica dioica)
sugar maple
violets (Viola)
white pine
wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia).
 SEEDS  - I'm looking for 
Updated 2/12/16
It is clear from the number of shoeboxes in my closet that I have lots of seeds!  However, there are a select few that I am in search of.  Tempt me! Also, I am very interested in trading for homemade items such as herbal tinctures, herbal salves, crafts, home made cards, etc. I request specifics on seed such as source, variety, and date.  Poorly labeled seeds from sources like Round Robin trades do not appeal to me. 
artichoke such as Violetta strain 
Asian greens
basil, holy (Ocimum sanctum)
vining beans with pretty flowers other than Scarlet Runner
Beets such as Cylindra 3 Root Grex 
brussel sprouts
carrot - fresh seed for sweet tasting, novelty white and purple varieties 
cilantro that sprouts and thrives during the summer
crested celosia
Crocus sativus
Crosne (Stachys affinis)
dahlias useful for cut flowers that do not drop petals 
Desmodium gyrans
dill that sprouts and thrives during the summer
Eleutherococcus senticosus
fennel, bulb
kale - Winterbor F1
kale - Beira F1
kale – Siberian
lettuce varieties for spring, summer and fall harvest
Lagenaria (birdhouse gourd)

Luffa - edible varieties
Winter Density Bibb/Romaine 
Red Tinged Winter lettuce 
North Pole lettuce 
medicinal herbs that I do not have
mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
fresh onion seed such as Rossa di Milano 
fresh seed pansy - all colors especially black
Paprika peppers especially my favorite Paprika Supreme F1 
pepper - Ace Hybrid
pepper - short season and cold tolerant varieties
petunia - hybrid
pumpkins with naked seeds
pumpkin - jumbo size
purslane - edible
spinach fresh seed 
squash buttercup
squash unusual varieties
interesting, tasty tomatoes that do not take a huge number of days to ripen
Tomato - Sun Sugar
Tomato - Juliet F1 commercial source
Tomato - Red Cherry tasty and non-cracking
Vietamese cilantro (culantro)
Tempt Me! 
I am also interested in receiving items instead of seeds in exchange such as stamps, crafts, beautiful flower pots and planters, potpouris, herbs, spices, and non-perishable homemade foods.