Big seed and plant swap set to keep growing

Alison Fairman, right, hands a plant to Emma Grooby, of Boston, especially selected to go with roses in her garden. NA
Alison Fairman, right, hands a plant to Emma Grooby, of Boston, especially selected to go with roses in her garden. NA

A first event for Boston has been hailed a success after hundreds of vegetable and flower seeds and 
plants changed hands.

The Great Boston Seed Swap promises a bumper year of growing in the community after a busy day at a stall in Pescod Square manned by Boston in Bloom volunteers.

Seed swaps are becoming more popular and as well as helping people save money, advice was handed out to gardening lovers by Lincolnshire Master Gardener Ric Aron.

The event also raised funds for Boston’s Butterfly Hospice, which will be used to create a garden at the hospice as part of the 2015 Boston in Bloom campaign. This includes building raised beds for growing organic vegetables.

Alison Fairman, chairman of Boston in Bloom, said: “We were delighted with all the visitors to the stall. We distributed literally hundreds of seeds and plants.”

The available vegetable seeds were boosted by generous donations from a local seed merchant, Boston Greenscapers and local allotment holders.

‘Antique’ seeds – of which lineage can be traced back to the 17th century – were snapped up by gardeners from Fydell House for their heritage garden.