The wonderful thing about gardening, is that when you begin as a gardener, you are entering a community of fellow gardeners.
I have yet to meet a gardener that is reluctant to pass on a plant cutting, bulb, or rhyzome, to another gardener. It's the ultimate outreach program, that begins in and with your very own garden.
Nothing beats seeing a plant you love, being loved, just as much by a neighbour, friend or relative, unless of course someone has actually stolen that plant from your garden!
Family members, friends, neighbours and even total strangers are all potential sources of free plants. Let people know you are beginning, or developing your garden and or vegie patch and your will find many free plants will be offered to you as a result of them offering you cuttings, bulbs, rhizomes, and even giving you gifts of plants.
Over the years I have both been given and passed on cuttings, seeds, bulbs and even lovely plants by and to total strangers.
I have given cuttings from my pomegranite, root offsets from my fig and rhizomes from my cannas to people walking round the neighbourhood that stop to admire my garden and begin to chat.
In Bolingbroke street, Pascoe Vale we operated an informal neighbourhood plant exchange to help establish, beautify and unify our street and build a genuine community of neighbours.
I have knocked on the doors of total strangers and asked for a piece of their "amazingus plantus" I have admired and never been knocked back.
I treasure plants that have been passed through our family, via grandparents, great aunts, parents and family friends.
Accessing free plants in this manner, will soon give, even a very new garden, a genuine sense of history!