DESPITE the gloomy weather on Saturday morning, green thumbs in Bukit Jelutong came out to support the Bukit Jelutong Green Rangers’ fifth plant exchange programme.
As early as 8am, the foyer of D’Bayu Centre, was abuzz with activity.
Many came with homegrown plants for the exchange while others came to purchase items such as compost, seeds, and homemade and organic produce.
More than 100 plants, which included asparagus, heirloom tomato, green brinjal seedlings, herbs, hibiscus and hydrangeas, were pledged for the exchange
BJ Green Rangers committee member Karen Thong said the event was open to all green lovers.
“We encourage people to come with plants to exchange. Each person will be given a number and is entitled to select plants in two rounds,” she said.
Thong said the plant exchange programme, promoted through social media and also word of mouth, had seen an increase in participation since the programme started in 2015.
The Green Rangers are a group of individuals who are passionate about keeping green volunteerism alive.
Apart from planting trees, they are also involved in landscaping and river cleaning, litter picking, recycling and green education.
Bukit Jelutong Residents Association president Datin Sivamani Rasiah said the programme encouraged more people to adopt green habits.
“This time, we also started the first book exchange programme where books from the recycling centre were put on display for exchange.
“We also invited Tzu Chi Foundation who gave a talk on recycling,” she said.
There was also a demonstration on how to make salsa sauce.
A short talk on carnivorous plants found in Malaysia by Gideon Lim piqued the interest of those present.
Many swarmed to his booth after the talk to view and purchase Lim’s personal collection of carnivorous plants such Venus Fly Trap, sundew and rainbow plants.