Friday, August 14, 2015

Donate a Plant

Dear Friends and Plant Lovers,

This October I will be creating a socially engaged greenhouse sculpture titled “Creative Evolution (life together)” at The Clemente on the Lower East Side, for the exhibition Closed Garden at the Abrazo Interno Gallery. 

I am looking for participants to donate cuttings from their plants. These diverse cuttings will be propagated into a gallery environment, tended by volunteers, and eventually transformed into a permanent garden, providing The Clemente with a new green sanctuary. 

I'm seeking a diversity of cuttings, preferably indoor houseplants, although suitable outdoor plants are welcome too. Mature plants and even plants that need a foster home are accepted as donations, provided that the individual has had the plant for a while. No newly purchased plants, please. 

Your contribution would be greatly appreciated. Cutting donors will be acknowledged in the exhibition and a leaflet will be distributed with the names of donors and species of plants. The exhibition will take place in early October, with the permanent garden taking root in spring of 2016 with public access. 


Cuttings will be accepted from August 13 -September 13, 2015

To donate a cutting (or a plant if you prefer), please come to The Clemente and fill out the information sheet provided at the front desk and drop off your cutting. 

The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street 
(between Delancey and Rivington) 
New York, NY 10003 

Monday through Saturday, 3.30pm - 10.30pm 

*Information to be provided includes, your name, address, email, name of plant, date


Cuttings should be around 3 - 6 inches. Place the cutting together with a wet paper towel in a well-zipped ziplock bag. Please label your bag with your name, email and any special instructions you may have. You are welcome, in fact encouraged, to provide more than one sample (as it may not “strike” and it will be good to have a few). If you are providing a few species, please label the bag accordingly. 

For details on appropriate plants or how to take or transplant a cutting, please email me for guidelines. If you have additional questions about the exhibit, please email me at

Please feel free to forward this onto friends who may have an interest in donating. 

With gratitude,  
Lili Chin

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