FYI if you live anywhere near the SF Bay Area we have an amazing plant club in the area
San Francisco Bay Area Aquatic Plant Society
The forums are very active but only viewable by members. Membership is FREE.
We have monthly meetings rotating around the Bay Area using LFSs , members' homes, parks, etc...
Beginners are welcome. We have a plant swap, people bring trimmings to share.
If you have tried to join and did not get a response PM me and I'll pass on your info.
SFBAAPS is the oldest and largest aquatic plant club in the country AFAIK. We have over 300 members including the well known Tom Barr.
High Tech/ low tech/no tech ... all methods are accepted. We have some very RARE plants growing in member tanks that are alive in the hobby thanks to our club
Always be responsible about how/where you dispose of plants or ship them.