Seed Library

The Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds that you can borrow to plant and grow at home. Our seed collection depends on donations and seasonality. You’ll see different seeds available at different times, so check in frequently to see what’s available. 

Our Seed Library was started thanks to a generous donor. 

How It Works

  • No check out needed.
  • Choose the seeds you would like – no limit!
  • Plant them at home.
  • Harvest seeds from your mature plants.
  • Donate your seeds back to the Library to share.
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Donating Seeds

  • Donate seeds at the Checkout Desk in a labeled package along with your name and contact information. 
  • Donations can be store bought or self-harvested (see Collecting Seeds below).
  • We can only accept heirloom or open-pollinated seeds. 

Collecting Seeds

  • Seeds are usually ripe about two months after the plants have flowered.
  • Harvest flower seeds when they are “ripe”.
  • Collect seeds when the plant is dry, not during wet weather.
  • Allow the seeds to dry further by spreading them out on a paper plate or paper towel in a warm, dry location.
  • Once they are completely dry, the seed should be cleaned.
  • If they are in pods, remove the pods.
  • If they are in seed heads, rub them between your fingers until they are broken apart.
  • Remove the chaff.
  • Store the seeds in a labeled paper envelope in a sealed glass jar.
  • Store all seeds in a cool, dry place.
  • Keep seeds for only one year to improve germination results.

Ask A Master Gardener – Saving Flower Seeds