HBPL Seed Library provides seeds to HBPL cardholders. Patrons can check out up to 10 seed packets per month to grow in their home gardens. At the end of the season, we encourage you to let a few plants go to seed and donate the seeds back to the seed library for others to use. This creates a sustainable and diverse stock of seeds for our community to use.
Most seeds provided are purchased through our library's program funding. Seeds of Change has generously donated a variety of lettuces, roots, herbs, etc. Any packet marked "Seeds of Change" on the packing label is USDA Certified Organic. Most Native California seeds are donated by Shipley Nature Center. In addition, some local native nurseries donate to our Native California collection.
Although we do accept patron seed donations with gratitude, there is no guarantee that the seeds will be offered or appropriate for HBPL seed library. Please make that seeds are completely dry and sealed in an envelope or reclosable plastic bag and labeled clearly with the exact name of the plant. For example: "Lettuce" is not labeled correctly. A correct label would show what kind of lettuce is being donated such as "Buttercrunch Lettuce". Our volunteer seed librarians evaluate all donations in order to decide which seeds will be added to the seed library.
Seed libraries are at all HBPL locations and are seasonally stocked. For more detailed information, "Local Links" and "Informational Resources" menus are located on the right side of this page.
We also provide classes on gardening and seed saving. All of these services are free.
Let's grow things!
Fall, winter, spring and year round seeds are now in our stock. Keep an eye out for seasonal flowers, herbs, roots and vegetables and, of course, the seed librarian's pick drawer filled with limited stock offerings. We have also added some USDA Organic Seeds generously donated by Seeds of Change (packs are labeled "Seeds of Change" on the bottom left-hand corner of the label card.
Visit any HBPL location to see what's come in. We have Thai Basil, Catnip, Cumin and other herbs. We have added some greens as well as onion varieties. And for the flower lovers out there, seasonal flower seeds are available. Take a peek at our Native California selection. Seeds are available during individual planting times. Native California seeds are generously donated by Shipley Nature Center and other local entities. Visit shipleynature.org to learn more about California native plants along with other local links provided in the right hand menu of this page. Happy planting!
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