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Recurring Event Event Series: Heirloom Seed Library

Heirloom Seed Library

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Here’s a sure sign of spring: The Heirloom Seed Library reopens at the Library Station and Midtown Carnegie Branch. And in this third year, it includes more than 50 varieties of vegetables from beans to zucchini, herbs and flowers.

With a library card, all ages can check out up to four packets for a home or community garden. You don’t have to return the seeds or what you grow, but we are trying to build a cadre of heirloom seed savers who will harvest the seeds post-season and return them to the seed library. If you can’t do that, the seeds are still there for you to enjoy while you learn some tips from the library’s bounty of gardening materials.

Three of our volunteer seed savers, Jeff Miller, Janet Trimmel and John Greenler, have provided Rattlesnake Pole Bean, Mammoth Sunflower and Purple Top White Globe Turnip seeds. And for the first time, we have Native Flower seeds.

“Other fun varieties are the Birdhouse and Luffa Gourd seeds; patrons seem to get a kick out of growing and using them around the home and garden,” says Gina Marie Walden, who helps organize the seed project.

The seed library is possible this year through a generous grant from Farmers Gastropub, a Springfield restaurant that specializes in fresh foods from local and regional farmers and producers.

You can learn more about the importance of heirloom seeds, this year’s selection and planting tips by visiting thelibrary.org/seedlibrary, or ask a librarian.


August 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
397 E Central St
Springfield, 65802 United States
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