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In partnership with local nonprofit Garden Pool, the Tempe Seed Library is stocked with edible plant and herb seeds appropriate for Arizona growing conditions and seasons. Check out free seeds; donate the seeds of your harvest!
More about Garden Pool:
Garden Pool is a federally recognized 501(c)3 internationally operating public charity based in Tempe, Arizona. Their mission is: “to continue to innovate, create, educate, and support better ways to grow food”. They are known for the design of the Garden Pool “self-sufficient food-system”. Learn more here.
Be sure to follow Tempe Public Library and Garden Pool on social media to stay up to date about classes and workshops.
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The Seed Library is housed in a re-purposed card catalog on the Main floor of the Tempe Public Library at 3500 S. Rural Rd. and is available to anyone with a Tempe Public Library card.
See what we have in stock.
Borrowers are welcome to check out three seed packets per month from the Seed Library.
- To check out, simply take your seed packets to the Library Answers desk
- Choose from a wide variety of seeds for edible plants and herbs
- Seed varieties are subject to availability and cannot be reserved
Once you’ve checked out your seeds, bring them home and start growing!
- Visit Garden Pool's website to view an on-demand "Starting Plants from Seeds" class.
- Use our planting calendar to plan your garden.
Need additional resources?
See below for information on organizations, books, magazines, and websites that can help get you started.
The seeds you get from the Seed Library are yours to keep and don’t need to be returned like other library materials. The Seed Library relies on seed donations from your harvest to continue. All seed donations are processed by Garden Pool to ensure seed health and identification. A collection box is available at the Seed Library.
Seed saving is the ancient art of preserving grain, vegetables, fruit, berries, and herb seeds from open-air pollinated garden flowers to use for next year's garden.
Besides providing free seed, letting a vegetable "go to seed" adds flowers and attracts beneficial pollinators to your garden.
To save seed you must let the plant go to the flowering stage. Gather the dried flowers or rinse the fruit and collect the abundant amount of seeds you find inside. Be sure to properly dry and then store in a cool, dark, and dry place for next year.
The online "Collecting & Storing Seeds" guide published by the New York Botanical Garden is a great place to learn more.
You can find gardening & seed related books in the following non-fiction subject areas:
If links are not working please search for term in catalog
- Gardening – 635
- Vegetable Gardening – 635
- Organic Gardening – 635
- Seeds – 631
- Germination – 631
- Plants – 580
- Urban Agriculture – 630
- Community Gardens – 635
- eBooks on gardening through Overdrive.
The library subscribes to the following gardening related periodicals:
You can find eMagazines by downloading the RBDigital app:
Use our free subscription service Universal Class to take a variety of online courses about gardening and growing vegetables. Get started by creating a free account with your library card.
Local Resources & Organizations
Consult the following resources online for gardening tips:
- Desert Botanical Garden's gardening resource site
Garden resource guides with seasonal and monthly planting tips.
- University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension
Cooperative Extension, an outreach arm of The University of Arizona and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), is "Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy" by serving as a statewide network of knowledgeable faculty and staff that provides lifelong educational programs for all Arizonans, including the Master Gardeners program.
Local Community Gardens
Need a place to grow your seeds? Join a Tempe Community Garden:
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