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Tempe Seed Library

About

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!

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”.

Borrow

Seed packet in card catalog
The Seed Library is housed in a re-purposed card catalog on the main floor of the library and is available to anyone with a Tempe Public Library card. 

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
  • Seed varieties are subject to availability and cannot be reserved

Grow

Once you’ve checked out your seeds, bring them home and start growing!

Getting started:

Save & Donate

The seeds you get from the Seed Library are yours to keep and don’t need to be returned like other library materials. However, the Seed Library relies on seed donations from patrons' harvests 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.

Learn More

Books

You can find gardening & seed related books in the 635 and 580 call number ranges.

Search our catalog using keywords like: gardening, urban gardening, community gardens, and plants.

Magazines

The library subscribes to the following gardening magazines:

You can find eMagazines by downloading the RBDigital app:

Online Resources

Universal Class

Local Resources & Organizations

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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