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”.
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
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.
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.
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.
The library subscribes to the following gardening magazines:
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
- 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:
Tempe at Home offers online resources to encourage community connections while physically distancing
Tempe welcomes donations of unopened medical and disinfectant supplies
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