LPL Seed Library checkouts will resume March 1st. We will have a variety of crop, flower, and native seeds for you to check out and grow! Seeds can be borrowed by browsing in the library, or you will be able to submit an order form online to receive your seeds by mail.
Seed Library Events
Along with seed, the Library will be offering a variety of programs, library materials, and resources around celebrating and deepening our relationships with plants.
February 17 | 10 - 12:30 PM
Learn more about this presentation and the Library Rose Garden here.
Tribal Food Sovereignty
March 2 | 1 PM
April 27 | More info to come!
Intro to Rock Gardening
May 25 | 1 PM
Seed Library Resources
- Easy Save Guide (PDF): Quick list of tips for saving seeds.
- Planting Guide for the Maritime Northwest: A handy planting guide provided by Uprising Seeds.
- Saving Seeds: Where to Start: More information about saving seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange.
- Gardening and Horticulture Onefile: Log in with your library card to find millions of articles on the practical and scientific aspects of horticulture studies. For all horticultural enthusiasts.
- Garden Talk with Austin: Austin shares garden tips in this series of video chats from the Library garden.
- Butterflies of the Cowlitz-Columbia with Robert Michael Pyle: A Seed Library presentation recorded for our YouTube channel.
About the LPL Seed Library
The LPL Seed Library offers patrons the opportunity to “check out” seeds from our collection of crop, flower, and PNW native seeds, as well as attend presentations and events on topics around horticulture, agriculture, ecology, and more. We encourage patrons to experiment with seed saving, but there are no returns required! We seek to provide a hub for deepening botanical literacy and the relationships between our community members and the plants around them.
The LPL Seed Library seeks to provide seed as an accessible and affordable public resource, promote biodiversity and local adaptation, educate patrons and the public on topics surrounding agriculture and horticulture, and develop a community and culture of self reliance, sustainability, and generosity.
The Purpose of the LPL Seed Library is to:
- Create an accessible, affordable source of regionally-adapted and native seeds, maintained by a local community of caring farmers and gardeners;
- Educate library patrons and the public about biodiversity, garden and plant ecology, sustainable food production, food sovereignty, native plants, cultural traditions concerning food and agriculture, heirloom varieties, PNW agricultural history, and related topics;
- Build community awareness and connections through partnerships between the library and local nonprofits, food producers, horticulture businesses, gardeners, educational institutions, health practitioners, artists, and others; and
- Strengthen the LPL's connection to its community, membership, and volunteers; broaden the relevance of the library to area residents; set an example for other libraries and organizations; and support and supplement the other educational programs of the Longview Public Library.
For more information about the LPL Seed Library, please call 360-442-5310 or email the library.