Seed Library



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The Seed Library at Webster Public Library is in its third year

The Webster Seed Library was launched in February 2015 and has been heavily used by our community since then. Our Seed Library’s mission is to lend free seeds to community members in order to teach and promote the process of seed saving and sharing.

The Webster Seed Library is a place to find seeds for your garden and information about seed saving skills. Seeds are always free and all we ask is that you make every effort to return some to the library at the end of the growing season, so we can continue to share with the community. Seed donations are gratefully accepted at any time.

We accept all kinds of seed donations, of both saved seed and commercially packaged seeds. We’re happy to accept them even if the package has been opened. For those smaller plots in urban and suburban gardens, a packet may contain too many seeds. So, instead of letting open packets languish in the shed, gardeners bring their leftovers to share.

Unsure how to save seeds? Never fear - the library offers simple instructional handouts as well as numerous books on the topic. Plus the seeds are organized in the drawers of the card catalog by seed saving difficulty. We recommend that beginners start with those labeled Super Easy.


  Check out these links for more information about seed saving.

  • Fruition Seeds in Naples NY has a great resource on their website called "Plant now". It includes planting ideas for each month of the year.
  • Richmond Grows offers a variety of seed information for the home gardener including videos
  • The goal of seed saving is to save seeds from the same variety you started with, and some plants require more care than others. Read tips on Cross-pollinating friskiness.
  • Saving seed starts with planning. Understanding basic concepts when you are planning your garden will make seed saving much easier. Here are some tips for beginning seed savers from Seed Savers Exchange.
  • There is an easy instruction page complete with color photos on How to Save Tomato Seeds  from Sow True Seed.
  • Seed Savers Exchange also offers instructions on how to do a germination test on your seeds at home.
  • General seed saving education from Seed Savers Exchange
  • Check out this article from Fine Gardening magazine on collecting and storing seed




















Seed Saving Books

Seed books for kids - nonfiction

Seed Saving eBooks

Seed books for kids - picture books