The Seed Lending Library is a project created in collaboration with the Garden Club of Norfolk. Families are able to choose from a variety of seeds to check out, take home, grow, and perhaps harvest some seeds at the end of the growing season to return. 

What is a seed library?

Community members may checkout seeds for free from the Norfolk Public Library.  The idea is that you plant the seeds, let some plants “go to seed”, then return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. 

Borrow  -> Grow  -> Harvest 

This program is intended to get more people interested in gardening, develop a network of seed savers, and encourage preservation of heirloom seeds and gene integrity.

Beginner Gardeners: Don’t worry about saving seeds to start!  We won’t fine you if you don’t return seeds. Focus first on having fun and learning how to garden!


  • Each family can choose up to 6 packets of seeds per growing season
  • Choose your seeds and email Sarah at [email protected] by noon on Wednesdays. Seeds will be left (outside) with your last name on them on Thursdays, pick up any time after 10am. All seed selections will be in a disinfected plastic bag and taped to the door with removable tape. Please only touch or take your own. If your selection is not available, Sarah will email you back so you can choose another packet. 


Why save seeds?

All seeds have a story.  Once a plant variety is gone, it’s gone forever. When you grow, save, and share your own seeds, you promote seed sovereignty by: 

– Increasing the genetic diversity of your own seed stock 

– Developing seeds that are more resilient and better adapted to our particular climate and soil 

– Perpetuating the knowledge and culture of seed saving

– Providing seeds to others in our community and building a better world

How do you harvest seeds?

First you will need to identify if your plant is an annual, biennial, or perennial.  Not all plants flower, set seed, and die in a single growing season.  Once you have harvested the seeds, there are three basic methods of saving seeds:

Dry—Saving seeds from plants like peas and beans is the easiest.  You simply open the dry pea or bean pod and scoop out the seeds.  Seeds from flowering stalks are also easy to save.

Wet— With seeds that are wet (cucumbers, melons, peppers, and   squashes), you can scoop out the seeds and rinse them under running water until they are clean.  Dry them on a paper towel, a paper plate, or a coffee filter.

Fermentation— Removes the germination-inhibiting substance on the seed coat.  During  fermentation, bad seeds generally float to the surface of the water, good, viable seeds sink to the bottom.  Example:  when  saving tomato seeds, you will need to use the fermentation process.

Looking for more information?

The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving, by Lee Buttala and Shanyn Siegel, Seed Savers Exchange, 2015.  

Seed to Seed, by Suzanne Ashworth, Seed Savers Exchange, 2002. 

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, by Carol Deppe, Chelsea Green, 2000. 

The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production, by John Navazio, Chelsea Green, 2012. 

Organic Seed Production and Saving: The Wisdom of Plant Heritage, by Brian Connolly, Chelsea Green, 2011. 

Garden Seed Inventory, Seed Savers Exchange, 2005. 

The New Seed Starters’ Handbook, by Nancy   Bubel, Rodale Books, 1988.

Available Seeds

(updated May 20th, 10:18am)

Please note, that seeds listed as “re-ordered” or “on order” will take two weeks to arrive (estimated for the week of the 22nd), but you can still request them. 


Anise Hyssop (7 remaining) Baptista (OUT OF STOCK) Bells of Ireland (4 remaining) Blackberry Lily (10 remaining)
Black Eyed Susan Vine (5 remaining) Calendula (OUT OF STOCK) Cleome (6 remaining) Columbine (OUT OF STOCK)
Late Daisy | ekaterina alexander | Flickr Gaillardia, Punch Bowl Hybrid, , large Gloriosa Daisy, Gloriosa Double  Gold, , large
Cosmos (13 remaining) Daisy – Late Summer/Early Fall (8 remaining) Gaillardia – punch bowl hybrid (9 remaining) *2nd color available, see below* Gloriosa Daisy – Double Gold (UNAVAILABLE)
Hollyhock, Chaters Pink, , large Growing Hyacinth Bean Vine: Hyacinth Bean Plant Info And Care Liatris Spicata – Easy To Grow Bulbs Lychnis coronaria "Rose Campion" - Buy Online at Annie's Annuals
Hollyhock – Chater’s Pink – Biennial (4 remaining) Hyacinth Bean (1 remaining) Liatris (6 remaining) Lychnis (OUT OF STOCK)
TAGETES PATULA SEEDS (French Marigold) - Plant World Seeds Tithonia, Sundance , , large Tropaeolum spp Nasturtium on Old Fashioned Climbing Petunia - Petunia hybrida plants - Select Seeds
Marigold (3 remaining) Mexican Sunflower (6 remaining) Nasturtium (8 remaining)

Petunia (OUT OF STOCK)

Echinacea, PowWow Wild Berry, , large Sweet Pea Cuthbertson Mix Lathyrus Odoratus Seeds Aster tataricus (Tatarian Aster) | World of Flowering Plants Gillenia trifoliata - Wikipedia
Purple Coneflower – Pow Wow Wild Berry (2 remaining) Sweet Pea (OUT OF STOCK) Tartarian Aster (OUT OF STOCK) Gillenia Trifoliata (2 remaining)
Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion) Alaska Hardy® | Plant Profile Gaillardia aristata (Blanket Flower) Wildflower Seed Gloriosa Daisy Seeds - Rudbeckia gloriosa
Rose Campion (OUT OF STOCK) Yellow Wax Bells (OUT OF STOCK) Blanket Flower (4 remaining) Gloriosa Daisy (7 remaining)



Arugula: Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Arugula | The Old ... 50 Scarlet Runner Beans, Phaseolus vulgaris Kentucky Wonder Bush Bean Seeds | Branson Missouri Food Store
Arugula (RE-ORDERED) Bean – Scarlet Runner (OUT OF STOCK) Bean – Kentucky Wonder Bush (OUT OF STOCK) Bean – Stringless Green Pod (OUT OF STOCK)
organic sultan's green crescent bean seeds. rare/heirloom variety ... Beans, Bush - Royal Burgundy — Seeds Trust : Chioggia Beet Seeds, 100+ Premium Heirloom Seeds, 90 ... Bulls Blood Red Beet Plants for Sale | Free Shipping
Bean – Sultan’s Green Crescent (OUT OF STOCK) Bean – Royal Burgundy Bush Type (OUT OF STOCK) Beet – Chioggia (OUT OF STOCK) Beet – Bull’s Blood (OUT OF STOCK)
Detroit Dark Red Beet Broccoli, Gypsy Hybrid, , large Calabrese Broccoli Seeds What is The Difference Between Romanesco, Cauliflower, and ...
Detroit Dark Red Beet (30 available) Broccoli – Gypsy Hybrid (6 remaining) Broccoli – Calabrese (OUT OF STOCK) Broccoli – Romanesco (1 remaining)
Growing Brussels Sprouts - Bonnie Plants cabbage kalibos Late Flat Dutch Cabbage Seeds - NE Seed Danvers Half Long Carrot (Heirloom, 75 days)
Brussels Sprouts (OUT OF STOCK) Cabbage – Red Kalibos (OUT OF STOCK) Cabbage – Late Flat Dutch (OUT OF STOCK) Carrot – Danvers (OUT OF STOCK)
CARROT Dragon - Carrots – Australian Seed : Kings Seeds - Carrot St Valery - 2000 Seeds : Garden ... How to Grow Cauliflower - | Growing cauliflower, Veggie garden ... Georgia Collards Seeds [WS-16093] - $2.90 :
Carrot – Purple Dragon (OUT OF STOCK) Carrot – St. Valery (OUT OF STOCK) Caultiflower (OUT OF STOCK) Collards (OUT OF STOCK)
Popcorn Tom Thumb Early Golden Bantam, Corn Seed - Urban Farmer Seeds Corn - Country Gentleman Non GMO - St. Clare Heirloom Seeds ... : 50 SEEDS BLACK AZTEC SWEET CORN ZEA MAYS : Garden ...
Corn – Tom Thumb (2 remaining) Corn – Golden Bantom (OUT OF STOCK) Corn – Country Gentleman (3 remaining) Corn – Black Aztec (3 remaining)
Corn, Oaxacan Green Dent (Certified Organic) Corn Seeds - Strawberry Popcorn Butter & Sugar Sweet Corn - Direct Gardening Corn, Picasso Hybrid, , large
Corn – Oxican Green Dent (3 remaining) Corn – Two Inch Strawberry (2 remaining) Corn – Butter and Sugar Bicolor (OUT OF STOCK) Corn – Picasso Hybrid (20 remaining)
Specialty Cucumber seeds - Mexican Sour Gherkin | Organic | Sow ... Cucumber, Sugar Crunch Hybrid, , large With 30 inch vines, Spacemaster is ideal for small gardens and ... Eggplant - Round Mauve | Eggplant seeds, Eggplant, Grow your own food
Cucumber – Mexican Sour Gherkin (OUT OF STOCK) Cucumber – Sugar Crunch Hybrid (OUT OF STOCK) Cucumber – Spacemaster Dwarf Bush (OUT OF STOCK) Eggplant – Round Mauve (OUT OF STOCK)
Belgian Endive | Produce Market Guide Heirloom Seeds - Vegetable Seeds and Plants, Kale, Lacinato Hybrid : Red Russian Kale - 1000+ Heirloom Seeds, Non-GMO ... White Vienna Kohlrabi | Premium Garden Seeds | Hoss Tools
Endive (2 remaining) Kale – Lacinato (17 remaining) Kale – Heirloom Red Russian (OUT OF STOCK) Kohlrabi – White Vienna (1 remaining)
Purple Vienna Organic Kohlrabi Seeds and Plants, Vegetable ... Lettuce Varieties - Learn About The Different Types Of Lettuce Salanova® Green Oakleaf - Lettuce Seed | Johnny's Selected Seeds Black-Seeded Simpson Looseleaf Lettuce
Kohlrabi – Purple Vienna (3 remaining) Lettuce – Gold Rush (OUT OF STOCK) Lettuce – Green Oak Leaf (OUT OF STOCK) Lettuce – Black Seeded Simpson (OUT OF STOCK)
Lettuce, Looseleaf Blend, , large Henderson's Bush Lima Bean - Western Reserve Heritage Seed Co Onion Blush Hybrid, , large Onion 'Red Long of Florence' | Allium cepa | De Bolster Organic Seeds
Lettuce – Loose Leaf Blend (14 remaining) Lima Bean – Henderson Bush (OUT OF STOCK) Onion – Blush Hybrid (8 remaining) Onion – Long Red Florence (1 remaining)
18 Incredible Edibles to Plant Now - Modern Farmer White Bell Sweet Pepper Seeds | Buy in Packets or Bulk at ... Pepper (Sweet) Seeds - "California Wonder" Pepper, Sweet, Great Stuff Hybrid, , large
Pea – Swenson Swedish (OUT OF STOCK) Pepper (Sweet) – Miniature Chocolate Bell (OUT OF STOCK) Pepper (Sweet) – California Wonder (OUT OF STOCK) Pepper (Sweet) – Great stuff Hybrid (OUT OF STOCK)
Fish Hot Pepper Seeds - Heirloom Untreated NON-GMO From Canada Anaheim Chile Hot Pepper Small Red Hot Chili Pepper Seeds for Sale | Everwilde Farms Watermelon Radish Information, Recipes and Facts
Pepper (Hot) – Fish (OUT OF STOCK) Pepper (Hot) – Anaheim Chili (OUT OF STOCK) Pepper (Hot) – Red Hot (OUT OF STOCK) Radish – Watermelon (OUT OF STOCK)
French Breakfast Organic Radish Seeds and Plants, Vegetable ... Philadelphia White Box Radish Heirloom Garden Seeds | Heirloom ... The Legend of the Macomber Turnip (Recipe: Macomber Turnip Soup ... Squash, Burpee's Best Hybrid, , large
Radish – French Breakfast (OUT OF STOCK) Radish – Philadelphia White Box (OUT OF STOCK) Rutabaga – Macomber (2 remaining) Squash (Summer) – Zucchini (2 remaining)
Early Golden Crookneck Summer Squash Seeds and Plants, Vegetable ... Turks Turban Squash - Western Reserve Heritage Seed Co Ronde de Nice Squash Seeds | Buy Seeds by the Packet or in Bulk at ... How to Grow Acorn Squash | how to grow squash instructions for ...
Squash (Summer) – Summer Crookneck (OUT OF STOCK) Squash (Winter) – Turk’s Turban (1 remaining) Squash (Winter) – Ronde de Nice (2 remaining) Squash (Winter) – Acorn (OUT OF STOCK)
Spaghetti Squash Giant Squash in Still Pond! Swiss Chard | Main Street Farms Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights' seeds | Thompson & Morgan
Squash (Winter) – Spaghetti (OUT OF STOCK) Squash (Winter) – Boston Marrow (2 remaining) Swiss Chard – Five Color Beet (OUT OF STOCK) Swiss Chard – Rainbow of Lights (OUT OF STOCK)
Swiss chard - FineGardening : Sweet Yards Seed Co. Organic Turnip Seeds 'Purple Top ... Bunching Onion, Parade , , large Sugar Snap Pea Seeds and Plants, Vegetable Gardening at
Swiss Chard – Ruby Red (9 remaining) Turnip – Purple Top White Globe (4 remaining) Scallions (15 remaining) Sugar Snap Peas (10 remaining)



Anise Aniseed Essential Oil Pimpinella Anisum 100% Pure | Etsy Dolce Vita Blend Basil Seeds - 1 gram - Organic Herb for sale ... : Black Cumin Seeds (Nigella Sativa) 50+ Culinary ... Fennel Foeniculum vulgare "Bronze Fennel" - Buy Online at Annie's ...
Anise (2 remaining) Basil (7 remaining) Black Cumin (OUT OF STOCK) Bronze Fennel (2 remaining)
Fino - Organic Fennel Seed | Johnny's Selected Seeds Bouquet Dill | For Making Pickles | Premium Garden Seeds | Hoss Tools Garlic Chive Heirloom Seeds | Terroir Seeds Lemon Mint (250 mg)- Heirloom, Non-GMO Seeds– My Patriot Supply
Fennel (OUT OF STOCK) Dill (OUT OF STOCK) Chives (23 remaining) Lemon Mint (OUT OF STOCK)
Lovage | Herb Gardening | U of I Extension How to Grow Parsely - An Under Appreciated Herb Ruta graveolens "Rue" - Buy Online at Annie's Annuals Summer Savory Seeds - Satureja hortensis
Lovage (4 remaining) Parsley (OUT OF STOCK) Rue (3 remaining) Summer Savory (OUT OF STOCK)
Mexican Mint Marigold (Sweet Mace, Mexican Tarragon) Perennial Fennel Herb Yellow Flowers Stock Footage Video (100 ...    
Sweet Mace (2 remaining) Perennial Fennel – no bulb (11 remaining)    


Native Plants

Monarda Flower Seeds - Scarlet Bee Balm Seed Black Eyed Susan Seeds Butterfly Weed Plants - Milkweed for Monarchs Aster Wood's Blue -- Bluestone Perennials
Bee Balm (UNAVAILABLE) Black-eyed Susan (OUT OF STOCK) Butterfly Weed (7 remaining) Blue Wood Aster (OUT OF STOCK)
Common Milkweed Green-headed Coneflower, Sochan | Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine How to Grow and Care for Joe Pye Weed Pycnanthemum muticum/Short-toothed Mountain Mint/ThePollenNation
Common Milkweed (4 remaining) Green Headed Coneflower (1 remaining) Hollow Joe Pye Weed (4 remaining) Mountain Mint (3 remaining)
New York Ironweed, PA Ecotype - Ernst Conservation Seeds Solidago speciosa Showy Goldenrod | Prairie Moon Nursery Swamp Milkweed Plants for Sale Online | Growing Wild Nursery Panicum virgatum - Switchgrass | Long Island Native Plant Nursery ...
New York Ironweed (8 remaining) Showy Goldenrod (4 remaining) Swamp Milkweed (9 remaining) Switch Grass (OUT OF STOCK)
Large-leaved wood-aster (Eurybia macrophylla), Maine native ...      
White Wood Aster (1 remaining)      



Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry | John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds Minnesota Midget Melon - Cucumis melo – Smart Seeds Emporium DF2014:Sun berry - Dwarf Fortress Wiki Purple Tomatillos Information, Recipes and Facts
Ground Cherry – Aunt Molly (1 remaining) Melon – Amish (OUT OF STOCK) Sunberry (3 remaining) Tomatillo – Purple (OUT OF STOCK)
Watermelon, Blacktail Mountain - Burpee About Yellow Pear Tomatoes: Learn About Growing Yellow Pear Tomato ... Tomato Seeds - Amish Paste Tomato Brandywine Pink – Harris Seeds
Watermelon – Picnic (OUT OF STOCK) Tomato – Yellow Pear (OUT OF STOCK) Tomato – Amish Paste (1 remaining) Tomato – Brandywine (OUT OF STOCK)
Dr. Wyche's Yellow Tomato Seeds Sauce, Paste Tomato 'Federle' (Lycopersicon esculentum) | My ... Martino's Roma Organic Tomato Seeds | TomatoFest Organic Tomato, Silvery Fir Tree – Grow Organic
Tomato – Dr. Wyche’s Yellow (OUT OF STOCK) Tomato – Federle (1 remaining) Tomato – Martino’s Roma (OUT OF STOCK) Tomato – Silvery Fir Tree (OUT OF STOCK)



Ornamental Gourd (Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera) in the Gourds ...      
Gourd (1 remaining)      

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