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Seed Library

The Seed Library

Email or call 864-246-1695 for more information.

Upcoming Events

Upstate Soil Quality
  • Wed, Oct 16, 7p-8p • Travelers Rest • register
Greenville Legacy Garden
  • Wed, Nov 6, 10a-11a • Mauldin • register
Winter Vegetable Gardening
  • Tue, Nov 19, 7p-8p • Travelers Rest • register
Gardening in Greenville
  • Thu, Nov 21, 6:30p-7:30p • Five Forks • register
Floral Holiday Decorations
  • Thu, Dec 12, 6p-7p • Augusta Road • register
Additional Events
Teen Helping Hands: Seed Library | ages 12-18
  • Tue, Oct 15, 4p-6p • Berea • register
Soil Health: Four Principles
  • Mon, Oct 21, 6:30p-7:30p • Berea • register
Collage Landscapes for Kids | ages 6 & up
  • Tue, Oct 22, 3:30p-4:30p • Hughes Main Library • register
Birds of the Upstate
  • Mon, Oct 28, 6:30p-7:30p • Mauldin • register
Landscaping for Wildlife: Creating a Backyard Habitat
  • Mon, Nov 4, 6:30p-7:30p • Fountain Inn • register
Holiday Vegan & Vegetarian Meet Up
  • Wed, Nov 6, 6p-7p • Augusta Road • register
Landscaping for Wildlife: Creating a Backyard Habitat
  • Wed, Nov 6, 6:30p-7:30p • Five Forks • register
Painting with Acrylics: Landscape
  • Sat, Nov 9, 10a-11:30a • Fountain Inn • register
  • Wed, Nov 16, 10:30a-12p • Five Forks • register
Down on the Farm
Gluten-Free Holiday Baking
  • Tue, Nov 12, 6p-7p • Five Forks • register
Hiking Basics
  • Tue, Nov 12, 6:30p-8p • Travelers Rest • register
Hydroponics
  • Tue, Nov 12, 7p-8p • Taylors • register
Thankful Seed Swap
  • Mon, Nov 18, 6:30p-7:30p • Berea • register
Gifts from the Garden
  • Mon, Dec 9, 6:30p-7:30p • Berea • register
Call the location for more information.
Why a Seed Library?
The Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District and Greenville County Library System have combined their resources to establish a free, accessible, source of flower and food seeds ready for planting. The Seed Library program will:
  • provide education on growing food, flowers, and/or native plants
  • increase local food production and promote healthy diets
  • help to preserve plant diversity with heirloom seeds
What is included in the Seed Library?
The Seed Library includes over fifty varieties of seed provided by generous donations from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, Slow Food Upstate, and Sow True Seeds. The seeds have been sorted, separated by type, packaged, and clearly labeled with information and instructions by Greater Greenville Master Gardeners and the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District.
How does it work?
  1. Simply open a drawer and select up to ten seed packets. Seeds are sorted by the Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District.
  2. Help keep the Seed Library stocked by showing your selections and library card to library staff who will note the seeds you’ve chosen. You’ll also be provided with helpful growing resources for the seeds you've selected.
  3. Take your seeds home to plant and enjoy!
What are heirloom plants?
Heirlooms are plant varieties that have a history of being passed down within a family or community, and are more commonly used by small-scale gardeners and family farms for a variety of reasons—some cultural some pragmatic. Historically, farmers would preserve heirloom varieties that produced high yields and were well adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. Heirloom varieties are open-pollinated, which means that pollination has occurred naturally and was performed by insects, birds, wind, or humans.
Why are heirloom plants important?

Heirlooms are known to produce better flavor and to be more nutritious. While that’s great news for our taste buds, heirloom varieties also play an important role in preserving the genetic diversity of plants. By choosing heirloom varieties, you’re not only preserving biodiversity, you’re also preserving the stories behind the seeds.

According to Seed Savers Exchange, “Choosing open-pollinated heirloom varieties conserves the genetic diversity of garden vegetables and prevents the loss of unique varieties in the face of dwindling agricultural biodiversity. Furthermore, focusing on heirloom varieties creates a historical connection to gardening and food production, building a more sustainable future by carrying on our garden heritage.”

What’s a hybrid?
Hybridization occurs when the pollen of two different species or varieties is crossed. This can happen both naturally or by human intervention. When this is done intentionally by humans, it’s to create a new variety with specific traits. For example, to create a type of lettuce that has an incredibly high yield AND is disease resistant.
Why is the Seed Library not a seed sharing library?
The Seed Library at the Berea Branch is not a seed sharing or seed exchange library, because we want to ensure you’re receiving high quality seeds that have been correctly identified before planting.
Test Your Soil Before Using Fertilizer

Overusing pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers can be toxic to your health and the environment as well as to beneficial insects and wildlife. Use yard chemicals sparingly if at all. Test your soil before heading to the store or consider using compost to add nutrients instead. During rain events, yard chemicals can runoff into rivers, lakes, and streams. This leads to nutrient pollution. In Greenville County, you can get your soil tested at Clemson Extension.

To learn more, visit: http://www.greenvillesoilandwater.com/pesticides-herbicides-fertilizer/.