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Seed Library

The Seed Library

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

Visit the Seed Library at the Berea Branch, and take home up to ten packets seeds. Choose from over 60 varieties of heirloom food, flower, and native plant seeds ready for planting. Seed packets feature complete planting instructions including when to plant, light quality required, spacing, and more. The Seed library was created to:

  • 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 sixty varieties of seeds 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.
  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!
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 Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District's page about Pesticides, Herbicides, & Fertilizer.
Pop-Up Seed Library

During the fall of 2019, the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District received a grant from Duke Energy to expand the Seed Library efforts. Now, you can visit a Pop-Up Seed Library during your visit to various Bookmobile stops and Library events throughout 2020. This condensed version of the Seed Library at the Berea Branch offers Library patrons the opportunity to check out up to five packets of seeds per visit.

Visit the Pop-Up Seed Library when you attend these events or visit these Bookmobile stops:

Upcoming Events

Bookmobile Stop | W.E. Willis Grocery
  • Wed, Feb 26, 1p–2:30p • Bookmobile
    3601 Highway 414, Landrum
Bookmobile Stop | Fews Chapel United Methodist Church
  • Wed, Feb 26, 3p–4:30p • Bookmobile
    4000 N Highway 101, Greer
Bookmobile Stop | Old Forks Shoals School
  • Tue, Mar 10, 1:45p–3:15p • Bookmobile
    916 McKelvey Road, Pelzer
Bookmobile Stop | Cedar Shoals Baptist Church
  • Tue, Mar 10, 3:45p–4:30p • Bookmobile
    1045 Cooley Bridge Road, Belton
Bookmobile Stop | Food Lion
  • Thu, Mar 12, 1:45p–4:45p • Bookmobile
    8024 Augusta Road, Piedmont
  • Sat, Mar 14, 10a–12p • Bookmobile
    8024 Augusta Road, Piedmont
Master Gardener Series: Raised Bed Gardening ages 18+
Helping Hands: Seed Library ages 12-18
Earn service hours filling seed packets. Snacks provided.
Wholeness Health Fair ages 18+
Email explore@greenvillelibrary.org or call 864-527-9293 for more information.
Bookmobile Stop | Rolling Green
  • Mon, Mar 23, 10a–11:30a • Bookmobile
    3 Hoke Smith Boulevard, Greenville
Bookmobile Stop | Lee & Sims Well Drilling
  • Mon, Mar 30, 2p–4:30p • Bookmobile
    10659 Augusta Road, Belton
Bookmobile Stop | Tigerville Post Office
  • Wed, Apr 1, 1:45p–4:30p • Bookmobile
    7864 N Tigerville Road, Tigerville
Plant a Seed Story Time ages 2-6
Listen to stories and make a Sprout House using a seed from the Seed Library. Supplies provided.
Pop-Up Seed Library Visit
  • Take home up to five packets of seeds!
    Fri, Apr 24, 10a–1p • Taylors
Call the location for more information.