Seed Library

  • For: Greenville County Library System card holders
  • Loan period: No borrowing, no returning. Yours to keep.
  • Checkout limit:
    • 10 packets of seeds per visit (Berea Branch only)
    • 5 packets of seeds per visit (Bookmobile stops)
  • Availability: The Seed Library is housed at the Berea Branch and the Bookmobile

Grow your world! Visit the Seed Library at the Berea Branch and the Bookmobile, and choose from heirloom food, flower, and native plant seeds ready for planting. New to gardening? Seed packets feature complete planting instructions including when to plant, spacing, light requirements, and more. The Seed Library was created in partnership with Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District to:

  • provide education on sustainability in growing food, flowers, and/or native plants
  • increase local food production and promote healthy diets
  • help to preserve plant diversity with regional and heirloom varieties
  • promote backyard conservation practices to protect Greenville's natural resources

Seed Library catalog

How Does It Work?

  • Pick up a Seed Library checkout form at the Berea Branch
  • Record desired seed packets (up to ten packets per family per visit) on the Seed Library checkout form
  • Present your library card and checkout form at the circulation counter
  • Library staff will retrieve your desired seed packets
  • Take your seed packets home!

Seed Types Available

  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cilantro
  • Collards
  • Corn
  • Cowpeas
  • Cucumber
  • Dill
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic Chives
  • Ground Cherries
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lettuce
  • Lettuce - Blend
  • Mint
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Onion
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Peanuts
  • Peas
  • Peppers - Hot
  • Peppers - Sweet
  • Radish
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi
  • Thyme
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatoes - Cherry
  • Turnip Greens
  • Turnips
  • Watermelon
  • Winter Squash
  • Bachelor Button
  • Bee Balm
  • Blanket Flower
  • Calendula
  • Coneflower
  • Cosmos
  • Hibiscus
  • Marigold
  • Milkweed
  • Pansies
  • Nasturtium
  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnia

Test Your Soil

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.


Seed types may vary at the Bookmobile.

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