The Seed Library at the Berea Branch
Visit the Seed Library at the Berea Branch, and take home up to ten packets of seeds. Choose from over 60 varieties of 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
- For: Greenville County Library System card holders
- Loan period: No borrowing, no returning. Yours to keep.
- Checkout limit: 10 packets of seeds per visit
- Availability: The Seed Library is housed in the Berea Branch only
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.
- Simply open a drawer and select up to ten seed packets.
- 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.
- Take your seeds home to plant and enjoy!
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.