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Heirloom Seed Collection available for checkout

Atlanta Public Library's Heirloom Seed Library

A huge thank you to Baker Creek Seeds for adding flowers and herbs to our vegetables  with a large donation of seeds! If you have seeds you want to share, please drop them off at the library. 
Library members can to "check out" packets of seeds at the Atlanta Public Library. It's a fun way to try new seeds . . . and it's FREE! Just pick out your seeds, plant them, harvest seeds in the fall, and then bring a few back to the Library for the next growing season. (Harvesting seeds from your harvest and sharing them back to the Seed Library is the eventual goal. But there's no obligation to save seeds to participate.)

Here’s How:
  • The Atlanta Public Heirloom Seed Library will be kept at the library, 101 West Hiram Street, Atlanta.
  • A library card will be required to borrow seeds. Library cards are free but you must bring a valid, unexpired government-issued photo ID.
  • Patrons must be at least 18 years of age to check out seeds.
  • Each patron can take up to 10 packets of seeds in any 6-month period.
  • Pick out your seed packets.
  • “Check out” your seeds at the Circulation Desk.
  • Patrons who borrow seeds are encouraged but not required to bring back seeds the following season.
  • The Library makes no guarantees about the success of any of the seeds in our collection.
  • The seeds are for planting only. DO NOT EAT.
  • The Library is not responsible for seed usage.

Each seed packet will include very basic information about the plant and planting instructions. For more details about each plant, patrons are encouraged to use some of the Library’s gardening resources. A librarian will be happy to help you locate just the right gardening book. You can also find tons of helpful information about your plants at the following websites:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Vegetable Variety Selector Choose vegetable varieties that do best in Cass County
Texas A & M Tree Selector Find a variety that will work well in Cass County
The National Gardening Association
Garden Web
Gardener’s Supply Company
Dave’s Garden
*Gardener's Supply Company and Dave's Garden sell seeds, plants and gardening supplies, but also offer great "how to" articles
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Planting Guides​
Seed Savers Exchange Instructions on how to save seeds for specific plants
Common Poisonous Plants

The Atlanta Public Library welcomes any feedback and suggestions from our patrons as we continue to develop our Seed Library!PictureBooks, Magazines & Other Great Resources

Feel Free to Browse!
In the library CATALOG you will find a great assortment of books on all aspects of gardening – from flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables to organic gardening, water features, roses and container gardening. Have fun browsing for the just the right book!
Below is just a sample
  • Wildflowers by Juliet Alsop Hubbard Landscape design & construction
  • The Backyard landscaper : 40 professional designs for do-it-yourselfers
  • Native plants in landscaping : trees, shrubs, cacti, and grasses of the Texas desert and mountains by A. Michael Powell
  • Container gardens by Eleanore Lewis
  • The Experts book of garden hints : over 1,500 organic tips and techniques from 250 of America's best gardeners
  • How to grow food : a step-by-step guide to growing all kinds of fruit, vegetables, salads and more by  Richard Gianfrancesco
  • The heirloom life gardener : the Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily and naturally by  Jere Gettle