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Westmont Seed Library

A Unique Way To Unite The Community

What is a Seed Library?

A seed library preserves rare and precious seeds by providing a place for communities to gather, plant gardens, and save seeds for future growers. Our seed library is packed with various species of seeds native to the Westmont area.

To begin your gardening, visit the Seed Library, located on the first floor of the library. Please pick 1-2 seed packets. Feel free to browse the various gardening and seed saving books chosen to help you being planting. Once you have planted your seeds, we would love to hear about your progress.

Now that you know how it works, you can begin enjoying your new hobby! Happy gardening!

Why should you garden?

Benefits of Gardening

  • Exposure to vitamin D increases the calcium levels in the body.
  • It helps reduce stress.
  • It provides aerobic exercise.
  • You will produce more fresh and nutritious food.
  • It provides a sense of accomplishment.
  • You will be preserving rare seeds that have years upon years of genetic history.

Tips for Beginners

  • If you are new to gardening, start with the tier 1 plants: beans, peas, tomatoes, or lettuce.
  • Know that each plant is different and will require varied amounts of care.
  • Make sure to space your seeds properly in order to prevent them from cross pollinating.
  • All plants require different seed harvesting techniques. Three tips for seed harvesting and saving: know what to grow, plan accordingly, and know how to harvest your seeds.

For more information, ask a librarian or consult any of our seed saving and gardening reference collection.

* The seed library is offered in coordination with the National Honor Society students of Westmont High School.

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