LPL Seed Library is back for 2023! We have a variety of crop, flower, and native seeds for you to check out and grow! Seeds can be borrowed by browsing in the library or fill out the order form below to receive your seeds by mail. The Seed List will be updated throughout the season.
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, I promise that I do not knowingly buy, grow, share, or trade genetically engineered ("GMO") seeds or plants.
If returning seed, I promise to grow plants and save seeds according to best practices to insure that I return viable seed that will produce plants true to the variety I label them to be. (If you're unsure about best practices for seed saving, check out the resources below and at the Library.)
In order to maintain a healthy population of bees, other pollinators, and soil microorganisms, it is important to limit our use of pesticides. Plants grown without pesticides are hardier and naturally adapted to withstand pests; therefore I pledge to refrain from using synthetic pesticides on seeds from the library, particularly if returning seed.
Crop List: Seeds for spring sowing available for order Updated 3/27/23.
Easy Save Guide: Quick list of tips for saving seeds.
Planting Guide for the Maritime Northwest: A handy planting guide provided by Uprising Seeds.
Saving Seeds: Where to Start: More information about saving seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange.
Gardening & Horticulture Onefile: Log in with your library card to find millions of articles on the practical and scientific aspects of horticulture studies. For all horticultural enthusiasts.
Garden Talk with Austin: Austin shares garden tips in this series of video chats from the Library garden.
Butterflies of the Cowlitz-Columbia with Robert Michael Pyle: A Seed Library presentation recorded for our YouTube channel.
The Seed Library is a collection of seeds and books that can be checked out with a Longview Public Library card. Those who check out seeds, especially those marked "Easy Save", are encouraged to save seeds to help maintain and grown our collection. Seed checkouts are available in spring, summer, and fall. Seed Library books and other resources are available year round.
Mission Statement: The LPL Seed Library seeks to provide seed as an accessible and affordable public resource, promote biodiversity and local adaptation, educate patrons and the public on topics surrounding agriculture and horticulture, and develop a community and culture of self reliance, sustainability, and generosity.
The Purpose of the LPL Seed Library is to: