Checkouts of seed from the library have ended for the season. See below for gardening resources to carry you through the winter.
Please note that the library building is still closed, but books and other materials are available through our
New: Garden Kits
To kick off the 2021 Seed Library, we're excited to be introducing a series of Garden Kits, offered seasonally. Our winter kit features bulb forcing, which is less violent than it sounds. Bulb forcing
is a process by which you can brighten your home with spring flowers in the middle of winter. Watch the instructional video (available starting Jan. 11, 10 am) on our YouTube page and pick up
your bulb forcing kit in Library Drive-Thru beginning Monday, January 11.
Seed Library Resources
Flowers for Fall Sowing:
You can still plant even though summer's over. Here's a list of seeds to plant in the fall.
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.
LPL Seed Library on Facebook
LPL Seed Library on Instagram
Garden Talk with Austin:
Austin shares garden tips from in this series of video chats from the Library garden.
Seed Library Book Collection
About the LPL Seed Library
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:
- create an accessible, affordable source of regionally-adapted and native seeds, maintained by a local community of caring farmers and gardeners;
- educate library patrons and the public about biodiversity, garden and plant ecology, sustainable food production, food sovereignty, native plants, cultural traditions concerning food and agriculture, heirloom varieties, PNW agricultural history, and related topics;
- build community awareness and connections through partnerships between the library and local nonprofits, food producers, horticulture businesses, gardeners, educational institutions, health practitioners, artists, and others; and
- strengthen the LPL's connection to its community, membership, and volunteers; broaden the relevance of the library to area residents; set an example for other libraries and organizations; and support and supplement the other educational programs of the
Longview Public Library.
For more information about the LPL Seed Library, please call 360.442.5310 or email us.