Seed Library

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn


The goal of the Marple Seed Library is to nurture and grow the local community of gardeners and seed savers. Our seeds are open-pollinated  and non-GMO. They include vegetables, flowers, and herbs, with several historic and native varieties as well. This project was made possible with support from: Jacob H. and Troop 122, The Library Foundation of Delaware County, and Seed Savers Exchange.

How to Use Our Seed Library

1. Borrow

  • Select your seeds.
  • Consult the seed packets in our binder for important growing information.
  • Fill out a “Check out” form and
    drop it into the box at the Seed Library.
  • A library card is not required but we’d love for you to have one anyway!

2. Grow

  • Check out our collection of gardening books for information to help you succeed in your garden.
  • Watch our website for information on upcoming talks or workshops.
  • We’d love to hear about your
    adventures in the garden. Share your stories and photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @marplelibrary

3. Return

  • Optional but appreciated!
  • Learn about proper seed saving techniques and practices.
  • Save some of your seeds for the library. Beans, peas, peppers, lettuce, and tomatoes are good
    for beginning seed savers to try. Seeds from some native plants are also easy to save.
  • Complete a “Seed Donation”
    form and place it, along with
    your seeds, in our Donation bin at the Seed Library.
  • If you prefer, you may purchase a packet or two of fresh, commercially grown, open-pollinated (non-GMO, nonhybrid) seeds to donate.

Helpful Resources for your Gardening Questions