Ready to garden? Call or visit Major Hillard Library and choose up to three seed packets from a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers seeds.
A special thanks to the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Southeastern Virginia Training Center, Seed Savers Exchange, the Utopian Seed Project and Johnny's Selected Seeds.
- What is a Seed Library?
A seed library supports sustainability and food security by providing community access to a variety of seeds, at no cost. Seeds include donated and open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower varieties.
- What seeds are available?
Availability changes as new seeds are donated and others find homes. View a list of the seeds (PDF).
- How do I check out seeds?
Request up to three seed packets from the Seed Library. Visit Major Hillard Library and complete a seed request form. Call Major Hillard Library to request a seed delivery to any Chesapeake Public Library. Please allow 3 to 5 business days for delivery.
- How many seeds are in each packet?
Each packet contains roughly enough seeds for 3 to 5 plants. Not all seeds germinate, most packets contain 10 to 15 seeds.
- Do you have directions for growing seeds?
The Seed Library has information on how to grow different seeds. More information can be found on the Seed Library page.
- How can I help the Seed Library grow?
Donate seeds. We prefer open pollinated or heirloom varieties. Please include common name, type and variety, name of grower and date of harvest.
- Can I help?
Lend your expertise. Teach a workshop. Donate seeds. Contact Major Hillard Library to get started.
- How can I make my community more sustainable?
Visit Resilient Chesapeake for environmental allies, emergency resources and tools.