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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.

Seed Savers Exchange

Grow, share and protect heirloom seeds.

Seed Saving Resources

Take your gardening skills to the next level and save your seeds with tips from the Community Seed Network.

Home Vegetable Gardening

Learn how to garden fruits and vegetables with expert advice from Virginia Cooperative Extension.

The Old Farmer's Almanac

Explore a guide that has been a gardener's staple for generations.


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.

Availability changes as new seeds are donated and others find homes. View a list of the seeds.

Request up to three (3) 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 3-5 business days for delivery. 

Each packet contains roughly enough seeds for 3-5 plants. Not all seeds germinate, most packets contain 10-15 seeds.

The Seed Library has information on how to grow different seeds. More information can be found at the resources above.

Donate seeds. We prefer open pollinated or heirloom varieties. Please include common name, type and variety, name of grower and date of harvest.

Lend your expertise. Teach a workshop. Donate seeds. Contact Major Hillard Library to get started.

Visit Resilient Chesapeake for environmental allies, emergency resources and tools.

Special Thanks

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Southeastern Virginia Training Center, Seed Savers Exchange, the Utopian Seed Project and Johnny’s Selected Seeds.

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