Seed Library Closing for the Season

The Seed Library, located on Miller Library‘s Lower Level, will be closing for the season.  The last day to pick up seeds will be Saturday, June 8th.

Until then, the Seed Library  is open the following hours for you to drop in and select free seeds:

   Tuesdays 4-6:30 p.m.
   Thursdays 2-4:30 p.m.
   Saturdays 1-4:30 p.m.

The Library will continue to host gardening programs throughout the year. Upcoming events include:

Grow an Organic Pollinator Garden
Tuesday, June 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Presented by Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, founder of Natureworks. From the importance of organic gardening to succession planting, learn how to create a habitat for year-round pollinator support. Funded by the friends of Hamden Library.

Save Your Own Vegetable Seeds!
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn the basics of seed saving in your — or a friend’s — garden, so you can have a free supply of your favorite veggie seeds for the next growing season. In this workshop, Rachel Ziesk will talk specifics about many of the most common veggies — from tomatoes and peppers to kale and lettuce — and may also show us one or two popular annual flowers. Rachel Ziesk is an Advanced Master Gardener with a knack for communicating her love for gardening.

We Want Your Seeds!

We happily accept seeds you save, but only if they are from heirloom or open-pollinated varieties. We will not accept seeds from hybrid varieties or those whose origin you are unsure of. Seed Savers Exchange ( is full of guidance about collecting and saving seed. While hybrids are often a good choice for their growth characteristics, they are not suitable for seed saving, as their seed will produce a plant like one of the parent plants and not like the plants you grew.

Our Continual Thanks

The Seed Library would like to thank The Friends of Hamden Library for their generous support, as well as Hart Seed, Cheshire Garden Center, Thyme & Season, UConn Master Gardener program, The Hamden Land Trust, The New Haven Green Fund, and local gardeners who — more and more — are sharing their seed bounty with us.

We are also pleased to thank and acknowledge our committed volunteers who have been staffing the Seed Library: Betsy, Devon, Diane, Joan, Judie, Nancy, Rick.