Franklin, TN – The Williamson County Public Library launched a Seed Exchange in March to great success. Over 730 free seed packets have been given to Library members. Seeds continue to be donated by local gardeners, organizations, and businesses.
According to Reference Librarian Sharon Reily, “The Seed Exchange is a fun and educational service for our patrons and gives them a chance to try new plants for free plus learn about the economic benefits of saving seeds.”
Seeds can be checked out at the Reference Department on the second floor of the Main Library. Up to ten packets of seeds can be “borrowed” per family. The packets include basic information about each plant and planting instructions. The variety of seeds available fluctuates as new donations come in, are sorted and packaged, and given away. There is no charge. You must be a member of the Library and be at least 18 years of age to get seeds. Patrons who check out seeds are asked, but not required, to donate seeds back to the Library for next year’s Seed Exchange. The Library will accept all kinds of seeds, including those saved from patrons’ gardens and commercially packaged seeds.
Amy Dismukes, the Williamson County Horticulture Extension Agent, worked with Library staff to provide advice about the seeds and assisted in the development of the seed collection. She is also lending her horticultural expertise to the community in a series of gardening programs at the Library. Upcoming programs will be on “Spring Gardening Tips and Techniques” on April 22, “Vegetable Gardening 101” on April 27, “Dealing with Garden Insects” on May 18, and “Growing Tomatoes” on June 8. A seed collecting program is scheduled for August 31 so everyone can help maintain the Seed Library. Register for the programs on the Library’s website at http://wcpltn.org or by calling 615-595-1243.
Contributions from several local organizations and individuals built the Seed Exchange and made it possible. In addition to donations from area gardeners, the Library also received seeds from The Giving Garden (A Ministry of Franklin First UMC), Franklin Farmers Market Educational Foundation, Harpeth True Value Homecenter, Franklin Farmers Market (Kirkview Farm), plus Amy Dismukes and the Williamson County Master Gardeners Association, and Seed Exchange volunteer Tina Manion. Seed Exchange volunteers and donors are all to be commended for their generosity to the Williamson County Public Library patrons.
To learn more about the WCPL Seed Exchange, visit the Seed Exchange web page . You will also find suggested gardening websites, magazines, and books for plant growing success.
The Williamson County Public Main Library is located in downtown Franklin at 1314 Columbia Avenue. Branches are located in Fairview, Bethesda, College Grove, Nolensville and Leiper’s Fork. For further information about other Library programs or services, call the Library at 615-595-1243 or visit the Library’s web site at http://wcpltn.org. To sign up to receive Library events and announcements via email, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Subscribe_Library_Bytes. The Library can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter via @wcpltn.