Welcome to the Seed Library!


Want to start a garden?

The Jackson County Public Library wants to help meet that need by launching its new Seed Library. The Seed Library is a collection of heirloom seeds (flower, fruit, herb, vegetable) that anyone can take to plant and grow at home. A library card or library district residency is not required to participate.

Visit Information Services upstairs at the Seymour Library, call 812-523-INFO(4636) or email us.

Seeds can be sent to the Discovery Bus, Crothersville or Medora libraries on request.

Seeds are housed in an old card catalog upstairs at the Seymour Library that was purchased in September 2018 by the Friends of the Library from a former downtown Seymour antique shop. Prior to that purchase, suggestions of a Seed Library had come from several library visitors.

The initial collection has heirloom seeds purchased with funds from the library’s endowment with the Community Foundation of Jackson County. Since supplies are limited, there is a limit of one envelope per seed variety, and there is no guarantee on availability.

Seeds Available 2021

Flowers
Lavender – English
Sunflower – Mammoth Grey Stripe
Zinnia – California Giants

Fruit
Cantaloupe – Hale’s Best Jumbo Melon
Pumpkin – Jack O’Lantern
Watermelon – Crimson Sweet
Watermelon – Sugar Baby

Herbs
Basil – Genovese
Basil – Red Rubin
Basil – Sweet
Chives – Garlic
Cilantro – Slow Bolt
Dill
Lavender – English
Parsley – Italian Flat Leaf
Sage – Common
Thyme – English

Vegetables
Arugula
Bean – Blue Lake Bush
Bean – Kentucky Wonder Pole Green
Bean – Tahoe Bush Green
Beet – Detroit Dark Red
Bell Pepper – Cal Wonder Red
Bell Pepper – Sweet Cal Wonder
Bell Pepper – Sweet Keystone Giant
Bok Choy – White Stem
Broccoli – Calabrese
Cabbage – Red Acre
Carrot – Chantenay Red Cored
Carrot – Scarlet Nantes
Cauliflower – Snowball
Celery – Utah
Chard – Fordhook
Chili Pepper – Cayenne Thin
Cucumber – Pickling – Sumter
Cucumber – Slicing – Marketmore 76
Eggplant – Black Beauty
JalapeΓ±o Pepper
Kale – Dinosaur
Kale – Dwarf Blue Curled Vates
Kale – Red Russian
Lettuce – Bibb Butterhead
Lettuce – Green Leaf Black Seeded Simpson
Lettuce – Romaine – Paris Isle Cos
Okra – Clemson Spineless 80
Onion – Evergreen Bunching
Onion – Yellow Sweet Spanish Utah
Pea Pod – Dwarf Grey Sugar
Pepper – Ring-o-Fire Cayenne
Pepper – Shishito
Pepper – Sweet Red Marconi
Pumpkin – Jack O’Lantern
Radish – Cherry Belle
Spinach – Bloomsdale
Squash – Butternut
Squash – Spaghetti
Swiss Chard – Ruby Red
Tomato – Beefsteak
Tomato – Big Rainbow
Tomato – Brandywine Pink
Tomato – Red Cherry
Tomato – Roma
Tomato – Rutgers
Tomato – Yellow Pear
Zucchini – Black

At this time, the library does not accept donations or saved seeds due to state seed law and regulations.

The seeds in the Jackson County Public Library’s seed library may not meet germination or varietal purity standards as prescribed by Indiana state seed law.

The Jackson County Public Library will not give away or accept patented seeds or seeds that are protected by the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act.