Spring Fever

Seed Library opens Friday


The Crawfordsville District Public Library and the Master Gardeners of Montgomery County are excited to announce the opening of their collaborative project, the Crawfordsville Seed Library. The Crawfordsville Seed Library will have newly packaged, fresh seeds available to area residents beginning Friday.

The seed library offers an assortment of vegetables, herbs and flowers for local gardeners to grow. This year, more native plants and flowering seeds have joined the collection. Different seeds and species will continue to be added throughout the season.

The seed library provides samplings of different varieties and vegetables for gardeners to add to their growing areas. Participants may select a maximum of 10 packets per year to allow everyone to choose seeds. Groups needing a large number of seeds for their classes or projects should contact the seed library for special donations.

March will also kick off the Crawfordsville Seed Library’s Learning Series every Thursday throughout the month. Programs will include Seed Starting for Success, DIY Landscape Design with Steve Galegor, Herb Gardening with Constance Ferry of Hobbit Erth Gardens and Growing Great Hydrangeas with John Chapin of Tree Frog Gardens. Registration is now open for all classes on the CDPL website. Growing kits, seedlings and planning information will be a part of the programs.

A unique opportunity will be offered in April to gardeners. Local podcaster Sean Grady will host Dr. Doug Tallamy, conservationist and founder of Homegrown National Park, on his show, The Environmental Transformation Podcast. The live show will be centered around questions from the audience to Tallamy about his books, conservation, the environment, gardening practices, landscaping and all things in the interest of a more sustainable world.

This summer, the Seed Library Flower Contest will return in mid-June, and the overwhelmingly popular Sunflower Contest will be in the fall. The month of September will host an additional lineup of programs and classes.

Last year, the project provided approximately 4,000 seed packets to gardeners, young and old. Popular seeds included different tomato and pepper varieties, sunflowers, cacti and Pawpaw trees.

Previous seed library users will notice the seed file cabinet has moved. The seed cabinet is still on the second floor of CDPL, near the reference department, but a new home has been found on the other side. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you are looking for it.

For more information on the Crawfordsville Seed Library or its programs, email CvilleSeedLibrary@gmail.com.