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Gardening in Indianapolis


The IndyPL Seed Library

Did you know we provide free seeds for check-out? The IndyPL Seed Library is available at many of our locations during regular branch hours from late March through September. Use your library card to start your vegetable, herb, or even flower garden for free! New to gardening? We provide materials and programs to make gardening in Indianapolis a doable goal for beginners.


Gloved hands planting a garden.
  • Event: Seed Saving: Native Plants
  • Date & Time: Saturday, September 30, 1:00pm
  • Location: Pike Branch
  • Description: Fall is a great time to collect seeds from native plants so you can grow your own in your garden. Expand your personal seed library by learning how to collect native seeds (and what to do with them once you have them).
  • Register Here
  • Event: Captivating Carnivorous Plants
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, October 03, 1:00pm
  • Location: Martindale-Brightwood Branch
  • Description: Join 4-H to explore the mystery and wonder of carnivorous plants that eat insects and other small creatures. Through hands-on activities, learn what plants need to grow and how plants adapt to their environments. Take home your own decorated chia planter!
  • Register Here

View on Demand

Learn on Demand Video: Seed Saving
Join Anika Williams from the Pike Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library as she harvests milkweed seeds on site and discusses the Seed Library available there.

Reading Recommendations from our Staff

Browse these featured staff book lists to help improve your gardening in Indianapolis skills. See all our gardening book lists here.

Gardening in Indianapolis Resources

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Gardening for Kids

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