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The IndyPL Seed Library

Pick up free seeds to start your vegetable, herb, or flower garden free! The IndyPL Seed Library is available at all our locations during regular branch hours from late March through September.  One packet of each type of seed per household. In addition to free seeds, check out resources and attend workshops about growing and using plants from your seeds. We provide materials and programs to make gardening in Indianapolis a doable goal for beginners.

Tune in online for a a Gardening Storytime – a great way to read up on beginning gardening projects for kids. For kids, gardening offers a way to get messy and watch the payoff for their hard work, in the form of growing veggies and beautiful flowers. You can say, “Hey! I grew the thing! Look at the thing that I grew! Isn’t it pretty?” Imagine the Instagram fun!


Gloved hands planting a garden.
  • Event: Vermicomposting
  • Date & Time: Thursday, May 09, 12:00pm
  • Location: Garfield Park Branch
  • Description: Join Purdue Extension staff to learn about composting with worms! This is a great way to take your table scraps and turn them into food for your plants quickly!
  • Register Here
  • Event: Get Growing!
  • Date & Time: Saturday, May 11, 1:00pm
  • Location: Glendale Branch
  • Description: The last frost is done and it’s time to put those seeds in your garden! If you don’t have a plan yet, let’s make one! Soil preparation, light requirements and plant spacing will all be covered. What can you start from seed and what transplants should you get? We’ve got you covered.
  • Register Here
  • Event: West Perry Gardening Group
  • Date & Time: Friday, May 17, 10:15am
  • Location: West Perry Branch
  • Description: Gardens are essentially a place of sharing and gardeners know that we learn a lot from each other–whether you’re just starting or experienced. Sessions will feature seasonal discussions with a local Master Gardener, resources–like our Seed Library–and connections with other gardeners.
  • No Registration Required.

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

Follow Purdue Extension, one of the best ways to learn about gardening in Indiana. Browse their recommended online resources:

Gardening for Kids

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