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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: Homeschool at the Library
  • Date & Time: Wednesday, March 13, 1:00pm
  • Location: Spades Park Branch
  • Description: There is a lot to consider when planning a garden: What will you grow? Where will you grow it? When should you start? Learn about how to grow your own food, how to plan your garden, and start your own container plant! This program is designed for homeschooling families, but all are welcome.
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  • Event: West Perry Gardening Group
  • Date & Time: Friday, March 15, 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.
  • Event: Spring Festival at Wayne
  • Date & Time: Monday, March 18, 2:45pm
  • Location: Wayne Branch
  • Description: Come for a variety of spring-themed activities. There will be stories, crafts, games, and prizes for all. You’ll even get your own zinnia plant to take home!
  • 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

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Gardening for Kids

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