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Borrow seeds. Grow plants. Return seeds.

Seed Exchange

The Seed Exchange offers access to local librarians who will support, coach, and cheer you on as you grow your own home, school, church, or community garden. The best part about our Seed Exchange: it’s free! All you need is a Nashville Public Library card.

How it Works

Borrow Seeds

Use your library card to borrow vegetable, herb, and flower seeds at Main Library and select branches. Find a Seed Exchange location near you

Borrowing seeds is free. All you need is a Nashville Public Library card.

Grow Plants

NPL’s Seed Exchange offers access to local librarians who will support, coach and cheer you on as you grow your own home, school, church or community garden. We’re also working with local farmers, gardeners and community agencies to offer free gardening workshops throughout the year.

Return Seeds

Once the season is over, harvest seeds from your garden and return them to the library. We ask that you follow certain protocol when harvesting seeds to share with the Seed Exchange. We want people who take seed to get what was on the label and we want to protect from passing on disease.

Additionally, we are always looking for open-pollinated, heirloom seeds from anyone in the community who is willing to share, a little or a lot.

Our Seed Protocol includes guidelines for properly saving and preparing seeds to share.

See our Seed Protocol

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Share your garden! Connect with other gardeners on our Seed Exchange Facebook page. Share tips, post pictures of your garden, and get advice from other growers.

Seed Exchange on Facebook