Seed Library

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Welcome to Our Seed Library!

Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just beginning to explore your green thumb, our Seed Library offers you the opportunity to plant, grow and learn. It is our mission to increase community awareness of all the benefits that gardening and growing plants from seed have on us all. We hope that the growing process, from seed to plant, will foster a common, shared appreciation of all living things.

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How to Take Seeds

  1. Find the Seed Library to the right of the Welcome Desk near the Post Road entrance. It is a refurbished card catalog divided into 4 sections: vegetables, flowers, herbs, and natives & nectars (these are seeds that will attract pollinators!).
  2. Plan on taking 2 seeds for every plant you intend to grow this season. For example, if you want 5 sunflower plants, take 10 seeds.
  3. Note the growing instructions on the back of the seed envelope. If you have a camera on your phone, take a picture of the instructions so you have an extra copy! Please let us know if you need a copy of the planting instructions.
  4. If you need more seeds than what is provided, please use the extra envelopes. Make sure you label your envelope with the seed variety!
  5. Help us determine what to get next season and stay in the know about future gardening events by leaving your name, email address, and the seeds you took.

Seed Library Index

Annuals

  • Alyssum – Carpet of Snow
  • Autumn Beauty Sunflower
  • Black-eyed Susan Vine
  • Chrysanthemum Mini - Red
  • Citrus Sunflower
  • Cleome – White
  • Cockscomb Flower
  • Cosmos – Double Click Bi-color Pink
  • Cosmos – Psyche White
  • Cosmos – Seashells Mix
  • Edible Sunflowers
  • Flax – Scarlett
  • Giant Coral Zinnia
  • Giant Sunflowers – Heirloom Titan
  • Giant Sunflowers - Sunzilla
  • Godetia
  • Great Quaking Grass
  • Impatiens
  • Indian Peace Pipes
  • Jerusalem Gold Hybrid Sunflower
  • Lupine – Pixie Delight
  • Lemon Queen
  • Lupine - Texas Bluebonnet
  • Mammoth Sunflower
  • Marigold – Queen Sophia
  • Marigold - Summer Splash
  • Morning Glory Heavenly Blue
  • Nasturtium - Mahogany
  • Pansy - Blue
  • Sunspot
  • Sweet Pea Bouqet Blend
  • Sweet Pea Little Sweetheart
  • Sweet Pea North Shore
  • Sweet Pea – Old Spice Blend
  • Sweet Pea – Perfume Delight
  • Tip Top Nasturtium
  • Torch
  • Velvet Queen Sunflower
  • Zinnia – California Giants
  • Zinnia – Cha-Cha-Cha
  • Zinnia – Paintbrush Mixed Colors
  • Zinnia – State Fair Gold Medal

Biennials

  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Hollyhock – Charter’s Double
  • Hollyhock – Happy Lights
  • Hollyhock – Indian Spring
  • Money Plant – Lunaria
  • Sweet William – Lace Mantle

Wild Flower Mixes

  • Six Native Varities

Perennials

  • Black Berry Lily
  • Butterfly Weed / Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
  • Catnip
  • Coreopsis – Double Sunburst
  • Delphinium – Pacific Giant Mix
  • Dianthus – Ipswich Pnks
  • Echinacea – Purple Coneflower
  • Lupine – Russell Blend
  • Meadow Rue – Lavender Mist
  • Primrose Mix
  • Shasta Daisy - Alaska
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Sweet Pea – Lathyrus Latijolius
  • Verbena – Brazilian Vervain
  • Viola – Johnny-Jump-up
  • Wild Columbine - Light Purple
  • Winter Aconite – Eranthis hyemalis – Yellow
  • Anise
  • Basil (Genovese)
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Chamomile - Bodegold
  • Cilantro/Coriander
  • Dill (Bouquet)
  • Fennel (Florence)
  • Lamb’s Ears
  • Lavender Lady – Lavendula angustifolia
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mammoth Dill Heirloom
  • Marjoram - Sweet
  • Oregano – Ferry Morse
  • Oregano – Origanum vulgar hirtum
  • Parsley – Big Italy
  • Parsley – Green Pearl
  • Parsley – Triple Curled
  • Pepper Cress (Lepidium sativum)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage (Common)
  • Thyme (Common)
  • Thyme (Summer)

Artichoke

  • Green Globe

Beans

  • Bush Filet – French Filet
  • Dwarf Horticultural Bean
  • French Long Podded Shelling Beans
  • Garden Bean- Heavy Harvest
  • Garden Bean – Kentucky Wonder
  • Garden Bean – Kitchen King
  • Garden Bean – Tendergreen
  • Lima Bean – Ford Hook 242
  • Windsor Fava Bean

Beets

  • Chioggia
  • Dutch Baby Ball
  • Detroit Dark Red
  • Early Wonder
  • Gourmet Blend
  • Jewel-toned, Red Gold, & Candystripe
  • Red Baron

Bok Choy

  • Tatsoi – Rosette
  • Waltham 29 Broccoli
  • White Stem

Broccoli

  • Di Cicco
  • Long Harvest All Season Blend

Broccoli Raab

  • Rapini

Brussel Sprouts

  • Hestia
  • Long Island Improved

Cabbage

  • Aubervilliers
  • Chinese Michihili
  • Copenhagen Market
  • Mammoth Red Rock
  • Pak Choi
  • Red Acre

Carrots

  • Carnival Blend
  • French Baby
  • Little Finger
  • Long Sweet Carrots – King Midas
  • Purple Sun
  • Snacking - Rotild

Cauliflower

  • Amazing Taste
  • Early Snowball

Celery

  • Tall Utah

Chard

  • Garden Rainbow
  • Italian Silver Rib

Chives

  • Garlic

Corn

  • Bodacious (Sweet)
  • Buttergold (Sweet)
  • Casino (Sweet)
  • Delectable (Sweet)
  • Earth Tones
  • Inca Blue Indian Corn
  • Sweet Early Casino
  • Strawberry

Cucumber

  • Burpless Beauty
  • Bush Champion
  • English Chelsea Prize
  • English Telegraph
  • Marketmore
  • Persian Baby
  • Persian Baby – Green Fingers
  • Pickle Barrel Hybrid
  • Spacemaster
  • Sweet Armenia – Heirloom
  • True Lemon

Eggplant

  • Black Beauty
  • Italian Trio
  • Listada de Gandia

Ebdive

  • Green Curled

Escarole

  • Broadleaf Batavian

Kale

  • Dwarf Blue Curled
  • Italian Lacinato
  • Portuguese
  • Scarlet

Leek

  • American Flag
  • King Richard

Lettuce

  • Australian Yellowleaf
  • Bibb Lettuce
  • Black Seeded Simpson
  • Buttercrunch
  • Chef’s Medley
  • Gala Mache
  • Heirloom Arugula – Rustic Style
  • Iceberg
  • Mesclun
  • Mesclun – Asian Baby Leaf
  • Oak Leaf Blend
  • Romaine – Little Gem
  • Romaine - Freckles
  • Rouge d’Hiver
  • Simpson Elite

Melon

  • Cantaloup – Hearts of Gold
  • Early Silver Line
  • Hale’s Best Jumbo
  • Honeydew Green Flesh
  • Tuscan Melon -Napoli

Mustard

  • Myers Family Heirloom

Okra

  • Clemson Spineless 80
  • Jumbalaya
  • Red Burgundy

Onion

  • Heirloom Torpedo Onions
  • Yellow Granex

Parsnip

  • All American
  • Hollow Crown

Peas

  • Dwarf Gray Sugar
  • Shelling Peas -Sabre
  • Snow Pea – Purple Podded
  • Super Sugar Snap

Peppers

  • Ancho Gigantea
  • Georgia Flame
  • Habanero Hot Pepper
  • Heirloom Italian Sweet Peppers Sunset Mix
  • Jalapeño, Traveler Strain
  • Red Habanero
  • Sweet Chocolate Pepper
  • Sweet Pepper – Emerald Giant

Pumpkin

  • Cinderella’s Carriage
  • Early Sugar or Pie
  • New England Pie Pumpkin

Radicchio

  • Early Treviso
  • Palla Rossa Mavrik

Radish

  • Cherry Belle
  • Crimson Giant
  • Easter Egg II
  • French Breakfast
  • Garden Party- Five Color
  • Pink Punch
  • Sparkler
  • Watermelon

Rutabaga

  • American Purple Top

Sorrel

  • Common Sorrel

Squash

  • Acorn – Table King
  • Butternut, Waltham
  • Cocozelle – Summer
  • Crookneck – Early Summer
  • Patisson Panache
  • Straightneck, Early Prolific – Summer
  • Winter
  • Zucchini, Black Beauty – Summer

Spinach

  • Bloomsdale
  • Bloomsdale – Longstanding
  • Catalina Baby Leaf
  • Malabar Climbing Red Stem
  • Monstreux de Viroflay
  • New Zealand

Swiss Chard

  • Five Color Silverbeet
  • Fordhook Giant
  • Ruby Red

Tomato

  • Ace 55 - Bush
  • Beefsteak – Big Beef
  • Black Cherry
  • Red Brandywine
  • Cherry - Black
  • Cherry – Camp Joy
  • Cherry- Litt’l Bites
  • Cherry- Orange Sungold
  • Cherry – Tri- Color Garden Candy
  • Chianti Rose
  • Golden Jubilee - Pole
  • Italian roma - Bush
  • Jubilee
  • Lemon Drop
  • Marglobe
  • Marvel Stripe
  • Moneymaker - Pole
  • San Marzano- Pole
  • Speckled Roman
  • Stupice
  • Summer Feast
  • Supersweet 100
  • Wapsipinicon Peach

Tomatillo

  • Purple De Milpa

Turnip

  • Purple Top White Globe

Watermelon

  • Charleston Gray
  • Crimson Sweet
  • Jubilee
  • Mountain Yellow Sweet
  • Sugar Baby
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