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Seed Library

About

The ASU Seed Library is stocked with edible plant and herb seeds which are appropriate for Arizona growing conditions and seasons. At times, a limited amount of seeds from nonedible plants may be available, such as wildflowers. ASU students and library patrons can check-out packets of seeds. Seed donations are always welcome!  

Checkout Information

  • The Seed Library is housed in a repurposed card catalog on the first floor of the Noble Science Library located at 601 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281. Anyone with an ASU Library card may use the Seed Library. 
  • You can see what we have in stock here (updated biweekly). 
  • Library cardholders are welcome to check-out up to five seed packets per calendar month from the Seed Library.  
  • To check-out a seed packet, simply fill-out our checkout form which is located atop the aforementioned card catalog. 
  • As you look through our collection, you’ll discover that the Seed Library is comprised of a wide variety of plant seeds, including culinary herbs.
  • At this time, there is not an option to place a reserve on seed packets and all seeds are subject to availability. 

Time to Grow!

After you’ve filled-out the checkout form, you are all set! Bring your seeds home or to a community garden and start growing.

Start planning your garden using these informative planting calendars.

The attractive calendars below were built from a variety of sources and have been customized for the Phoenix area climate. Feel free to print or store them for your use:

Save and Donate

If you’d like to give back to the Seed Library, you can do so by donating seeds from your harvest. We have a special drop box for donations and seed pouches for your seeds are provided. Along with the aforementioned pouches, seed donation forms are located on top of the repurposed card catalog that our seeds are stored in.

Seed Saving: An Ancient Art

If you would like to find out more about the ancient art of seed saving, be sure to check out the following awesome online guides.

Learn More

Below, we have provided a list of the following resources to help you become a “gardening ninja.”

  • Books
  • Community Gardens
  • Compilation of Gardening Videos and Gardening Forum
  • Informational Gardening Websites
  • Gardening Classes

Books

ASU Library has a plethora of gardening and seed-related books in the following nonfiction subject areas:

If links are not working, please search for term in our catalog.

Community Gardens

Have big gardening plans but your garden space is limited? Consider using the following local community gardens. 

  • ASU Polytechnic Campus Community Garden: 25 E. Tahoe Ave. Mesa, AZ 85212
  • Clark Park Community Garden: 1730 S. Roosevelt St. Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Escalante Community Garden: 2150 E. Orange St. Tempe, AZ 85281 
  • FiGG Community Garden: S. Bonarden Ln. Tempe, AZ 85284

Informational Gardening Websites

  • Garden Savvy: "We are the online source for savvy gardeners.  We have firsthand experience with the frustration that comes from sifting through online search results, to find the right gardening product. Find the gardening information you’re really looking for, easily."  
  • Dave's Garden: "Dave's Garden is one of the largest sites for gardeners in the world. With tens of thousands of encyclopedic files on plants, bugs, and birds, as well as helpful articles by our gardening experts, you'll find everything you need help your garden grow."
  • Garden.org (National Gardening Association): On this site, gardeners can access a vast collection of gardening information.
  • Garden Learning Library by the National Gardening Association: Learn how to care for your garden through a vast array of articles covering every aspect of gardening. 
  • “Gardening Basics” by Better Homes & Gardens: “Know these garden basics and you'll have the best garden on the block.”
  • Home Gardening by Cornell University: Check out the flower and vegetable growing guides!
  • "Ten Basic Gardening Tips for Beginners" by The Daily Telegraph: “Gardening is not an exact science. Even experienced gardeners make mistakes, so novice gardeners shouldn’t be the least bit intimidated.”
  • "Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: The Basics of Planting and Growing a Vegetable Garden" by The Old Farmers' Almanac: "Ready to jump into gardening? Our Vegetable Gardening Guide for Beginners will help you to plan and grow your tastiest vegetables ever. Find out how much food you need to grow to feed a family, top 10 vegetables for a beginner, and more tips."

Gardening Forum and Videos Compilation

Gardening Classes

Universal Class (Tempe Library)

  • A free online gardening class is available through Tempe Public Library's Universal Class. The gardening courses are located under "Crafts and Hobbies."
  • ASU students must sign-up in person for a Tempe Public Library card to get access.  Temporary online library cards (that can be generated online) do not provide access to Universal Class.  
  • By using this free subscription service for Universal Class, you can take a variety of online courses about gardening and growing vegetables.
  • Visit Tempe Public Library at 3500 S. Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282. 

Desert Landscape School (Desert Botanical Garden) 

  • "The Desert Landscape School is a signature credentialing program at Desert Botanical Garden, offering professionals, homeowners and gardeners an opportunity to learn from experts about all aspects of desert landscaping and earn a credential upon class completion.” 

Social Media


Share your Seed Library gardening adventure via ASU Library's social media websites!

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