Lane Seed Library

The Lane Seed Library was introduced at the Hamilton branch in September of 2018 with a mission to connect local gardeners by fostering seed sharing while providing informational resources on seed saving and other gardening topics. In March of 2021, the Lane Seed Library extended to the Oxford branch. The Fairfield branch launched their seed library in March 2022. The Lane Seed Library continues to grow today through the donations of both organizations and individuals. It offers the opportunity for anyone to be able to grow a garden.

Choosing & Borrowing Seeds

Visit the Hamilton, Fairfield Oxford Lane branch locations to get a seed borrowing form.  Complete the form to borrow seeds and get started growing. Some locations may require assistance from a Lane staff member to borrow seeds.

Donating seeds – Grow Some, Give Some

The Lane Seed Library includes heirloom and open-pollinated seeds only. Hybrid, genetically modified or genetically engineered seeds cannot be safely saved.

Save seeds from the plants in your garden. Need help?  See resources below on seed saving.

Saving Seeds

Learn the basics of saving seeds from your favorite plants in order to enjoy them year after year!  Visit for more information on seed saving.

Growing Guides

Growing guides are produced through research done at the Hamilton Lane Seed Library. The guides do not reflect what is currently in stock at the Lane Seed Library branches. The best way to find out what is currently available is to visit a Lane Seed Library location at Fairfield, Hamilton or Oxford.

Beet, Chard, Spinach

Growing Guides

Cucumber, Melon, Pumpkin, Squash, Watermelon, Zucchini

Growing Guides

Chive, Garlic, Leek, Onion

Growing Guides

Okra, Hollyhock, Rose, Hibiscus

Growing Guides

Basil, Horehound, Lavender, Lemonbalm, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Sage, Spearmint, Savory, Thyme 

Growing Guides

Broccoli Raab, Cabbage, Kale, Kohlrabi, Radish, Mesclun

Growing Guides

Eggplant, Pepper, Tomato

Growing Guides

Amaranth, Phlox, Canna Lily

Growing Guide

Anise, Carrots, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Greens, Parsley

Growing Guides

Bean, Pea, Trefoil

Growing Guides

Recommended Uniform State Seed Law (RUSSL) from the Association of American Seed Control Officials (AASCO)

“Seeds being distributed may not meet germination or varietal purity standards prescribed by the state seed law. Patented seed or varieties protected by the Plant Variety Protection Act will not be accepted or distributed without permission of the certificate holder.”

For additional information on the Lane Seed Library, visit the Hamilton Lane Library or contact Tess Catlin at