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. The borrowing forms for each location are also linked at the top of this website.

Beet, Chard, Spinach

Chard – Orange

Beet – Ruby Queen

Beet – Bull’s Blood

Beet – Guardsmark Chioggia

Spinach – Giant Winter

Spinach – Bloomsdale Long Standing

Swiss Chard – Mixed Colors/Rainbow Blend

Swiss Chard – Large Ribbed Dark Green

Spinach – Viroflay

Beet – Detroit Dark Red

Spinach – Round Leaf (Asian)

Chard – Ruby Red

Swiss Chard – Fordhook

Cucumber, Melon, Pumpkin, Squash, Watermelon, Zucchini

Gourd – Birdhouse

Cucumber – Spacemaster Bush

Squash – Acorn

Pumpkin – Jack Be Little

Watermelon – Sugar Baby

Zucchini – Black Beauty

Cucumber – Marketmore 76

Squash – Vegetable Spaghetti

Pumpkin – Jack O’ Lantern

Melon – Crenshaw

Squash – White Bush Scallop Patty Pan

Squash – Burpee’s Butterbush

Cucumber – Silver Slicer

Summer Squash – Straightneck

Watermelon – Georgia Rattlesnake

Zucchini – Fordhook

Cantaloupe – Hales Best

Squash – Dark Green Zucchini

Watermelon – Charleston Gray

Watermelon – Petite Yellow

Pumpkin – Big Max

Squash – Cocozelle

Squash – Waltham Butternut Winter

Squash – Yellow Crookneck Summer

Cucumber – White Spine

Squash – Strawberry-Crown

Pumpkin – Early Sweet Sugar Pie

Watermelon – Crimson Sweet

Squash – Black Futsu

Zucchini – Summer Mix

Cucumber – Muncher

Pumpkin – Mini Harvest Blend

Squash – Delicata Winter

Cantaloupe – Minnesota Midget

Watermelon – Allsweet

Watermelon – Garden Leader Monster

Pumpkin – Fall Rainbow Blend

Zucchini – Grey

Pumpkin – New England Pie

Cucumber – Straight Eight

Summer Squash – Burpee’s Golden Zucchini Heirloom

Squash – Buttercup

Cucumber – Armenian Pale Green

Cucumber – Picklebush

Zucchini Squash – Round

Cucumber – Beit Alpha

Pumpkin – Peanut

Pumpkin – Big Moon

Corn, Grain

Common – Buckwheat

Cat Grass

Corn Salad – Vit, organic

Chive, Garlic, Leek, Onion


Onion – Red Burgundy

Asparagus – Mary Washington

Onion – Parade Bunching

Garlic – Chives

Onion – Evergreen Bunching

Onion – Red Creole

Leek – American Flag


Onion – White Lisbon Bunching

Onion – Yellow Sweet Spanish

Okra – Emerald

Okra – Baby Bubba Hybrid

Hollyhock – Summer Carnival Mix

Okra – Louisiana Green Velvet

Hollyhock – Indian Spring Mix

Okra – Clemson Spineless

Okra – Burgundy

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




Wild – Bergamot (Bee Balm)

Basil – Spicy Globe Bush Heirloom

Thyme – Common

Basil – Spicy Saber

Basil – Lemon, Organic

Herb – Lemon Balm



Sage, Broad-Leaved

Basil – Sweet


Lavender – Lady

Basil – Genovese

Sage – Purple

Rue – Early Meadow

Marjoram – Sweet

Summer Savory


Lavender – Fragrant

Lavender – True

Basil – Bouquet

Basil – Rosie, Organic

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

Cabbage – Red Express

Broccoli Raab – Spring

Georgia Collards

Arugula – Astro


Radish – Black Spanish

Bok Choy – Toy Choy

Broccoli – Green Sprouting Calabrese

Collards – Vates

Arugula – Wild

Nasturtium – Gleam

Radish – Champion

Kale – All Stars Mix

Cabbage – Copenhagen Market

Turnip – Purple Top

Brussels Sprouts – Long Island Improved

Kale – Scarlet

Kale – Vates

Broccoli – De Cicco

Radish – French Breakfast

Radish – Gourmet Blend

Mustard – Red Giant

Radish – White Icicle

Dames Rocket – Violet

Kale – Red Russian Organic

Arugula – Wasabi Microgreens

Cress – Belle Isle

Nasturtium – Empress of India

Radish – Crimson Giant

Greens – Salad Savor

Kohlrabi – White Vienna

Kale – Improved Dwarf Siberian

Cabbage – Michihili

Kohlrabi – Lech

Mustard – India Florida BroadLeaf

Greens – Yukina Savoy Asian

Radish – Watermelon

Kale- Lacinato Heirloom

Brussel Sprouts – Catskill

Cauliflower – Snowball X

Radish – Chinese White Winter

Arugula – Roquette

Nasturtium – Jewel Mixed Color

Mustard – Ruby Streaks

Kale – White Russian, Organic

Cabbage – Golden Acre

Mustard – Greenwave

Kale – Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch

Collards – Champion, Organic

Eggplant, Pepper, Tomato

Tomato-Burgess Climbing Trip L Crop

Tomato – Yellow Pear

Tomato – Gold Nugget Mini

Pepper – Hot, Mixed Variety

Pepper – Lively Italian Orange

Pepper – California Wonder

Pepper – Jalapeno Gigantia

Pepper – Sweet Cherry, Hot

Pepper – Early Jalapeno, Hot Organic

Tomato – Large Red Cherry

Pepper – Jupiter, Sweet

Tomatillo – Green

Pepper – Fish

Pepper – New Mexico Joe E Parker; Hot

Pepper – Lunchbox

Tomato – New Yorker

Nicotiana – Lavender Cloud

Tomato – White Cherry

Pepper – Tabasco

Tomato – Hybrid Early Salad

Tomato – Roma

Tomato – Abe Lincoln

Tomato – Small Fruited Red Pear

Pepper – Golden California Wonder

Pepper – Poblano

Pepper – Early Jalapeno Hot

Pepper – Anaheim Chili, Hot

Tomato – Beefsteak, Organic

Pepper – Long Thin Cayenne, Hot

Pepper – Chocolate Beauty

Eggplant – Black Moon Hybrid

Tomato – Rutgers

Tomato – San Marzano

Pepper – Matchbox

Tomato – Summer Sunrise

Eggplant – Early Long Purple

Pepper – Purple Beauty

Eggplant – Black Beauty

Tomato – Cherokee Purple

Eggplant – Belleza Negra

Pepper – Grand Bell, Mixed Colors

Tomato – Green Zebra

Pepper – Big Red

Pepper – Dragon Cayenne

Tomato – Matt’s Wild Cherry

Pepper – Craig’s Grande Jalapeno

Pepper – Sweet, Mixed Color Variety

Pepper – Jalapeno, Mild

Pepper – Banana, Sweet

Tomatillo – Purple

Tomato – Crimson Sprinter; Organic

Tomato – Brandywine

Tomato – Honey Drop, Cherry

Tomato – Upstate Oxheart

Pepper – Guajillo

Pepper – Habanero Orange

Datura aka Moonflower

Bellflower – Tall

Cockscomb (Celosia) – Dark Red

Amaranth – Red Garnet

Celosia – Celway White

Amaranthus – Coral Fountain

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

Fennel – Sweet


Carrot – Red Cored Chantenay

Carrot – Yellowstone

Carrot – Scarlet Nantes

Carrots – Rainbow Mix

Carrot – Dolciva

Dill – Dukat

Celery – Chinese

Lovage – Common



Carrot – Tendersweet

Celery – Tango

Dill – Mammoth

Parsley – Giant Italian Flat Leaf

Cilantro – Santo, organic

Parsley – Extra Triple Curled

Celery – Utah

Queen Anne’s Lace

Parsley – Paramont

Carrot – Long Imperator #58

Carrot – Mezza Lunga Nantese

Carrot – Parisian

Dill – Bouquet, Organic

Carrot – Cosmic Purple, Organic

Carrot – Kuroda

Chervil – Plain Leaf

Bean, Pea, Trefoil

Bean – Pinto

Bean – Quincy Pinto

Bean – Henderson’s Baby Lima

Cowpea – Pinkeye Purple Hull

Bean – Kentucky Blue

Edamame – Midori Giant

Pea, Laxton’s Progress #9 Shell

Pea – Oregon Sugar Pod II

Bean – Blue Lake 274

Bean – Kentucky Wonder, Pole

Bean – Fordhook Lima

Bean – Gold Rush Bush

Bean – Black Turtle (bush type)

Pea – Early Perfection

Bean – Royal Burgundy Bush

Lima Bean – Dr. Martin

Bean – Rattlesnake, Organic pole type

Pea – Melting Sugar (Snow Peas)

Bean – Contender, Bush

Bean – Asparagus aka Yardlong

Pea – Cascadia Snap

Bean – Tenderette Bush

Bean – Tendergreen Improved

Bean – Scarlet Runner

Tick Trefoil – Showy

Edamame- Panther

Bean – Burpee’s Stringless Green Pod

Bean – Top Crop, Bush

Flowers, Lettuce

Morning Glory – Heavenly Blue

Morning Glory – Pink, Purple, White

Sweet William



Coreopsis – Sunkiss

Lettuce – Red Planet Salad Blend

Black-eyed Susan

Lettuce – Prizehead

Sunflower – Evening Colors

Pimpernel – Yellow

Milkweed – Rose

Marigold – French

Lettuce – Salad Bowl Green

Cardinal Climber

Sunflower – Mammoth Russian

Coneflower – PowWow Wild Berry

Sunflower – Sunspot Dwarf

Zinnia – Giant Double, Violet Queen

Poppy – Pink

Lettuce – Two Star Organic

Lettuce – High Mowing DMR Blend

Sunflower – Silverleaf

Lettuce – Jericho

Verbena – Purple Moss

Cut Flower Mix – Annual Flowers

Perennial Mix

Poppy – Red Corn

Cosmos – Early Sensation

Verbena Bonariensis

Morning Glory – Purple

Forget-Me-Not – Chinese

Columbine – Nora Barlow (Pink)

Geranium – Hardy

Convolvulus – Blue Enchantment

Blackberry Lily

Lettuce – Parris Island Romaine



Milkweed – Common

Marigold – Orange

Artichoke – Green Globe

Blanket Flower

Milkweed – Poke


Sunflower – Orange Mahogany Bicolor

Zinnia – Luminosa Pink

Zinnia – Lilliput Mix

Lettuce – Pirat Butterhead

Zinnia – Giant Double Flower, Mixed Color

Cut Flower Mix – Endless Blooms

Lettuce – Buttercrunch

Lettuce – Italienischer

Zinnia – Giant Double Scarlet Flame

Mixed Flowers – Hummingbird and Butterfly Mix

Morning Glory – Party Dress

Cosmos – Bright Lights

Sunflower – Autumn Beauty

Morning Glory

Larkspur – Blue



Zinnias – Red

Lettuce – Tropicana Leaf

Lettuce – Black Seeded Simpson

Lettuce – Lollo Rossa

Sunflower – Early

Milkweed – Prairie

Marigold – Bright Yellow


Lettuce – Yankee Hardy Blend

Butterfly Flower Milkweed

Milkweed – Whorled

Marigold – Red

Sunflower – Lemon Queen


Zinnia – Yellow

Calendula Resina Organic

Lettuce – Baby Romaine

Flower Mix – For the Birds

Lettuce – Great Lakes

Lettuce – Green Salad Bowl

Sunflower – Citrus

Sunflower – Fun ‘N Sun Blend

Marigold – Petit Yellow

Cosmos – Cosmic Orange

Sunflower – Velvet Queen

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