Lane Seed Library

The Lane Seed Library was introduced 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.  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

Step 1: Print off a Seed Borrowing Form or pick one up at the Hamilton Lane Library.

Step 2: Complete the form, choosing no more than 5 seed packets in one visit or 15 seed packets per growing season. Seeds are organized by plant families.

Step 3: Return the completed form to a staff member at the Hamilton Lane Library to get seeds and start growing.

Grow Some, Give Some

Step 1: Grow your seeds!

Step 2: Save seeds from the plants in your garden. Need help?  See resources below on seed saving.

Step 3:  Fill out a Seed Donation Form and return seeds to the library. Seeds must be dry, packaged in a zip lock bag or paper envelope, and labeled with plant variety and year harvested.

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

Full or partial seed packets can also be donated, please note on the donation form if seeds are purchased.

In response to COVID-19, the Lane Seed Library must remain locked. Staff members are available to assist anyone with borrowing seeds.

Growing Guides

Beet, Chard, Spinach

Chard – Orange

Beet – Ruby Queen

Spinach – Corvair

Beet – Detroit Dark Red

Cucumber, Melon, Pumpkin, Squash, Watermelon, Zucchini


Zucchini – Costata Romanesco

Squash – Yellow Crookneck Summer

Bennings Green Tint Summer Squash

Cantaloupe – Vine Peach

Gourd – Birdhouse

Zucchini Squash – Ronde de Nice

Squash – Waltham Butternut Winter

Pumpkin – Jack Be Little

Cantaloupe – Honey Rock

Cucumber – Green Finger

Squash – Success PM Straightneck

Squash – Delicata Winter

Pumpkin – Baby Pam Pie

Cantaloupe – Hales Best

Cucumber – Silver Slicer

Corn, Grain

Common – Buckwheat

Chive, Garlic, Leek, Onion


Giant American Flag Leek

Garlic – Chives


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





Sage – Broad Leaved


Lemon Balm


German Winter Thyme

Wild – Bergamot (Bee Balm)

Marjoram – Sweet

Basil – Sweet

Summer Savory

Lavender – Fragrant

Broccoli Raab, Cabbage, Kale, Kohlrabi, Radish

Cabbage – Red Express

Mizuna Asian Greens

Broccoli Raab – Spring

Radish – Valentines Day Blend

Georgia Collards

Cabbage – Golden Acre

Kale – Vates

Broccoli – De Cicco

Radish – French Breakfast

Kohlrabi – Lech

Kale – Curly Roja

Broccoli – Belstar

Radish – Cherry Belle

Eggplant, Pepper, Tomato

Tomato – Moskvich

Tomato-Burgess Climbing Trip L Crop

Tomato – Yellow Pear

Pepper – King of the North Sweet

Tomato – Hybrid Early Salad

Tomato – Roma

Tomato – Gold Nugget Mini

Pepper – Early Jalapeno Hot

Tomato – Cherokee Purple

Tomato – Small Red Pear

Eggplant – Belleza Negra

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

Fennel – Sweet


Carrot – Yaya

Carrot – Yellowstone



Carrot – Red Cored Chantenay

Carrot – Negovia

Queen Anne’s Lace

Parsley – Paramont

Carrot – Scarlet Nantes

Bean, Pea, Trefoil

Bean – Pinto

Bean – Quincy Pinto

Pea – Laxton’s Progress #9 Shell

Trefoil – Showy Tick

Bean – Blue Lake Pole

Bean – Fordhook Lima

Pea – Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow

Bean – Royal Burgundy Bush

Pea – Green Arrow Shell

Pea – Cascadia Snap

Flowers, Mesclun, Lettuce

Morning Glory – Heavenly Blue

Morning Glory – Pink, Purple, White

Sweet William




Mesclun – High Mowing Blend

Lettuce – Red Planet Salad Blend

Morning Glory – Purple

Sweet Pea – Painted Lady

Forget-Me-Not – Chinese

Columbine – Nora Barlow (Pink)

Geranium – Hardy

Convolvulus – Blue Enchantment


Lettuce – Green Towers Romaine

Lettuce – Red Oakleaf

Morning Glory

Johnny Jump Up

Larkspur – Blue



Zinnias – Red

Artichoke – Green Globe

Lettuce – Tropicana Leaf

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