The Seed Exchange offers access to local librarians who will support, coach, and cheer you on as you grow your own home, school, church, or community garden. The best part about our Seed Exchange: it’s free! All you need is a library card.
Get Seed Packets
Visit a library location listed below to browse seeds and check them out.
Main | Bellevue | Bordeaux | Donelson | East | Edgehill | Edmondson Pike | Goodlettsville | Green Hills | Hadley Park | Hermitage | Inglewood | Madison | North | Old Hickory | Richland Park | Southeast | Thompson Lane
How it Works
Use your library card to borrow vegetable, herb, and flower seeds at Main Library and select branches. Find a Seed Exchange location near you.
Borrowing seeds is free. All you need is a Nashville Public Library card.
NPL’s Seed Exchange offers access to local librarians who will support, coach and cheer you on as you grow your own home, school, church or community garden. We’re also working with local farmers, gardeners and community agencies to offer free gardening workshops throughout the year.
Once the season is over, harvest seeds from your garden and return them to the library. We ask that you follow certain protocol when harvesting seeds to share with the Seed Exchange. We want people who take seed to get what was on the label and we want to protect from passing on disease.
Additionally, we are always looking for open-pollinated, heirloom seeds from anyone in the community who is willing to share, a little or a lot.
Our Seed Protocol includes guidelines for properly saving and preparing seeds to share.