Seed Swap


an array of seeds on a countertop
Browse a selection of seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring your leftover seed packets or self-saved seeds to share. If you don’t have seeds to offer, come anyway! All are welcome to attend.  Experts will be on hand to help you with your gardening questions. Enjoy free mini-lessons from Arboretum instructors throughout the event. Go home with a coupon for a discounted spring gardening class. We will provide supplies such as envelopes, labels, and pens. 

Sign up for the Seed Saving Workshop from 10:00 a.m. to noon and get early access to the swap!

We invite you to contribute what you can! Here are some helpful guidelines:

  • Edible and ornamental seeds welcome!
  • Bring open seed packets from the garden store.
  • Bring seeds you have saved in a clearly labeled baggie or envelope.
  • Do not bring seeds collected from hybrid plants, as they won't grow true to type.
  • Bring seed that is viable--in other words, not too old! Most seeds will remain viable for 2-4 years if kept in a cool, dry place, out of the light. Some seeds (onions, leeks, parsnips, celery, spinach) are only good for a year unless stored especially well.
  • Make sure your seeds are clearly labeled with crop type, variety name, and the date they were packaged/harvested.

Notes: Held indoors. Limit 150

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Saturday, January 21, 2017, noon to 3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center


Nonmembers: Free with Arboretum admission.

$0.00 members
$0.00 nonmembers

CALL: 630-719-2468
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.