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Seed Swap

Schedule and location

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

Free for Arboretum members!
Free with Admission for nonmembers

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

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. We will provide supplies such as envelopes, labels, and pens.

Experts will be on hand to help you with your gardening questions. Enjoy how-to gardening demonstrations throughout the swap. 

How the Swap Works
Here are some helpful guidelines:

  • Edible, native 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.

Join us for a full morning of spectacular programming! 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Seed Starting for the Edible Garden

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Seed Swap