Amarillo Public Library Partners with Master Gardeners to Donate Seeds

The Amarillo Public Library, in partnership with the Randall County Master Gardeners, will now offer a seed library to patrons.

The Seed Library will officially open Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Downtown Library, located at 413 SE 4th Ave., with an open house featuring gardening, crafts, stories, and the possibility of obtaining advice from master gardeners. The event is free and open to the public.

“We wanted to offer this simply as an opportunity for people to try something new. They will have the opportunity to not only grow flowers, but also their own food. Taking up a hobby like gardening is a healthy and fulfilling thing to do,” said Stacy Clopton, public relations coordinator for the Amarillo Public Library.

Each month, the Seed Library will give away two flowers, two vegetables and one herb. The top five seeds available for May include zinnias, cosmos, cucumbers, black-eyed peas, and dill. Each seed packet contains planting information and care instructions. Individuals can “verify” up to five seed packets at a time with their library card. New seed options will be provided each month, determined by the master gardeners and what would grow best during that month’s climate.

Although the seeds are “extracted”, they are intended to be kept by the individual and do not need to be returned to the library. If someone wants to check out the seeds but doesn’t have a library card, free seed packets are still available, courtesy of Randall County Master Gardeners.

An individual can also call and request any variety of Seed of the Month options for pickup, as long as they are within the five-pack limit.

During the open house, participants will have the opportunity to participate in several activities, including making their own seed bombs and creating gardeners.

According to Clopton, the Amarillo Public Library had wanted to offer this for some time, but they wanted to ensure the quality and viability of the seeds. They found this opportunity with the Randall County Master Gardeners.

Under the partnership, the Amarillo Public Library is able to store packets and provide individuals with access to seeds, while Master Gardeners provide the seeds and determine which seeds will be donated.

Diane Sissom, president of the Randall County Master Gardeners, said in a press release, “We want to help people understand that anyone can be a gardener. So we provide the seeds and the information to help people start. Partnering with the Amarillo Public Library means people can collect seeds at their convenience. With this, we hope to inspire many new gardeners.”

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