Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Fall/winter hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November 7–March 12). Please note that the City of Birmingham requires face coverings inside City-owned buildings and venues, including the Garden Center and other indoor facilities at the Gardens, effective July 29, 2021. For more information and guidelines for visiting, please click here. We look forward to your visit!

Seed Exchange at the Gardens' Library


Join Our Seed Exchange!

The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers a Seed Exchange, and we would love for you to participate! We took our old card catalog and filled it with open pollinated vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seeds.

Our Seed Exchange program was set up to share the benefits and importance of seed saving, which encourages natural biodiversity. Through the time-honored tradition of seed saving we celebrate biodiversity, nurture locally adapted plant varieties, and foster community resilience, self-reliance, and a culture of sharing.

New in 2021:

The Seed Exchange is now requiring a $10 cash deposit when you get seeds. Your deposit will be given back to you when you return seed at the end of the season. If you want to receive seed in the mail there will be a $1-$5 shipping fee depending on how many different seeds you request.

If you are unable to save your own seed, please consider donating a packet or two of fresh, commercially grown, open-pollinated (non-hybrid, non-GMO) seed to keep our library stocked. Returned seed will allow us to keep the library well stocked.

If you already have seed you would like to share with us, we will gladly accept any open pollinated seed (No GMO or hybrid seed, please).

How To Join:

All you need to do to become a member of our Seed Exchange program is to fill out our simple form and you'll be ready to go. Click here to download the form; you can return it by email to the Friends' Library Director, Hope Long, at [email protected]


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