Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open!
A cherished place of respite and inspiration for more than 55 years, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, and we look forward to your visit. Fall/winter hours (Nov. 1–March 13) are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing. Face masks are required when interacting with others in the Gardens and for entering the Garden Center. For more information and guidelines for visiting safely, click here. We hope to see you soon at the Gardens!

Seed Exchange at the Gardens' Library


Join Our Free Seed Exchange

The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers a free 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 free 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.

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 free 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]

Please note: While Birmingham Botanical Gardens is closed due to COVID-19, the Library at the Gardens is happy to provide a starter packet of seed by mail upon request. Free for members of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Email Hope at [email protected] for more information. Not a member? Click here to join today!

Explore the seeds we have available!

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