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St. Albert Seed Library

The Seed Library is an ongoing community project. Our goal is to give everyone access to seeds to grow flowers and vegetables. Our seed collection started with donations Canadian seed companies, and it keeps growing through donations from St. Albert and area gardeners. 

While we are closed to the public, you can request seeds for curbside pickup from the Downtown Library. Please complete our Seed Library request form and see the FAQs below for more information.

Once your Seed Library Request Form has been received and fulfilled by staff, you will receive an email or call that your order is ready. Seed pickup is offered at the Downtown Library only, from Monday through Friday from 10 am - 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm. Pickup will be from the parking lot on the south side of St. Albert Place facing the Courthouse. When you arrive, call 780-394-2599 and stay in your vehicle or maintain physical distance while we place your order on the table.

Sign up for our monthly newsletter to find out about garden-related programs and more at the Library. And make sure to check out this staff-curated list of St. Albert Seed Library resources.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Plant the seeds. If you are borrowing seeds labeled as easy, do a little research and learn how to save seeds from that plant. At the end of the season harvest your seeds, keep some for yourself and return the rest to the library. If you borrow seeds not marked easy, please enjoy your plants but only return the seeds if you are an experienced seed saver and know how to save the seeds properly.
Please borrow responsibly; only borrow what you intend to plant and grow. You are now part of a community of gardeners and we ask that you respect the Seed Library is a shared community resource. It is recommended, the first year you use this resource, that you only borrow 3 varieties.
No, returning seeds is not a requirement, but bringing seeds keeps the library stocked and grows the seeds available to the community.

The seeds in the St. Albert Seed Library (with the exception of commercial donations) are heirloom varieties. We encourage seed donors to practice organic growing methods and to be honest when providing information on their seed donations.

Seed quality is important to the library. If you are borrowing seeds not marked easy please only return seeds if you are an experienced seed saver and know how to save the seeds properly.
Easy varieties include: tomatoes, peas, beans, greens, peppers.
We are not accepting seed donations at this time.