The Betty B. Watkins Seed Library is a resource provided by the library and the Oconee History Museum for Oconee residents to obtain garden seeds for free. Providing a seed library to the community of Oconee County allows information sharing, culture sharing, food diversity, money saving, seed preservation and sustainability, plus the ability to just try something new.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Residents can select up to 10 free packs of seeds. Each pack contains enough seeds to grow 3 to 5 plants. There is a wide variety seeds available including lettuce, peppers, herbs, flowers, and much more. There are even container friendly seeds that can be grown indoors or on a porch.
- Let staff know how many packs of seeds you're taking.
- Take your seeds home to plant and enjoy!
- (Optional) As you enjoy your plants, save some seeds to return to the library to help the Seed Library continue to thrive.
- (Optional) Share your garden with us. Send pictures of your garden to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gardening or seed books available at the library:
- Grow Food at Home: Simple Methods for Small Spaces, by John Tullock
- How to Become a Gardener, by Ashlie Thomas
- Starter Vegetable Gardens, by Barbara Pleasant
- The New Gardener’s Handbook, by Daryl Beyers
- The First-time Gardener, by CaliKim
- Gardening for Everyone, by Julia Watkins
- Plant Parenting, by Leslie F. Halleck
- The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds, by Robert E. Gough
- Seedswap, by Josie Jeffery
- The Book of Seeds, edited by Paul Smith
- The New Heirloom Garden, by Ellen Ogden
Donations made in memory of Betty B. Watkins to the library are being used to fund the seed library. Mrs. Watkins was an avid gardener and a founding member of the Lazy Daisy Garden Club.
Seed Libraries are available at both the Westminster Branch, located at 112 W. North Avenue in Westminster, and at the Oconee History Museum located at 123 Browns Square Dr. in Walhalla. Other library branches host pop-up seed libraries at various times throughout the growing season.
For more information, contact the Westminster Library at (864) 364-5760 or the Oconee History Museum at (864) 638-2224.