A new initiative is underway at the Oak Ridge Public Library to encourage seasoned gardeners, beginning gardeners and everyone in between to share and exchange garden seeds.
Gardeners can now check out a packet of garden seeds at the library in much the same way they would check out a book. Seeds are due at the end of the gardening season, when anyone who borrowed seeds from the library is encouraged to bring seeds back that have grown in their garden. Library staff believe the seed library will become a major asset for Oak Ridge.
“Libraries are centers for sharing resources,” Manager of Library Operations Julie Forkner explained. “From lending books to garden seeds, the library encourages people to make the most of the community resources we have by pooling those resources and ensuring that everyone can access them. Garden seeds, just like books, movies and music, are valuable resources. Their benefits multiply the more people use them and the more people share them.”
Everyone is welcome to borrow and return seeds to the seed library this gardening season. Participants will also be able to meet other gardeners during the process and share knowledge of plants and gardening at the library.
For more information on this and other programs offered by the Oak Ridge Public Library, contact the main desk at (865) 425-3455.