Saturday, July 20, 2024

Williamsburg Regional Library Debuts New Seed Exchange

WRL’s Seed Exchange, located in the James City County Library. (WRL)

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL), with support from the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation, is starting a seed exchange at the James City County Library.  

The seed exchange will include a collection of seeds and plant cuttings available for public exchange. Allowing gardeners to share the fruits of their labor and giving new gardeners and learners a place to find free new plants to take home, according to the library.

During regular library hours, users can take home a variety of seeds including flowers, vegetables, herbs, and more. Each seed packet describes the plant and care instructions.

Part of the seed exchange is the propagation station, which offers a space to give and take plant cuttings. 

“Hands-on experiences are an exciting part of learning,” said Williamsburg Regional Library Director Betsy Fowler. “What better way to learn about plants than by getting your hands dirty planting seeds and growing a garden? As always, we appreciate the support of the Friends of WRL who make creative and innovative services like the seed exchange possible.” 

WRL will offer programs related to gardening throughout the year, gardening resources, as well as a connection to experts who can answer questions about plants, it said. 

“Our partnership with the James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardener Association will help users find resources and knowledge they need to nurture their newly planted gardens not only by being on hand to answer questions, but also by offering plant-related programs in the library on a regular basis,” said Fowler. 

WRL welcomes the public to donate any type of non-GMO seeds and plant cuttings along with growing instructions to either library location.

Local organizations and businesses supporting the seed exchange include the James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners and the Ulster American Homestead Garden Center.

To learn more about the seed exchange visit Williamsburg Regional Library.

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