Take some seeds, leave some seeds.
What is the Little Seed Library?
Based on the idea of the Little Free Libraries, you can take seeds, or drop off seeds. Most seeds included in the library are Minnesota native wildflowers. Take only what you need, keeping in mind that many native flowers like to spread and move around. Be sure to look up what kind of conditions they need before you plant.
If your flowers are producing seed, or if you have leftover seeds from planting, put them in an envelope and drop them off in the library for others to use. Include the name of the seeds and city where they were harvested when you drop them off.
Where is the Little Seed Library Located?
This library is located at Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point: 12800 Gerard Drive in Eden Prairie.
It is near the front door of our building.
What seeds are currently available?
Growing information is linked for some, but not all seeds. (Links do not constitute an endorsement, nor are they an indication of where the seed comes from. Many seeds were donated from local gardens.)
The outdoor Little Seed Library currently has (as of 1/9/2024):
Make sure any seeds you donate are clearly labeled. Thank you to all those who have donated seeds!
When to plant your seeds
Many Minnesota native flower seeds need a period of cold in order to sprout. This is called cold stratification. The freeze/thaw cycle of a Minnesota winter help break open the seed and allow it to grow. You can mimic this process in two ways. Spread the seeds in the late fall, right before it snows, and they should sprout in the spring. You can also put seeds on a damp paper towel in a bag in the refrigerator for a month or two, then plant afterwards.
When will they flower?
Most Minnesota native flowers will take two to three years before they bloom. This is because they are spending all their energy growing strong, deep roots. Some Minnesota flowers have roots that go down 5 feet or more into the ground! Be patient, and your flowers will delight pollinators and neighbors for years to come. Some seeds donated to the Library are annuals which will flower the same year they are planted. Others are cultivars, which could be annual or perennial.
The Little Seed Library at Discovery Point was crafted by two of our Minnesota Water Steward volunteers, Bob C and Bob P. This free seed exchange was inspired by Do It Green! Minnesota, who also runs a Little Seed Library out of the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.