Seed Exchange 

Seed Exchange WorkersThe 25th annual HPS/MAG Seed Exchange has come to an end. Thank you to all of our generous donors, team members, and volunteers who enabled us to package and deliver seed orders to 121 requesting members. All orders were mailed by 2/28/2019. Contact [email protected] if you did not receive your seeds.  

What is the HPS/MAG Seed Exchange?

Since the fall and winter of 1993-94, the Seed Exchange has been one of the activities that makes HPS/MAG stand out from all of the other plant societies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year, as the fruiting season for a plant comes to an end, dedicated Society members collect the seeds and forward them, along with a description of the plant, to the Seed Exchange Team. 

This information is then used to create the Seed Exchange Catalog. This year's annual edition (2018-2019) of the Catalog included 974 seed donations generously contributed by 58 gardeners, from beginners to professionals. And also this year we had over 98 new seed varieties never before offered in our catalog! Click here to view a copy of the 2018-2019 catalog. 

In early January, Society members are invited to order seeds for a small fee. Later in January and February, dozens of volunteers meet at The Henry Foundation for Botanical Research in Gladwyne, PA to sort and divide seed into packets to satisfy the orders. Thousands of work hours and volumes of gardening knowledge go into providing this valuable exchange of seeds. Any member can submit seeds or volunteer to clean and sort seeds. Want to join the fun? To volunteer for any Seed Exchange Workshop, contact Polly Garnett at [email protected]

To learn more about the Exchange, read "A Seed of an Idea and How it Grew" and "The Power of Seed" from past HPS Newsletters. Also visit the Avant Gardens Blog, GardenForeplay, for their 2014 posting titled "Collecting Seed for Seed Exchanges." 

Please check back at the end of the summer for information on next year’s exchange. In the meantime, please keep an eye on your favorite plants for possible seeds to share with our exchange.

  Seed Exchange Volunteers