2022/2023 HPS/MAG Seed Exchange 

The 2022/2023 Seed Exchange catalog is ready and can be viewed here.

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.  The information is then used to create the Seed Exchange Catalog.  This year’s annual edition (see link above) of the Catalog includes 923 seed donations generously contributed by 56 gardeners, from beginners to professionals and includes approximately 79 new seed varieties never before offered in our catalog.

Seed Exchange Catalog

To order online, visit the https://hardyplantseedshop.org and instructions are available there.  There are a few things to be aware of when ordering online.  The user ID and password are the same as your HPS login.  When many users are in the online order website, it will run slower  - be patient.  All members can order 25 packages of seeds.  If you have donated seed to this years Seed Exchange or plan to volunteer at a workshop later in January or early February, then you can order 10 Bonus packets. Only 1 dual membership member will be able to order online since the system can only process 1 member order.  The other dual member will need to use the paper order form in the back of the Seed Exchange catalog and mail in the form and fee. 

The online ordering system can take credit cards or you can choose to pay by check (checks are to be addressed to: 

Mary Ann Thomas, 8600 Elliston Drive, Wyndmoor, PA 19038) and the fee this year is $25. The online seed ordering system closes on January 19th. 

To order by mail, print out the inside back cover of the catalog or use the form from your mailed catalog.  Fill out the form alphabetically, since it will be easier for the volunteers to follow.  Fill out the Seed code, the name of the seed and the donor number you wish to receive. 

Mail-in orders are due by January 17th.

Please note that if ordering from outside the U.S., you will be charged postage and need to provide your own phytosanitary certificate.  Please contact [email protected] to figure out the logistics.

Again, some seed is in short supply.  Order early to receive the seeds you would like.  Adding alternatives to either the online ordering system or mail-in form are still an option.

Seed Propagation Workshop

This year, we will be having a Seed Propagation Workshop at Jenkins Arboretum on January 21, 2023 from 1-3PM.  Click here to go to the calendar event and registration form.  A maximum of 20 members and non-members slots are available.  Cost is $10/member and $15/non-members payable on the day of the event. Registration is open.

Volunteering at the Seed Exchange Workshops

Later in January and February, dozens of volunteers meet at Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA to sort and divide seed into packets to satisfy the orders.  Thousands of work hours and volumes of gardening knowledge go into providing the valuable exchange of seeds.  The workshops at Tyler Arboretum’s Terrace Room (lower level of the Barn) will begin on Wednesday, January 25th and continue until we finish cleaning the seeds, packaging the seeds, and filling orders.  Normally this takes about 10 days.  Workshops will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10AM to 3PM.  Come join us for the full day or part of the day – we always have fun!  Bring your lunch, as we have a microwave to reheat items.

Sign up to volunteer at one of the following workshops, as spaces can fill up quickly and we limit the number of people to 10 a day.  Face masks are optional.  Please contact Polly Garnett at [email protected] or [email protected]. When picking a day and time, please also send her your cell phone number in case of emergencies on the day of the event.  On the Sunday before your volunteer week, Polly will send weekly volunteer assignments with additional instructions.

2023 Dates for Seed Exchange Order Fulfillment Workshops:  Location - Terrace Room, Tyler Arboretum

These workshops are posted on our calendar. 

  • January 25 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • January 26 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • January 31 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • February 1 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • February 2 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • February 7 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • February 8 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • February 9 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • February 14 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • February 15 - Click here to go to the calendar event
  • February 16 - Click here to go to the calendar event

We hope you can join us!  We are in the basement of a barn at Tyler Arboretum and it does get cold (50’s) in the room, as the heater is very old and cannot heat all parts of the building well.  We always tell volunteers to dress warmly.  But the view is lovely!

Any member or non-member can submit seeds or volunteer to clean and sort seeds.  To order seeds, one must be a member of HPS/MAG.  Click here for the membership form.

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. 

If you have questions or want to know how you can participate, please contact Susan Doblmaier, [email protected] or 215-542-7865.

2022-23 Seed Exchange Calendar 

December 28th. Online Seed Exchange Catalog and Shop Opens.

January 6, 20223.  Mail donations:  Seed may be submitted by mail by January 7 to Carole Maher, 774 Church Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

January 17th. Mail-In Orders due for Seed Exchange Ordering.

January 19th. On-Line Seed Exchange Shop Closes.

January 21st. Seed Propagation Workshop at Jenkins Arboretum from 1-3PM. Click here to go to the calendar event and registration form.  maximum of 20 members and non-members slots are available.  Cost is $10/member and $15/non-members payable on the day of the event. Registration is open.

2023 Dates for Seed Exchange Order Fulfillment Workshops:  Location - Terrace Room, Tyler Arboretum

January 25, 26, 31
February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

 

These workshops are posted on our calendar.