The 2021-2022 Seed Exchange is now open!  Our 28th year!

The 2021-2022 catalog will be available at the end of December.  The 2020-2021 catalog is available for viewing 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.  Last year’s annual edition (see link above) of the Catalog included 916 seed donations generously contributed by 51 gardeners, from beginners to professionals and included approximately 90 new seed varieties never before offered in our catalog.

Seed Donations

The Seed Exchange relies on members (like you) to collect seeds from favorite or unusual plants to provide to other members.  If you have donated to the Seed Exchange in the past five years, we will e-mail or mail a list of the seed you have donated in the past to you in early September.  Rather than complete new forms, you can simply check off any seeds that you wish to submit again this year.  If you do make changes to the description on the list of historical donations, please make them in a different color or highlight the changes so we do not miss your corrections.  If you do not receive a history of your past donations please contact [email protected].

For any new varieties being offered by past donors or any donations from those who have not donated seeds in the past, just e-mail a spreadsheet or Word document with your seed list and descriptions to [email protected] or mail them to the address below.  We are eliminating the online new seed form this year.

Click here to print the Seed Donation Form.  Click here for instructions for filling out the donor form, seed collecting guidelines and other important seed donation tips. You may print and make copies of the Seed Donation form and mail it to us at the address below.

The SEED DONATION FORM (but not the seeds) is due October 31, 2021.   Mail Seed donation forms to:

Susan Doblmaier

225 Drake Lane

North Wales, PA 19454

We must receive the Donor Form as early as possible to be able to publish the Seed Catalog and deliver it to you by the end of December.  If you have any problems, questions or concerns please contact Susan Doblmaier at [email protected] or 215-542-7865.  Please don’t worry about the possibility of crop failure.  If that occurs, or if you discover some unexpected seeds, just let Susan know.

Seed Exchange Catalog

The Seed Exchange Catalog will be available online in late December.  An eBlast and a posting on HPS/MAG’s Facebook page will alert all members to accessing the online catalog.  Some members receive their catalog mailed to them.  The mailed catalogs will be posted a few days prior to the online availability.  If you would like a mailed Seed Exchange catalog, contact Susan Doblmaier.

In late December through the first half of January, Society members can order seeds for a small fee.  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.

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. Also visit the Avant Gardens Blog, GardenForeplay, for their 2014 posting titled "Collecting Seed for Seed Exchanges."  

Working with the Seed Exchange is a fun way to meet fellow plant lovers in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. 

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

2021 Seed Exchange Calendar 

July 31. Seed Exchange officially opens.

September 15. Seed Donor Forms will be mailed or e-mailed by this date:  Contact Susan at the above address or phone number if you did not receive your Donor Form.

October 31. Seed Donor Forms are due. 

Around December 20th. Seed Exchange Catalogs mailed.

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

January 7, 2022.  Mail donations:  Seed may be submitted by mail by January 7 to Carole Maher, 774 Church Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

January 18th. Mail-In Orders due for Seed Exchange Ordering.

January 21st. On-Line Seed Exchange Shop Closes.

2022 Dates for Seed Exchange Order Fulfillment Workshops:  Location - Terrance Room, Tyler Arboretum
January 26, 27
February 1, 2, 3
February 8, 9 10
February 15, 16, 17
These workshops will be posted on our calendar with all the details.