Libraries  |  1 Sep 2020

People can sow the seeds of sustainability at The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap this month.

Anyone with spare seeds can bring their sought-after leftovers into their local library to share with their community.

Christchurch City Council Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson says that vegetable, herb, flower, native and heritage seeds are all welcome, along with potted seedlings.

“Our annual swap event has proved to be very popular as more people seek solace in their own backyards – either to grow their own food or create a special space,” Ms Robertson says.

“By saving and then sharing seeds at The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap, communities can connect and support sustainable living.

“Seed diversity nurtures a better backyard and supports a range of low-cost accessible food.

“Our seed swap also offers the chance to try out a new variety of plant, flower or vegetable in your garden. We can all share in the bounty from seeds you may not need.”

A garden expert will also be on hand to answer any questions at Tūranga from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, 12 September during the central city swap session.

The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap gets under way at Spreydon Library on Tuesday, 1 September. It then spreads to all city libraries on different days throughout the month, winding up at the Little River Library on Saturday, 3 October.

People can leave leftover seeds or potted seedlings at their local library just before or during seed swap sessions.

Check the Christchurch City Libraries events page for details and date updates.