Some people have a wealth of plant seeds left over at the end of the gardening season. Some folks can never find seed particular garden plant they want at the beginning of the season. It's a match made in heaven. Whether you have seeds to trade or a seed wishlist that's gone unfulfilled, Seed Exchanges are worth a look.
Free Membership Swaps
Many online sites offer members the opportunity to post what they have or what they're looking for on the forum pages. The following sites offer seed swaps to participants. You will probably have to register, but there is no fee.
- Backyard Gardener Seed Exchange
- GardenWeb's Seed Exchange
Paid Membership Swaps
Some organizations offer seed exchanges to their paid membership. If it's a type of plant you particularly like, these can be great deals, saving you money in the long run for seeds you would buy anyway. Here are a couple worth checking out.
Seed Saving Organizations
Finally, some organizations are completely devoted to saving and exchanging seed. Not only do they have incredible variety, but they usually offer a great deal of additional knowledge.
- Seeds of Diversity (Canada): They have an annual Seed Exchange where members are able to obtain samples of over 1,500 varieties of seeds and plants offered by other members in exchange for return postage. They also offer Seedy Saturdays where members host demonstrations and different kinds of events depending on the venue, but they always offer seeds for sale to the public.
- Seed Savers Exchange (Decorah, Iowa): This is the Granddaddy of seed saving organizations in the US. Their seed swapping catalog has grown to include literally thousands of vegetable and fruit listings. And they have a sister organization, The Flower and Herb Exchange.
- Seed Savers' Network (Australia): Similar to the U.S.-based Seed Saver Exchange, above.
If there's a horticultural society, arboretum or public garden you particularly love, be sure to check into how you can get on their seed exchange list.