Seed Exchange

2016-2017 Seed Exchange Catalog

Click here to peruse the 2016-2017 Seed Exchange Catalog. Orders closed January 27, 2017.

Orders will be filled in February on a first received basis with requests from donors and volunteers honored first. 

The Seed Exchange is a HPS/MAG member benefit. To learn more about the Exchange, read A Seed of an Idea and How it Grew from a past HPS Newsletter. Also visit the Avant Gardens Blog, GardenForeplay, for a 2014 posting titled Collecting Seed for Seed Exchanges

Schedule for the 2016-2017 Seed Exchange

January 9
Mail or deliver seed donations.  

January 13
Seed Propagation workshop. 

January 17
Seed Exchange Order Form Deadline. Last date to order seeds without a late payment surcharge.

January 27
Last day to order. A surcharge of $5.00 will be incurred and orders will be filled as the supply of seeds permits. No orders will be filled past this date.

January 31
Seed Exchange Workshops begin

February 1
Seed starting workshop (registration required)

February 2
Seed cleaning workshop 

Seed Propagation and Seed Cleaning Workshops

This year the Hardy Plant Society offered three exciting workshops - two on seed propagation and one on seed cleaning. Admission is free for anyone who becomes a member of HPS/MAG at the class. 

  1. Seed Propagation Workshop with Alice Doering - Open to HPS members and the public. Friday, January 13, 9:30-11:30am, Jenkins Arboreum & Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Rd, Devon, PA. For intermediate and advanced seed starters.  Fee: $5 members, $10 nonmembers, payable at the door. 
  2. Seed Propagation Workshop with Loretta DeMarco - Open to HPS members  and the public. Wednesday,February 1, 10:30am-12:30pm, The Henry Foundation for Botanical Research, 801 Stony Lane, Gladwyne, PA. Seed Starting 101, a workshop for beginners and those who have started seed in the past but feel they could use more information. Fee: $5 members, $10 nonmembers, payable at the door. 
  3. Seed Cleaning Workshop - No preregistration required. Thursday, February 2, 10:00am, The Henry Foundation for Botanical Research, 801 Stony Lane, Gladwyne, PA. Learn seed cleaning tips for your own seeds, and for the Seed Exchange seed cleaning and packaging sessions. This is a free, members-only class. 

Seed Exchange Workshops

Join us for cleaning and packaging workshops at the Henry Foundation for Botanical Research, 801 Stony Lane in Gladwyne, PA, held from 10:00am to 2:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting January 31, and continuing into February. To schedule your workshop, please contact our friendly volunteer coordinator, Polly Garnett, at or 610-695-9135.

In addition to learning at least one new thing about seeds and propagation, you can renew old friendships, hear the latest news, describe the progress in your own garden, and review the great gardens that you had the opportunity to visit in the past year. Bring a lunch for yourself and maybe a snack to share. Coffee, tea and water are provided. 

HPS/MAG Seed Exchange Snow Cancellation Notification

Since the Seed Exchange workshops typically coincide with some of the worst winter weather of the year, we will notify volunteers of the day's plans with an announcement on the home page of the HPS/MAG web site,, available by 8:00am each workshop day on which weather is a factor. For those without access to a computer, call Sandy Vernick at 610-688-1086 for up-to-date information.

Seed Exchange Volunteers at the Henry Foundation. Photo by Sharee Solow