The Lenhardt Library

The Lenhardt Library

One of the great treasures of the Chicago Botanic Garden

Member Advantage

Garden members can borrow books online. All you need is your unique membership number for full access to our e-book system.

Seed Library

Open January 21 – March 24, 2024 
Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Preview January 20 at Super Seed Saturday

Our Seed Library in the Lenhardt Library is a place where you may “borrow” seeds to plant, to grow, and to enjoy!

At harvest time, save seeds for yourself, and return some to the Seed Library for others to “borrow” next season. Instructions on seed growing, harvesting, and saving are distributed with each hand-packed seed envelope. Before you get growing, check out the latest seed growing tips from the experts.

By participating in the Seed Library, you become part of the growing community of seed savers and a keeper of shared knowledge for the next generation of gardeners.

Learn about seeds in the Library. Many books are available for reading and borrowing.

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