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Gardening - Get Started at the Library

05/02/2022 | Art, Crafts & Hobbies, Health & Wellness

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The IndyPL Seed Library

Did you know we provide free seeds for check-out? The Seed Library is available at many of our locations during regular branch hours from late March through October. By using your IndyPL library card you can start your vegetable, herb, or even flower garden for free!

See our blog post Gardening - Get Started at the Library! to find out about upcoming gardening programs and get gardening reading recommendations from our staff.


Garden Planting

Garden Buddies with Mr. Tony
1 hour | Ages 6 and up | Schedule and Registration
Add some character to your growing garden this summer with the help of Mr. Tony! Use found objects to create your own Garden Buddy to take home and display in your yard.

West Perry Gardening Group - For Gardeners of All Levels, Beginner to Master
Gardens are essentially a place of sharing and gardeners know that we learn a lot from each other--whether you're just starting or experienced. Sessions will feature seasonal discussions with a local Master Gardener, resources--like our Seed Library--and connections with other gardeners. West Perry Gardening Club will meet on the third Friday of the month. Gardeners are encouraged to bring questions, guests, and even plants or seeds to share.

Backyard Photography Basics
Do you take photos with a smartphone or a point and shoot camera? You are sure to learn techniques relevant to all photographers! Join members of the Riviera Camera Club, one of the most awarded photography clubs in Indiana, as they showcase images and basic photographic techniques to enhance your photographs.

Nature Journaling with Dominique Weldon
Schedule & Registration
While many of us may live in dense towns or cities, we can still take the time to appreciate the earth. In this workshop, we will not only closely observe, but write about our environment.

View on Demand

Learn on Demand Video: Seed Saving
Join Anika Williams from the Pike Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library as she harvests milkweed seeds on site and discusses the Seed Library available there. She is joined by Kevin Allison of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Recommendations from our Staff

Browse these featured library staff book lists. See all our gardening book lists here.

Flower Gardening in Indiana

Flower Gardening in Indiana
Spring is my favorite time of year! Time to plan and shop for my favorite flowers. Check out these resources when planning your Indiana flower garden.

Indoor Kitchen Gardens

Indoor Kitchen Gardens
For those who love homegrown vegetables, but do not have the time or the space for an outdoor garden, indoor kitchen gardens can be a year-round solution to growing your own salad greens, vegetables, and herbs.

Dig Up a Mystery

Dig Up a Mystery
Gardens and gardening, flower shops, herbs, and more can be found in these mysteries and most of them can be found electronically.

Gardening in an Apartment or Other Small Space

Gardening in an Apartment of Other Small Space
Even if you have a yard, many people find container gardening more manageable and approachable, especially if you're a beginner gardener!

Gardening e-Books

Gardening e-Books
Do you garden? Do you WANT to garden? Are you concerned with biodiversity and native plants, eating for sustaining health, and growing to help provide for your family and potentially your whole neighborhood? Then this list if for you!

Gardening & Indiana Native Plants

Gardening & Indiana Native Plants
Be part of the solution and not the problem by focusing on gardening with Indiana natives on your property.

Gardening Resources

One of the best ways to learn about gardening in Indiana is to follow Purdue Extension. Here is a list of recommended online resources from Purdue about gardening:

Gardening is a great activity to share with kids too!

  • Plants for Kids - Experiments and Activities for Backyard Botanists 10+ books for kids to explore and observe the plant kingdom from their own backyard to the furthest corners on earth. Find out the fascinating life cycle of seeds, roots, sprouts, leaves, petals, and fruits. Plants are amazing. And they taste good. Science has never been more delicious!

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