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Native Seed Library: About

Vision and Purpose

The seed library is anticipated to launch in August, 2020. More details are forthcoming and this website is still in development. Please reach us with any questions at



The Maricopa Native Seed library provides free seed of local native plants to the community, as well as education and information to make it easy to incorporate these plants into your yards, patios and balconies. Anyone can include some native plants into their residences, whether you have a lot of space or a small apartment. 


The benefits of gardening are numerous and well documented, both for people and for wildlife! Everyone can participate in conserving native plants and the pollinators and other wildlife that depend on them, even with a small amount of native plants. The Maricopa Native Seed Library invites you to join with us in creating a living landscape at home. The seed library also features a range of desert adapted varieties of fruits, vegetables and grains.



Where to get seeds

The rapidly evolving COVID 19 situation has complicated the seed library's launch efforts. Information about where to obtain seeds will be coming soon.

How to use the library

The seed library can be used by anyone and does not require a library card or being a student or employee of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Simply go to the seed library and take no more than 3 seed packets per month. The plant profiles and lists can help you choose your seeds before
you come.

Where did the seeds come from?

The seeds in the seed library come from the following sources:

1. Tonto National Forest-the majority of seeds have been collected under permit from the Tonto National Forest, including sites in the Superstitions, Mazatzals, and Cave Creek/Seven Springs areas.

2. Scottsdale Community College-some seeds have been collected at the SCC campus, including and especially those for which large populations on the Tonto have not been located (ex: Penstemon eatonii, Datura wrightii)

3. Home garden-some seeds have been collected from the home garden of the seed library's founder. This includes some species that have been difficult to locate in the wild including Conoclinium greggii, all three Hibiscus species, Gaillardia aristata, Penstemon parryi, Penstemon pseudospectabilis, and Penstemon palmeri.

4. Donations-The seed library is currently exploring ways to obtain seeds for food plants by donation. More information is forthcoming.

For more information please contact us at