The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap

The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap

Every year in September Christchurch City Libraries hosts the Great Library Seed and Plant Swap. Come along to your local library and bring any seeds or seedlings you'd like to swap. Don't have anything to swap but would like something to take away and grow? That's okay too.

This page has information about seeds, gardening and the locations and dates for seed swaps at libraries around Christchurch.

Gardening in the catalogue

more gardening resources in the catalogue

Matariki – a time for garden plans

Now's the time to get planning for the coming gardening year, and Jo has seed-saving tips to share.

Seed and plant swaps in September 2023

Trees for Canterbury

Thanks to our friends at Trees for Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council Parks unit for their kind and generous support of The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap.
They have kindly donated native seedlings to our libraries to get The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap started!

As well as seeds, plants, and seedlings we had useful growing and gardening information available at our seed and plant swap sites.


Weedbusters aims to improve weed awareness and strives to move people to adopt new behaviours to stop the spread of weeds, and to actively control weeds. Check for Weedbusters, opens a new window resources when you swap your seeds or plants.


The free Find-A-Pest app makes it easy to report and identify any possible pest species you find. Wherever you are - you can help protect New Zealand's primary industries and native species in two easy steps - SNAP IT - SEND IT.

Shirley Seed Library

Donate or take seeds to grow in your garden at Shirley Library. Available all year round. Ask a Shirley Library staff member for more information.



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