Both aspiring and experienced gardeners will be able to exchange a wide variety of different plant seeds Saturday at noon at the Bellevue Public Library. The library is holding its second annual seed sharing program, and the first held in coordination with other seed sharing programs across the metro area.

The event, organized by the Community Garden Network with the assistance of the Douglas County Department of Health, has been occuring for six years at the Douglas and Sarpy Extension Office, and has expanded to Sarpy County in recent years.

“This is one of the many things that makes community gardening so wonderful,” said Patty Falcone, community health educator with the Douglas County Health Department. “Seed share has become a new tradition.”

Although supported by the Douglas County Department of Health, the individual libraries also play a role in organizing the event.

“Anybody can come in and grab some seeds,” adult services librarian Gordon Wyant said. “It’s kind of an open, easy, free thing.”

Many excess seeds will be brought in by gardeners, while other seeds will be supplied by the Douglas County Department of Health.

All types of heirloom seeds will be accepted. However, no gardeners are required to bring seeds.

For beginner gardeners, one or two master gardeners will be on hand to assist the library patron with any questions.

“They can talk with the master gardeners, get some tips and advice, which is extremely helpful,” Wyant said.

Although planting season is still months away, this event may help gardeners figure out what type of plants to grow this year.

“Come on in, grab some seeds, and get ready to plant,” Wyant said.

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