Interested gardeners made their way to local libraries Saturday to get the dirt on new seeds and gardening techniques this season.

Sump Memorial Library, La Vista Public Library and Springfield Memorial Library each hosted a Community Seed Sharing event for gardeners of all levels.

About 65 people made their way to Sump for the two-hour event.

Assistant Director Matt Kovar said attendance at Sump was down a little bit from last year as surrounding libraries offering the same program cut into the numbers.

Attendees were excited to see the variety of seeds available from fruits and vegetables to many different types of flowers.

“They have a variety here you can’t get anywhere else,” Teresa Whitehead of Papillion said. “I got some new seeds today and lots of different vegetables.”

Visitors were able to pick up various kinds of seeds and swap seeds of their own for other kinds. Seeds were donated to the library leading up to the event.

Whitehead has been gardening for about 13 years and has served as president for the Big Garden of the Methodist Ministries, which saw her overseeing more than 100 community gardens.

“Nebraska has a really nice growing season,” she said. “It’s rewarding to see what you’ve planted and be able to eat it.”

While not a master gardener herself, Whitehead and other attendees were able to enlist the help of master gardeners Michael and Laura Render from the Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office.

“It’s a lot of fun for us,” Laura said. “I was a college professor for 25 years and I always got to tell kids what to do. Now, I get to tell people what to do with their gardens.”

Laura said questions vary from dealing with disease to simply getting something, anything to grow.

“There’s a few black thumbs that can’t seem to grow anything,” Laura joked. “There’s a lot of people that are interested in gardening, but not sure how to get started. It’s fun because this is something that appeals to people of all ages.”

Even a master gardener can learn a few tricks of the trade.

“You get to visit with so many different people and you can learn something from the experience,” she said.

Kovar said he sees Sump continuing to utilize the Seed Share program in the future.

“The people that came seemed to enjoy it and it helped to have master gardeners there to answer questions,” he said. “I anticipate this is something we would do each year.”

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