The Delmont Diggers Group will host a ‘seed swap’ at the library
Loyalhanna’s Louisa Fordyce wants to attract pollinators, both to her own garden and to the perennial pollinator garden maintained by the Delmont Public Library.
So she was very excited to learn more about tithonia, an annual plant also called Mexican sunflower.
“It comes in all different shades of orange and yellow,” she said. “Butterflies in particular love this plant, and I only heard about it through a seed swap.”
Seed exchanges bring together gardeners who want to expand their annual plantings. As a master gardener at Penn State Extension as well as chair of the Delmont Library Board of Trustees, Fordyce said she was immediately interested when librarian Denni Grassel suggested hosting one.
“Many of our local gardeners grow heirloom plants, and the seeds can be very difficult to find commercially,” Fordyce said. “So if you go to a seed exchange, you can often find seeds from plants you haven’t heard of, and old, reliable varieties.”
Beverly Romig is a member of the Delmont Diggers group who created the library’s pollinator garden and maintains it throughout the year. She said swapping seeds seemed like a natural fit.
“We had milkweed, both local and tropical, for our monarch caterpillars,” Romig said. “People were asking how they could plant it in their gardens and thought we had the seeds here, so we started putting the idea together.”
The Delmont Library Seed Exchange will take place at 10 a.m. on February 12 at the library, 75 School St.
“If you have any saved seeds, show up, share them, and see what you can find,” Fordyce said.