Seed and Plant Swap

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Bring your flower, vegetable, herb, native and heritage plants and seeds to swap with others.

How seed swap works

  • Grow plants.
  • Gather seeds and save them.
  • Swap your seed with others.
  • Bring containers for seeds and a pen to record details.
  • Plant seed, grow and harvest and save the seeds. Checkout our many books and resources on gardening.
  • Save seeds and donate some of them back to our seed library.

Seed and plant swap guidelines

  • Ensure plants are disease-free.
  • Ideally bring heirloom or non-hybrid (F1) seed to swap.
  • No F1 seed or seeds that are 2 years past expiry date.
  • To prevent cross pollination, please only take one type of each seed: i.e. 1 x bean, not 3 x beans.
  • Seeds are organised into the following groups: vegetables, herbs, flowers and expired seed.
  • Each seed packet contains approximately 6 to 12 seeds or a pinch if fine seed.

Saving seed

Please follow the following protocol to prevent the spread of diseases:

  • Save seed only from healthy plants.
  • Save seed from a number of plants for genetic diversity. Ideally a minimum of 6 plants.
  • If cross pollination occurs, keep it isolated to stay 'true to the parent'. E.g. beetroot and silver beet can cross pollinate.
  • Please include as much information as possible on the seed packets.


  • Saturday, 24 September 2022 | 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM


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