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Free SEEDS from the FVRL Washougal branch SEED LIBRARY !

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) in Washougal has a SEED LIBRARY with FREE seeds!   You can borrow seeds (permanently).

Below is the current list of seeds available, and a “sneak” look at just some of the additional seeds coming soon.  (Lots more yet!)

Due to COVID, you can’t actually go inside the library to browse.  To “borrow” seeds, send an email to “” with your list of no more than 3 to 5 seed packets per week per family.  If you have a FVRL or Camas library card, include that number, as well. (Though you don’t need a library card to “borrow” seeds, you’ll still need to make the request by email.)

You’ll get an email when the seeds are ready; pick them up at the Washougal branch curbside pickup just like you do for books.   (See and look for “Find out how to… Pick up items curbside”.)

Starting Seeds:  Some seeds may be started directly in the ground, while others need to be started indoors with special lighting.  It is still not too late to start most indoor seedlings now.   Many of the heat loving plants (for example tomatoes and peppers) shouldn’t be put outside until after Mother’s Day.  When you do put them out, your plants may still need to have row covers over them at night.

Each plant variety is different and each spring is different, too.  Many of the old timers in Clark County say never to plant before the snow is gone from Silver Star Mountain.  (It is still snow clad today!)  A good vegetable planting guide for our area may be found here: .

Germination Rates:  While using seeds packed for the current spring (2021), is always best, older seeds often still have reasonable germination rates.  Several of our garden club members have seen about a 10% per year loss of germination from most seeds.  As an example, seeds packed for 2018 (3 years ago) may have a germination rate closer to 70%.

Donate Seeds:  If you wish to donate seeds, email to the “request” seeds address to make arrangements, or simply show up at the library during regular hours, ring the bell and give them your seeds. They’d prefer seeds that are in “good condition” and preferably no older than 3-4 years old as those have a higher germination rate.

We’ll update the lists as the library adds/deletes seeds from their available list.

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SEED LIBRARY – Fort Vancouver Regional Library – Washougal  -20March2021
Common Name Scientific Variety Date Collected Inventory 2021(labeled envelopes)
Aster Blue 2018 10
Aster Astereae Powder Puff Heirloom Mixed colors 2018 1
Marigold Calendula 3 ft tall 2018 8
Marigold Calendula Yellow 2018 5
Poppy Papaver Purple 2018 11
Poppy Red Papaver somniferum Unknown 2018 15
Snap Dragon Antirrhinum Peach 2018 17
Tobacco Flower Night Scented Nicotiana sylvestris 2018 3
Zinnia Zinnia elegans Pink 2018 3
Chamomile Matricaria recutita Zloty lan 2018 2
Chives Allium schoenoprasum unknown 2018 1
Mint Mentha Unknown unkown 4
Sweet Cicely Myrritis Odorata 2018 2
Thyme Thymus vulgaris Common (heirloom) 2018 3
Beets Beta vulgaris Early Wonder 2018 2
Cabbage Brassica rapa All seasons 2018 4
Carrot Daucus carota subsp. Sativus Parisian, Round (Heirloom) 2018 7
Carrot Daucus carota subsp. Sativus Short ‘n sweet 2018 6
Lettuce Lactuca sativa Black seeded simpson 2018 6
Onion Allium cepa var Walla Walla 2018 1
Parsley Petroselinum crispum Hamburg rooted (heirloom) 2018 2
Pepper Capsicum annuum Hungarian Magyar 2018 10
Pepper Capsicum annuum Miniature Chocolate Bell 2018 7
Pumpkin Mini Harvest 2018 4
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Ukranian Beefsteak 2018 8
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Pork Chop 2018 4
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Copia (heirloom) 2018 6
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Chocolate Stripe 2018 5
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Blush 2018 7
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Pretty in Pink (Hybrid) 2018 1
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Rutgers 2018 2
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Opalka-Heirloom 2018 8
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Todd County Amish 2018 1
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Stephanias (Heirloom) 2018 17
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum Roughwood Golden Plum 2018 4
Watermelon Citrullus lanatus Crimson Sweet 2018 10


Basil Sweet Italian 2020
Bean, Pole Blue Lake Pole 2020
Cucumber Garden Sweet Burpless Hybrid 2020
Chives Allium schoenoprasum perennial 2019
Lettuce Gourmet Blend 2019
Lettuce Grand Rapids 2018
Lettuce Parris Island 2019
Lettuce Salad Bowl 2019
Pea Oregon Sugar Pod II 2020
Zucchini Yellowfin – Yellow 2020
Alyssum Carpet of Snow, Annual, White 2021
Children’s Garden, cut mix Cut Flower Mixture, Annuals 2018
Flower Mix Annual & Perennial unknown
Nasturtium Empress of India, Annual, Red 2020
Nasturtium Jewel, Annual, Mixed Colors 2021
Poppy California Poppy, Mixed Colors 2019
Sweet Pea Lathyrus odoratus High Scent, Annual 2021

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