Manhattan Seed Swap

Sunday, February 18
1-4 p.m. 
Discovery Center Atrium

The Manhattan Seed Swap is a free come-and-go event open to the public for the sharing and swapping of saved and leftover seeds before spring planting begins. Seeds of all types are welcome and will be grouped by category. Tables will be setup for vegetables, annual flowers, perennials, native plants, herbs, etc. Seeds can be commercially pre-packaged or harvested and will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Seed Swap Guidelines:

  • Portion out seeds into "sample sizes" (1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon depending on seed size) using envelopes or small baggies, if you can.
  • Label any non-commercially packaged seeds with the plant name, when to plant, when and where it was harvested (if applicable), and any other information needed for successful growing.
  • For bulk seed, label the bag so participants can package and label their individual bags.
  • Swappers are encouraged to bring their own containers, but a packaging and labeling station will be available.
  • Participants are encouraged to take only what they will use this year and take in proportion to what they contribute.
  • Everyone is welcome to attend, learn, and take a few samples, even without their own seeds to share.
  • Those who do not have seeds to contribute are encouraged to bring envelopes or small baggies to donate for seed packaging and storage.

Volunteers from Riley County Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and offer advice. At 2 p.m., John Cook and Alfonso Leyva with Manhattan Parks & Recreation will lead a seed gathering tour of the Discovery Center’s native prairie gardens, giving visitors an opportunity to learn about the design of the gardens, plant identification, and strategies for harvesting seeds. As a special activity, kids can plant a sunflower seed to take home.

Event organizers hope to make the Manhattan Seed Swap an annual event and the public is encouraged to harvest seeds at the end of the growing season.

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