A Gardening Tradition
Since 1959, the American Horticultural Society has sponsored and coordinated a seed exchange among its members so that gardeners throughout the United States have an opportunity to try growing a wide variety of new and heirloom plants.
Each fall we remind members to collect seeds from their gardens and send them in to us. Seed for the exchange must be received at AHS by November 1. Once all the seeds are in, AHS staff members, interns, and volunteers compile a list of the submitted seeds along with information about how to grow and care for them. The seed list and order form are then posted on the AHS website in mid-January.
All AHS members can order seeds from the exchange, but those members who donate seeds get first choice when ordering. This can be an advantage because some rare or uncommon seeds can be in short supply. There is no charge to order seeds, but a donation is requested to cover the costs of shipping and handling.
We are no longer accepting orders for the 2013 Seed Exchange. Please check back in the fall for information regarding the 2014 Seed Exchange.