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 AHS members send in seeds collected from their gardens to share with other members. AHS staff 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.