Sunshine Coast Regional Council

02/01/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/31/2023 23:57

New Seed Library set to blossom on the Sunshine Coast

  • Wednesday 01 February 2023

Looking for some encourage-mint to get into gardening? Sunshine Coast Libraries new Seed Library is blossoming with a sustainable community collection now available at Kawana and Maleny Libraries.

New and existing library members can plant, grow, and harvest their crops and then have the option to return seeds from that plant, or donate seeds of a different variety back to the library.

The Seed Library collections offer seeds for members of the community to swap in a sustainable manner. Seeds are from local and heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties that might otherwise be lost, as well as new local varieties including flowers.

Division 5 Councillor Winston Johnston said the Seed Library collection would allow the community to swap, grow and work towards seed sustainability.

"The two unique seed collections will call on each local community to collect and share seeds from the hinterland and coastal regions," Cr Johnston said.

"The Seed Library provides a wonderful opportunity for everyone from young and old to new and experienced green thumbs to learn new skills and fall in love with gardening.

"Library members will have the opportunity to collect and donate seeds over the next six months as part of the free Seed Library program.

"Beyond providing an opportunity to sustainably grow your own edible garden, the Seed Library promotes connection to community and the natural environment."

D you have time to learn more? Join Soul Cauley at Sunshine Coast Libraries free Seed Saving Sessions. Discover the value of seed saving, the difference between open pollinated and hybrid seeds, winnowing and how to store seeds correctly.

Visit Sunshine Coast Libraries Seed Library at the following locations:



February 1- February 20

Maleny and Kawana

February 27 - March 20

Maleny and Kawana

March 27 - April 17

Maleny and Kawana

April 24 - May 22

Maleny and Kawana

May 29 - June 19

Maleny and Kawana

26 June - 31 July

Maleny and Kawana

The Seed Library is free to access. For more information and to find out more, visit

Seed Saving Sessions

Date and time


Saturday February 4, 2023, 10am to 11.30am


Saturday February 25, 2023, 10am to 11.30am


Saturday March 4, 2023, 9.30am to 11am


Saturday March 18, 2023, 10am to 11.30am


Saturday March 25, 2023, 10am to 11.30am


These free sessions are open to new and existing library members. Registration is essential as sessions will book out fast. Register via council's library website.

For opening hours and library location details visit

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  • The community has access to a podcast studio

  • Online resources are available through the eLibrary where members can borrow, download and stream free books, films, magazines, music and more.

  • Story Seats are located in 10 of the region's most stunning local parks which incorporate children's stories into the seats' designs for families to enjoy

  • An Adult Literacy program has taught thousands of residents how to read and write.