The Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library is a grassroots organization that promotes gardening with native plants to provide food and habitat for bees, butterflies, insects, birds and other wildlife.
Just like a regular library, the Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library provides free seeds and plants that people can "check out" to grow in their own gardens. Once the plants have flowered and gone to seed, people can "return" some seeds to the library to make them available for other people.
In 2020-21, we provided seeds to 150 individuals, two school projects for a total of 800 seed envelopes, resulting in a minimum of 4 000 new native plants
In 2021-22, we held 7 cross-city events and mailed seeds to approximately 200 different households, cottages, as well as schools, scout, church and hospice projects, which will result in a minimum of 22 500 new native plants (115 different species)
Help us continue to provide habitat corridors for our wildlife and donate your native plant seeds!
We operate on stolen Anishinaabeg land. Plant knowledge and relations were lost due to systemic racism. May our work restore our relationships with our human, plant, insect and animal relatives.