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.
We are built on three pillars:
- Provide free access to seeds
- Teach people about gardening responsibly
- Ask seed recipients to reciprocate the gift of nature
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 2022-2023, we provided seeds to more than 1300 people and community projects, resulting in a minimum of 156,000 new plants, from 177 different species.
Help us continue to maintain 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.