Seed Exchange

Seed Exchange

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    Since 1959, the American Horticultural Society has sponsored and coordinated a Seed Exchange among AHS members so that gardeners throughout the United States have an opportunity to try growing a wide variety of new and heirloom plants.

    Orders are now being accepted for the 2017 Seed Exchange

    You must be a current AHS member -- but you do NOT need to have donated seeds -- to place an order.

    All AHS members are eligible to receive FIVE seed varieties for free. More are available for an additional donation (see printable order form for details). Your donation offsets shipping and packaging costs.

    Orders must be received by March 4, 2017. Because supplies are limited, early ordering is advised as is providing substitution preferences with your order. In the event that particular seeds have sold out, you may specify up to five substitute selections to fill your order.

    Online ordering for faster processing is available for $10 donations or more:

    Order 10 kinds of seeds.

    Order 20 kinds of seeds.

    Those who donate $10 or more will receive a complimentary copy of the 2017 Reciprocal Admissions Program Guide, which includes 300 public gardens that offer free admission and other benefits to current AHS members.


    The full Seed Catalog has detailed descriptions and growing instructions.

    The short Seed List & Order Form is in the January/February 2017 issue of our members' magazine, The American Gardener and you can print it out here as well


    You are welcome to join the AHS today and then you will be eligible to order in the Seed Exchange.

    Contact Member Services at (703) 768-5700 ext. 119 or email to:

    * Request a printed Seed Catalog

    * Check your membership status and/or renew


    How the Seed Exchange Works

    Each fall AHS members send in seeds collected from their gardens to share with other members. Only AHS members may donate seeds.

    All AHS members can order seeds from the exchange, but those members who sent in seeds get first choice when ordering. This can be an advantage because some rare or uncommon seeds can be in short supply.

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