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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Ramsey Seed Library: Seeding Ideas

Seeds from campus pollinator gardens


Seeding Ideas: a seed library

When the collection is available?

Fall GreenFest, September 19-26, 2021

Ramsey Seed Library will be giving away roughly 50 milkweed plants and seed bombs made up of  Milkweed, Purple Cone Flower, Blackeyed Susan's, and Blue Mist, in front of Ramsey Library, Thursday, September 23rd from 1-3pm - while supplies last.

Milkweed and other pollinator friendly seeds will be available that were lovingly collected and curated by Library staff members, Barb Svenson and Wendy Mullis from the pollinator-friendly native plants that grow and thrive on UNC Asheville's campus and surrounding community.

Ramsey Seed Library is joining in the effort towards monarch conservation.


How To Plant Seed Bombs:

When: Plant in the fall once there have been a few frosts and there is no chance the seeds will germinate before spring. 

Why a seed library?

Over the past several years at UNC Asheville, hundreds of pollinator-friendly native plants have been planted, beginning beekeeping classes and workshops have been offered, beehives have been installed and maintained, and a bee hotel has been constructed. As part of its multi-dimensional commitment to sustainability, UNC Asheville is committed to maintaining educational, demonstration pollinator meadows and gardens in highly visible locations throughout the campus, including along the portions of the City’s greenways that the University maintains along Reed Creek and Glenn’s Creek Greenways.  Ramsey Library is joining in this effort by collecting, cleaning and packaging seeds from these gardens and offering them to the community to plant to create more pollinator habitats.

**You might notice our seeds look a little different from commercial seeds.  All of our seeds were gathered and cleaned by hand. After drying the seed heads, we used techniques like Flailing, Threshing and Winnowing to clean the seeds.   In some cases, the seeds are very small, so in some packets you might find some chaff along with the seeds. This is normal for hand cleaned small seeds.

Pollinator Gardens at UNC Asheville


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Barbara Svenson

RL 45 CPO 1500


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Wendy Mullis
200 Ramsey Library, CPO 1500
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804