We’re hosting a seed swap!

Biblio Lotus and the Seed Library are celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a Seed Swap!

Have you visited one of our Seed Library locations and checked out some seeds? Interested in free Asian heritage seeds and recipes to go with them?  Our first Grab n Grow Kits feature heirloom seeds and recipes from the local community. They will be available at libraries in early June, while supplies last.

On Saturday, May 27 from 8 to 10 am, in collaboration with Mission Garden, the Library’s Biblio Lotus and Seed Library teams will host a seed swap and a celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The event will be held at Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane, in the Chinese Garden area.

Mission Garden is a living agricultural heritage museum. It is Tucson’s birthplace, where archaeologists have documented 4,100 years of continuous cultivation.

Thanks to the collaboration of Tucson’s Asian community, who have shared their heirloom seeds, histories, and knowledge, Mission Garden's Chinese Garden features many Tucson heirloom crops that are dear to them and their families. Community members from the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center and Green Thumbs gardening group gather regularly to help sow the seeds, tend the garden, and preserve these unique local histories and locally adapted heirloom food varieties. We are lucky to partner with Mission Garden to integrate some of these seeds into our collection and in exchange we will be contributing books to their Bookworm Path. Come learn more and help us recognize this heritage, share seeds and stories with one another, and enjoy the beautiful garden.

At the event, community members can:

  • Exchange heirloom seeds with local gardeners
  • Hear stories of the heirloom seeds at Mission Garden
  • Talk to members from the local Green Thumbs Group
  • Take away recipes, books, and seed information from the Library’s Biblio Lotus and Seed Library Teams
  • Enjoy Traditional Chinese Music from Jasmine Asian Music 

In addition, refreshments will be served.

This event is brought to you by the collaboration of Pima County Public Library, the Biblio Lotus Team, the Seed Library, and Mission Garden. Special thanks to the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center and Green Thumbs group.

About Biblio Lotus:

Pima County Public Library’s Biblio Lotus supports and values the culture and voice of our Asian communities in Pima County by providing resources and programs and by establishing ongoing partnerships with Asian organizations therein.​

About the Seed Library:

The Seed Library’s mission is to provide equitable access to seeds, knowledge, and opportunities for our community to learn, engage, and connect.