Waynesville Seed Library &               Canton Giving Garden


The Seed Library of Waynesville:

Sowing Seeds, Preserving Heritage


Our mission is to increase the ability of our community to feed itself wholesome food by being an accessible and free source of locally adapted plant seeds, supplied and cultivated by and for Haywood County and nearby area residents. The Seed Library celebrates biodiversity through the time-honored tradition of seed saving, nurtures locally-adapted plant varieties, and fosters community resilience, self-reliance, and a culture of sharing. The Seed Library strives to fulfill its mission by focusing on:

  1. Establishing and growing a lending library of seeds held in trust for the members of our community
  2. Providing information, instruction, and education about sustainable organic gardening

Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved. Here are just a few:

  1. Promote the library: Let your friends and community know about upcoming orientations and events and join us on Facebook. If you have particular ideas about how to reach out to the community, help us out. We want to make this resource available to all.
  2. Volunteer: We need volunteers to help with various aspects of the Seed Library. Email Kathy Olsen at kathleen.olsen@haywoodcountync.gov if you are interested.
  3. Donate: Besides cash donations, we need supplies. If you are writing a check, please make it out to the Friends of the Library and write SEED LIBRARY in the memo line. If you would like a tax-deductible receipt for your donations, please pick one up at the Waynesville Circulation Desk.

Thanks & Recognition

Thanks to the Richmond Grows Seed Library for all its assistance, ’Buy Haywood’ for its support and partnership, Sow True Seeds for generous donations, and the Friends of the Haywood County Public Library for their generous support of all library programs!

Giving-Garden-Logo(NoBkgd)The Canton Giving Garden

Located behind the Canton Library, the Giving Garden features raised-bed vegetable, herb, and flower boxes, as well as a certified Monarch Waystation. The garden is used to teach various aspects of gardening and to raise awareness of the monarch butterfly. The Giving Garden is an education oriented joint initiative of the Haywood County Public Library, the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Center, and the Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

The garden is generously supported by the Haywood County Friends of the Library and the Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association.


The garden is maintained by the work of volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome! For information or to become a garden volunteer please contact the Canton Library at 828-648-2924 or email Jennifer Stuart at jennifer.stuart@haywoodcountync.gov.

The Haywood County Public Library won a 2014 Community Pride Award for the Seed Library and Giving Garden.