Get seeds and borrow gardening tools

Last updated February 26, 2024

Did you know that many of the city’s libraries and éco-quartiers offer a variety of seeds, free of charge, to sow in your garden or on your balcony? Residents can exchange or donate their own seeds and plant cuttings and borrow garden tools.

How it works

Selection of seeds

Your library card (with the exception of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie) lets you get seeds to grow herbs, edible or ornamental flowers, fruits, vegetables, as well as organic or heirloom medicinal and indigenous plants. 

Proof of residence is required to get seeds from the éco-quartiers.

Seed exchanges and donations

This service is based on the principle of sharing. In addition to getting seeds, residents can share their harvest with the community. Several libraries and éco-quartiers accept exchanges and donations of seeds grown without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers or cross-pollination.

Gardening tools

Don’t have gardening tools? Some libraries will lend you kits to help you get started on your garden.

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Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque d’Ahuntsic’s seed library.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to three envelopes per week, up to a maximum of 12 per year.

Seed donations

The provenance of seeds must be known so as to avoid hybrid seeds, which are created by crossing two different varieties of the same plant through pollen transfer. To prevent hybridization, maintain the recommended distancing between plants belonging to the same family.

Place each seed variety in a sealed and properly identified envelope (species, variety, place, date and year of harvest, number of seeds, telephone number and subscription card) and bring it to the designated location.
 

Gardening kit

You can also borrow one of the 10 gardening tool kits for adults or one of the 10 kits for children.

Where to collect them

In person

10300 Rue Lajeunesse
Montréal, QC H3L 2E5

In addition to the library card, the carte de citoyen Anjou also lets you benefit from this service.

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque Jean-Corbeil’s seed library.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to four envelopes per week, up to a maximum of 12 per year.

Seed donations

Place each seed variety in a sealed and properly identified envelope (species, variety, place, date and year of harvest, number of seeds, telephone number and subscription card) and bring it to the designated location.

In addition to the envelopes, you can place the seeds in plastic bags or pots or in glass containers, making sure to properly identify them.

A form is made available to provide the information.

Gardening kit

Not available

Where to collect them

In person

7500 Avenue Goncourt
Montréal, QC H1K 3X9

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Bibliothèque Côte-des-Neiges and Bibliothèque Benny seed libraries. The available seeds vary, depending on the season: Seedlings (end of March), summer (end of May) and fall (mid-August). Please view the on-site catalogue.

All the seeds offered through the Bibliothèque Benny are certified organic and come from Le Potager ornemental de Catherine, a Québec-based artisanal seed farmer. They include a limited selection of heirloom, indigenous or rare species.

Quantity

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce: Maximum of 10 envelopes per season

Côte-des-Neiges: Three envelopes per week, up to a maximum of 12 per season

Benny: Four envelopes per week, up to a maximum of 12 per year

Seed donations

They are accepted at the Bibliothèque Côte-des-Neiges and the Bibliothèque Benny.
Place each seed variety in a sealed and properly identified envelope (species, variety, place, date and year of harvest, number of seeds, telephone number and subscription card) and bring it to the designated location.

Gardening kit

Not available

Where to collect them

In person

5290 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
Montréal, QC H3T 1Y2

3755 Rue Botrel
Montréal, QC H4A 3G8

6400 Avenue de Monkland
Montréal, QC H4B 1H3

Varieties available

Please view the seed catalogue available on line (in French) or at the Bibliothèque Saul-Bellow’s seed library. The catalogue is updated on a weekly basis.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to four seed envelopes per month, up to a maximum of 16 per year.

Reservations

Residents can reserve seeds in advance by completing the following form.

Seed donations

Accepted

Please complete the following form. Place each seed variety in a sealed and properly identified envelope (species, variety, place, date and year of harvest, number of seeds, telephone number and subscription card) and bring it to the reception desk.

Plant cutting swap

You can also swap several varieties of plant cuttings. They must be potted in soil. You can repurpose yogurt containers by piercing drainage holes in the bottom.

If you bring several pots of the same plant, you are only allowed to take one plant of another variety. 

Gardening kit

Residents can borrow, for one week, a shovel and a hand trowel, a weeder, a sprayer, and pruning shears.

Partner

The project stems from a collaboration with the Lachine éco-quartier, as part of a program run by the Groupe de recommandations et d’actions pour un meilleur environnement (GRAME).

Where to collect them

In person

3100, rue Saint-Antoine
Montréal, QC H8S 4B8

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the LaSalle éco-quartier.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to five envelopes. Each envelope contains 15 to 30 seeds.

Reservations

Please contact the éco-quartier to reserve your seeds. You can then pick them up on site.

Gardening kit

Not available

Where to collect them

By phone

Éco-quartier LaSalle

514-367-6000
Extension number 6500

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque du Plateau-Mont-Royal. Seeds are available as of the first week in April.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to three envelopes per week, up to a maximum of 12 per year.

Seed donations

Accepted
Place each seed variety in a sealed and properly identified envelope (species, variety, place, date and year of harvest, number of seeds, telephone number and subscription card) and bring it to the designated location.

Gardening kit

Not available

Partner

The project stems from a collaboration with Les Ateliers d’Éducation Populaire du Plateau (AEPP), which supplies most of the seeds free of charge.

Where to collect them

In person

465 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Montréal, QC H2J 1W3

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque Saint-Charles and Bibliothèque Réjean-Ducharme seed libraries.

Gardening kit

Not available

Where to collect them

In person

1050 Rue d'Hibernia
Montréal, QC H3K 2V2

2450 Rue Workman
Montréal, QC H3J 1L8

This service is not offered in this borough.

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque Langelier, Bibliothèque Maisonneuve and Bibliothèque Mercier seed libraries. 

The Bibliothèque Maisonneuve also has a special collection for balconies. It features varieties adapted to container growing, including the “Birdie rouge” micro-dwarf tomato and certain earlier-maturing varieties ready to plant directly outdoors, like “Petit Provençal” peas and “Apache” dwarf beans.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to a maximum of five envelopes per year.

Seed donations

Accepted

Place each seed variety in a sealed and properly identified envelope (species, variety, place, date and year of harvest, number of seeds, telephone number and subscription card) and bring it to the designated location.

Gardening kit

Not available

Where to collect them

In person

6473 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC H1N 1C5

4120 Rue Ontario Est
Montréal, QC H1V 1J9

8105 Rue Hochelaga
Montréal, QC H1L 2K9

This service is not offered in this borough.

This service is not offered in this borough.

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque de Pierrefonds-Roxboro’s seed library.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to three seed envelopes per week, per family, up to a maximum of nine per season. They are distributed from April to September.

Gardening kit

Residents can borrow a garden fork, a weeder, pruning shears, a sprayer and gardening tools for kids.

Partner

This project stems from a collaboration with VertCité.

Where to collect them

In person

13555 Boulevard de Pierrefonds
Montréal, QC H9A 1A6

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque Rivière-des-Prairies and Bibliothèque Serge Bouchard seed libraries (Pointe-aux-Trembles). 

To encourage the use of nectariferous plants, seeds for plants such as borage, echinacea and wild bergamot, all of which attract pollinators, are offered.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to three envelopes per week, up to a maximum of 12 per year. 

Gardening kit

Not available

Partner

This project stems from a collaboration with ÉcoPap.

Where to collect them

In person

9001 Boulevard Perras
Montréal, QC H1E 3J7

14001 Rue Notre-Dame Est
Montréal, QC H1A 1T9

A library card is not required to get seeds. 

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque de La Petite-Patrie’s seed library. Seeds will be added during the course of the season, following the seedling calendar for the Montréal region.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to three seed envelopes per week, up to a maximum of nine per year. 

Seed donations

Accepted
To donate seeds, place them in an envelope, writing the variety and the place and date of harvest on it. The library also offers empty envelopes for identification purposes. 

Gardening kit

Not available

Where to collect them

In person

6707 avenue De Lorimier
Montréal, QC H2G 2P8

Varieties available

Several varieties are available through the éco-quartier’s seed library (VertCité). The selection depends on the donations and exchanges made by participants during the course of the season.

Quantity

There is no maximum quantity, provided that the exchange ratio is equivalent.

Seed donations

Accepted 

Residents can drop off their own seeds (empty envelopes are available on site) and exchange them for other varieties. The number of envelopes dropped off should be equivalent to or above the number of envelopes initially taken from the seed library. Seeds can be returned at the end of the season.

Place each seed variety in a sealed and properly identified envelope (species, variety, place, date and year of harvest, number of seeds, telephone number and subscription card) and bring it to the designated location.

Gardening kit

Not available

Partner

This project stems from a collaboration with VertCité.

Where to collect them

In person

685 Boulevard Décarie
Suite 100
Montréal, QC H4L 5G4

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Bibliothèque de Saint-Léonard’s seed library.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to three envelopes per week.

Seed donations

Accepted

A donation kit with the form and the return envelope is available at the library for purposes of identifying the seed varieties.

Gardening kit

People ages 18 and over can borrow two tools at a time for three weeks: Garden hose, hoe, pruning saw, spreader, pitchfork, knee protectors, soil moisture reader, square-point shovel, round shovel, hand scoop, garden pick, rake, hand trowel, hand weeder, and eight-inch pruning shears.

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Where to collect them

In person

8420 Boulevard Lacordaire
Montréal, QC H1R 3G5

Varieties available

A number of varieties are available at the Maison de l’environnement’s seed library. Seeds are available all year long according to the principle of taking seeds in the spring and bringing them back in the fall. 

Plant cuttings swap

You can also swap plant cuttings (herbs, vegetables, bulbs, succulents and ornamentals) at the Bibliothèque Jacqueline-De-Repentigny. The exchange service is available from April to August.

Communication channels

In person

673 1re Avenue
Montréal, QC H4G 2V8

5955 Avenue Bannantyne
Montréal, QC H4H 1H6

Varieties available

Several varieties are offered through the Sainte-Marie, Saint-Jacques and Peter-McGill éco-quartiers.

Quantity

Éco-quartiers Peter-McGill: Residents are entitled to one seed envelope for each variety, up to a maximum of 20 envelopes per year.

Éco-quartiers de Sainte-Marie et Saint-Jacques: Residents are entitled to four different plant varieties per week. For seeds dating back two years or more, you will receive two envelopes per plant, if quantities permit.

Gardening kit

Not available

Where to collect them

In person

2187, rue Larivière
Montréal, QC H2K 1P5

1240 Rue Saint-Marc
Montréal, QC H3H 2E5

Varieties available

To make your selection, please view the catalogue at the Bibliothèque Le Prévost, Bibliothèque de Saint-Michel and Bibliothèque de Parc-Extension seed libraries, or check out the online seed collection.

Quantity

Residents are entitled to four pre-selected seed envelopes per week, for a maximum of 16 envelopes per year.

It is possible to select a set of four envelopes of your choice from the list of available seeds.

Reservations

Residents can reserve a “custom” selection of seeds at the Bibliothèque Le Prévost by submitting the following form or bringing a paper copy of the completed form to the reception desk. These selections can be assembled and delivered within a week of receiving the form.

Seed donations

Accepted

Place each seed variety in a sealed and properly identified envelope (species, variety, place, date and year of harvest, number of seeds, telephone number and subscription card) and bring it to the designated location.

Gardening kit

Not available

Where to collect them

In person

7355 Avenue Christophe-Colomb
Montréal, QC H2R 2S5

7601 Rue François-Perrault
Montréal, QC H2A 3L6

421 Rue Saint-Roch
Montréal, QC H3N 1K2