Get Growing with Your Library!

Seedlings growing in dirt.

Spring is here and your Anchorage Public Library is here to help you get the growing season off to a great start, and help you along the way to a fruitful summer growing season. Join us for a variety of activities on all things growing in Alaska.

Seed Libraries

Visit the Mountain View seed library to jump-start your garden. Stop by to get free non-GMO, organic, and some heirloom varieties of seeds; for flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Available while supplies last. Mountain View Library offers trade or take options, for folks with a few extra seeds they’d like to share. The Gerrish seed library has closed for the season. Special thanks to the Girdwood Library Boosters for supporting the Gerrish seed library.

In-Person Programs

Beekeeping at Gerrish (Adults)
Saturday, April 23  3 - 4 PM

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Composting Clinic at Gerrish (Adults)
Saturday, April 30  4 - 5 PM

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Seeds to Seedlings at Chugiak-Eagle River (Children & Families)
Saturday, May 14  11 - 11:30 AM

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Lasagna Bed Gardening with Anchor Gardens at Mountain View (Children & Families)
Wednesday, May 25  6 - 7 PM

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Superheroes in the Garden at Chugiak-Eagle River (Children & Families)
Saturday, June 11  11 - 11:30 AM

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Flower Show Basics at Chugiak-Eagle River (Teens & Adults)
Saturday, July 9  11 AM - 12 PM

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Growing Together All-Ages Gardening Series

Plant Markers at Loussac
Wednesday, June 1  12 - 1:30 PM

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Plant Markers at Mountain View
Wednesday, June 1  5:30 - 7 PM

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Plant Markers at Gerrish
Friday, June 3  12 - 1:30 PM

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Programs to Go

Bring home our popular Growing Together Program-To-Go Kits. Each kit will contain the supplies necessary to complete the crafts for that part as well and links to an instructional video and a bookmark with materials recommendations. Kits are available at all 5 library locations while supplies last. Limit 1 kit per family. New kits will be available at the beginning of each month (May-August) and while they build on each other, they may also be completed individually.

Community Compost

If you’re a customer of Solid Waste Services you can register for their curbside compost program! Register NOW by calling SWS Customer Service at 907-343-6250.

The Curbside Compost program will run May 2 through October 28.

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Free finished compost pickup will no longer be available in 2022 as SWS works to make the program more economical.  Community members are encouraged to check out local resources for finished compost from places like Alaska Mill and Feed, Bell's Nursery, Southside Garden Supply, American Landscaping, Susitna Organics, and more.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension offers information on how to compost here.

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