The Fun Never Stops in Gardening

With new flowers in the ground and fresh spring vegetables ready to harvest, May is an exciting month for gardeners! This is the best time of year to spruce up your garden and get a good dose of outdoor therapy. San Mateo County Libraries has resources and activities to help you celebrate all things gardening!

Gardening-Inspired Events

We invite you to join us for our gardening-themed spring programming, including flower arranging, food preservation and botanical art!

Stop By and Get Some Seeds

Check out our different library locations to pick up free seeds from our seed libraries. Our seed libraries are a free community resource where anyone can stop by and drop off or pick up seeds for vegetables, herbs, fruits and other garden plants. These are the libraries where you can currently find seed libraries, with more on the way!

Free Garden Passes with Discover & Go

If you're feeling adventurous, definitely check out what our Discover & Go Museum Passes offer. As a Library cardholder, you have access to numerous museums, cultural institutions and gardens throughout the Bay Area, including the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Filoli Center and the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. There's no better time to go on a beautiful walk and see all the springtime blooms. 

Gardening Books

Check out this amazing collection of books for beginners to pros on what to plant this spring. 

The Complete Guide to Vegetable Gardening

Simplify Vegetable Gardening

Miss MacDonald Has A Farm

Spring Seeds


Cómo no matar tus plantas

The Layered Edible Garden

The Fragrant Flower Garden