Nelson's Elma Turner Library is home to the first public seed library in the top of the South Island.
The set of drawers contains over 200 varieties of seed, mostly made up of edibles but with a growing collection of ornamentals, natives and a few exotic species.
Information packs are also available on planting throughout the seasons and tips on how to make the most out of your growing. Seeds can be taken for no charge and there is no need to use your library card, but you are invited to donate seeds of your own. The idea is that people can take seeds away, grow them, take some for a harvest and save some for seed, which is then returned to the library to share with the rest of the community
The Library is run by volunteers and works on a self service, trust based system. You can find out more information including details on seed growing groups, over on their website or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.