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Seeds: Miracles in Tiny Packages

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Typical supplies used for preparing seeds include assorted strainers, glassine and manila envelopes, and a good plant identification book. Photographs by Janet Endsley
The Northwest Perennial Alliance (NPA), a Pacific Northwest nonprofit horticulture organization with 1,400 members, was founded in 1984. Its seed exchange has been a part of its programs from the earliest days. Currently NPA produces about 7,000 packets annually of some 400 types of seed, which are sold to our members at meetings, and to the public at plant sales and through the NPA website.
Seed packaging parties are lots of fun, and a great way to pick up gardening tips and lore from participants. When our Seed Committee meets, volunteers are rewarded with four packets of their choice—a nice bonus in these days of $3.95 to $6.95 seed packets. If you want to do your part to ensure the planet’s future biodiversity, then collecting, packaging, and sharing varieties of seeds—the minute building blocks of life—makes the perfect project.

Members of NPA designed and maintain the Perennial Borders at the Bellevue Botanical Garden (see Pacific Hort...


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