let's grow alhambra


The Alhambra Library's Let's Grow Alhambra program provides the community with a Demonstration Garden, a Produce Exchange Station, a Seed Library, and various programs and workshops that focus on environmental sustainability, urban gardening, conservation techniques, and how to embrace habits for a healthier and more resilient future.



Plant Swap 4th Tuesdays 5pm



October 21, 2023: Composting Workshop

November 4, 2023: Gardening Workshop

November 2023: Let's Grow Alhambra Webpage Launch

December 14, 2023: Seed Library Launch

January 17, 2024: Beeswax Candle Making

January 20, 2024: Club Mudd Workshop

February 17, 2024: Water is Life Workshop

March 19, 2024: Club Mudd Workshop

March 23, 2024: Worm Composting Workshop

March 23-29, 2024: Demonstration Garden Launch

March 27, 2024: Origami Planters

April 17, 2024: Middle Grade Makers Build a Terrarium

April 27, 2024: Succulent Workshop

May 4, 2024: Cultivating a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2024: Painting with Coffee

May 11, 2024: Creating a Pollinator Garden

May 15, 2024: Club Mudd Workshop

May 18, 2024: Container Gardening

May 21, 2024: Kiss the Ground Film & Herb Garden Giveaway

May 25, 2024 - June 1, 2024: Grow Kit for Kids



How do I make a raised garden bed like this at home?

We used the following website for information on raised garden beds: How to Build a Raised Garden Bed on Concrete, Patio, or Hard Surface ~ Homestead and Chill


Where did the library purchase the plants?

San Gabriel Nursery & Florist (sgnursery.com)


Where did the library purchase the garden beds?

Costco: Vita 8'X12' Keyhole Garden Bed


Where did the library purchase the water sprayer?

Amazon: Scotts 190617 Lithium-ion Pump Zero Wheeled Sprayer, 3 Gallon


Can I water my own plants?

Please do not water your plants – Library staff is regularly watering the plants.


How often are the plants watered?

Staff water the plants every other day, except for rainy days.


Is shade provided for the more delicate plants?

Currently, we do not have the resources to provide shade structures for the plants. The plants will be exposed to the sunlight/shade that is normally encountered in the garden area.


Can I keep my plants?

Yes! You will be contacted when your plants are ready to harvest/ take home.


Can I enter the garden to take a closer look at the plants?

Yes, but please remember to close the garden gate when you leave.


I don’t have room for a raised garden bed, but I would like to start a container garden, what can I do?

Check out this handout to learn more about starting your own container garden.

Will there be another gardening opportunity in the Demonstration Garden?

We are planning to have more opportunities. Check back on this page to keep up to date on all of our Let’s Grow Alhambra events.


How did the library fund this program?

This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.



Located on the First Floor next to the Seed Library. Where our community comes together to share the bounty of their gardens. Local gardeners are invited to bring their extra fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, cultivated with care and passion to share in this lively exchange.



The Alhambra Library Seed Library offers free fruit, herb, vegetable, and California native flower seeds to Alhambra residents. Visit the Seed Library on the First Floor to choose some seeds to plant in your garden or containers. Limit of two packets per person. We ask that you only take what you'll use so that there are enough seeds for everyone. Our mission, seed types, and growing tips are below.



Through the seed library, we hope to:

  • Spark interest in learning how to garden and grow food.
  • Foster an appreciation and enjoyment of nature, from soil organisms, to plants, to bees, and birds.
  • Encourage food self-sufficiency, both personally (growing your own food) as well as in community (harvesting and giving back organically-grown seeds to the community to further a sustainable cycle).
  • Help preserve biodiversity, and increase populations of native pollinators (birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and insects) by planting native flowering plants that provide nectar and pollen, and refuge.
  • Increase equity in our community—access to free seeds increases food security and food justice.
  • Improve health—growing food in healthy soil can provide more nutrient-rich food than commercial farming.
  • Respond to climate change—there’s nothing more local than harvesting from your own yard or balcony.
  • Provide education on growing food, healthy soil, saving seeds, and related topics.
  • Foster a sense of community among Alhambra’s “urban farmers”.


SEED TYPES (Please note that seed availability will vary)

Flower: Fruit: Herb: Vegetable:
Blue Sage Cucumber Arugula Beet
Cornflower Cucumber (Armenian) Basil Broccoli (Calabrese)
Cosmos Pepper (Jalapeño) Basil (Thai) Broccoli (Waltham)
Daisy (Gloriosa) Tomato (Beefsteak) Chamomile (German) Brussels Sprouts
Evening Primrose Tomato (Brandywine) Cilantro Cabbage (Chinese)
Gaillardia Tomato (Cherokee) Dill Cabbage (Red)
Globe Gilia Tomato (Red Cherry) Parsley (Italian) Carrot (Chanteney)
Godetia Tomato (Roma) Peppermint Carrot (Purple)
Lavender Watermelon (Sugar Baby) Rosemary Carrot (Nantes)
Marigold (African)   Thyme Cauliflower
Poppy (California Orange)     Chives (Garlic)
Rose Mallow     Corn (Sweet)
Salvia (Summer Jewel)     Eggplant
Sunflower (Mammoth Grey)     Eggplant (Asian)
Sunflower (Evening Colors)     Kale
Wildflowers     Kale (Black Magic)
      Lettuce (Batavia)
      Lettuce (Oakleaf)
      Lettuce (Romaine)
      Mexican Sour Gherkin
      Mustard (Red)
      Mustard (Tatsoi)
      Onion (Bunching)
      Onion (Tokyo Long White)
      Onion (Yellow)
      Pak Choi Bopak
      Pea (Snow)
      Pea (Sugar Snap)
      Pepper (Anaheim Chile)
      Pepper (Ancho Poblano)
      Radish (Cherry)
      Radish (Daikon)
      Radish (Watermelon)
      Squash (Butternut)
      Squash (Pink Banana)
      Squash (Summer)
      Swiss Chard (Rainbow)




Basic growing tips and other gardening and composting information are provided below. For further information, the seed packets will include individualized instructions for each seed type. 

Visit the Master Gardeners of LA County website for information sessions, gardening tips, gardening classes, and much more.

For particular questions about your plants, pests, or other garden advice, you can call or email Master Gardeners.



Four-season food gardening by Misilla Dela Llana

The ultimate wildlife habitat garden by Stacy Tornio

The urban garden: 101 ways to grow food and beauty in the city by Kathy Jentz

Bloom: the secrets of growing flowering houseplants year-round by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

A spoonful of soil helps the world go round by Nydia Needham

Llewellyn's 2023 Herbal Almanac edited by Lauryn Heineman


This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.