More about our Vendors
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Rareseeds.com
Run by the Gettle family, a favorite of garden writers we know. Mansfield MO (Also Petaluma CA and Wethersfield CT.
Botanical Interests BotanicalInterests.com
Curtis & Judy's boutique; another writers' favorite. Bloomfield CO.
Cross Country Nurseries ChilePlants.com
You'd think the best source of Chiles would be located in New Mexico, but Janie and Fernando set up their operation in New Jersey. They claim "the world's largest selection of Chiles and Sweet Peppers" and also offer Tomatoes and Eggplant.Transplants only; no seed. Cross Country is also a sustainability leader: while almost all other seed sources spend large amounts printing and mailing gorgeous catalogs, these folks offer only pdfs! Rosemont NJ.
Fedco Seeds FedcoSeeds.com
Founded in 1978 and located in Maine, Fedco is a coop dedicated to organic, untreated seed—especially varieties that do well in Northern climates. Lots of good info on their site, some unique varieties, trees and tubers, too.
Gourmet Seed GourmetSeed.com
Run by the Harris and Winteregg families Gourmet Seed has recently absorbed several other small companies, including Italian Seed and Tool. Tatum NM.
Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds KitchenGardenSeeds.com
One of the older quality seed companies, Scheepers has maintained the family touch. Barbara Damrosch consults. Bantam CT.
Johnny's Selected Seeds JohnnySeeds.com
Most of the hip nurseries we know swear by Johnny's. Wholesale quantities available. Encyclopedic variety. Employee-owned. Winslow ME.
Klehm's Song Sparrow Perennial Farm SongSparrow.com
Another very old family company and a garden writers' favorite. Perennials; no vegetables. Avalon WI.
Niche Gardens NicheGardens.com
Another writers' favorite. Plants only; no vegetables. Chapel Hill NC.
Pinetree Garden Seeds Superseeds.com
Dick Meiners and Donna Childs have been at this for more than 30 years. Writers' favorite. Unsurpassed for price. New Gloucester ME.
Renee's Garden ReneesGarden.com
Renee Shepherd has founded two interesting seed companies. (Shepherd Garden Seeds ceased operations after she left.) She focusses on careful selection and testing. Felton CA.
Seeds from Italy GrowItalian.com
Bill McKay's personal crusade to introduce US gardeners to the wonders of Italian seed—mainly provided by Franchi Sementi. If you've ever visited Italy during the harvest season you'll know why he's obsessed! If you visit no other website on this list do check out GrowItalian.com. In 2011 Bill retired and sold the company to Dan Nagengast, a long-time market gardener, and Lynn Byczynski, publisher of Growing for Market, who have greatly enhanced the website. Lawrence KS (but really Bergamo, Italy).
Seeds of Change SeedsofChange.com
"Founded in 1989 to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost." Spicer MN.
Seedsavers Exchange Seedsavers.org
A non-profit membership organization founded in 1975 to save and distribute heirloom seeds. If you have varieties to contribute you should join. Decorah IA.
Territorial Seed Company TerritorialSeed.com
Founded in 1979 to focus on seeds best suited for west of the Cascades. Tom and Julie Johns have been the proprietors since 1985. Just because you don't live on the west coast doesn't mean you can't order from them. Cottage Grove OR.
White Flower Farm WhiteFlowerFarm.com
When Mr Blandings built his dream house he probably shopped here for his landscaping. Perhaps the chicest source for flowers and ornamentals. Avon CT.