SOME USEFUL VEGETABLE SEED AND PLANT CATALOGS
(Many offer print online ordering services as well as the printed catalog;
some offer email newsletters with gardening tips and special product offers.)
Burpee, W. Atlee: 300 Park Ave., Warminster PA, 18991-0001. Order by phone at 1-800-888-1447; online at www.burpee.com. (Also available is a free email newsletter.) A pioneer seed and plant company. Offers vegetable seeds and plants (as well as flowers, herbs, etc.) via catalog; seeds often available at seed racks in garden centers and other local stores. Good selection of traditional, reliable varieties with some exclusives. Brief cultural information on all.
Cook’s Garden, The: Post Office Box C5030, Warminster PA, 18974. Order by phone at 1-800-457-9703; online at www.cooksgarden.com. Offers seeds and some plants of vegetables with a few fruits and flowers. Very good selection of salad greens in particular with good cultural information and even a few recipes.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds: 955 Benton Ave., Winslow ME, 4901 Order by phone at 1-877-564-6697; online at Johnnyseeds.com. (Also has free email newsletter.) Excellent selection of vegetable seeds plus herbs and flowers; many of their selections are organically grown. Excellent cultural information. (Can you tell it is a personal favorite? They also seem environmentally and socially responsible.)
Kitchen Garden Seeds (John Scheepers): 23 Tulip Dr., PO Box 638, Bantam CT, 06750-0638. Order by phone at 1-860-567-6086; online at www.kitchengardenseeds.com. Wide array of vegetable seeds; some flowers and herbs. Very good cultural information.
Le Jardin du Gourmet: P.O. Box 75, St. Johnsburg Center VT, 05863-0075. Has had a good, but not extensive, selection of salad vegetables and edible flowers. Their best feature is that all seeds are offered in very small, very inexpensive packets which encourages you to try new things. (I have not heard from them this year yet, but assume they still are in business.)
Nichols Garden Nursery: 1190 Old Salem Rd NE, Albany OR, 97321-4580. Order by phone at 1-800-422-3985; online at www.nicholsgardennursery.com. Predominantly herb specialists, they also offer seeds of a select group of vegetables including unusual ones native to the Americas and of some flowers. Seeds are guaranteed to be untreated. Noted, too, for wine-making supplies. One of the owners, author of The Bountiful Container, has started a gardening and food blog accessed through their catalog website.
Park Seed Co.: 1 Parkton Ave., Greenwood SC, 29647-0099. Order by phone at 1-800-845-3369; online at www.parkseed.com. Another pioneer company. Offers seeds and plants of a wide array of vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruits. Now includes a section of certified organic vegetable seed. Cultural information is good.
Renees Garden Seeds: online catalog only at www.reneesgarden.com. This used to be the well-loved and trusted “Shepherd’s Seeds,” now self-described at “gourmet vegetables + kitchen herbs + cottage garden flowers.” A delight to visit. Wide range of vegetable seeds. Very good cultural information.
Richters: 357 Highway 47, Goodwood Ontario LOC 1AO Canada. Order by phone at 1-905-640-6641; online at www.richters.com. Outstanding Canadian herb specialist company. Their vegetable seed offering is small but choice.
Territorial Seed Co.: P.O. Box 158, Cottage Grove OR, 97424-0061. Order by phone at 1-800-626-0866; online aw www.territorialseed.com. Wide array of vegetable seeds plus flowers and herbs. Excellent cultural information.
Totally Tomatoes: 334 W. Stroud St, Randolph WI, 53956. Order by phone at 1-800-345-5977; online at www.totallytomato.com. The name says it—a focus on tomatoes, seeds and plants with some peppers, eggplant and salad vegetables