A Guide to Garden Seed Catalogs

This guide to garden weed catalogs will help inspire wishful gardeners to examine new seeds during winter months while waiting for the chance to plant and grow new seedlings for the garden.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors
January/February 1988
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So, to ease your pregarden doldrums, we've prepared a list of the major seed companies that supply catalogues.
ILLUSTRATION: W. ATLEE BURPEE & CO.


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A Guide to Garden Seed Catalogs

About the only way most ardent gardeners manage to get through the winter months—when most of last year's carefully tended beds are buried in snow or mired in mud—is by curling up with a bunch of seed catalogues and dreaming about the coming spring's bigger and better gardens. The whole family gathers around the supper table and oohs and ahs over the glossy pictures of early carrots dug young and sweet, and shining greens fairly singing with life.

The back yard grower, thank goodness, can raise tomatoes that practically ooze with flavor; melons perfectly suited to an area's climatic quirks; succulent foods that don't even exist in supermarkets; and even such exotics as red carrots and blue potatoes. And, surely, half the pleasure provided by such flavor-packed, site-specific, varieties is the self-satisfaction that comes with discovering them.

So, to ease your pregarden doldrums, we've prepared a list of the major seed companies that supply catalogues. Then, for good measure, we've added the names of some less well known companies. Write to any of the firms in the list below (don't forget to add the charge for postage if one is indicated), and you'll receive a veritable book of dreams.

Then, once you've finished going through your catalogue collection and laying out the umpteenth possible plan for your 1988 garden, it'll be nigh onto planting time!

Alberta Nurseries & Seeds, Ltd.
Canada T0M 0K0

Burgess Seed & Plant Co.
Bloomington, IL

Burpee Seed Co.
Warminster, PA

D.V. Burrell Seed Co.
Rocky Ford, CO

Capriland's Herb Farm
Coventry, CT

The Cook's Garden
Londonderry, VT 

DeGiorgi Co., Inc.
Council Bluffs, IA
(send $1 for postage)

Epicure Seeds, Ltd.
Brewster, NY

Henry Field and Co.
Shenandoah, IA

Gurney Seed & Nursery
Yankton, SD

Harris Moran Seed Co.
Rochester, NY

H.G. Hastings & Co.
Atlanta, GA

Heirloom Gardens
Guerneville, CA
(catalogue $2; mostly herbs)

Horticultural Enterprises
Dallas, TX
(send LSASE)

Jackson & Perkins
Medford, OR

Johnny's Selected Seeds
Albion, ME
(please use postcard)

J.W. Jung Seed Co.
Randolph, WI

Le Jardin du Gourmet
West Danville, VT
(catalogue 50¢)

Le Marche Seeds International
Dixon, CA
(catalogue $2)

Orol Ledden & Sons, Inc.
Sewell, NJ

Liberty Seed Co.
New Philadelphia, OH

Lost Prairie Herb Farm
Kalispell) MT
(catalogue $1)

Earl May Seed & Nursery Co.
Shenandoah, IA

McCrory's Sunny Hill Herb Farm
Eustis, FL
(catalogue 50¢)

Mellinger's
North Lima, OH

Moon Mountain Wildflowers
Morro Bay, CA
(catalogue $1)

Nichols Garden Nursery
Albany, OR

Geo. W. Park Seed Co., Inc.
Greenwood, SC

Peace Seeds
Corvallis, OR
(catalogue $1)

Pinetree Garden Seeds
New Gloucester, ME

Porter & Sons Seedsmen
Stephenville, TX

Sandy Mush Herb Nursery
Leicester, NC
(catalogue $3.95)

Seeds Blüm
Boise, ID
(catalogue $2)

Seedway, Inc.
Hall, NY

Shepherds Garden Seeds
Felton, CA
(catalogue $1)

R.H. Shumway's
Rockford, IL
(catalogue $1, refundable)

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
North Garden, VA
(catalogue $3, free to previous customers)

Stokes Seeds
Fredonia, NY

Sunrise Enterprises
Elmwood, CT

Thompson & Morgan
Jackson, NJ

Otis Twilley Seed Co.
Trevose, PA

The Urban Farmer, Inc.
Convent Station, NJ 07961

Vermont Bean Seed Co.
Fair Haven, VT

Vesey's Seeds
Canada C0A 1P0

Well-Sweep Herb Farm
Port Murray, NJ
(catalogue $1)

Wyatt-Quarles Seed Co.
Garner, NC


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