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December 13th 2021

Floret’s Favorite Specialty Seed Sources

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Our farm is situated in the northernmost corner of Washington State about an hour south of the Canadian border. Winters are long, dark, and extremely wet. During the winter months, the sun rarely makes an appearance and the sky is filled with a thick layer of gray clouds and fog most days. During these dark months, the sun sets by 4 o’clock in the afternoon and it’s hard to find the motivation to get outside.  

Thankfully each day’s walk to the mailbox brings a new batch of seed and plant catalogs, and my imagination runs wild with all of the possibilities for the coming year. Graph paper, gardening books, catalogs, and colored pencils litter my dining room table and every free moment is devoted to plotting out the season to come. 

Rows of newly planted sweet pea seedlingsThe funny thing is that even though we have a seed company I probably order more seeds than anyone I know. Each year I find myself completely swept up in the hunt for new varieties and new companies and love learning as much as I possibly can about each and every one.

I thought it would be fun to share all of my favorite sources for specialty seeds including flowers, vegetables, perennials, wildflowers, cover crop, and even dye plants. Over the years, readers have shared their favorite sources for seed all over the world which I’ve included along with mine. My hope is that sharing this resource will introduce you to some wonderful companies that you may not have heard of and help get you dreaming of the growing season just over the horizon.

If you have a favorite seed company that’s not listed here, I’d love to know about it. Please tuck it in the comments section at the bottom of this post.   

DOMESTIC SOURCES

United States

3 Porch Farm
Located in northern Georgia, 3 Porch Farm is run by our friends Mandy and Steve O’Shea. Mandy and Steve’s commitment to sustainability is unparalleled and spans every aspect of their business. For example, all three of their delivery vehicles run on waste vegetable oil, and their house and farm are 100-percent solar-powered. They just started offering a small line of cut flower seeds including the beautiful fall-blooming formosa lilies we grow here on the farm, money plant, and a nice selection of sunflowers. They also ship their fresh cut flowers nationwide.

Adaptive Seeds
Oregon-based Adaptive Seeds is a small certified organic company with a unique catalog focusing on regionally adapted varieties. Working with a small group of Pacific Northwest growers, they are working to bring biodiversity back to small farms and home gardens. They sell many Northwest bred varieties of vegetables, grains, and flowers, as well as some wonderful mixes that could be fun for home gardeners to experiment with.

American Meadows
I had the pleasure of meeting owner Mike Lizotte a few years ago at a big seed conference and he was so generous with his information and has been a wonderful resource as we’ve grown our little seed company. Located in the Champlain Valley of Vermont, American Meadows offers a massive selection of wildflower seeds and their website is a treasure trove of information, especially when it comes to choosing which varieties will thrive in your climate. We planted a large meadow at the back of the farm this year and used their seed for the project.

Ardelia Farm & Co.
Based in Vermont, Ardelia offers more than 60 varieties of the highest quality sweet pea seed, much of which they grow themselves. You can discover some really rare, special treats, and be sure to check out owner Bailey Hale’s helpful step-by-step guide to growing sweet peas.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
This Missouri-based seed company offers one of the largest selections of heirloom seeds (over 1,200 varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs) in the country. Owners Jere and Emily Gettle are incredibly dedicated to seed preservation and education. Their catalog is the best on the market, and they mail them to over a million people annually—this year’s is their best one to date.

Botanical Interests
This long-standing Colorado seed company offers a great selection of both heirloom and newer varieties in the most beautifully designed packets. In addition to beautiful botanical illustrations by a wide range of artists, packets include garden history, landscape ideas, recipes, and fun facts. The company offers an inspiring range of wildflower mixes, as well.

Fruition Seeds
Fruition Seeds is a heart-centered seed company located in Western New York that specializes in organic, regionally adapted flower, vegetable, and herb seeds that thrive in a short growing season and have remarkably early maturity. What I love most about this company is how openly they share their knowledge and expertise.

Grand Prismatic
Located in Utah, this company focuses on open-pollinated seeds that are grown using organic practices. They have a great range of plants for natural dyeing and a variety of unusual offerings, including native desert plants and medicinal herbs.

High Mowing Organic Seeds
This well-respected Vermont-based company is a go-to source for organic vegetable, flower, and herb seeds with more than 700 heirloom and open-pollinated varieties in their catalog.

Jelitto
Based in Germany, Jelitto offers an incredible range of perennial and biennial seeds, including a huge number of long-stemmed columbines. If you are a beginning gardener, their website and catalog might be intimidating because all of the plants are listed with their Latin names. They have amazing seed-starting instructions, including all of the special tricks needed for starting perennials. 

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

I can’t say enough good things about this company! Johnny’s has been serving market gardeners since the early 1970s. They offer an insane range of vegetable, herb, and cut flower seed, along with tools and supplies—hoophouse benders, bouquet sleeves, seed-starting supplies, and high-quality hand tools. 

Chris and I had the pleasure of visiting their trial farm and shipping warehouse a few years back, and we were blown away by the level of quality and care that goes into everything that they do. Cut flower seed manager Hillary Alger (pictured above) has done a fantastic job expanding their range of flower seeds and supplies over the last few years, and I’m excited to see what she has in store for the future.

Renee’s Garden
For as long as I can remember, our local garden centers and nurseries have carried Renee’s beautiful seed packets. I love her custom flower and vegetable mixes because they allow you to try a wide range of varieties without having to order a bunch of individual packets—they are the perfect solution for backyard gardens. In addition, her wildflower scatter gardens make the perfect gift.

Seed Savers Exchange
Long-standing champions of preserving heirloom varieties, this Iowa-based company stewards a very large and interesting collection. They offer a wide range of vegetables and flowers on their website, but a wider selection is available through the Seed Exchange—a large nationwide group of home gardeners who grow a small number of varieties and provide them to members of the exchange for a small fee. The exchange catalog is extensive and if you like seed stories, this is full of them. 

Select Seeds
This Connecticut-based company specializes in old-fashioned and fragrant flowers. They have an incredible selection of heirloom varieties that you can’t find anywhere else. I always discover new treasures to add to my garden in their catalog which you absolutely must sign up for!

Siskiyou Seeds
This wonderful little regional seed company produces many of the open-pollinated and heirloom flower, vegetable, herb, and grain seeds that they sell. Located in Southwest Oregon, Siskiyou Seeds uses organic practices and biodynamic methods on their farm.

Snake River Seed Cooperative
Snake River has developed a regional seed hub in Boise, Idaho and focus on varieties adapted for the high desert. They work with small family farms in the west and share their seed saving knowledge with the goal of strengthening regional seed systems. Their catalog is full of native plants that pollinators love, as well as vegetables and herbs for the garden. They have also written a printable seed saving guide that is available on their website.

Swallowtail Garden Seeds
Swallowtail’s calling card is their wide range of varieties, especially when it comes to flower seeds. This is a great place to go for unusual novelties, and they have exciting new introductions every year.

Territorial Seed Co.
This Oregon-based company offers a good selection of garden flowers and herbs, and they trial all the seeds they offer at their farm. They have a new section on their website called Garden Planner that has loads of helpful information on insect pests, beneficial insects, and plant diseases, along with garden plans and videos.

Truelove Seeds
Truelove Seeds is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is named after founder Owen Taylor’s Great Great Great Grandmother Leticia Truelove. They offer a collection of flower and vegetable varieties grown by over 50 small farmers that were suggested by customers and partner farms as being culturally important to their communities, providing an agricultural, culinary or aesthetic link to home. Truelove Seeds has developed a generous profit share with growers, returning 50 percent of packet sales to the seed grower.

Uprising Seeds
This family-run organic seed farm in Washington State has led the way with organic flower seed production and offers a beautiful range of both common and unique varieties for cutting. They also have a great selection of vegetables, grains, and herbs. I look forward to their annual catalog—each variety description tells a story!

Wild Garden Seed
Owners Frank and Karen Morton have been our seed-growing mentors, generously sharing their hard-won knowledge over the years. They custom grow many of the flower and foliage varieties that we offer in the Floret shop! Frank is probably the most famous lettuce seed breeder in the world, and his catalog boasts more than 140 varieties!

INTERNATIONAL SOURCES

For international readers looking for specialty seeds, we’ve compiled a list of sources that have been recommended to us over the years. But please note that, while I have ordered from the U.S. suppliers listed above, I do not have any firsthand experience ordering from these companies, so I cannot vouch for their quality or service.

U.K.

Chiltern Seeds
This U.K.-based company has been offering rare specialty varieties since 1975. They have a great selection of flower, vegetable, and herb seeds, along with grasses and wildflowers. They are my go-to source for hard-to-find cut flower varieties that you can’t get anywhere else, and their customer service is great.

Grace Alexander Flowers
Grace won a scholarship to attend one of our in-person workshops in 2017 and has since gone on to start her own seed company. If you want to be seriously inspired with a big ol’ dose of beauty, be sure to check out her website, where she offers a small range of sweet pea seed plus seeds for natural dye plants.

Green & Gorgeous
We had the incredible pleasure of getting to visit Green & Gorgeous on our epic trip through England in 2019. Rachel Siegfried (pictured above) is a gifted farmer-florist and recently released a line of specialty seed that she has grown and harvested on her flower farm. Each variety is chosen for its “growability,” floral design attributes, and specific color and form. Rachel’s photos are heartbreakingly beautiful, and her perennial selection is incredibly inspiring. I can’t wait to see where she takes her seed line in the future, and I only wish I could get my hands on these treasured varieties.

Milli Proust Flowers
I have been following Milli for years on Instagram and was so excited when she decided to offer her own line of seeds. Her current collection includes nearly 50 varieties that are easy to grow and great for design work. Each seed packet has a colorful, painted illustration of the variety plus a simple sowing guide. Her shop opens again on February 5th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

Roger Parsons Sweet Peas
I have been pen pals with Roger Parsons—and a loyal customer—for many years, and he has taught me a great deal about growing sweet peas for seed. I had the chance to visit his farm (pictured above) in Sussex on our trip to England, and it was one of the highlights of the trip. In addition to being a world-renowned sweet pea expert and author (Sweet Peas: An Essential Guide), he has also won numerous awards. He is the custodian of the National Collection of sweet peas and offers a staggering number of varieties through his mail-order seed company. If you love sweet peas, you will lose your mind over his website and catalog.

Sarah Raven
Internationally renowned gardener, author, and BBC television host Sarah Raven has long led the way when it comes to cut flowers. Her books The Cutting Garden and Grow Your Own Cut Flowers gave me my start in flower growing and arranging with seasonal flowers. So many people have her to thank for sparking the seasonal flower movement. Sarah conducts extensive flower and vegetable trials at her famous Perch Hill farm and school, which we had the chance to visit in 2019, and it was even more magical than I expected. Her website and catalogs are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, and you can easily get lost for hours in the pages.

Snapdragon Life
Jane Lindsey was one of the very first people I discovered who shared about growing cut flowers on a small scale. I have been reading her blog for over a decade now and have been so inspired by the way her business has grown and evolved over the years. Her seasonally focused shop specializes in seeds that grow well in Scotland and the rest of the U.K., offering 40 varieties of cut flower seeds. 

Higgledy Garden
From his cutting garden in Cornwall, Benjamin Ranyard sells seeds from flowers chosen for their color, form, texture, vase life, height, and strong stems. He also writes a blog to help new growers.

Kings Seeds
Based in Essex, Kings offers a large range of seed selected with commercial growers in mind. Bedding plants and cut flower varieties are listed together, so be careful when making selections.

Moles Seeds
Moles, also in Essex, has a huge range of flower seed, categorized by annuals, perennials, and biennials. It’s helpful to have a look at their cultural guide, “Cut flowers from seed.”

Mr. Fothergill’s
This well-known, second-generation company based in Suffolk caters to home gardeners and sells seed to more than 30 countries. They have a great selection of flower seeds and detailed growing information on their website. Check the end of the list for RHS flower seeds, including pollinator and bird mixes.

Nicky’s Nursery
This family-owned business in Kent sells to both home gardeners and commercial growers, and offers vegetable, herb, grass, and flower seeds. The bedding plants and cut flowers are listed together, so check your varieties carefully. They also offer wildflower seed.

Plants of Distinction
This company in Suffolk, at one time the largest supplier of the Himalayan blue poppy, still works with specialist collectors. It’s a family-run business with a ton of great cut flower varieties growers are looking for.

Swan Cottage Flowers
Zoe Woodward in Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire, grows flowers for her wedding design business. Her social media and Pinterest accounts are super-helpful, especially if you want to grow for weddings. Sign up for her VIP email list for her seed sales.

Suttons
Founded in 1806 and based in Devon, this internationally known company offers a wide range of garden seed, along with tools and supplies.

Thompson & Morgan
Founded in 1855, this well-known company based in Suffolk offers a wide range of garden products, including a good selection of annual and perennial flowers, plus wildflower seed mixes. The website includes a lot of great growing tips.

Unwins
Founded in 1903 and based in Cambridgeshire, Unwins originally specialized in flower seed and later expanded to include vegetable seed and other products. They continue to develop sweet pea varieties, and their site lists more than 90 sweet peas along with other flowers, with helpful categorization and search filters.

Woolmans
This long-standing company, founded in 1881 and based in Suffolk, is the place for chrysanthemum cuttings. Mums are their specialty, and they offer young plants in more than 150 varieties; be sure to choose cut flower types.

Europe

B & T World Seeds
This family-run flower seed company in France has a huge, searchable variety index on their website. Go first to list 44, “Cut flowers Commercial and other Recommended Varieties” and take time to check out their Botanical Glossary.

Graines Voltz 
This French company supplies plugs (small rooted plants) to the trade. You can browse the website in French, German, Spanish, or Italian, and search for specific varieties or scroll through the varieties listed by genus.

Jelitto
Based in Germany, Jelitto offers an incredible range of perennial and biennial seeds, including a huge number of long-stemmed columbines. If you are a beginning gardener, their website and catalog might be intimidating because all of the plants are listed with their Latin names. They have amazing seed-starting instructions including all of the special tricks needed for starting perennials.

Muller Seeds
This Dutch company lists more than 600 varieties of cut flower seed on its website. Perennials, sunflowers, sweet peas, ornamental grasses, and flowers good for drying are all listed in separate categories.

Bingenheimer Saatgut
This German company offers only open-pollinated vegetable, flower, and herb varieties of organic seeds and plants, working with a network of organic and biodynamic seed producers. Charts on the website show sowing, planting, and blooming times for each variety.

Seedaholic
This seed company in Galway, Ireland, offers almost 2,500 varieties, and you can search flower varieties using many categories, including foliage and fillers, dried flowers, natural dyes, sowing month, and more. While you’re looking for flowers, check out the “Ancient Crops” list under the Edibles tab.

Silene
This small Belgian nursery outside Brussels specializes in annuals and biennials. The owners love old-fashioned flowers, appreciate pollinators, and grow more than 500 varieties.

Vreeken’s Seeds
Founded in 1926, this third-generation Dutch company works with both home gardeners and commercial growers. They offer more than 1,700 annual and perennial flower seeds, along with many different seed mixes, including one for dried flowers.

Canada

Johnny’s Selected Seed
Hands down the best garden company in the U.S., and they ship to Canada. They cater primarily to market gardeners, but their selection and online technical growing information can’t be beat. Johnny’s offers an insane range of vegetable, herb, and cut flower seed, along with tools and supplies—hoophouse benders, bouquet sleeves, seed-starting supplies, and high-quality hand tools. They have everything you need, and the quality is great.

Renee’s Garden Seed
Based in the U.S., Renee’s ships throughout Canada. The longtime standard at locally operated garden centers, Renee’s really caters to backyard gardeners. I love her custom flower and vegetable mixes because you can try a lot of varieties without having to order a bunch of different packets. Her wildflower scatter gardens are a great invention.

West Coast Seeds
This fourth-generation family-owned company in British Columbia promotes organic growing and sustainable agriculture. They have a nice selection of untreated, non-GMO seeds for flowers, herbs, and grasses that can be used as cut materials.

William Dam Seeds
This Ontario-based, family-run company was founded by Dutch immigrants William and Rene Dam in 1959. They offer a long list of cut flower and herb seeds, including many fantastic, hard-to-find specialties.

Veseys Seeds
Family-owned for 80 years, this company on Prince Edward Island is geared toward home gardeners. They offer flower and herb seed, great wildflower seed mixes, seed-starting supplies, and backyard-scale season extension equipment.

Globe amaranth growing in the fieldAustralia

Australian Seed
Based in Western Australia, this company specializes in Australian native seeds. They carry a wide selection of flowers, as well as vegetables and seeds for medicinal plants.

The Climbing Fig
The Climbing Fig, based in New South Wales, offers a great selection of cut flower seed, including many specialties, and you can browse seeds by color, season, and region. They also offer a wide range of propagation supplies, and the website is very easy to use.

Diggers
The Diggers Club, Australia’s largest gardening club, has a huge range of garden and cut flower seed varieties. There’s a ton of helpful growing information on the website, including some of the videos from their excellent YouTube channel.

Jardin le Fleur
A passionate seed collector, photographer Lisa Perhat launched her own line of specialty open-pollinated, non-GMO flower and herb seeds, now based in Victoria. Her gorgeous website has breathtaking photos and an inspiring blog.

Lambley Nursery
Owner David Glenn is known internationally for his emphasis on sustainable gardening, and the company’s garden complex in Central Victoria, which feeds four generations of the family, draws visitors from around the world. Lambley offers a great selection of cut flower seed.

Royston Petrie
This second-generation, family-owned wholesale supplier in New South Wales sells to both commercial growers and home gardeners. They offer more than 800 varieties of flowering plants, and their website shows the availability status on each one.

The Seed Collection
This Victoria-based company offers chemical-free heirloom, open-pollinated, non-hybrid and non-GMO seeds, including a good selection of cut flower seeds, as well as seed collections.

Southern Harvest
This company in Tasmania carries a nice selection of cottage garden flower seeds, plus a long list of herbs, and some natives that are really useful as cut flowers. A great site for cut flower growers.

Seedlings in the Floret greenhouseNew Zealand

Egmont Seeds
This family-owned company in New Plymouth caters to home gardeners and emphasizes customer service. They offer more than 500 types of flower seeds, as well as seeds for herbs and New Zealand native plants.

Emerden
After years of planning, Tikorangi farmer-florist Sarah Hawkless has just begun offering flower seed. Subscribe to her newsletter for information updates. (And check out her gorgeous dried flower bouquets.)

Garden Post
This family-owned company in Tauranga offers 33 types of sweet pea seeds, as well as more than 100 varieties of flower seed, with cutting and garden types listed together.

Dr Keith Hammett
Keith Hammett is a world-renowned breeder in Auckland best known for his contributions to sweet peas, dahlias, and clivia and sells seeds for these flowers and amaryllis on his website. His sweet pea varieties are amazing!

Kings Seeds
This company based in Katikati has a huge list and range of seeds—everything from flowers to animal grazing mixes. The website offers helpful search filters: hardiness, light needs, type of use, color, height, and sowing time.

Nourish Gardens
Christy Ralphs operates this diversified farm on Waiheke Island, with specialty cut flower production, a small-scale food forest, medicinal gardens, and more. She documents her work through writing and photos, and offers a beautiful curated collection of seeds.

Owairaka Seeds
This small company in Auckland specializes in rare and hard-to-find perennial seeds, and they also offer some annuals and biennials.

Puriri Lane
Longtime Floret supporters Deb and Clive Sisam own and operate a plant nursery and display garden near Auckland, New Zealand. They specialize in hard-to-find annuals and perennials that they ship across the country. Their online shop has a nice selection of sweet peas and annual flowering plants along with gifts and gardening books.

South Africa

Ball Straathof
This third-generation company in Gauteng partners with Ball Horticultural in the U.S. They offer a good selection of cut flower seeds and plugs (small rooted plants) to commercial growers.

Seeds for Africa
Located in Capetown, this company, founded in 2011, has a catalog of more than 2,600 seeds, including indigenous African varieties. They sell on eBay and offer many favorite cut flower varieties.

India

Seedlings India
This small seed production company in New Delhi collaborates with NGOs on planting projects. They have a small but solid number of cut flower seed varieties, which are grouped with bedding plant seeds.

If you have a favorite seed company that’s not listed here, I’d love to know about it. Please tuck it in the comments section below.   

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175 Comments

  1. Nadia on

    Hi there,
    I feel that people who follow Floret Farms in a way are here to sell flowers at some point so I’m not sure why anyone would ever suggest or support Adele flowers in South Africa because she has a claus on her flowers, bulbs and seeds. They are sold to look pretty in your garden and not to ever be sold to anyone, flower or seed. She has the majority stake in dahlias and wouldn’t let anyone else have the opportunity to sell to her level. Unless you import your own.

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  2. Seed Works on

    SeedWorks is committed towards delivering unique and value driven products for diverse Indian geography and segments. With our research capabilities, and rigorous processes we have built a strong portfolio catering to need of cotton growers.

    Website – https://www.seedworks.com/cotton-seeds/

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  3. marguerite geagan on

    Fedco Seeds in Maine, Southern Exposure in Virginia, and Strictly Medicinal Seeds out of Oregon are three of my favorite seed sources. Highly recommend!

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  4. Gina Covina on

    Please consider including Open Circle Seeds, http://www.opencircleseeds.com. We’re a small certified organic women-owned seed company in northern California, growing vegetables, herbs, and a small but expanding range of flower seed. All the seed we sell is grown and packaged on our farm. We specialize in versatile short-season varieties that hold up well under heat stress. Thanks for this fabulous directory!

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  5. Keith on

    Thank you for recommending Ivy Garth Seeds! Customer service and selection is top notch!

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  6. Joana Rosa on

    Hi !
    Thank you to gather such an huge amount of information!

    In UK, there is as well Seed Cooperative https://seedcooperative.org.uk/, and Tamar organics https://tamarorganics.co.uk/
    They both sell organic open pollinated seeds, and in my opinion the plants are quite resilient and adapted to a great range of UK weathers.
    For some native and wild varieties there is Heritage Wild Flowers, https://www.heritagewildflowers.co.uk/Plants

    Your seed start- starting is a great mini, compact course! Thanks!

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  7. Anna Mac on

    What a fantastic list! Thank you so much.

    I found a brilliant website called “My Cottage Garden” with really unusual kinds of seeds. The poppy “Amazing Grey” is breathtaking and I hadn’t seen the sweet pea “Almost Black” before. And Sarah is just lovely. Definitely worth checking out on https://shop.mycottagegarden.de (the seeds are under “Blütenträume”). Love, // Anna

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  8. Anna MacDougall on

    What a fantastic list! Thank you so much.

    I found a brilliant website called “My Cottage Garden” with really unusual kinds of seeds. The poppy “Amazing Grey” is breathtaking and I hadn’t seen the sweet pea “Almost Black” before. And Sarah is just lovely. Definitely worth checking out on https://shop.mycottagegarden.de (the seeds are under “Blütenträume”). Love, // Anna

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  9. Barbara on

    Berlin Seeds
    1-877-464-0892
    They are an Amish seed company out of Ohio so no website. You can call and request a catalog. Large variety of vegetables, flowers, garden products and more. Truly one of my top seed companys.

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  10. Jane Sherrott on

    There is a marvelous list of BC Seed growers who really care about nurturing and restoring the earth while they grow seed for marvelous varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs and more. They share, they support, they care…

    https://farmfolkcityfolk.ca/find-seeds/bc-seed-suppliers/

    Among my favourite are BC Eco Seeds (a co-op of 20 small BC farms), Satinflower (grower of real wildflower seed for plants native to BC and the PNW), Salt Spring Seeds (everyone who grows organically knows Saltspring Seeds and the owner’s commitment to the field), Full Circle Seeds (field buzzing with bees and butterflies, interplanting…it’s all there to develop a vibrant ecosystem).

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  11. Ava on

    In Belgium Vitale Rassen offers the seeds of the beautiful Fleur Couleur flowers.

    Honest, breathtaking & with lots of love for the biodiversity!

    Worth mentioning for sure!

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  12. Cam on

    My “same” comment was in response to Suzanne Elliot’s post! Sorry for any confusion.

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  13. Cam on

    Same thing happened to me too! I’d also love to know when more might be released. Thanks so much!

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  14. Louise on

    You should add https://botania.dk/ to the list of sources in Europe. This shop is in Denmark and has wonderful high quality seeds.

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  15. Chrisje on

    Hello! I’ve been a long time fan already over a couple of years now. It was your instagram account that triggered me to also start my own flower business.
    For those in Europe that would also like to buy flower seeds – I’ve got a selection on my website http://www.tuinkabouterchrisje.com

    Many thanks
    Chrisje from Tuinkabouter Chrisje – Belgium

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  16. Suzanne “Sam” Elliott on

    I see you said you aren’t releasing all your seeds for sale at once, which is happy news — I hope. I tried to order from your sale today (twice) and your site wouldn’t let me actually finish checking out. When I tried the second time a couple hours later, I saw that many of my first selections were now sold out— so I made substitutions, but had the same result at checkout. I assume your site was just slammed. Anyway, is there a certain date that your held back seeds will be offered? I hope to try again. Thanks for any info you can offer.

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  17. Nehal Kangad on

    Amazing collection!

    The one from India doesn’t sell any seeds anymore unfortunately. After looking for so long, I have found one seller ‘seedsnpots.com’, who provides few varieties for cut flower seeds. They have good collection for home garden.
    They import the seeds and sell them in very small quantities so prices are a little higher compared to local seeds, but quality seems great in my experience.

    I am still looking for other resources in India for seeds of cut flower varieties, so any suggestions would be great. Thank you!😄

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  18. Cynthia Lemmon on

    Just going to toss this one out there. I love all flowers but am particularly fond of wild flowers. I love visiting here. If you ever visit this direction you might like them. https://www.wildseedfarms.com/

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  19. Jacqui on

    Thanks for providing such a comprehensive list of seed companies! I’d like to recommend ‘Transition Farm’ seeds in Australia. They grow biodynamic and organic seed. I was a member of their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program for many years and love how much they care for and respect the land. This year I tried their seed and I was absolutely blown away by the great results! It is so great to find locally-produced seed of such variety and quality.

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  20. AJ Linke on

    Marlo would you please share a link to the Do It Yourself website? I can’t seem to find it online. Thank you!

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  21. Susan Duguid on

    Thank-you for your list. I found West Coast Seeds last night as I wanted something BC based as I am in Port Moody, and ordered my first ever seeds for wild flowers, partial shade wildflowers, tomatoes, tomatillos (I am going to try, I gained an addiction to these living in NM and CO), basil, and rye grass. I have never gardened before! The tomatoes I will start in a container? It is snowing here! Again, like Christmas, like it did all the years for Santa when I was growing up. I am also going to try a solar panel for charging phones and I-pads. Will see how living in a rainforest affects it all. I am looking forward to your growing flowers seed course in February.

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  22. Sushmitha Sundararaman on

    What a fantastic collection of seed sources! Thank you. Its going to occupy me for hours just looking through each of them. I just ordered my seeds from Floret today :)

    I love the collections at Chiltern and Sarah Raven, unfortunately they don’t ship to the US anymore. Few of my favorites for flowers are Northwest Meadowscapes, Prairie Moon Nursery for pollinator friendly garden and native plants that doesn’t just look pretty but ecologically help increase biodiversity. And I use Baker Creek, Territorial Seed Company for vegetables. They have great varieties that grow well esp for PNW weather.

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  23. Marloes on

    The small Dutch seed company and cutting garden Do It Yourselves. They grow a varietie of 50 different cutting flowers, and sell them in beautiful handdrawn floral packages. They are specialized in growing flowers for pollination.

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  24. Rijk Bos Bloemen on

    Vitale Rassen from Belgium is my favorite. Biological seeds full of vitality. The flowers are so beautiful! And also special, Vitale Rassen doesn’t want to lock up their seeds in property rights. These seeds and their genetic characteristics will not belong to anyone specifically, and therefore they belong to everyone, to the community. How beautiful and sustainable is that!

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  25. Janie on

    Sow True Seeds in Asheville, NC–good people, good seeds

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  26. Robin Koster on

    Transition Farm located on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia offers certified biodynamic and organic flower, herb and vegetable seed for the home and market grower. Their packets include precise growing information and they have a resource page to try ensure seed starting success.

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  27. Kate Harrison on

    San Diego Seed Company. They are local organic, non gmo seeds. They have grown superbly in our garden. Highly recommend.

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  28. Lori Gross on

    Prairie Moon Nursery based in Winona, Minnesota is my favorite source for native wildflower and grass seeds as well as potted native plants. They provide extensive information on site selection and growing information as well.

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  29. Rachel Hlay on

    I also love Hudson Valley Seed Company – I like their art packs that showcase a range of artists to beautifully depict an image inspired by the variety. They make new auto full gifts with a pair of gloves and some plant markers.

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  30. Carla on

    I just see you forgot Italy!In Milan we have very good esperience with Ingegnoli seeds, a Company established in 1817!
    ingegnoli.it/ita/sementi

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  31. Amy Harmsen on

    highdesertseed.com Western Colorado featuring seeds for high elevation desert conditions.

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  32. SheHult on

    I am absolutely over the moon to have this list as a resource. Thank you for putting it together, and being an endless inspiration!

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  33. Peggy on

    Thank you so much Erin for sharing. I am from France. I can add to your excellent list https://kokopelli-semences.fr The Kokopelli association was founded by fervent defenders of biodiversity and medicinal plants. It distributes royalty-free and reproducible seeds and provides communities in countries exploited by the West with the tools to regain their seed autonomy, and therefore their food supply. It fulfils many other useful missions for the planet and for people.

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  34. Lenore Messick on

    Impecta Fröhandel in Sweden is great. They have a great selection of flowers for cutting – particularly China asters – and lots of Nordic wildflowers.
    In Denmark, Spirekassen, Albinus Frø and Susannes Blomster Café offer a great selection of flowers for cutting as well.

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  35. Marianne on

    I have no words to thank You! Great that you have written down seed companies in Europe. We outside UK have big problems to find seeds after Brexit. UK seeds are so good and big variety.

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  36. Cynthia Konicke on

    I really try to purchase seeds from the Northwest, when I can. I love the Farmhouse Flower Farm for sweet peas. I took Marin’s class last winter and it was so Informative and fun.

    I’ve enjoyed getting seeds from Redemption Seeds. They have a great “Growing Kindness” bundle that includes the basics for a cutting garden and a portion of the sales goes to The Growing Kindness Project. They attach sweet notes to your package and it feels like you’re getting a gift from a friend. I also like Irish Eyes in Ellensberg for my potatoes, garlic and veg.

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  37. Laurie Beardsley on

    Erin, what a great resource! You’ve missed a great one though. Redemption Seeds at https://www.redemptionseeds.com/ They have an awesome selection of unique and rare flowers as well as ornamental grasses. Such fun to shop for new varieties! Thank you!

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  38. Cathy on

    Jung Seed Company out of Randolph, Wisconsin.

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  39. Martha Faella on

    Fedco Seeds and Supplies, Clinton ME 04927 fedcoseeds.com
    Pinetree Garden Seeds, New Gloucester ME 04260 supersedes.com
    A few others I use since grow in RI

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  40. Jacqueline Greenham on

    Thank you so much for your generosity. I will enjoy looking at these. A couple of other UK Sources include:
    dtbrownseeds.co.uk
    wildflower.co.uk
    plant-world-seeds.com

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  41. DDL on

    Full Belly Farm! We have so many happy memories of the Hoes downs we attended when our kids were small. You made handmade ice cream for all comers! Thank you for all of it!

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  42. Dru Rivers on

    Thank you so much for making this list available for us cut flower growers! Some of our favorites: Wild Garden Seed in Philomath Oregon, Geo Seed (which I noticed is not mentioned), Baker Creek Heirloom Seed , Redemption Seed and Adaptive Seeds. Thanks again from Full Belly Farm.

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  43. Katurah Hein on

    Silver Falls Seeds based in Silverton Oregon, grows a wide variety of flowers, native wildflowers, grasses and grains. They provide flower mixes, forage pasture, and lawn mixes. A great resource for the PNW gardener.

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  44. Nell Bednarz on

    Native American Seed can be found online at seedsource.com. They specialize in native wildflowers, and are based in southwest Texas near the town of Junction, on the headwaters of the Llano River. They also have native grass seeds, and seed mixes to reestablish native vegetation across a wide range of habitats (since Texas spans a wide range of conditions). They are committed to healing the earth and working to save wildlife flora and fauna, such as the Monarch Butterfly. Phone number is 1-800-728-4043. They are my source for Texas Bluebells, Showy Primrose, Texas Bluebonnets, and many other native wildflowers.

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  45. Lisa on

    Oh my, so much overwhelming information to research during the long, cold days of winter in anticipation. Two other Canadian options would be Antonio Valente Flowers @www.antoniovalenteflowers.com and Unicorn Blooms @ http://www.unicornblooms.com. Both have a nice selection of seeds, tubers and bulbs for cutting gardens and garden beauty.

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  46. Jeanie Gray on

    I feel I have had difficulty getting seeds from overseas, in the past. I think it is due to the possibility of importing seeds that might carry disease or have the potential to be invasive. Have you come across this problem.
    Thanks, Jeanie

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  47. Robina on

    More small-scale flower seed producers in South Africa:

    Adene’s Farm Flowers – adeneflowers.co.za
    The Flower Cartel – theflowercartel.co.za
    Jamestown Flower Farm – jamestownflowerfarm.co.za
    Living Seeds Heirloom Seeds (mainly vegetable seed but growing range of flower seeds) – livingseeds.co.za

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  48. Kerstin on

    Erin, I am extremely grateful for your list of European seed sellers! I’ve been looking for weeks to find certain seeds and thought I could only get it in the USA as I couldn’t google any local vendors (meaning I couldn’t find them on Google!). Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  49. shannon martin on

    Kitazawa Seed Co. Non-GMO Asian vegetable seeds in business for over 100 years. Oakland CA.

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  50. Leanne Frohloff on

    Australia’s Sweet Pea Specialists, they supply more than sweet peas and all plants are grown in Queensland and Tasmania, chemical free and seeds are hand harvested.

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  51. Dianna on

    I forgot to mention Mary’s Heirloom Seeds.

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  52. Dianna on

    What a great list– you included many of my favorites, and I found lots of new ones to try! Some others that I like: Seeds for Generations, Migardener, Outside Pride, Sweetyards, Park Seeds.

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  53. Kristen on

    San Diego Seed Company is a wonderful company serving growers in Zones 9 & 10 and beyond!

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  54. Mo Sloane on

    I second the recommendations for Fedco and Kitazawa! Both outstanding companies, and if you love greens you must check out Kitazawa. Very popular in San Juan Island gardens; our local hardware store carries their seeds.

    Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island: https://deepharvestfarm.com/
    Certified organic, open-pollinated and non-GMO veggies and flowers selected for the maritime PNW climate. Their “Salt & Pepper” cucumber is the best cuke I’ve ever tasted. Grow it every year.

    And please check out Victory Seeds company in Molalla, OR: https://www.victoryseeds.com/
    They are the west coast seed supplier for the Dwarf Tomato Project – they have seeds for nearly all of the varieties developed so far. I’m a big fan of dwarf tomatoes – they were bred for flavor!
    They are dedicated to open-pollinated, non-GMO, heirloom varieties and promoting biodiversity. A wide variety of veggies, flowers, herbs, grains and tobacco.

    Thanks for all you do!!

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  55. ann dorte fabris on

    Stems flower farm and Edgebrook Farms Curated Seeds in Cookstown Ontario. Lots of lovely annuals and more.

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  56. Deb on

    Hudson Valley Seed Company!

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  57. Sue on

    I’ve successfully ordered from the Seedstead Heirloom Seed Company. They have a great selection of African tree, flower and vegetable seeds as well as more common seeds.

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  58. Jenny Figgins on

    Redemption seeds !!! Wonderful company . Non – gmo seeds . Micro greens , edibles , flowers etc. good customer service and the packets have all the important info .

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  59. Kevin Goodwin on

    I would highly recommend J & L Gardens from New Mexico, U.S. An absolute must for fabulous tomatoes and innovative peppers, J&L is home to over 500 varieties of tomatoes and rare vegetables from a rich heritage of heirloom and open pollinated types. For 30 years they have farmed in the upper Rio Grande river valley near Espanola, New Mexico. In addition to their specialty tomatoes (over 140 varieties) and peppers, they breed and raise native beans and corn, melons, cucumbers, specialty potatoes and garlic. All their garden vegetables and fruit are raised using traditional, natural methods.

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  60. Kevin Goodwin on

    I would highly recommend J & L Gardens. An absolute must for fabulous tomatoes and innovative peppers. J&L is home to over 500 varieties of tomatoes and rare vegetables from a rich heritage of heirloom and open pollinated types. For 30 years they have farmed in the upper Rio Grande river valley near Espanola, New Mexico. In addition to their specialty tomatoes (over 140 varieties) and peppers, they breed and raise native beans and corn, melons, cucumbers, specialty potatoes and garlic. All their garden vegetables and fruit are raised using traditional, natural methods.

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  61. Nikki on

    Pennard plants in uk offer heirloom varieties ( mostly edibles) and real seeds also uk provide fantastic free seed saving resources alongside their veg seeds

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  62. The Gardenpath Flowers on

    We are a small flower farm in Manitoba just south of Winnipeg, and we order seeds from Stokes Seeds in Ontario, as well as T&T Seeds right here in Manitoba.

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  63. Jane Schraceo on

    We love this list! Thank you for such a great variety of seed companies… we’d love to add our favorite to your list:
    Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg Texas (www.wildseedfarms.com). We are northern transplants to Texas and they have been our go-to for learning how to grow a beautiful landscape (with native flowers and grasses) in this somewhat unforgiving heat and poor soil!
    Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and resources so generously… you are touching lives with beauty every day!
    Jane

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  64. Glennis on

    Fabulous list. I’m going to have many great days going through some of these. I could add Plant World Seeds, which I have relied on for unusual seeds for a long time, and they post all around the world. They even offer seeds of Gladiolus Tristis, which I have always thought a fabulous cut flower (and nothing like the regular glads), but never see it mentioned by florists.

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  65. Miriam Goldberger on

    Erin – Thank you so much for this great international resource. I am surprised you’ve not included my Canadian seed company Wildflower Farm. http://www.wildflowerfarm.com For 30 years we have been a trusted supplier of wildflower seeds, native grasses and our drought-tolerant, low maintenance turf grass, Eco-Lawn to Canadians and Americans. As well, my book, Taming Wildflowers – celebrates the use of wildflowers as cut flowers – a valuable resource for growers and designers.

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  66. Kate on

    Susie Ripley in Dunedin, NZ, also has a lovely collection and beautifully drawn packaging ❤️

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  67. Barbara Stapper on

    Franchi is an Italian seed company. Many of their seeds are available from theheirloomseedstore.com
    I have enjoyed their basil, S.Anna pole beans, Anaheim chilis, Italian sweet red peppers, San Marzano tomatoes, and Italian ribbed zucchinis.

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  68. Jackie on

    Thank you for compiling this incredible list, Erin! I found many old favorites along with plenty of new companies/catalogs to explore but it’s missing my all time favorite, Fedco Seeds in Clinton, Maine. I’ve been purchasing seeds from Fedco for 20+ years and have always had great experience/success. I love Fedco for many reasons including the fact they specialize in varieties for northern growers and short growing seasons, they’re a seed cooperative owned by their customers and employees, they’re a signatory of the “Safe Seed Pledge”, which commits them to selling non GMO seed (they have an expanding organic section), they indicate the size of the farm which supplies each variety of seed they sell so you can choose to further support small farm operations as well as indicate which varieties are cold hardy which is helpful if you’re attempting 4-season gardening.

    Fedco’s catalog is simply pen and ink drawings on newsprint but is chock full of historical information I have not found elsewhere. The seed packets are plain too but they offer multiple sizes making their seeds very affordable. I usually start with Fedco and look to others for more unusual varieties they don’t yet carry. Fedco has a catalog for seeds, trees, and one for bulbs too.

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  69. Marcia Harrington on

    Hi Erin and team Floret! Wondering if there’s a reason you don’t show GeoSeed or Ball? They are go-to suppliers for many classic and unusual cut varieties. Also a few specialties: One Stop Poppy Shop, Flytrap King for sarracenia, and Richters Herbs in Canada ships both seeds and plants to the US.

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  70. Denise on

    Yes thanks for sharing, generously. Will file all these wonderful seed sites, to ponder & plan. From snowy Whidbey Island WA…

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  71. Genevieve Haberly on

    Erin, thank you for this thoughtful timely list. Great stuff for the beginning of the year. Happy New Year and prosperous wishes for your farm and family.

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  72. Katie on

    Great list! Fedco Seeds has been my go-to for years. Their prices are the best I’ve seen most anywhere, enormous selection, they are passionate about crop diversification and marketing only non-GMO seeds, and they have a killer network of test growers who refine their varieties so that only the best make it into catalog (loooove reading their catalog descriptions….makes me want to buy everything!) I love them especially since we are in a zone 4 that experiences the same short growing seasons and harsh winters as Maine, so I can rely on their varieties to thrive here in Idaho.

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  73. HSB on

    I recently discovered Prairie Moon Nursery. https://www.prairiemoon.com/seeds/ They have some lots of different seeds, focus on a lot of natives, and have an excellent filtering system in place so you can find seeds specifically for your needs. I think they would be a good addition to your list.

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  74. Sarah on

    I’ve had great success with the wildflower mixes from Vermont Wildflower Farm https://www.vermontwildflowerfarm.com/ and what was planted years ago is a reliable perennial wildflower patch in my yard. I visited their location several years ago and they have a lovely walking trail in the woods and nice retail shop where you can purchase seed.

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  75. Krista Trommer on

    This is a great list. Chiltern won’t mail to the US anymore, though…just wanted to put that out there. I was so disappointed. I used to order from them all the time. :(

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  76. Joan on

    Another great Australian seed source is “Australia’s sweet pea specialists”. They sell gawler sweet peas (ideal for warm climate growers) and a whole lot more- not just sweet peas!

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  77. Sue F. on

    Prairie Moon Nursery in Winona, Mn is THE place for native seeds!! Excellent customer service, experts in the field, and I have had great success with their seeds. This is a small company, and the attention to detail shows. They really know their products, and are extremely helpful helping choose the best seeds and explaining how to grow them. I have not had as much success (or satisfaction) with mega companies like Select Seeds or Johnny’s (won’t order again from either).

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  78. Shelly Stock on

    Very exciting! I’m “vision” boarding as we speak. We got 4 more inches of snow last night. Too bad I live on Queen Anne and need to stay home-Ha!!! Thanks for some new resources.

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  79. Kristi Hein on

    Looking out at our fresh snowfall, and a Varied Thrush (a rare treat), but visions of colorful flowers dance in my head! Oh, Floret! I now have dozens of tabs open on my browser and one order placed . . . so far.

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  80. Greg on

    Thank you for putting together this extensive list and then sharing it! I want to echo the comments about Hudson Valley Seed Company/Library and about Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. I have worked with both groups for years, and I can’t speak highly enough about the quality of the seeds AND the quality of the advice/knowledge shared. Consistent results, consistent quality. And they are just really nice people! Thanks again, enjoy the snow and all the best in 2022!

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  81. Anne Maria on

    This is fantastic! What a wonderful gift to to explore on a very snowy morning in Everett, WA. Refilling my coffee cup now and diving into this bounty of information!
    Thanks so much. Stay warm,

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  82. ann on

    For local old fashioned landrace grains, beans and flowers adapted to maritime PNW resilientseeds.com is a wonderful place She even has Carole Deppe’s famous pop beans.
    I also ordered from a new small flower (and veggie) seed company Halden Gardens and they have a number of wonderful things and I have been very pleased.

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  83. Lies on

    Hey team Floret! Based in Belgium, we grow certified organic flowerseeds now for 4 years. Together with other organic farmers we are a member of ‘Vitale rassen’. Its a group of 20 organic farmers that are each specialised in their own species/ varieties of vegetables and flowers. We (flowerfarm Fleur-Couleur) have seeds from around 100 species of flowers. You can find them on: http://www.vitalerassen.be. Would be a great support for our collective to be named in the list :). Thanks a lot!

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  84. Barbara May Abercrombie on

    Another vote (from Canada) for Stems Flower Farm, based in Cookstown, Ontario. Thanks for this amazing list!

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  85. Stacey Messina on

    Wow! Lots to explore. Thank you so much for sharing. Love San Diego Seed Company too for regionally adapted seeds!

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  86. Dawn Moss on

    What a delightful email to wake up to in this snowy morning. A great way to spend time in front of the fire.

    White Rock is blanketed with another 5” overnight and the birds are constantly at the seed feeders. Ground birds at the round of seed in the garden and the hummingbirds are even sharing on these cold days.

    My mind is filled with dreams of blooms in the coming months and I cannot wait for the daffs, tulips, iris to begin to show when this winter is eventually over. Right now they are having a lovely winter nap under their snowy blanket.

    Thank you everyone for sharing.

    Dawn

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  87. Samantha on

    In Canada my favorite seed companies currently are Greta’s Organic Gardens, Gaia’s Organic Gardens, the Incredible Seed Company, and Stems. Lots of unique flowers and produce.

    You mentioned above a few others I really enjoy too, like Westcoast and Bakers Creek. I am excited to look into some of these new ones!

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  88. Katie on

    Ivy Garth Seeds!

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  89. Amy on

    Oh my goodness! What a glorious way to spend a few hours while waiting for the sun to come up so I can go shovel our rare PNW snow. Thank you for such a comprehensive list! A few beautiful seeds are now on their way to my home.

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  90. Kirsten on

    I believe this one was mentioned above for tha Canada list. Stems flower farm. A family operated farm in Ontario that has a lot of great hard to find seeds. Flower seeds, veg seeds and dahlia tubers. Here is their website
    https://edgebrookfarm.ca

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  91. Charlotte Mitchell on

    Thank you for the wonderful list of seed sources. I live in the pacific north west of Canada and am always on the lookout for Canadian seed sources for those seeds that Floret cannot export out of the United States. Aside from the ones you mention, some of my favorite Canadian seed companies are as follows: Ravensong Seeds & Herbals, Stems Flower Farm, and The Incredible Seed Co. My favorite dahlia tuber source is Ferncliff Gardens. Happy garden dreaming!

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  92. Inger Knudsen on

    Hi
    Albinus seeds in Denmark They do not grow their own seeds and they are a little expensive But she sends a beautiful newsletter out and her selection is great
    Do not forget Richters in Canada Our own herbal place known everywhere Seeds are reasonable priced
    OSC in Canada is price conscious and who needs 500 broccoli seeds anyway?
    Seeds of Imbolic a small one-woman enterprise with her own seed- line
    Heritage seeds in Manitoba
    Salt spring Island seeds

    and I do not think Chiltern is sending seeds to America these days

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  93. Trey Ellett on

    I also love Hudson Valley Seed Co. They are located in Accord, NY, and they have these gorgeous art packs where they have different artists design different types of seed packets. Gorgeous. And they also offer these gorgeous renderings in print form. Love the idea of art and seeds.

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  94. Irene on

    Stems flower farm in Canada. They offer a huge variety of flower seeds.

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  95. Jamie Desmond on

    Thank you for this amazing list of seed resources. For my small garden I’ve always just used Johnny’s Seeds but I may have to expand my seed options. This time of year I do spend a great day of time planning and anticipating my planting for the coming growing season. I appreciated your description of using colored pencils and graph paper and would love to see one of your planting plans. I’ve always just used a regular pencil but like the idea of colored pencils.
    Happy Planting!
    Jamie

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  96. Nadia Stadtlander for Blooming Patches on

    Wow!! Thanks for all the places that sells seeds….appreciate it!! From South-Africa and immigrated to Canada 4 years ago!! Adene’s Farm Flowers in Wolseley in South-Africa I get my renunculus corms from and Seeds for Africa also have a nice selection of seeds and rare ones too.

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  97. Deborah on

    List list is fantastic—Thank you.
    I was surprised to find Wildseed Farms in Texas not listed. I find it to be a great resource for US wildflower seeds.

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  98. Vickie Murray Elkins on

    I’ve been ordering from Hudson Valley Seed Co. for a few years now, they are located in New York, they also have art seed packs and so far I’ve been pleased with my purchases.

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  99. Andrea L Watkins on

    Thank you for sharing ! I have been a floral designer working in a local shop for 30 years, You inspire me to grow and produce my own flowers.
    I am finally getting married next year and my finances will be better sharing the bills with someone. I have had so many dreams for so long,
    You are such an amazing inspiration to me! Thank you so much ! May God bless you and your family! Happy New Year ! I loved the snow pictures !

    Sincerely yours,
    Andrea Watkins from N.C.

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  100. Elisabeth Heftel on

    Northwest Meadowscapes! Amazing PNW native flowers, grasses, and grains along with edibles like a foragers mix and the incredibly productive polyculture blend that took over our front yard this year on an epic scale. Love this company!

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  101. Sydney Allen on

    Southern Exposure Seed Exchange! Based in Mineral, VA, but they have growers throughout the South saving heirloom southern varieties, including the farmers at Berea College in KY.

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  102. Amanda on

    Thank you for sharing this list!!! I saw all of my favorites except Annie’s Heirloom Seeds from WI. They offer some varieties that I can’t find anywhere else and they have great customer service!

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  103. Leeann Sweers on

    Stems Flower Farm is a treasure here in Canada. I would consider them the “Floret” of Canada.

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  104. Diane Varney on

    I recently ordered from Special Plants Seeds https://www.specialplants.net/ in England, and am pleased with the seed. I live in Mexico and the seed arrived at my door and I didn’t have to pay any duty! They are germinating well. Happy New Year!

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  105. Rose WY on

    You’ve got all my favorite small farm seed companies in the U.S. except these two, which admittedly have small selections of flower seed, but a bunch of unique and hard to find varieties that work well in our short and extreme seasons (hi from the Methow Valley!)…

    Quail Seeds (quailseeds.com) in Mendocino CA is owned by an incredibly dedicated woman that has been involverd in the seed industry in various ways for years. She is connected with all kinds of passionate small scale seed breeders growing very high quality seed. This is often the only place I can find some of Carol Deppe’s amazing breeding work.

    High Desert Seed & Gardens in the mountains of CO has some really lovely and strong growing seed that they are adapting well to short seasons, drought, heat and cold. If you haven’t grown Rouge Sang Violette carrots yet, you really are missing out, and this is a great place to get the seed for that.

    Cheers!

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  106. Jen on

    Stems Flower Farm here in Ontario is another great find. It’s my first stop to shop for seeds.

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  107. Jennifer Joray on

    Hi, Erin! Redemption Seeds is family run and owner Michelle has been amazing to us!! She sources difficult to find varieties with a focus on cut flower perennials. She called us and we talked cut flowers for three hours one day, then she sourced some eucalyptus seed for us! She also messaged me about the zinnia shortage and I managed to get a few colors in advance on my wedding growing list. She is a fabulous ally!

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  108. Wende on

    Happy New Year to you and yours. Can’t tell you how nice it is to have you share this info, altho, wholly crap I need another 2 acres. I’ve bought seeds from this company in the UK several times, fast shipping too ,,,, https://www.plant-world-seeds.com/
    Wondering if you’ll be selling Sunflower Steve’s seeds this yr.?

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  109. Renee' Carleton on

    I just received my first seed order from Redemption Seeds. The packaging is visually beautiful, not at all your standard mailer. They included a free packet of seeds and a personalized note thanking me for the order and wishing me a Happy New Year. Thanks for this amazing collection of seed sources, Erin. I hope folks out there will consider checking Redemption Seeds also. Today, December 30th, would be my mother’s 100th birthday. She loved gardening and instilled that love in me. I hope she can see all that I’m growing. I miss you, Mom!

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  110. Anna on

    Echoing comments above about Hudson Valley Seeds – their art packs are stunning and they have a great selection of flowers, herbs and veggies as well as dahlia tubers! I signed up for their newsletter and it’s full of beauty and inspiration. Their blog posts are thoughtful and well written with great information and gorgeous photos.

    Kitchen Garden Seeds is wonderful. Most of you will be familiar with their sister companies, John Scheepers and Van Engelen, the bulb sellers. The seed business is just as fastidious and quality focused. They have some great varieties available and lots of info on their site about how to grow and even recipes to try.

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  111. Marjolein den Hartog on

    Thanks for sharing! Especially your seed sources in Europe are very helpful, as I’m based in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to order our seeds in the UK anymore, so Seedaholic in Ireland sounds like a good alternative. I have ordered at Muller before as well, and thought they had quite a good selection of cutflowers. They’re a German company though, not Dutch… ;-)

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  112. Annetta Kushner on

    I have been ordering seeds for years from two UK companies: Plant World Seeds and Special Plants, owned by Derry Watkins, an American living in the UK. I also send and receive seeds from my regional Hardy Plant Society, Mid-Atlantic Group.
    You did not mention the need to now apply for a permit to import small lots of seed into the US, USDA APHIS. Well worth the effort of applying.

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  113. Nancy Marek on

    Thank you so much for posting this comprehensive list of these seed companies. Exploring these sites will get me through the winter in Minnesota😀

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  114. Denise R Zito on

    Pinetree seed company, located in New Gloucester, ME, is the economical choice for vegetables and flower seeds. They are family owned and no frills, offering seed packets for the home gardener at much lower prices than other domestic companies. I always start with Pinetree and then fill in the gaps with other producers. What I don’t save myself, I order from Pinetree.

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  115. Colleen on

    Hi Erin, Happy New Year. Thanks for all the joy you bring to us! I want to add that Hudson Valley Seeds has a nice assortment and they do some great artwork with their seeds. We ordered the Calendar so we could enjoy the art all year. Love your snow photos of the farm!
    https://hudsonvalleyseed.com

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  116. Mary ippel on

    I love to get seed and plugs from Cardno in Walkerton Indiana. It has changed its name to Stantec. My son in law works at the Wisconsin office. Their seed is very good.

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  117. BETH GILLIAM on

    Gran’s Garden Seeds in Granbury Texas. A backyard grower of vegetables, herbs and flowers with no chemicals. A collector of seeds and growing a good variety to sell. The service is excellent, see the reviews. Small company but not for long! gransgardenseeds.com

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  118. Joy on

    Thank you for sharing. Agree with the above comment, Hudson Valley seed company. A co-op and the packets feature a variety of neat artists illustrations.

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  119. Heather on

    Renee’s always look so beautiful when I see their packages! I see them on Grow Organics and I like their site. Their brand, Peaceful Valley, offers good seeds for Organic lovers.
    Thank you for this beautiful list! I always find myself buying more and more lol

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  120. Alicia Condon on

    Thank you for being so generous with sharing these sources! I can’t wait to send away for many of the catalogues. Your blog is always an inspiration!

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  121. Katharina on

    What a fun list to look through, thank you for the inspiration! For EU (esp Germany and Austria) Jora Dahl, located in Germany, offers a wonderful selection of specialty seeds. I have ordered multiple times from them and everything went smoothly and flowers were wonderful! Joradahl.de is the website!

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  122. Kristine Masuch on

    Another Canadian favorite of mine is Satinflower nurseries, located in Saanich on Vancouver island. Seeds and plants native to the Pacific Northwest. Organic with a good selection of seed mixes, and they will even do custom mixes . https://satinflower.ca/

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  123. Sandy T on

    Ugh, why did I read this before starting work? All I want to do now is go to every single one of the sites you have listed above.
    Thank you so much for this list and all the information you put out!

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  124. Maria Ryan on

    Happy to put my website forward, http://www.bellmeadowireland.com , a flower farmer based in Ireland. I have an ever increasing
    range of flower seeds all selected for their suitability for flower farmers.

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  125. Rita on

    I love hudson valley seed company, especially for quality daffodil bulbs. Fruition seeds is also a favorite; they have been so helpful with growing questions.

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  126. Rita Papagian on

    I love hudson valley seed company, especially for quality daffodil bulbs. Fruition seeds is also a favorite; they have been so helpful with growing questions.

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  127. Arthur Viens on

    Thank you for sharing all of this. You are a wealth of information that grows beautiful flowers in a very environmentally and responsive way. Keep teaching us how to grow things.

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  128. terry rutherford on

    I get very good service and variety from Stokes Seeds in Ontario, Canada, though William Dam also has a wide selection, as you point out. West Coast Seed, my traditional source, is out of many/most seed, I think hit hard by climate change and wildfires this year, sadly. Great list, thanks!

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  129. Lisa on

    Wow! That is quite the list. Will definitely be looking at their websites. As usual, you’re a wealth of information. Thank you.

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  130. Anna Misner on

    I always check out Everwilde Farms – their gold vault seed packaging keeps seeds plantable longer than paper, with many organic and heirloom varieties. This is helpful for vegetables since I often don’t use the whole packet each year.

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  131. Karen on

    Unfortunately, the fabulous Chiltern no longer ships to the US due to prohibitively high phytosanitary charges. Anyone know of a good source for single variety, not collections, of Wallflowers? Thanks!

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  132. Jesse Ann Guest-Felsk on

    Love this. You are such a cheerleader. Thanks for taking the time to create this resource! Happy 2022!! Cheers to all the blooms.

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  133. Adrienne on

    Oh yeah, thanks SO much! This is the LAST thing I needed! Seriously though…I am so excited to check out some of the companies I was unaware of. What a wonderful resource to share with the world! Thank you for taking the time to do this, Erin!

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  134. Lisa on

    Thank you for that incredible and useful list!
    I’d like to add Floritismo in Spain, they have a great selection of bulbs, seeds and dahlia tubers.

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  135. Julie Dawson on

    Thank you for such an amazing list of seed sources!!! I would like to add that I’ve had wonderful success with seeds I bought from NZ delphiniums. They have a large selection of seed for their millenniums. I’m in Canada and for much of my seed I use William Dam which you have listed and Stokes which has a good variety of annuals for the home garden. I had a big wish list in 2021 for Kings and Chiltern seeds in England and unfortunately they had stopped shipping to Canada because of Brexit which is unfortunate. For dahlia tubers St Ancient in Quebec and Stems/Edgebrook in Ontario both have an excellent selection at affordable prices. Happy planting!

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  136. Jamet on

    Live in the Hudson Valley in New York , and garden at a local organic community farm , this list is fantastic and will be sharing this with the neighbors at the garden. Check out Hudson Valley Seed this is one of my favorites

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  137. Lynda Ulrich on

    Erin….. Strictly Medicinal Seeds, Williams, Oregon
    They have an amazing catalog of unusual seeds/plants!

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  138. Nan Hoffman on

    Thank you for taking the time to share your personal seed sourcing gems!💜 I have been looking for a seed source for natural dyes for what seems like forever and will be ordering from Grand Prismatic. I wouldn’t ever order anything from Johnny’s Select however. They carry approximately 40 seed varieties including the celebrity tomato that are sourced from monsanto/bayer owned seminis seeds… something that they don’t bother to share with their customers unless you call and ask. I however have a lot of respect for Fedco Seeds who were very public about having some seminis seeds as they phased them out after monsato/bayer bought seminis seeds in 2005. Heirlooms will eventually be lost to us if roundup monsanto has there way and is continually supported with royalties on all their patent owned varieties. Sad thing is that Johnny’s is the biggest well known seed company that continues to hide that they sell them…. it’s all about $$$$$ imho!🥺

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  139. Laura Fisher on

    I’ve had good results from Eden Brothers Seeds in Asheville NC.
    Would anyone care to comment on Jung seeds and plants? I got a catalog from them in the mail.

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  140. Meg on

    I’ve just unpacked my order from Redemption Seeds. Since it’s a first order, I don’t know anything yet about the quality of seed, but I can assume that too will be a positive. I learned of Redemption Seed by a comment from someone on a cut flower list that I’m also on, who gave very positive comments about ordering from them. I can attest to: the packaging was uniquely done with special tapes & stickers. The professionally done thank you card was beautifully written with a personalized message on the back – heartwarming! And the seed packets themselves, both front and back are filled in with all info one could ever wish for. Absolute perfection

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  141. Debbie Parsons on

    Do you sell Sunflower seeds and poppy seeds etc for baking and eating??

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  142. Derry Watkins on

    Can’t believe you are listing UK specialty seed suppliers and not including me! Please have a look at my list http://www.specialplants.net
    We ship to the US, but perhaps you should warn your customers that Americans will have to get a Small Lots of Seed permit from the USDA. It is free but a a bureaucratic nuisance to apply. Usually takes about a week. It lasts for three years and can be used for any number of imports from any number of companies provided there are no more than 50 packets in each order.

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  143. John on

    Thanks for this list; I’ve been looking for something like this for quite some time. I’ve been trying to find international stores to buy exotic plants from.

    Is there any chance you could list whether or not a store ships internationally, though? That would be more helpful as some of the stores you listed do not.

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  144. Carrie Snediker on

    Love all your information, can’t wait to look at all these suppliers. Have you ever tried Harris Seed, big selection and pricing?
    Thank you for all youdo, you keep gardening Fun!

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  145. Barbara Greene on

    Erin, you always surprise me with all your generosity. It is amazing. Thank you very much!
    Barbara Greene

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  146. Jeannie Phillips on

    Hi Erin and team!

    So disappointed with seed suppliers in South Africa (even those you described above; Seeds for Africa and Ball Straathof)
    They have a limited supply of flower seeds. Dahlia is ridiculously hard to get hold of (which I still haven’t been able to do).

    When I scroll through your beautiful seed/tuber lists, I cant’t help but feel jealous! Really hope this might change in the future.

    Kind regards

    Jeannie Phillips

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  147. Johanna on

    As a member of the EU (Germany), i feel like we´re in a tough spot right now!
    We can´t order from seed companies in the US or the UK (thanks to Brexit and the unclear situation right now); Muller Seeds only offers large quantaties for proffessional growers (not hobbygardeners); B&T World seeds is similar (for most plants the minimal order is set at 7-8€); Jelitto has few typical garden cut flowers and focuses on perennials. I love Bingenheimer Saatgut for my vegetables, but the selection of cut flowers is very limited and often there are mixtures (no seperate colours) for a lot of flowers. Seedaholic has problems with the huge demand right now (not surprising..).
    Nevertheless your overview was helpful, thank you a lot!

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  148. Karen Kaminsky on

    Don’t forget JL Hudson, Seedsman – Many years ago, I just started reading it as an end to itself!

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  149. Linda on

    Select Seeds in Connecticut has an amazing selection of open-pollinated and heirloom flowers. It’s one of my top favorites.

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  150. Olivia on

    Eden Brothers: USA
    They have great prices on bulk seeds.

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  151. Sue D. on

    It looks like Stokes is only doing large commercial size quantities and no flowers, a heads up!

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  152. Michelle on

    The best Canadian seed source I have come across is Edgebrook Farms. They have an amazing variety!

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  153. Christina Campbell on

    So yet another good reason for us Brits to be out of the EU! So sad as I have a list waiting here to order…..but I do understand that its not financially viable for you. We will officially leave EU on 31 January 2020…so will you accept orders for seed to UK later in the year?

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  154. Christine Demir on

    Hello Erin and team, what a fantastic resource.
    I live in Australia and have purchased your seeds previously as unable to find good sources in Australia. I have been and continue to be member of Diggers and Lambley for many years, though the newer seed providers I have not heard of. A very pleasant surprise.
    Thank you so much, for influencing so many to live their dream, embrace gardening and grow flowers. Your resources are amazing and you all touch so many lives to enrich them and bring a smile to many faces each day. So thank you!

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  155. Alejandra Acosta on

    Hola soy sudamericana, de Argentina. Pueden enviar semillas para esta región?

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    • Team Floret on

      Hola Alejandra,
      Podemos enviar libros y algunos otros productos del Floret Shop pero es dificil enviar semillas a otros regiones, incluso Argentina. Vamos a averiguar si es possible en el futuro, pero en este momento lamentablamente no podemos.

  156. Erin Hanson on

    In just checking their website, it seems Thompson & Morgan has delivered the same fate of unavailability to Canada as it has to the US.

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  157. Ana on

    Oh! Thank you for the great list. I kept looking for a place to buy zinnia seeds, from EU. Just placed an order from chiltern seeds!

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