There's something so appealing about receiving a chubby envelope in the mail and spending happy hours picking and choosing this year's garden newbies from the pages of my very own catalog. I've kept a few for reference over the years, and wouldn't be surprised if there happened to be a decades old catalog or two around somewhere. I know there's one old timer with a great recipe for pesto, and another that has a very helpful explanation of how tea-rose grafting works. The photos in these catalogs are often spectacular, and the tips are usually spot on.
I try to buy from as many catalog retailers as I can, and hope their efforts are appreciated by all my blogging buddies who plan on ordering catalogs this year. Enjoy the bounty. Oh, and if you've ordered a catalog in the past, many of these companies keep you on a master list, so avoid duplication and check before you make a new request.
In most cases, the links below go right to the catalog request page for each site. If you want more information, click the home page (often accessible by clicking the company logo). Happy shopping, and may the mailman beat a speedy path to your door.
Annie's Heirloom Seeds
Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchard
Gardener's Supply Company
Gurney's Seed & Nursery
Henry Field's Seed & Nursery
High Mowing Organic Seed
Horticultural Products and Services (HPS)
J. L. Hudson, Seedsman
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Jung Seeds & Plants
Kitazawa Seed Co.
Kitchen Garden Seeds
Mountain Rose Herbs
Online Greenhouse (Press the button for the free order form.)
Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden (Grow Organic)
Ricther's Herb Catalog
Seeds of Change
Seed Saver's Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Sow True Seed
Stokes Seeds Limited
Tomato Growers Supply
Urban Farmer Seed Catalog
Well-Sweep Herb Farm
Vermont Wildflower Farm
Great Sites with PDF or Online Catalogs
Crimson Sage Medicinal Plant Nursery (PDF)
Gourmet Seed International - Excel Spreadsheet
Happy Cat Farm Organics
Mountain Valley Growers - Online plant list with helpful tutorials
Nichols Garden Nursery - I took a quick peek, and they appear to offer good value for saffron bulbs.
Prairieland Herbs ( PDF)
Renee's Garden (Online only) - heirlooms and herbs
Sand Hill Preservation Center (Online only)
Sand Mountain Herbs (Online only)
Sandy Mush Herb Nursery (PDF)
Seedman Exotic Seeds from Around the World (Online only) - An interesting site for hard to find seeds)
Tasteful Gardener (PDF) - Organic Plants
The Natural Gardening Company (Online only) - Marketed as the oldest certified organic nursery in the U.S.
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