J. L. HUDSON, SEEDSMAN, BOX 337, LA HONDA, CALIFORNIA 94020-0337 USA
NEW = New Listing this year.
5798 Ridgewood Road
Willits, CA 95490 USA
A non-profit research and education group. Developed biointensive gardening, which produces very high yields of organic food with minimal inputs. Membership $40.00, includes informative newsletter.
The Seed Saver's Exchange
3076 North Winn Road
Decorah, IA 52101 USA
A grassroots network of gardeners and plant collectors who maintain and distribute rare varieties of food crops. Gives preservation gardeners who are interested in growing and maintaining rare and endangered vegetables access to over 4,000 varieties. Send a long SASE for a brochure about their projects.
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All Things Plants
Created by the unstoppable Dave Whitinger, the original creator of Dave's Garden. Has a huge database of plants - over 600,000 plants and over 250,000 photos (three times the size of the one at Dave's Garden!), The Green Pages, where you can review gardening companies, a weekly podcast, an area where members can list the plants they have, want, and offer to trade, and members can even have blogs on the site. And Dave wrote to tell me that "All Things Plants" is now 100% served under https. Every access to the site is now encrypted and the members have gone crazy with excitement that their ATP experience is now 'safe' from eavesdropping. Privacy has really become a mainstream matter this year."
Dave's Garden - NOTE: December 2021 update: We are starting to get reports that this site is no longer worth joining. Bad management by the corporate owners after they disposed the original Dave Whittinger. Sorry to have to no longer recommend this site. (Original description: A great site for gardening information. Dave's Garden has many resources useful to the beginning or advanced gardener.
You will find 252 different forums for discussing every aspect
of gardening, PlantFiles, with photos and detailed info on over 150,000 plants,
book reviews, blogs, plant and seed trading, BugFiles with thousands of entries
and photos for identifying insects, BirdFiles, with 2000 birds, a botanical
dictionary for those words like "pilose" or "lanceolate",
articles, videos, Go Gardening - to help you find local public gardens and
nurseries, Plant Scout - sources for over 30,000 plants, and the Garden
Watchdog, with nearly 7000 mail-order garden companies worldwide rated by Dave's
This is one of the world's top web sites, and I encourage everyone to become a member - I'm one, and you should be too.
Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware! We suggest that you check the Garden Watchdog ratings of any company you intend to order from:
And, caveat lector - let the reader beware! There have been a number of bogus negative and positive ratings of companies on the Garden Watchdog. Anyone can anonymously post, so take comments with an appropriate grain of salt.
For the Watchdog 30 (the 30 most highly rated companies in the entire database of 6844 garden vendors worldwide), go to:
We are often listed listed in the Watchdog 30 - this depends on how many positive comments have been currently received, so firms cycle on and off the list. Rate us!)
Looking for a source for some plant?
This is the best database of plant sources we know of - 109,392 different plants sourced to 1096 North American nurseries!
The Alaskan Native Plant Society sells seed of Alaskan plants:
Large selection of seed of plants from the Rockies and high plains. Excellent germination information on many species. Recommended!
P.O. Box 857
Fowlerville, MI 48836 USA
Huge selection of plants. Plants only, no seed.
7247 North Coolville Ridge Road
Athens, OH 45701 USA
Catalog $2.00. A very impressive variety of herbs. Recommended.
219 Eagle Ridge Drive
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2L1
Heirloom seeds, organically-grown in Canada. Good selection!
P.O. Box 520
Waterville, ME 04903-0520
Organic and standard vegetable and herb seeds, and trees. Organic growers supplies, etc.
990 Tetherow Road
Williams, OR 97544-9599 USA
Massive catalog ($4.00), excellent selection of trees and shrubs, some perennials. High quality stuff.
Strictly Medicinal Seeds (Formerly Horizon Herbs)
P.O. Box 299
Williams, OR 97544 USA
Large selection of medicinal plant seed. Highly informative catalog. Recommended!
141 North Street
Danielson, CT 06239 USA
Catalog $3.00. Fine selection of greenhouse plants.
Oikos Tree Crops
P.O. Box 19425
Kalamazoo, MI 49019-0425
Pronounced "Ecos" - "oikos" being the Greek root from which we get the words "ecology", "ecosystem", and "economy". Tree crops, wild foods, hardy palms, and the most mouth-watering photos of acorns imaginable. Makes me want to chuck everything and go plant trees!
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
P.O. Box 2209
Grass Valley, CA 95945 USA
Catalog $2.00. Cover crops, fertilizers, natural pest control, and organic farming and gardening supplies. Great!
The Pepper Gal
P.O. Box 23006
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33307-3006 USA
Huge selection of Capsicum peppers and more.
Prairie Garden Seeds
Humboldt, SK, S0K 2A0
Very diverse catalog of seeds, with a great selection of vegetables, annuals and perennials. Catalog $2.00.
Goodwood, Ontario L0C lA0
Probably has the most extensive listing in North America of medicinal plants and seeds.
P.O. Box 781
Sebastapol, CA 95473
Catalog $2.00. Specializing in medicinal cacti and succulents and seed-grown specimens of endangered cacti and succulents.
Salt Spring Seeds
Box 444, Ganges P.O.
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2W1
Sustainable Canadian seed company selling rare and unusual seeds. Online catalogue includes heirloom tomatoes, quinoa, amaranth, seed garlic and a new zero mile diet kit. Can not ship to the U.S. They also run the non-profit:
Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada
A charitable organization dedicated to the health and vitality of the earth through the preservation and promotion of heritage seeds. Can not ship to the U.S.
Telos Rare Bulbs
P.O. Box 4147
Arcata, CA 95518
Growers and distributors of rare bulbs. Amazing list!
Warren Hatch Productions.
P.O. Box 9224
Portland, OR 97207 USA
Catalog of many videos of interesting things through a microscope, $1.00. Everything from spiders to sand! He now also produces DVDs.
POSTER: SEEDS THROUGH A MICROSCOPE.
Beautiful full color poster of 40 photographs of seeds through a microscope, showing the wide range of shapes, colors and surfaces. Good teaching aid. Send $20.00 for one, $35.00 for two, plus $3.00 postage and packing to Warren Hatch Productions.
Western Biologicals Ltd.
P.O. Box 283
Aldergrove, BC V4W 2T8
Many species of edible and medicinal mushroom spawn, books, classes. Ships to the U.S.
"I am grateful for the privilege of occupying the same earth with such a modest, unselfish and exceedingly useful citizen."—J. Boone, on earthworms.