One of the hardest decisions a new gardener must make is where to buy their garden seeds and supplies.

Here at The Garden Glove, we have several favorite seed catalogs and suppliers, and we update this list every January. This list has been updated for 2017. Here is some info on our top picks that we use ourselves, and our experience with them, along with their website information. Log onto their websites and request their catalogs today to have seeds in time for spring planting! Or order online like I do… And check out our favorite choices for buying live plants online at the end!

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Update: Some companies, in order to save on waste, no longer print paper catalogs… Their catalogs are online only. While I do love curling up with a cup a tea and a stack of catalogs, consider doing the same with a tablet. I encourage companies to save all the trees they can, and besides… you get faster service with online ordering anyway!

Top 12 Garden Seed Catalogs

#1
Park Seed

Park Seed always has a great selection of both flower and vegetable seeds, and some great herbs as well.  Prices are affordable, and seed packets have plenty of seeds. Seed is always fresh, and we get good to excellent germination rates from them. Shipping is fast, usually just a couple of days from order to in my mailbox! Highly recommended. They also offer some live plants as well.

 

#2
Burpee Seeds

Burpee has always had one of the most colorful catalogs, and a wide selection of seeds. They are especially good at their vegetable selections, so all you veggie gardeners, take note! Their new varieties are the ones to beat each year!

 

#3
Thompson and Morgan

Thompson and Morgan is an English seed supplier, but the ultimate in unusual seeds for the serious gardener. If gardening is your passion, you need this catalog.

 

#4
Johnnys Selected Seeds

As recommended by a reader, this company needs to be added to our list! Not only do they have an extensive seed catalog, they have lots of tips and resources there as well. Johnny has a longstanding reputation as a quality company in the gardening community! Oh, and it’s an employee owned company!

 

#5
Pinetree Garden Seeds

Pinetree Garden Seeds was one of the first seed companies I ever used. They specialize in smaller packets for the average home gardener, at smaller prices. Most of us will never need the hundreds of seeds in the average seed packet, so why pay for it? They have a good selection, fast shipping and good customer service.

 

#6
Renee’s Garden Seeds

Renees Garden has grown into one of the most trusted suppliers of seeds for organic and heirloom varieties… So if you crave a little history with your salad, this is the spot for you!

 

#7
Select Seeds

If you grow flowers and want antique varieties your grandmother grew, this is the place. I love the idea of nostalgia in the garden…so did Thomas Jefferson, one of the most eminent gardeners in our country’s history.

 

#8
Seed Savers Exchange

Seed savers is a non profit company that is a wonderful source of information on heirloom and open pollinated seed, as well as one of the top sources for such seeds. Not only does the free catalog list all their seeds, their sites educates us on why it is important to save heirloom varieties, and even has an online garden planner that’s got a 30 day free trial. (No, you don’t have to give your credit card!) This is a time honored company and trusted company worth looking into if you wish to preserve our heritage plants!

 

#9
Seeds of Change

Going organic in the New Year? Seeds of Change is a catalog you need for your veggie garden. Great selection of 100% certified organic seeds.

 

#10
Cooks Garden

Are you a gourmet cook, or just want to be? Cooks Garden has veggie varieties that are difficult to find on your garden center rack… amazing in flavor and color… Beautiful catalog!

 

#11
Nichols Garden Nursery

This is a family owned business that has a stellar reputation for quality and customer service. They do not sell any seed that has been genetically modified, and they specialize in fine and rare seeds, herbs and goods for the gardener cook. Love their amazing selection!

 

#12

Bountiful Gardens

We wanted to include this selection this year because this company is a product of Ecology Action, a not for profit that teaches sustainable agriculture to end world hunger… Their catalog is full of great growing tips, and all their seed is heirloom, non GMO, and certified organic. To quote their website “It doesn’t take much to get started, no gizmos or expensive equipment. If you have some soil, all you need is simple tools, seeds, and the information to use them.”

Order some catalogs today, or visit their online catalogs for faster service, and start dreaming of your spring garden!

Top 12 Garden Seed Catalogs

Plants

If you want to order top quality, affordable perennials and shrubs, I highly recommend Bluestone Perennials. I have ordered from them again and again, and never been disappointed. Check their internet specials often!

White Flower Farms has top of the line plants for decent prices, and partners with the like of Family Circle and BHG.

If you are looking for the latest varieties or unique plants, Wayside Gardens is the place… can be a little pricey, but thats because they offer varieties and quality seldom found online.

Image Credits: dmjarvey

 



25 Comments

  1. Sue January 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    We love Osborne Seeds (www.osborneseed.com) which just happens to be located locally. Great choices for Northwest gardeners as their field trials are in our farmland. Used by lots of local farmers, organic and non-organic. Their web site is definitely worth a look.

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    1. Kathy Woodard January 2, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation Sue! We’ll check it out.

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    1. Kathy Woodard February 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      We do know of seeds for change, and they are a great company for organic seeds!

      Reply
  2. Yvonne Trugman January 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

    We love Bakers Creek catalog. It is a company dedicated to preserving heirloom non GMO seeds from all over the world. Their catalog is very informative and interesting, as well as beautiful.

    Reply
  3. Claudine Johnson January 9, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I am really surprised I am not seeing Johnny’s Select seeds on here, they are so good:
    http://www.johnnyseeds.com/

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    1. Kathy Woodard January 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

      I agree Claudine, thx for suggesting them!

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    2. Kathy Woodard January 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      On the list this year!

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  4. kim January 17, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Twilley seed in hodges sc still has the paper catalogs. They have flowers and vegtables

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  5. alexander wiggins February 14, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Two suggestions:

    For the Midwest: Jungs Seed Company, Randolph, WI – an old standard, very reliable, and also the replacement for the Olds Seed Company – wonderful catalogue and super fingerling potatoes – I had a wonderful bumper crop last year.

    Stokes Seeds: Extremely professional – I have visited their gardens outside of Niagra Falls.

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    1. Christy smith March 14, 2017 at 10:43 am

      I too love the Jungs company catalogs/online for ordering my starter plants. The only issue I have ever had with them is since I live in Washington state, they will not or can not ship any seed potatoes here. Which is very bothersome for many of us whom love this company for reliable, reputable seed potatoes.
      Do you know of a company who will ship seed (starter) potatoes to Washington state?
      Or should I say “Can ship or is allowed to ship” seed potatoes to Washington state? I am not sure if there is a rule or law which forbids the shipping of seed potatoes to my state or not and not sure where I would even look to find out that information to be honest.
      Thank you for all the great advice and information you provide, I look forward to reading your articles.

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  6. Karen February 23, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Are there any that you specifically don’t recommend?

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    1. Kathy Woodard March 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Readers?

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    2. Marcia Morrison September 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      I don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this already, but I was saddened to read earlier today that Thompson & Morgan sold their U.S. seed business. It has shrunk to a shadow of its former self, changed hands again, and shipped un-dated packets with very poor germination, according to some people in other forums. I think they probably aren’t reliable anymore unless you are in the U.K. (Alas.)

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      1. Kathy Woodard September 21, 2016 at 4:57 pm

        That IS heartbreaking news!

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  7. Hanne Schrødter February 10, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Hi!

    I think you need to add http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/ to your list. They have a very broad range of annuals. I have made an informal comparison of seed prices 2016 on my website. And there a loads of more seed companies out there.

    Good luck all with your seeds!

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  8. Cooker August 14, 2016 at 1:54 am

    hey!
    can anyone advise how to get an online seed catalog for those best seed companies you mentioned?
    am outside USA and Canada, So its hard to get a hard copy of it.
    thanks
    Cooker

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    1. Kathy Woodard September 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      All of those sites have their catalogs online at their websites!

      Reply
  9. Gary Davis January 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    In your blog titled “Top 12 Garden Seed Catalogs – 2016” you have listed #10 as “Cook’s Garden”. I have been attempting to find some seeds that I love from “The Cook’s Garden” and in that search indications are “The Cook’s Garden” was sold and is no longer in business. If in fact I have been misled, please let me know as the seeds I bought produced spectacularly and specifically the ‘Mila’ variety pickling cucumber!! Many thanks.

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    1. Kathy Woodard January 9, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Gary! We did a little research, and it appears that Cooks Garden was bought by Burpee over 10 years ago, but they just now integrated it into their website instead of maintaining separate ones. You can find many of the old Cooks Garden Seeds at http://www.burpee.com/cooks-garden/?#fromcooksgarden

      Hope that helps!

      Reply
  10. Harvest McCampbell January 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Hi! I mentioned this post in my article on ‘January in the garden,’ published in the Willapa Harbor Herald (south west WA State) on 1.4.2017. I will also be posting the article to my blog, Real Food & Scandalous Gardening Secrets next week, Wednesday or later, and then sharing it around facebook. If you would like a PDF of the article as published, let me know by e-mail and I will send it along. Thanks for the great post!

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    1. Kathy Woodard January 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Thx so much for the mention!

      Reply
  11. C C July 20, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Great list and sad to read about Thomson and Morgan.
    Although a significant update is sheduled, http://www.saltspringnursery.com is an easily navigated, new website. This west coast nursery has been growing organically for over 7 years. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses and starting fruits and vegetable seeds. Plant material is shipped locally at this time. A downloadable online catalogue is in the works. Have enjoyed reading your website!

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