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Seeds and Seed Sources

In the spirit of experimentation and exploration concerning plants (what else?) has been working on the development of these two seed projects...

  • The Seed Collectors' Seed Store
    The first of what we hope will be many botanical garden seed stores, the VanDusen volunteer Seed Collectors have a wonderful collection of of seeds from popular old favorites to some are and unusual species.

  • Twining Vine Garden is constantly evolving to include a greater diversity of native plants as well as rare and hard to find species and varieties from around the world. Our selection is slowly growing to include heirloom tomatoes, magnolias and peonies.

Sometimes it's next to impossible to find an adequate subject plant when you need to photograph it, so the only option might be is to grow it yourself. This is not the answer for all plant photographers, but the truth is that many of us are already avid gardeners, so the idea of adding a few more seeds to our annual order doesn't seem like such an extraordinary thing.

So, if this year you decide to give the traveling a rest, you might want to check out some links to a few seed companies and put down roots, for a season or two at least.


Stoke's Seeds

Vesey's Seeds Ltd.

West Coast Seeds An excellent source of organic and heritage seeds selected for there suitability to the climate of Canada's West Coast. Also excellent for the Pacific Northwest US.

United Kingdom

Chiltern Seeds

Thomas Etty Esq. Heritage seed & bulb merchant.


United States

Abundant Life Seed Foundation Founded 1981 as Vermont Wildflower Farm, offers regional wildflower seed mixtures and 80 individual species, plus spring and fall bulbs for all regions of the US and Canada. Also lots of gardening how-to.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

Burpee Seeds & Plants

The Cook's Garden

Heirloom Seeds

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Nichols Garden Nursery

Park Seed

Pinetree Garden Seeds

Redwood City Seed Company

Seeds of Change

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Stoke's Seeds


Underwood Gardens

Victory Seeds

White Flower Farm



Featured Seed Store

Feature Articles

Louis van Houtte (1810–1876) Louis van Houtte

Born in 1810 Belgium, Louis van Houtte was to become one of that nation's greatest plant explorers and nurserymen. A biographical sketch newly translated by Judith M. Taylor MD from the 1911 original. More...

Davidia involucrata

Davidia involucrata - The Dove Tree

'To my mind Davidia involucrata is at once the most interesting and beautiful of all trees of the north-temperate flora….

Hers' Juliana LilacHers' Juliana Lilac

The International Registrar of Lilacs, Freek Vrugtman, discuses his search for the legendary lilac discovered by Joseph Hers in China almost 100 years ago.

Explorers, the Scottish Plant Hunters' Garden
Scottish Plant Collectors' Garden

Nick Dawson writes about establishing the new Scottish Plant Collectors' Garden in Pitlochry, Scotland.

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