This is the second in a series of four seed company reviews from a few years ago with minor edits and noted updates. All four are excellent companies and I buy from each. I write as a satisfied customer, nothing more. I wrote first about about New Hope Seed Company, a small family farm/business located in western Tennessee. I shop New Hope first. Filed under “What you may not like about New Hope” I noted that
– If you are looking for a one-stop seed shopping experience, this is not the place to go looking.
If you are looking for that sort of experience, and still want to avoid the seed company racket, i.e., Monsanto, Botanical Interests is the place to go. They’ve got it all– flowers, herbs, vegetables, gardening tools. They’ve signed the Safe Seed Pledge, meaning that you’ll find no Round-up Ready (i.e., genetically modified) cotton seed at Botanical Interests!
I get the majority of my seeds at Botanical Interests, it’s my second stop.
What I like about Botanical Interests
– Breadth of selection. They list 367 vegetable seeds, 182 of which are heirloom (open pollinated). What I especially like about the selection is the availability of “odd” veggies, Rat tail radish (which grows in summer) and Greek pepperoncini peppers, for example.
– Collections. These are groups of plants that go together. The Chef’s Herb Garden Seed Collection contains nine packets of essential kitchen herbs. There are 14 flower collections, everything from Beauty That Can Take The Heat to Xeric Flower Seed Collection. The Children’s Garden Collection is sweet.
– Seed packet. Botanical Interests is very focused on providing information. They want to “inspire and educate the gardener.” They fill the inside of the seed packet with gobbs of useful information.
– Web site. Very easy to navigate with a large number of “Learn & Grow” articles.
– Gift Certificates. The Girls once gave me a $50 gift certificate. Kid in candy store. Do you have any idea how many seeds you can bur with $50?!
– Availability. Botanical Interests started out as a seed supplier for garden centers. Only recently did they open up to the on-line public. I’ve seen Botanical Interests seeds at several garden shops (although none in Mississippi).
– Quick shipping, even from Colorado.
— Fundraising [Added 2015]. Apparently Botanical Interests will help you and your organization raise funds by selling seeds. Great idea!
What you may not like about Botanical Interests
– Seed packet. See above. It’s covered with information but most of it is inside the seed packet. It’s often not necessary to plant a whole packet of seeds– save them for next year. If you want to see what’s inside the packet the seeds have to be removed from the packet.
– Seed packet. See above & above. I think the inside font is 2. I know it would cost more, but I’d be willing to pay the extra dime if the inside information was on a separate small piece of paper.
– Packaging. The seeds are not packaged in a small plastic bag within the paper packet. This matters because if you save leftover seeds from year to you’d like them to have a little more protection than just one paper layer. (It would also make reading the inside packet a lot easier!)