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Heritage seed suppliers

Updated on March 22, 2013

Where to find heritage/ heirloom seeds

When you grow plants from heritage (also known as heirloom) seeds, you're growing a piece of the past. Generations of gardeners will have carefully collected and saved these seeds - something that rarely happens today. By growing heirloom plants, and saving your own seeds, you're protecting plant biodiversity - and growing something fun!

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Seed Savers Exchange

A US Seed Saving Organization

Since 1975, Seed Savers Exchange members have passed on approximately one million samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners. Seeds Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.

The Heritage Seed Library

Saving heritage seeds in the UK

Garden Organic, the UK's organic gardening charity, run the Heritage Seed Library (HSL). The HSL doesn't sell seeds - it gives them away to members each year. The aim of the HSL is to conserve and distribute heritage vegetable varieties, some of which were once popular and some of which are family heirlooms - passed down through generations. They also have some unusual plants to try.

The Real Seed Catalogue

The best vegetable seeds for the Kitchen Garden

The Real Seed Catalogue is a small UK-based seed company that doesn't want to get any larger! They only supply seeds from open-pollinated varieties, so you can save your own seed each year. They'd rather you do that than come back and buy your seed from them each year, and so they make detailed seed saving instructions available on their website, and send them out with each packet of seed.

Saving tomato seeds

Heritage and heirloom seed suppliers - Where to source your heirloom seeds

If your favorite heirloom/ heritage seed supplier is not listed here, add it in the comments!

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      AppletonPermaculture 5 years ago

      Another great lens! I second your recommendation of RealSeeds, they have such a great catalogue with really spectacular heritage varieties.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Cool lens! I've added to your list of heirloom suppliers :)