January 4th, 2002
Select Seeds: Antique Flowers

Catalog Review: Select Seeds

Marilyn Barlow began Select Seeds to bring “the flowers that our grandmothers loved into our gardens once more”. Select Seeds sells the old, typically open-pollinated, varieties that were popular in gardens two or three generations ago. One advantage, of course, is that open-pollinated varieties will come true from seed. So you can save seed each year.

The 2002 catalog is 64 pages of full color photographs on glossy paper stock. The catalog is divided into four sections: seeds, plants, bulbs, and supplies. Each section is then subdivided and the plants listed alphabetically by common name. Fortunately there is an index to help you find specific plants.

I’ve ordered seeds (but not plants or bulbs) from Select Seeds and have always been happy with the quality of the seeds and the service.

2002 Wish List

Anethum graveolens ‘Vierling’ $2.05; p.5
Chrysanthemum parthenium ‘Aureum’ $2.45; p.7
Cobaea scandens $2.45; p. 15
Foeniculum vulgare ‘Smokey’ $2.45; p.5
Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’ $3.00; p. 4
Reseda odorata ‘Machet’ $2.05; p. 7

by M Sinclair Stevens

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