Select Seeds - Antique Flowers offers gardeners a fabulous selection of unique, high-quality flower seeds and plants, specializing in old-fashioned fragrant flowers, flowering vines, and rare annuals and perennials. Many antique flowers are hard-to-find heirlooms, passed from one generation to another. The goal of Select Seeds is to make certain every generation can enjoy the blossoms that were grown yesterday and long before that.
What began as a way to stay at home with my young children became a life over these 30 years, and I am so grateful that you have supported our choice and have believed in the amazing open pollinated flowers we have championed. Here at Select Seeds we have unwaveringly believed that you are our partners and our friends in this amazing journey, and I thank you. In no lesser amount I thank all the people who have worked here, contributing their skills and valuable time and helping build our business from scratch. Thanks Caroline and Pam (we were young mothers then), our Union neighbors and friends Janine, Maria, Nan and Rosemary, hubby Peter and our children, Brian and Allison and, of course, so many more.
The first catalog was a thin black and white leaflet with antique varieties of perennial seeds. The first year I had about 50 orders in total, all from a little classified ad in the back pages of a gardening magazine!
Today, we offer a curated collection of plants and seeds of the best varieties of annuals, tender perennials and perennials, including many heirlooms and "best in class" new varieties. It will continue to evolve and grow in time, I'm sure, but I'm equally sure it will always celebrate family, farm and flowers.
Did you know that bee pollinators provide one of every three bites we take of food? And bee pollinator populations are declining worldwide? If you're like us, you may have heard of the colony collapse disorder that is devastating honeybees worldwide, and wondered how we as gardeners can help. There are many species of bees, some, such as the honeybee, colonize. Others are solitary, but all pollinate our vegetable and fruit crops. Planting flowers of diverse species that bloom at different times of the year helps attract bees of all kinds and enables them to continue their invaluable work for us. We invite you to explore the world of bee pollinators and create a garden filled with our pollen and nectar rich flowers.
We are committed to working and living green. We have a 15 KW solar panel filling every spot of our warehouse roof. It has been working great these last 4 years and we have significantly reduced CO2 emissions because of it. We capture rainwater inside 3 tanks buried beneath the greenhouse floor that hold 4,500 gallons of rainwater we use to irrigate the plants. And, our application is in to retrofit our greenhouse for significant energy savings. We'll keep you posted on that project as it unfolds!
We are committed to providing free flower seeds to schools, Cooperative Extension and Master Gardener outreach projects. Send us a letter with your project "wish lists" and we will be happy to help.
"Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, We pledge that we do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants.
"The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities."
Varieties in our catalog marked Organic are certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers.
Click here to download a copy of our 2016 Certificate of Organic Production.