I received my first Seed Savers Exchange catalogue about a week ago. While this was too late for any real plantings – even in this late spring – but there were some wonderful ethnic surprises from my Russländer Mennonite heritage.
Established in 1975, Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is a mail order heirloom seed company based out of Decorah, Iowa. The catalogue itself is a plant-lover’s dream-come-true featuring professional photography, classic plant and seed descriptions with the expected “Green Thumb Tips” and seed varietals from our collective immigrant, Native American and North American pioneer pasts. While we commonly feel a sense of proprietorship in our local nurseries and gardening centers, SSE actually is a member-supported non-profit. This is definitely a company for plant lovers and history lovers to check out.