Ordering seeds to plant in your garden is one of the most wonderful times of the gardening year. I’ve ordered and grown seeds from dozens of companies over the past decade, and am now convinced that taking the time to find a high-quality seed source is well worth the effort. We put so much time into caring for our gardens that it makes sense to start with only the best quality inputs.
These companies are renowned for their exceptional seed quality, variety, and commitment to sustainable practices (like only non-GMO seeds). Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned green thumb, this guide will help you find the perfect seeds to make your garden thrive.
1. Botanical Interests
Botanical Interests is a Colorado-based seed company that offers all untreated, non-GMO seeds. They are known not only for their reliable seeds but also for the beautiful illustrations on their seed packets. Founded by gardening enthusiasts over 25 years ago, the seed company is now part of Epic Gardening (raise your hand if you’ve seen at least a dozen of Kevin’s helpful vids on YouTube)!
Botanical Interests is considered one of the best places to buy seeds online, as their seeds come properly packaged, the website has fun sales and discounts, and their seeds arrive promptly. They also donate seeds for planting to school gardens, children’s hospitals, food banks, garden clubs, and non-profit farms that educate youth and help veterans. Find their seeds for sale on their website and at many independent garden centers, natural food stores, and hardware stores across the US.
2. Renee’s Garden Seeds
Renee’s Garden Seeds is known for its beautiful seed packets and flower and vegetable seed catalogs. Founded by Renee Shepard, they offer a curated selection of non-GMO varieties – think tasty and easy to grow. Renee’s Garden seeds are perfect for the home kitchen garden and make beautiful gifts.
Renee’s Garden has taken the Safe Seed Pledge, meaning they do not sell genetically engineered seeds. For the best selection, order from their website. Their seeds are also available at independent nurseries and garden centers throughout USA and Canada.
“Easily at the top of my list for favourite seed companies, Renee’s Garden has the most beautiful selection of flower seeds that I’ve had the pleasure of coming across! Not only are the varieties gorgeous, but the beautiful artwork on all seed packages are a pleasure to behold!Julia from Julia Dimakos, Gardening Girl
3. High Mowing Organic Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds is known for offering 100% certified organic seed. Their seed is widely available and is tested for germination rates, disease, and GMO contamination. High Mowing is located in Wolcott, VO, and distributes seeds across the US and Canada.
As an organic seed company, High Mowing has taken The Safe Seed Pledge. Their seed packets can be ordered directly from their site and are also sold in select brick-and-mortar locations.
4. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is well-known and well-loved for its incredible selection of rare heirloom seed varieties. Located in Mansfield, MO, Baker Creek publishes a gorgeous annual seed catalog that celebrates the cycle of the gardening season. Their seed packets are equally gorgeous (see photo below).
“I love Baker Creek! Not only are the seeds affordable, they are all heritage non gmo seeds. The selection is huge from vegetable seeds to flower seeds and herbs too! Their shipping is super cheap! They also put in a free seed packet with my shipment. Friendly staff that even sends a little note of appreciation with your order.”Virginia from Homesteadyish
5. Burpee Seeds
Burpee Seeds is one of the oldest and most well-known seed companies in the USA, with seed racks in most large garden centers in North America. Founded in Pennsylvania in 1876, Burpee has bred some of the most famous vegetable varieties, including Burpee’s Big Boy Tomato, Golden Bantam Corn, and Iceberg Lettuce. Burpee Seeds is also known for introducing reliable naturally-bred hybrid seeds and for popularizing “Victory Gardens.”
6. Hoss Tools & Seeds
Hoss Premium Garden Seeds is an American garden tool and seed company based in Georgia. They are known not only for their high-quality food gardening products but also for their popular “Row by Row” weekly gardening show (streaming on YouTube & Facebook).
They carry reliable varieties, including a large offering of All-American Selections winning seeds. Hoss Seeds are available directly from their website.
7. True Leaf Market
True Leaf Market is a major organic seed company founded by a plant geneticist from Utah State University. His research was based on finding varieties that grew well in high-altitude growing climates. They offer a wide range of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds (I always go to them for their fantastic variety of pumpkin seeds).
The company was originally called the Mountain Valley Seed Company (Logan, Utah), and some of its seeds are still sold under this brand name. It remains independently owned. You can purchase seeds directly from their site.
Eden Brothers specialize in hard-to-find flower seeds, herbs, and heirloom vegetable seeds. Based in Arden, NC, Eden Brothers just might be the perfect place to find that rare flower that you remember from years ago but just can’t find locally. Eden Brothers have taken The Safe Seed Pledge and only offers non-GMO seeds.
“Their seed packets have a lot of seeds in them – I was surprised. I went to them for my celosia seeds – they have a great variety.”Mattie from the Organic Gardening Community
9. Territorial Seed
Territorial Seed is known for its high-quality vegetable seeds, detailed growing tips, and online garden planner. Based in Cottage Grove, OR, Territorial offers high-quality vegetable seeds with various maturity dates, so you always have something fresh to harvest from your garden.
Territorial Seed has taken The Safe Seed Pledge and offers only untreated non-GMO seed. Order online directly from Territorial or find a local store that sells this line.
“The reason I like Territorial is that they provide a TON of information on the website about planting individual varieties of plants. I feel a lot of companies will leave you hanging on how to care for a particular cultivar and only provide general information. They also have a lot of interesting varieties. They certainly aren’t the cheapest, but they make up for that in other areas.”Hayley from the Organic Gardening Community
10. West Coast Seeds
West Coast Seeds is best known for vegetable seeds for the classic home gardener. Based in British Columbia, West Coast Seeds ships all across North America and offers untreated non-GMO seeds for sale that are well suited to home organic kitchen gardening.
In addition to vegetable seeds, they do also have many herb seeds and wildflower varieties. It’s the perfect destination if you’re into companion planting or would like to attract more pollinators to your vegetable garden!
11. Victory Seeds
Victory Seeds is a family-owned American seed company known for its open-pollinated, naturally-grown, untreated vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. They only sell their seeds directly to gardeners so the seeds can be stored properly rather than sitting on the shelf in a seed store.
Victory Seeds is a great option if you’re looking to grow tomatoes in pots, as they carry Dwarf Tomato Project seeds from the effort led by Patrina Nuske-Small and Epic Tomatoes author Craig LeHoullier. They also carry tobacco seeds, grains, cover crops, and some particularly rare vegetable varieties. Victory Seeds has taken the Safe Seed Pledge. You can buy their seeds online on their website.
12. Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Co.
Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Company is an old American seed company with a huge offering of different seed types and varieties. This seed company was founded in 1866 in Monticello, Iowa, and is now based out of Greendale, Indiana. Gurney’s has taken the safe seed pledge. Their seeds are available on their website.
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to seed saving and sharing seeds. They promote biodiversity and community-building through their seed exchange program. The Seed Savers Organization is based out of Iowa, but member growers are nationwide.
Seed Savers has taken the Safe Seed Pledge. Find seeds for sale from Seed Savers online at their website or at select locations.
“I’m a big fan of Seed Savers Exchange. They have a lot of organic seeds and I’ve had great success with their seeds.”Erika from the Organic Gardening Community
Johnny’s Seeds is a top choice for market gardeners and homesteaders with larger garden plots. Headquartered in Fairfield, Maine, they sell gardening seeds and supplies for home gardeners and small farmers. Johnny’s is known for its dependable disease-resistant varieties and market crops with short maturity dates. Their seed kits and grower’s guides also have a lot of detail.
Johnny’s is one of the larger companies to have taken the Safe Seed Pledge and does not sell GMO seeds. They are a trusted commercial seed supplier for many home gardeners and market growers.
Fedco Seeds is known for reliable, cold-hardy vegetable seeds that are adapted to the Northeastern climate. Based in Clinton, ME, Fedco is structured as a cooperative owned by seed co-op members and employees. They have a wonderful selection of crop seeds, including for organic and heirloom vegetables, sold at reasonable prices.
Fedco also ships bulbs and live plants. Fedco has taken the Safe Seed Pledge and regularly tests for genetic contamination.
“Fedco is a Maine Company–it’s a big “go to” here in Maine-they have a great reputation and attend the organic Fair we have here in Maine. They have a great variety of seeds and there staff are very knowlegable and helpful. They gave me info and advice on my carrot problems.”Mattie from the Organic Gardening Community
16. Ferry-Morse Seed Company
Ferry-Morse Seed Company is a historic American seed company founded in 1856 in Detroit, Michigan, that later merged with a Californian seed company founded in 1874 in Santa Clara. They are known for their high-quality seeds, and also for the baby seedling vegetable plants that ship straight to your door.
Ferry-Morse is now part of Green Garden Products, along with other popular gardening brands like McKenzie (Canada), American Seed (Pennsylvania), Livingston Seed (Massachusetts), Seeds of Change, and Jiffy Seed Starting Supplies. You can find their seeds on their website and at many garden centers.
Richters Herb Seeds is a favorite of many herb gardeners in North America. Based in Goodwood, Ontario, Richters offers an impressive variety of culinary herbs and other interesting plants. They also ship potted herb plants and plug trays (many to both the USA and Canada). Their seeds are available on their website. And if you’re in Canada, here are some other Canadian seed companies to order from.
“I’m a big fan of Pinetree Garden in Maine. The variety and prices are great and I always get beautiful plants from them!”Nikole from the Organic Gardening Community
19. Jung Seed
The J.W. Jung Seed Company is a historic American seed company founded in 1907 in Randolph, Wisconsin. They offer a beautiful catalog, many different kinds of seeds, and even quite a few plants, including perennials, trees, and shrubs. You can buy Jung Seeds on their website.
20. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is known for its heirloom seeds that are suited to the climate of Mid-Atlantic and Southeast USA. Located in Mineral, VA, it’s a worker-run cooperative company. A majority of the seeds offered by Southern Exposure are certified organic, and almost all are open-pollinated. No seeds offered are chemically treated.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange has taken The Safe Seed Pledge and has a comprehensive non-GMO policy. Order directly from Southern Exposure.
“The seeds are reasonably priced – $2.50 for a regular bag of most seeds and $5.50 for a bulk size. Ordering is simple – you place your order online and they ship it to your house. The only delay I’ve ever had is in ordering sweet potato starts, as they don’t deliver them until it is time to plant. The quality of the seed and varieties have consistently been good, with my plants often being strong and withstanding some serious challenges, including bugs and deer munching.“Shannon from We’ll Eat You Up, We Love You So (2016)
21. Harris Seeds
Harris Seeds is another old American seed packet seller. Established in 1879, this company is based out of Rochester, New York. They are known for supplying a wide variety of high-quality strains of popular vegetables.
SeedsNow is a newer online seed company that offers a wide range of vegetable, herb, flower, microgreen, and sprouting seeds. It’s a great place to check if you are checking out different companies looking for something specific. Their seeds are only available on their website.
23. Landreth Seeds
D. Landreth Seed Company is likely the oldest seed company in the USA. Based in Shelburne, Vermont, the company is now part of American Meadows Seeds. Landreth is known for introducing some of the most popular garden plants to America, including the zinnia, the tomato, and the white potato.