On the train ride home from work last night I noticed that one my friends had a Burpee seed catalog. I remarked that I was surprised that Burpee still had a print version of their catalog and had not gone to web-only. He told me that he still gets loads of print catalogs for flowers, seeds and plants and orders from them on a regular basis.
My friend listed off the different seed and plant catalogs that he receives and I took notes. Later I looked them up to see who still mails out print catalogs in the United States.
I appreciate that requesting print catalogs is not a “green” thing to do, but for flowers and seeds I just kind of like the catalogs. I enjoy spending a couple of months slowly narrowing down my selections to the items that will fit into my yard’s color scheme. For the past few years I have tried to do this online, but I find that the experience is not as enjoyable. I am opting to go back to print catalogs for now, while the option still exists.
Low Hanging Fruit
This is what I initially found and signed up for:
- Burpee catalog request
- White Flower Farm catalog request
- Select Seeds catalog request (2012 catalogs list is closed)
- Blue Stone Perennials catalog request
- Johnny’s Seeds catalog request
- Musser Forests catalog request (added to list of 1/23/2012)
One-Stop Shopping for Catalogs
Next, was eGardenersPlace* and it was a great find as it is a one-stop-shop for catalog requests. From this one website, I signed up for catalogs from:
- Jung Quality Seeds
- McClure & Zimmerman
- Roots & Rhizomes
- Edmunds’ Roses
- Totally Tomatoes
- R. H. Shumway’s
- Vermont Bean and Seed Company (2012 catalogs list closed)
[Update: *eGardeneersPlace website no longer exists]
(This was part of an ongoing conversation that some fellow commuters and I were having on the train home from Boston for a bit.)