Have I mentioned how seeds make great Christmas presents? Don't tell anyone, but this year I am giving packs from the Hudson Valley Seed Library because they are exquisitely designed. You can find them at West Elm Market in Vancouver.
Here is a shortlist of some of my favorite seed companies. For a longer list, check out Empress of Dirt's blog post with the companies broken down into regions.
But first, a photo of a Golden Northern Bumblebee (Bombus fervidus), taken at the Glenbow Ranch Park in Alberta.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
The catalogues are packed with luscious eye candy for gardeners, offering some really interesting heritage seeds.
Prairie Moon Nursery
Great source of information for growing
native North American plants.
Canada’s most extensive retailer of herbs,
with an informative website.
Salt Spring Seeds
Small company created by seed-saving activist Dan Jason.
A good selection of unusual herbs attractive to bees.
Interesting hard to find California wildflower seeds
West Coast Seeds
Company based in B.C. with an informative web site and resident bee expert Brian Campbell.
Ontario-based wildflower company (owned by the author of Taming Wildflowers, Miriam Golderger), with a helpful seed selector tool.