When shopping for seeds, keep in mind that New York City is gardening Zone 7B. You can see the USDA Plant Hardiness map here.



Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Seed Savers Exchange

Hudson Valley Seed Company

Floret Flower

Adaptive Seeds

Fedco Seeds

High Mowing Organic Seeds 

Native Seeds

Peace Seedlings

Select Seeds (Antique Flowers)

Southern Exposure Seeds

Tatianas Tomato Base

Turtle Tree Seeds

Uprising Organics

Wild Garden Seed

Rare Seeds

Van Engelen Bulbs

John Scheepers Bulbs


Where to Buy Plants in NYC*

Wild Yarrow Farm (Uncommon varieties galore! Really knowledgable growers. Seasonally at the Union Square Farmers Market)

Chelsea Garden Center (Red Hook & Williamsburg)

Gowanus Nursery

Union Square Farmers Market (Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday. Great selection from local farmers!)

Gowanus Canal Conservancy

Save your seeds! Learn how here.

*It’s best to avoid buying plants from big box stores, hardware stores, or any other place that doesn’t specialize in gardening. Those plants are often grown in hotter climates and are more likely to carry diseases. It’s best to shop from local growers.


Great Gardening Blogs/Websites


A Way to Garden

Garden Design

Floret Flower 

Seed Savers Exchange-Learn

Ken Druse

You Grow Girl



Garden Design Magazine

Gardens Illustrated

Mother Earth News



The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden by Brie Arthur

Growing Beautiful Food : A gardener’s guide to cultivating extraordinary vegetables and fruit by Matthew Benson

A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season by Margaret Roach

The Seed Garden-The Art & Practice of Seed Saving by Lee Buttala and Shanyn Siegel

Jekka’s Complete Herb Book by Jekka McVicar

Designing with Plants by Piet Oudolf

Natural Companions: The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations by Ken Druse

The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change by Ken Druse


A Way To Garden

On The Ledge (Indoor plants)

In Defense of Plants


Real Dirt