We at Roxanne's Dried Flowers love gardening, both for flowers and for food. This time of year is filled with lots of gardening anticipation. While winter lingers, we are eagerly planning the best use of our garden beds, selecting our seeds and dreaming of juicy, ripe tomatoes and bean picking in the afternoon sun.
Since we care so much about gardening, we put a lot of care into our seed selection, which is why we carry organic varieties from the Seed Savers Exchange. We proudly support their mission to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.
Seed Savers Exchange was founded in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy to honor the tradition of preserving and sharing. Their collection started when Diane's terminally-ill grandfather gave them the seeds of two garden plants, Grandpa Ott's morning glory and German Pink tomato. Grandpa Ott's parents brought the seeds from Bavaria when they immigrated to St. Lucas, Iowa in the 1870s.
Today, the 890-acre Heritage Farm, near Decorah, Iowa, is their home. It's also where they maintain many thousands of heirloom garden varieties, most having been brought to North America by members' ancestors who emigrated from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and other parts of the world. Starting a garden with their seeds is a garden rich in history, but it's also a garden rich in preservation for the future.
Visit us at the shop soon to see the many varieties of seeds we carry, and start planning your garden today!