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Try Our Garden Planner

Our simple, powerful online tool helps manage your garden throughout the season and from year to year. You can order SESE seeds directly from the planner. Try our Garden Planner Tool free for one month >>

Virginia Heritage Seed Sampler

We donate 30% of sales of Virginia Heritage Seed Collection and Rainbow Starters Mix to the Piedmont Environmental Council and Buy Fresh, Buy Local.

Plant A Row for the Hungry

Read about our project, and how to start your own.


We host seed swaps, tastings, and workshops on heirloom gardening, year-round edible gardening, and more!

Check out upcoming events >>

our tomato tasting at a Mother Earth News Fair

Anti-GMO Lawsuit

We came together with over 80 plaintiffs to ask the courts to keep Monsanto from suing us if their frankengenes contaminate our seed crops! Read about the lawsuit, our partial victory, and our anti-GMO policy >>

Southern Exposure Catalog Seeds 2015

 Click here to request a 2015 Catalog & Garden Guide. You can also view this year's catalog online as a PDF.

For fastest service, we recommend ordering online. Browse the listings at the left to fill your cart or Quick Order by Catalog Number. If you need to mail in your order instead, you can print this year’s mail-in order form.

New Varieties for 2015

Mexican Mint Marigold Jewels of Opar Charleston Hot pepper

For 2015 we're adding 29 heirloom and organic varieties to our listings. Jewels of Opar is both an elegant flower and a succulent summer leaf vegetable. Flavorful, attractive, bug-resistant Ridge Gourds can replace zucchini or okra in recipes. We've also added Charleston Hot and Carolina Cayenne, two hot peppers bred for resistance to nematodes, making them well-suited to the Southeast.

Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck winter squash Garden Huckleberries Yellow Cabbage Collards

Keep eating from your garden all year with crops for canning, storage, and winter harvest. High-yielding Garden Huckleberries make a great jam. Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck winter squash is a butternut-line squash with excellent storage quality. Rare, tender family heirloom collard greens Alabama Blue and Yellow Cabbage Collards are traditional southern winter cooking greens.  You can also try Austrian Winter peas for a great nitrogen-fixing cover crop that also adds flavor to salads all winter long in zones 7 and warmer.

Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast Local Authors with New Books to Nurture the Gardener, Farmer & Seedsperson

The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, by Southern Exposure’s own gardening expert Ira Wallace, gives home gardeners the regionally specific information needed to succeed in our hot, humid climate. It features what to plant, when to plant it, and when to harvest, based on our climate, weather, and other info.

Epic TomatoesEpic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time: Craig Lehoullier has grown thousands of tomato varieties, most of them in hot and humid North Carolina, and here he shares his hard-won wisdom on how to grow great tasting tomatoes.

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture TwistEdible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist Transforming an ordinary yard into an edible oasis. More than 200 color photos and illustrations show how permaculture principals scale from small urban mini-gardens to suburban yards, commercial landscapes or small farms.

Veg Gardening in the SoutheastOur neighbor Pam Dawling’s Sustainable Market Farming provides invaluable expertise that is especially useful to those in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, who can benefit from her many years growing in our bio-region.

Check out all the great books in the SESE library.

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