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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.

Southern Exposure Catalog Seeds 2015

Our Free 2015 Catalog & Garden Guide will be available in December.

For our 2014 Catalog & Garden Guide, you can request a paper copy ($1.98; limited supply), download the PDF (13MB), or simply peruse this webstore.

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

Yellow Cabbage Collards Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck winter squash Austrian Winter Peas

For 2015 we welcome 29 new heirloom and organic varieties. A select few of these are already available here on our webstore. These include two rare, tender family heirloom collard greens: Alabama Blue and Yellow Cabbage Collards. 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. Complement your fresh winter greens with storage crops like Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck winter squash, a butternut-line squash with excellent storage quality.

Charleston Hot pepper Jewels of Opar Mexican Mint Marigold

For the summer, Jewels of Opar is both an elegant flower and a succulent green vegetable. Mexican Mint Marigold is a great substitute for tarragon and a flavorful herbal tea. Heat up your cuisine with Charleston Hot and Carolina Cayenne, two hot peppers bred for resistance to nematodes, making them well-suited to the Southeast.

We’ll be adding more exciting new varieties to the website as we clean the seed and finish germination tests. Check back in over the coming weeks!

Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the SoutheastNew Books

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.

The Perpetual Gardening Record Book was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s meticulous garden record books and proudly made in Alabama using recycled materials. It includes growing charts, calendar pages, sketch pages, and more. The large calendar pages allow one to compare one’s planting dates, harvest dates, and yields over many years.

Bill Best's Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste lovingly describes Appalachian heirlooms and spotlights many of their seed savers.

Our 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.

Read and learn in the SESE library >>


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 FairMatt's Wild Cherry tomato

Anti-GMO Lawsuit

Thanks for supporting us in the oral arguments in the lawsuit OSGATA et al. v Monsanto. This lawsuit tells Monsanto they can’t sue us when their GMO frankengenes contaminate our crops! Read about the lawsuit and Our Anti-GMO Policy >>

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