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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

Our lawsuit tells Monsanto they can’t sue us when their GMO frankengenes contaminate our seed crops! Read about the lawsuit and Our Anti-GMO Policy >>

Southern Exposure Catalog Seeds 2015

Our Free 2015 Catalog & Garden Guide is in the mail! The webstore is newly updated with this year's offerings.

Request your FREE 2015 Catalog & Garden Guide online if you have not received your copy by New Year's. 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

Yellow Cabbage Collards Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck winter squash Austrian Winter Peas

For 2015 we welcome 29 new heirloom and organic varieties. 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.

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 >>

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