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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.

Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

We hope you'll join us for the 8th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, our celebration of the harvest at Jefferson’s historic mountaintop home.

General Admission is Saturday, September 13th, with pre-festival events on Thursday and Friday. Learn more about the festival online:


Southern Exposure Catalog Seeds 2014

Request a copy ($1.98; limited supply) of our 2014 Catalog & Garden Guide. You can also download the PDF (13MB).

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 2014

mexican sour gherkins creel cream crowder pea Yu Mai Tsai lettuce

In the salad department, we have a gorgeous new mustard green, Ruby Streaks, and a new Taiwanese lettuce, Sword Leaf or Yu Mai Tsai, with long, pointed leaves and a distinctive flavor. Mexican Sour Gherkins are another great addition to salads as well as for snacking. They are to cucumbers as cherry tomatoes are to beefsteaks.

Larger-Fruited Seminole Pumpkin Sesame Costolto Fiorentino tomato

We're adding a green bean, Maxibel, to our offerings because we've been getting requests for it for years and finally got a good supply. It's one of the best french gourmet beans. The Piggott Pea, an heirloom southern pea from the Piggott family in Louisiana, is also now available. Piggott peas are early, productive, drought-resistant, and flavorful.

We have a Sesame seed crop grown on our own farm with seed stock from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

We have two new marigolds, Frances's Choice and Red Metamorph.

Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

New 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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