By now, your gardening magazines and seed catalogs are pouring in. If not, there is still time to sign up for catalogs that are invaluable for finding high quality herb seeds, plants and books. Of utmost importance, is finding heirloom seeds and plants. Heirloom means that you will be able to save the seeds and get the same plant, year after year. I urge you to take a look at some of these companies, and share your favorites in the forum if you would. I have no affiliation with any of the ones listed, I have purchased from them and am pleased with the results. In no particular order:
Richters - Located in both Canada and the US, this catalog is the gold standard for buying beautiful herbs. The span of herbal knowledge within will surprise you. There is extensive information about hundreds of herbs inside. They sell gardening supplies and books too. If you are lucky enough to be able to visit them in Goodwood, Ontario, you can attend some wonderful classes as well. A must have-herbal dreamer's catalog!
Horizon Herbs - Here is another must have herb supplier. I feel a close attachment to Horizon Herbs, as they were one of the first suppliers that I used many years ago. You can find a huge amount of knowledge and insight into growing and using herbs from this small company. Check out the website, see their selection of plants/seeds, and be amazed!
Heirloom Seeds - Large site, with so many things to choose from, it might be hard to know where to start. I recommend their Medicinal Herbs Package, which includes 15 non-hybrid seeds and a booklet to help you along your way. Super site! Seedsavers - A catalog with quite a knowledgeable following. The gold standard to keeping seeds and doing the right, sustainable thing for our Earth. Truly a magnificent organization, and a must see.
Baker's Creek - Here, it is hard to recommend the site or the catalog first. You will find a super community of active members, great information and a wonderful selection of heirloom seeds. Order the catalog and visit the site, while you wait for it to arrive.
If you don't you see your favorite catalog or seed site listed here, share your must have seed catalogs with us in the User Answers section below.