Celebrating Garden Porn Month, aka National Mail Order Gardening Month

Admit it, you’ve felt it before…the excitement when a favorite catalog arrives in the mail, the building sense of anticipation as you wait for the ideal moment to steal away and start acquainting yourself with some new possibilities, the surge of excitement when you find that special something that makes your heart beat faster, and the joy you feel when you realize its growing conditions perfectly match those in your own garden!

January is the month when serious plant geeks should celebrate the fact that garden porn is delivered – for free – right to our doorsteps.  Believe it or not, there is such a thing as National Mail Order Gardening Month.  So in recognition of this auspicious month, I thought I would share a few of my favorite gardening catalogs (and one website) that are a bit like garden porn for me, and, I imagine, for many others.

  • Genevieve Schmidt’s OpenSky store - If you’re not familiar with Genevieve Schmidt’s blog, North Coast Gardening, you have to check it out.  Gen is a landscaper in Northern California and  in addition to writing a snappy, informative blog, she also writes unbiased reviews of gardening tools she uses in her business.  Recently, Gen opened an OpenSky store where you can buy some of the products she recommends.  I stocked up on some of my favorite Atlas gloves and also bought some Sluggo to protect my hostas next spring.  I became intrigued by Suggo after reading Gen’s review and had to get some to try in my own garden.  If spending your money on tools that actually work gets your heart racing, check out Gen’s OpenSky offerings, you won’t be disappointed.

 

  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds - I received this seed catalog in the mail the other day and it is simply beautiful to look at.  Some of the photos of the veggies and flowers are so stunning that I found myself just staring at them, absorbing all the details of the seeds in the Ali Baba watermelon  or the funky bumps on the Reisetomate tomato.   A feast for the eyes that will eventually result in a feast for your tummy.

 

  • White Flower Farm - White Flower Farm (WFF)  is celebrating its 60th year in business which tells you something about the quality of their plants.  I have ordered many different items from WFF, from perennials to trees, and all of them have thrived.  And since WFF is located in CT too, I am fortunate to be able to visit them in person or even buy their branded plants at a local garden center.  WFF  always seems to have a few treasures that haven’t made it into the mainstream yet.  I looked all over for Cercis chinesis ‘Don Egolf’ in the fall and couldn’t find it.  But guess who is offering it in their Spring catalog?

Please feel free to share your favorite garden porn catalogs so the rest of us can broaden our horizons.

8 thoughts on “Celebrating Garden Porn Month, aka National Mail Order Gardening Month

  1. Kitchen Garden Seeds, Select Seeds, Logees Tropical Plants … all in Connecticut, and Pinetree in Maine. I like to use the White Flower Farm catalog as a resource, but I have not had as much luck with their shipped plants as you. However, I do love thier daffodil collection, The Works.

  2. Debbie, thank you so much for your kind feedback on my store! I just love doing tool reviews, because I have tried so many stinkers over the years, and it is always such a relief to find a tool that really performs! So glad it is helpful to you!

    And I LOVE Baker Creek. Just got my catalogue the other day and I’ve been drooling over all the weird varieties….

    • Genevieve,

      I see you have the tool sharpener for sale now…I’m going to have to get myself one of those because your video made it look so easy to sharpen pruners with it.

      Keep the tool reviews coming, with the cost of tools being so high I find your reviews very helpful.

  3. Debbie, Great idea for a post. I look forward to Tomato Grower’s Supply, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and of course Plant Delights Nursery. Embarrassed to admit, that although they are only about 45 minutes away, I’ve never been to White Flower Farm. Guess I’ll have to get off my you know what and visit this season. Scott

    • Scott,

      I got my Tomato Grower’s Supply catalog today (haven’t looked at it yet) but Johnny’s is new to me. I’ll check them out, thanks for the heads up.

      White Flower Farm is definitely worth a trip, only problem is by the time they are ready for visitors hopefully we’ll all be busy with clients!

  4. Hi Deb, not really about your post, but the “porn” did get my attention! really just wanted to thank you for commenting on my blog. as hard as I try, it’s tough to get folks to comment – they always email me – so last year! take care, Blake

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