We love The Hudson valley seed library!
Most of these heirloom and open-pollinated flower, herb and vegetable seeds are sourced right in our region and none come from multi-national biotech companies. Adherence to the Safe Seed Pledge is first and foremost for the Seed Library, as they are Certified Organic and also a Certified Organic Handler.
Each variety is packaged in a gorgeous artist designed packet and a website offers fabulous write up’s on each flower or vegetable. The Echinacea package is wonderful!
“Hedgehogs, pollinators, and immune boosters
Sometimes Latin can be misleading. Echinos, tha greek word from which Echinacea is derived, means hedgehog or sea urchin. While this descriptor helps paint a picture of the bristly head of this coneflower, it does little to place the plant in space and time. This variety is native to eastern America, noticeably devoid of the aforementioned exotic fauna. The medicinal properties of this perennial native have been know and used for centuries. Although its popularity as a medicinal herb has gone in and out of fashion over the last 10 years, it continues to be widely used as a well researched all purpose immune booster. Echinacea's distinct purple hue and drooping petals have made it a well loved ornamental with the bonus of attracting and feeding important native pollinators. Regardless of the mildly misguided latin allusions, this plant will be at home in your garden for years to come.” - Hudson Valley Seed Libary
I’ve also noticed that some plants that larger growers are less interested in supplying still exist in the Seed Library. Calendula comes to mind. We haven’t been able to find this great little annual in the past few years, but just looking at the packet makes me want them in my garden again!
Blue Jade Corn. Yum! What a great gift idea!