The Sample Seed Shop is a small, family owned seed company, run by Remy Orlowski, an avid gardener, herself. This is primarily an Internet based business. One can get to the home page by typing www.sampleseeds.com into the address bar of the web browser of your choice.
When you do this, up pops the home page of the Sample Seed Shop! How do I describe it? Frankly, I have to admit, I’ve never seen a seed company website which looks or acts exactly like this one. In some ways it reminds me of a blog. It will feel just a little “different” for the one looking for the first time. One clicks on labeled tabs for the different kinds of seeds desired. There is more than one tab for some kinds of crops. One might be tempted to criticize this apparently unwieldy design, however I certainly wouldn’t be the one to do it!
This website is “stamped” with the best seed saving community…
Sprinkled around the website, usually at the tail end of any given tab, are some great excerpts from customer comments and informative comments, all pertinent to gardening and seed saving. If you were to go looking for a specific comment, you might be frustrated, not finding it immediately. Yet, my take on this website is that it is meant to be browsed and enjoyed. As you do that, you find various nuggets. Probably the strongest impression I got, while browsing this site is that it is “stamped” by some of the the best seed saving community I’ve experienced over the years.
Oftentimes we’ve touched and been touched by some of the same people… and their plants.
For me, the time spent browsing this website was kind of nostalgic. I’ll tell you why. Over the years Remy and I have developed a good many common friendships and grown a number of the same things which first came to light via the fellowship of various Internet gardening forums. With the variety descriptions Remy often gives some history. Oftentimes we’ve touched and been touched by some of the same people… and their plants.
The Sample Seed Shop does purchase some of the more common seeds from larger distributors, but most everything listed has been grown by the Orlowski family, and, the more unusual, harder to find varieties are invariably from Remy’s personal collection, often obtained through seed saving interactions with original sources. When Remy describes a variety, she pretty much speaks from experience. She’s not just selling seeds. She’s sharing her “garden friends” with her gardening friends. In spite of this personal touch, The Sample Seed Shop does have a very respectable inventory of seeds.
The Sample Seed Shop appears to have a loyal following. For those who frequent this store, I suspect that it’s like visiting an old friend, over the back yard fence. Prices are reasonable and every review I’ve read indicates that orders are shipped in a timely matter.
So, even if you already buy seeds from somebody else, if you love gardening, drop in on the Sample Seed Shop and check it out! There’s plenty to be learned there and the ambiance is great!
Another tip from the Homestead,