Seed Company Histories and Timelines
Including Selected Seed Related Organizations

Researching and documenting the pedigrees of individual cultivars is an integral part of the  preserving heritage seeds.  A byproduct of this research is learning about the companies who introduced and marketed varieties.

Note: Bold names are active, others will be added as time for researching and configuring pages permits.  If you have company information to share, please contact us.  Check back from time to time. The date in parentheses indicate the company start date as indicated in company documentation.


  • Abundant Life Seed Foundation - Port Townsend, Washington

  • F. W. Bolgiano & Company - Washington, D.C.

  • H. W. Buckbee (1871) - Rockford, Illinois

  • Robert Buist (1828) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • D. V. Burrell (1900) - Rocky Ford, Colorado

  • Burgess Seed & Plant Company (1913) - Galesburg, Michigan

  • W. Atlee Burpee (1876) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Alf Christianson (1926)  - Mt. Vernon, Washington

  • Comstock, Ferre & Co. (1820) - Wethersfield , Connecticut

  • Condon Brother's (1891) - Rockford, Illinois

  • Farmer's Seed Company (1888) - Faribault, Minnesota

  • Henry Field's Seed and Nursery (1907) - Shenandoah, Iowa

  • D. M. Ferry - Detroit, Michigan

  • Gill Brother's Seed Company - Portland, Oregon

  • Glecklers Seedsmen - Metamora, Ohio

  • James J. H. Gregory - Marblehead, Massachusetts

  • Thomas Griswold - South Wethersfield, Connecticut

  • Gurney Seed and Nursery Company (1866) - Yankton, South Dakota

  • Chas. C. Hart Seed Co. (1892) - Wethersfield , Connecticut

  • H. G. Hastings (1889) - Atlanta, Georgia

  • Haven Seed Company (1873) - California

  • Kansas Seed Company - Lawrence, Kansas

  • S. M. Isbell & Company - Jackson, Michigan

  • Johnson & Stokes - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • D. Landreth Seed Company - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Livingston Seed Company (1875) - Columbus, Ohio

  • William Henry Maule - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Earl E. May Seed Company - Shenandoah, Iowa

  • L. L. May Seed Company - St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Bernard McMahon - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • C. C. Morse & Co. - San Francisco, California

  • L. L. Olds Seed Company - Madison, Wisconsin

  • Porter & Son, Seedsmen - Stephenville, Texas

  • Portland Seed Company - Portland, Oregon

  • Chris Reuter - New Orleans, Louisiana

  • John A. Salzer Seed Company - La Crosse, Wisconsin

  • Seed Saver's Exchange, Inc. - Decorah, Iowa

  • Seeds Blüm - Boise, Idaho

  • R. H. Shumway - Rockford, Illinois

  • Stark Brothers Nurseries (1816) - Louisiana, Missouri

  • George Tait & Sons, Inc. (1869) - Norfolk, Virginia

  • J. M. Thorburn & Company - New York

  • Tillinghast Seed Company (1885) - La Conner, Washington

  • James Vick Seed Company - Rochester, New York

  • Vilmorin Seed Company (1742) - Paris, France

  • Oscar H. Will & Company - Bismarck, North Dakota

  • Will's Bismarck Seed House - Bismarck, North Dakota

  • Willhite Seed Company - Poolville, Texas

  • T. W. Wood & Sons - Richmond, Virginia

  • F. H. Woodruff & Sons, Inc. Seed Growers - Milford, Connecticut

  • S. D. Woodruff & Son - Orange, Connecticut


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