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Sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste.
- William Shakespeare
Seeds of Diversity thanks the
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation,
the October Hill Foundation,
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
for their support.

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Allison Prindiville

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Seeds of Diversity offers these publications for the enjoyment of members and non-members alike. All proceeds are used to help fund our worthwhile preservation and education projects.

All prices in are in Canadian dollars and include postage, handling and all applicable taxes

Please direct questions to or 1-866-509-SEED(7333). Wholesale inquiries welcome.

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How to Save Your Own Seeds NEW! La conservation des semences NEW! Every Seed Tells a Tale Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario How to Make a Pollinator Garden Back Issues of Seeds of Diversity Magazine

How to Save Your Own Seeds

A Handbook for Small-Scale Seed Production

68 pages
Illustrated with over 75 photos
$15.00 (includes postage)
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Check out the brand new, updated and expanded edition of Seeds of Diversity's popular seed saving guide!

This 68 page handbook is greatly expanded from the previous edition, giving seed savers the most up-to-date information on seeds, flowers, and pollination. It demystifies the techniques of saving seeds from common garden vegetables, giving simple detailed instructions for each type.

Written with beginners and experts in mind, this is a manual for home seed savers as well as small-scale commercial growers. Whether you are learning to save rare heirloom varieties, discovering how to save money by growing your own seeds, or simply interested in learning more about the finer aspects of seeds and gardening, this is an excellent beginner's manual. Sections for the advanced seed saver give details on seed production of biennial crops (beets, carrots, celery, leeks, etc), hand pollination, and many more helpful hints.

  • Best of new, cutting-edge research and improved techniques
  • Detailed, step-by-step seed saving and storage instructions
  • Beautiful illustrations and photographs
  • Separate instructions for beginners and experts
  • Easy-to-follow reference tables and charts for each species
  • Extra features such as pollinator profiles and seed saving tips
  • Clear explanations of botanical concepts


  • Why Save Seed?
  • What's in a Seed?
  • What's in a Flower?
  • What's in a Fruit?
  • Botany Basics
  • Pollen and Pollinators
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Planning and Isolation
  • Harvesting Seeds
  • Cleaning Seeds
  • Storing Seeds
  • Overwintering Biennials
  • Bean Family (including beans, peas, fava beans, lima beans, runner beans, soy beans, mung beans, chick peas, lentils)
  • Beet Family (including beets, sugar beets, swiss chard, spinach)
  • Cabbage Family (including cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, chinese cabbage, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, turnip, rutabaga, mustard, radish, arugula)
  • Carrot Family (including carrot, celery, celeriac, parsnip, parsley, anise, chervil, dill, fennel)
  • Lettuce Family (including lettuce, endive, chicory, radiccio, salsify, sunflower, jerusalem artichoke)
  • Onion Family (including onions, leeks, garlic)
  • Squash Family (including summer squash, winter squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd, melon, watermelon)
  • Tomato Family (including tomato, currant tomato, pepper, eggplant)
  • Quick Reference Guide (showing detailed pollination and seed storage needs of 87 species of vegetables, grains, and herbs)

For the preservation work of Seeds of Diversity to be successful, our members must know and follow proper seed saving techniques, including how to keep varieties from crossing with each other. If you are planning to save your own seeds and possibly offer them in our Member Seed Directory, we encourage you to order this handbook and learn these valuable and simple techniques.

This handbook is also a popular winter and late-summer item for garden stores and catalogue retailers. Contact our office for information on our reasonable wholesale rates for this book in either English or French editions.

Seventy-eight of the best articles from the pages of Seeds of Diversity and Heritage Seed Program magazine

Every Seed Tells a Tale

A new book from Seeds of Diversity

180 pages
Illustrated with photos
$35.00 plus shipping
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Did you ever wonder about the culture of Canada’s garden plants, or the history of your own garden? Seeds of Diversity is proud to release our largest collection of stories of seed heritage. Every Seed Tells a Tale - Stories of Plants, People & Places That Have Contributed to Canada's Seed Heritage is the book for you. This book is the ultimate source for seed heritage stories and information that the gardener can use.

It makes a great gift for your gardening friends. Chapters include fascinating stories of heritage vegetables, fruits, grains and flowers. Stories are told of modern-day seed savers who have rescued these precious garden treasures. Our indigenous peoples, pioneers, scientist-breeders, immigrants and others in our past are brought to life in these pages.

Read about:

  • How the Montreal melon returned to Montreal
  • How Seeds of Diversity rescued the Arikara Yellow bean
  • How Red Fife wheat opened the prairie provinces in Canada
  • How the Mostoller Goose bean got its name
  • Flower gardens of 100 years ago
  • The many varieties of tomatoes and potatoes bred here in Canada
  • First Nations' contributions to our gardens
  • How today's heroes are preserving our seed heritage
  • Canadian historic sites and pioneer villages that make garden history come alive

and many other fascinating stories.

Every Seed Tells a Tale is for all of us who are passionate about heritage plants. The stories of Canadian seed savers and their plants can inspire us!
     Janet Wallace, editor of Canadian Organic Grower magazine

As far as I'm concerned, Seeds of Diversity is the single best resource for Canadian gardeners interested in preserving a living part of our shared history. Their book is a fascinating read that I'll be keeping on my bookshelf for easy reference for years to come.
     Bridget Wayland, editor of Harrowsmith magazine

La conservation des semences

Guide de production à petit échelle

72 pages
Illustré de photographies
15,00$ frais de poste inclus
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Découvrez la toute nouvelle version de notre guide « La conservation des semences » bonifiée et améliorée!

Notre nouveau guide amélioré sur la conservation des semences est beaucoup plus volumineux que de l'édition précédente (72 pages), et les informations importantes pour les conservateurs de semences ont été mises à jour, à propos des fleurs, des semences et de la pollinisation. On y démystifie les techniques de conservation des semences de légumes les plus communs du jardin par des instructions détaillées simples pour chaque type de légume.

Écrit pour des lecteurs débutants autant qu’experts, ce guida a été conçu pour la conservation des semences maison autant que pour la production commerciale à petite échelle. Si vous désirez apprendre à cultiver des variétés patrimoniales rares, que vous voulez économiser de l'argent en cultivant vos propres semences ou simplement en apprendre davantage sur les aspects les plus subtils de la semence et du jardinage, ce manuel est un excellent départ. On y retrouve, en plus de nombreux conseils utiles, une section pour les conservateurs chevronnés qui traite entre autre de la production de semences de cultures bisannuelles (betteraves, carottes, céleris, poireaux, etc.) et de la pollinisation manuelle.

Le guide inclus:

  • Les dernières nouveautés sur la recherche de pointe et les techniques améliorées
  • Des instructions étape par étape pour la conservation et l’entreposage
  • De nombreuses illustrations et photographies
  • Des instructions séparées pour les débutants et les experts
    Des tableaux de références faciles à suivre pour chaque espèce
  • Des  informations supplémentaires telles que le profil des pollinisateurs et de nombreux autres conseils
  • Des explications claires sur les concepts botaniques

Le contenu

  • Pourquoi conserver ses semences ?
  • Que contient une semence ?
  • Que trouve-t-on dans une fleur ?
  • Qu'est-ce qu'un fruit?
  • Les bases en botanique
  • Le pollen et les pollinisateurs
  • Les outils du métier
  • La planification et les distances d’isolement
  • La récolte des semences
  • Le nettoyage des semences
  • L’entreposage des semences
  • L’hivernage des bisannuelles
  • La famille des haricots (y compris les haricots, les pois, les fèves, les haricots de Lima, le soya, les haricots mungo, les pois chiches et les lentilles)
  • La famille des betteraves (y compris la betterave, la betterave à sucre, la bette à carde et l’épinard)
  • La famille des choux (y compris le chou, le chou frisé, le brocoli, le chou-fleur, le chou chinois, les choux de Bruxelles, le chou-rave, le navet, le rutabaga, la moutarde, le radis et la roquette)
  • La famille des carottes (y compris la carotte, le céleri, le céleri-rave, le panais, le persil, l’anis, le cerfeuil, l’aneth et le fenouil)
  • La famille des laitues (y compris la laitue, l’endive, la chicorée, le radiccio, le salsifis, le tournesol et le topinambour)
  • La famille des oignons (y compris l’oignon, le poireau et l'ail)
  • La famille des courges (y compris la courge d'été, la courge d'hiver, la citrouille, le concombre, le pâtisson, le melon et la pastèque)
  • La famille des tomates (y compris la tomate, la tomate groseille, le poivron et l’aubergine)
  • Un guide de références rapide (montrant la pollinisation détaillée et les besoins d’entreposage des semences de 87 espèces de légumes, de céréales et de fines herbes)

Pour assurer le succès du travail de préservation des Semences du patrimoine, nos membres doivent connaître et suivre des techniques de conservation appropriées, y compris comment éviter le croisement entre les différentes variétés. Si vous prévoyez conserver vos propres semences et éventuellement les offrir dans notre Catalogue de semences des membres, nous vous encourageons à commander ce manuel et à apprendre ces techniques simples mais très utiles.

Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario

by Sue Chan

$15.00 each incl postage
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How to Make a Pollinator Garden

by Clement Kent

$8.00 each incl postage
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Back Issues of Seeds of Diversity Magazine

Issues previous to 1996 are called Heritage Seed Program magazine

$4.00 each incl postage
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Back issues are available for all magazines published by Seeds of Diversity and the Heritage Seed Program from December 1988 to the present (December 1988 and December 1989 are available only as photocopies).

Check out the index of articles by title and author.

As well, the Seeds of Diversity office has a database of articles searchable by keyword. Included are such things as kinds of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers, and herbs; provinces and countries; names of museums, organizations, and seed companies; and words such as history, breeding, clonal germplasm, gardening, disease, genetic preservation, how to, breeding.

If you would like to find out about specific topics which are not apparent from titles in the index, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the list of topics you are interested in. We will send you a list of back issues which match your topics.