VERY IMPORTANT NOTICES! read ALL before ordering, thank you.

Please always check this post for important current site information before ordering.

ONE: Orders made now are averaging 1-5 days to go out.
If you think you should have received a shipped email and have not, please contact us at SampleSeeds@yahoo.com
Two: The annual PHOTO CONTEST is now underway. Please check the FaceBook page for details (Click Here.) You do not have to be on FB to win though! 

Three: GARLIC (Click Here) is in stock.
MANY NEW Flowers! are in stock, annual, biennal, and perennial so check out all the pages.

Four If you have not ordered before, we recommend you read the General INFO, SHIPPING, Etc page before ordering.
For INTERNATIONAL Orders please also read
the Shipping to FOREIGN Countries Page before ordering.

Five: If you find any errors, brokenAdd to Cart” buttons or  links, etc, please let us know, SampleSeeds@yahoo.com

Six: To know about new items, in stock updates, contests, and other gardening stuff, “Like” us on FaceBook. Make sure “Get Notifications is checked (hover over the Liked area to see it) when there so hopefully you will see our posts more often since it seem FB is not showing all our posts to many people because we don’t pay to promote them. Or just check up on the page periodically.
We have also started a new gardening group there, Seedaholics Garden Group, please join if you like sharing pictures and chatting about gardening!

SIX: iPads (definitely)and iMacs (maybe, give it a try,) especially when using Safari as a browser, seem to be losing orders i.e. you put 10 things in your cart, and then your cart goes poof! Even a few PC users have trouble. We can NOT fix the problem :( The cart pages are controlled by PayPal and not us. We have contacted PayPal. They so far have not figured out the problem. Don’t keep trying to make an order over and over. If it isn’t working for you, it isn’t working. So either try a different browser, or wait until you can use a computer (Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as a browser works best,) or copy and paste your items to an email, and send it to SampleSeeds@yahoo.com (I know PITA,) , but think of it like the old days when you had to hand write out an order and mail it) and we will bill you the appropriate charge. Thank you for your patience! We appreciate your business.

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Upcoming Events

*Sat. and Sun. July 18th & 19th, the Ken-Ton Garden Walk, 10-4.

*Thurs. Aug 6, North Buffalo Farmer’s Market 3-7
We will have a garden information table. Bring your questions, plant samples if you have them, or just come and chat!

*Sun. Aug. 30, the 9th Annual Buffalo~Niagara Tomato Tastefest, 1pm on Grand Island.
If you would like directions or to be on the mailing list, please email SampleSeeds@yahoo.com.

*Tues. Sept. 8, Root 16 Garden Club Meeting.
Discussing how to make garden beds and tips to make it easy.

*Sat. Oct. 3, Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center Heirloom Seed Swap in Berea, KY, 9 am.
We will have a table set up to swap and sell seeds.

*Sat. Oct. 10 World On Your Plate at Daemen College in Amherst.

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WELCOME to The Sample Seed Shop!


Hi All,
I’m happy to offer you sample size, quality seed at an inexpensive price. Even at such good prices, you will get bonus seeds with your order! And you might notice some of my sample sizes contain more seed or the same amount of seeds in packets at other sites.
How is that being done?
~The seed packets are not fancy printed ones, just great seed in simple packets. The internet has such a wealth of knowledge about any plant you wish to grow; everything is a Google search away. If a search doesn’t help, I’m here to answer your questions too.
~There is no paper catalog. I know some people like to peruse a paper catalog at their leisure. I’ve found the site does print nicely, so you can make your own catalog.
~I work on this web site myself. All photos are taken by me unless otherwise noted. (All photos taken by me, be they good or bad, are my property. You can not use them without my permission.)
~My office is in my home, so there is less overhead cost.

I hope you find some interesting new seeds for your garden on this site. Please know that varieties will change throughout the growing season, so check back again soon.

To get all of the information about the seeds, shipping, other policies, please go to the General Info and Shipping Page.

Thank You for choosing The Sample Seed Shop!

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Sample Seed Shop Reviews

You may be new to this site and wondering if it is a legitimate place to order from.
Here are links to sites where customers have spoken:

  • Dave’s Garden Watchdog reviews Click Here
  • Tomatoville Thread on The Sample Seed Shop. Click Here
  • GardenWeb Rate and Review Click Here
  • (GardenWeb Rate and Review thread of Remy personally Click Here)

Because of your great reviews we have been in the Garden Watchdog top 5 for Perennial Seed and Tomato Seed for 5 years, and we are also in the Watchdog 30 list of best companies overall!

THANK YOU to those of you who have taken the time to write reviews! Your voices help keep cost low because less is spent on advertising.
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Bubble Envelopes and Promises



(Originally posted on January 14, 2009.)
I got thinking about things I want to ensure as I start this business, things I want to promise myself as well as the customer.

  • Great Customer Service~ I want to make sure all email inquiries are answered promptly. I think within 24 hours, less if possible, should be the standard practice. If for some reason I will be away, and no one else can answer emails, make sure it is visibly announced on the web site.
  • Have Seeds offered In Stock~ If for some reason a run on a variety happens like a mention in a magazine article, take care of the problem quickly. I don’t want anyone disappointed in the seed being out of stock after ordering. They should be contacted immediately and offered a solution
  • Customer Information (phone numbers, email, and addresses)~ I promise to only use them for contacting the customer about orders. I will never give them out to other companies. I can’t stand telemarketers and spam mailers!
  • Viable seed~ I will send seed of excellent quality. Seeds that are harder to germinate, needing special conditions or a long wait period, will be listed as such. I don’t want to disappoint the novice gardener.
  • Low Prices~ I will do my best to keep prices reasonable, down right cheap if possible. I think some seeds are way over priced. When I see some of the stuff for sale elsewhere, I can not believe people are paying those prices.
  • No False Claims of Rarity~ I promise to never state something is rare if it isn’t. Sometimes plants are unusual or not found at the popular seed outlets, but that makes it uncommon or hard to find, not rare. If I’m the only business selling the seed in the USA, then it might be rare.
  • No False Claims of Plant Virtues~ I promises to give accurate plant descriptions. I may like certain varieties and think they are great, but they are not the BEST EVER! or TOTALLY DISEASE FREE! or what ever silly claim you might read elsewhere. I also promise to never use a color enhance photo. BEWARE OF PLACES THAT DO THIS.
  • No Making New Names Up or Histories for Varieties~ Unfortunately there are catalogs out there that like to rename plants and/or give some story that is totally untrue to help drum up sales. I promise the names and histories I write to be as accurate as possible.
  • Religion ~ No using biblical references to get you to buy seeds. BEWARE OF PLACES THAT DO THIS. They may be good people, but there are and have been many places that do this that are scammers. Please check the GardenWatchdog before ordering.
  • No Stealing Photos~I would rather go without a photo and have poorer sales than steal some unsuspecting gardener’s pic. It is happening much too often unfortunately. Which reminds me… All photos on this site, be they good or bad, are taken by me unless stated otherwise. You can not use them without my permission.

I’ve probably forgotten a thing or two. Any suggestions of things you hope I do, or hope I never do, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! The more you say now, the better for everyone. You can leave a comment or send an email to sampleseeds@yahoo.com

Figuring I should put a face on this web site for people to know me, here it is. The photo is of my SIL(cactus) and me(butterfly) last year at Plantasia, WNY’s garden show.

You should never feel too old to have fun and be silly!

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