Remy, about the owner

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Hello Gardeners!
I am the owner of The Sample Seed Shop. Some of you may know me from internet garden chat, or possibly from my name popping up on internet plant searches. I’m not just the owner of a business; I am an avid gardener. Some might call me a plant junkie, some might call me just plain crazy, but no one could ever say I’m not passionate about what I do!

If you need to get a hold of me, my email is
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I’ve been asked “Where did The Sample Seed Shop name come from?” I was trying to come up with a name for the longest time, and my ex-husband, Gary, suggested it. He got the idea from his late grandfather’s dry cleaning business, Sample Dry Cleaning. I immediately loved it, because it was in memory of his grandfather, the alliteration was great, and small seed packets are already known as sample size! Plus I have (and any older Buffalonian woman out there will have) fond memories of The Sample clothing store.

I am available for speaking appearances/workshops on various garden subjects ~ growing from seed, perennials for full sun, antique and hardy roses, heirloom vegetables, winter sowing, etc. I love spreading the joy of gardening to others! I have presented at many garden clubs, libraries, horticultural classes, National Heirloom Expo, WNY’s Plantasia, Long Island Seed Consortium Exchange, Central Michigan Seed Swap, Central Indiana Seed Swap. Click Here to read a bit more.
To hear a radio interview with me on the Rochester, NY program Naturally Green with host Michael Warren Thomas please Click Here.

 Some Newspaper articles I’ve been interviewed for:

Internet Articles and Interviews~

A few gardening tidbits about me~

  • My garden is cottage style, and I have many antique roses.(In the future, I might offer some rooted babies for sale.)
  • I host the annual Buffalo-Niagara Tomato TasteFest. It is a get together/picnic of tomato growers sharing their harvest. It is held on a Saturday at the end of August or beginning of September in Grand Island, NY. If you want to be on the future invite list, please email
  • I am a member of BADS(Buffalo Area Daylily Society.)
  • I am a volunteer for the Buffalo Botanical Gardens. If you ever visit the Niagara Frontier, you should make a trek there.
  • I am a member of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Other facts about me~

  • I am a breast cancer survivor. (If you’ve been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I recommend visiting
  • I teach adult education cooking and gardening classes for Niagara Wheatfield. Click Here for more info. Update: Unfortunately the program ended when the budget didn’t pass and all extras were removed.
  • I have two wonderful dogs, Sammie and Charlie, who love to ruin my best laid garden plans, but I still love them.

Here’s some family and me being silly~

Thank you for choosing the Sample Seed Shop!

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  • remy says:

    Hi Lisa, I just sent you an email. For some reason, PayPal gets stuck with some people’s orders. It is not our site, it is PayPal’s. In case you don’t receive the email, copy and paste your order to an email to us,, and we will bill you. So sorry you got frustrated.

  • Lisa Uchima says:

    I just spent over an hour placing an order and have been stuck in the check out, very frustrated right now!

  • remy says:

    Hi Alena,
    I tried to email you, but it didn’t go through.
    It is not a problem to order. When you place your order, do it in English for the post office as it needs to be recorded that way for them and customs, but also send me a copy of your address written in your language for the actual package. I have found that works best.
    If you need to get a hold of me my email is

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