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Rand B. Lee (http://www.RandBLee.com) maintains a list of Dianthus Retail Plant & Seed Sources at http://www.randblee.com/pdf/Dianthus%20Sources.pdf. Some of the information requires updating and the Rand’s list is replicated here with updates as they become known. If you find information which should be corrected please send updates to me via DM. Where possible links to vendors in the Garden Watchdog have been added and missing or incorrect links to vendor websites have been update as addendums to the original list.
Goodwin Creek Gardens, PO Box 83, Williams OR 97544-0083 (541-846-7357; order online www.goodwincreekgardens.com): excellent selection heirloom pinks, including the rare double ‘Bridal Veil’. GWD Link:http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/826/
Sunnyslope Gardens, Phil Ishizu, 8638 Huntington Dr., San Gabriel CA 91775 (1-626-287-4071) chrysanthemum specialists, but best U.S. mail-order source for perpetual-flowering greenhouse type carnations, including the very fragrant ‘Lavender Lace’. Website not available. GWD Link:http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/1488/
Twinleaf, Thomas Jefferson Center For Historic Plants, Monticello, PO Box 316, Charlottesville VA 22902 (1-804-984-9821; order online www.monticello.org/shop): small fabulous selection of rare antique pinks. GWD Link:http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/38/
Wrenwood of Berkeley Springs, Route 4, Box 8055, Berkeley Springs WV 25411 (304-258-3071; online orders http://www.wrenwood.com): good selection garden and rockery pinks, including rarish ‘Sonate’ and ‘Little Bobbie’. Website no longer supported. GWD Link Not Found.
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Aimers, 81 Temperance Street, Aurora, Ontario, Canada L4G 2R1 (905-841-6226; fax 905-727-7333): English strains of carnations, pinks. GWD Link:http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/180/, this may not be correct.
Carnations and Pinks For Garden and Greenhouse: Their True History and Complete Cultivation, by John Galbally with Eileen Galbally, Timber Press, Inc., The Haseltine Building, 133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland OR 97204-9743 (ISBN 0-88192-382-6)
This book, by two world-famous British dianthus authorities and breeders, is the best book on the subject of growing carnations and pinks indoors and out. Some of the terminology is unfamiliar to North American readers ― “John Innes compost,” for example, which is unavailable in the U.S.A. ― but this is a trifle compared to the enormously practical experience that went into the creation of this book. John Galbally is now dead, but his wife continues their work together. Highly recommended. GBW Link:http://davesgarden.com/products/gbw/c/1000/
This is a list of the 38 companies offering Dianthus plants & seeds in Dave’s Garden PlantScout as of October 15, 2010, organized in alphabetical order within plants and seeds. The number of items for sale, reported to DG PlantScout is included to facilitate in the identification of large sellers of Dianthus products. In some cases this list duplicates companies found in Rand B. Lee’s list. It recommended that in addition to searching the vendor’s website for “Dianthus” you also search for “Carnation” as there are a few cases where the genus is not identified.
If you identify any errors or omissions please send me a DM.
Note: Unfortunately for those in North America, Allwoods only ships to locations within the UK and EU. Unless you have a friend in the UK or the EU, who is willing to drop ship on your behalf, you will be out of luck. The Dianthus list is still fantastic and should be reviewed on the chance that the same Dianthus can be obtained from other sources.
DIANTHUS RETAIL PLANT & SEED FROM NON-TRADITIONAL SOURCES
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Note Posted January 5, 2011: Sometime after the beginning of November 2010 the stores “CraftSeeds2u” and “Seeds2yous” ceased to do business. I will leave the entries for the two stores up for a few months in the hope that something changes but it doesn’t look promising. The eBay seller had the largest collection of Dianthus seeds on the Internet, that I know of.
Note: Until November 2009 CraftSeeds2u did business as Seeds2yous on eBay and then a non-eBay company was formed under the named Seeds2yous and the eBay company changed its name to CraftSeeds2u. While many of the Dianthus seeds are identical, CraftSeeds2u on eBay has a larger selection and that that is the organization I have done business in the past with and have been very satisfied. It is recommended that your search both websites using “Dianthus” and “Carnation” and include titles and description in the search.
Company: CraftSeeds2u Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia No. Items: 64 Offering: Dianthus Seeds Comment: Unusual collection of Japanese Dianthus cultivars, with breeding history, and other hard to find Dianthus. Website:http://stores.ebay.com/CraftSeeds2u
Company: Seeds2yous Location: 1109, Block A Jasmine Towers, Jalan SS2/72, Petaling 47300 Malaysia No. Items: 34 Offering: Dianthus Seeds Comment: Unusual collection of Japanese Dianthus cultivars, with breeding history, and other hard to find Dianthus. Website:http://www.seeds2yous.com/
The attached photograph of Dianthus caryophyllus is licensed under Wikipedia Creative Commons at: http://en.wikipedia.