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Michael_Ronayne Nutley, NJ (Zone 6b) Rand B. Lee (
http://www.RandBLee.com) maintains a list of Dianthus Retail Plant & Seed Sources at http://www.randblee.com/pdf/Dianthus Sources.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.
DIANTHUS RETAIL PLANT & SEED SOURCES
Retail Plant Sources:
André Viette Farm & Nursery, PO Box 1109, Fishersville VA 22939 (540-943-2315): good basic selection maiden pinks and Cheddar pinks.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/408/
Bluestone Perennials, 7211 Middle Ridge Rd., Madison OH 44057 (800-852-5243): good selection, very reasonable prices; Allwood-type pinks, Cheddars, maiden pinks, sweet williams; dwarf carnations.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/6/
Canyon Creek Nursery, 3527 Dry Creek Rd., Oroville CA 95965 (530-533-2166): good selection heirloom pinks.
Website not available.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/497/
Carroll Gardens, 444 East Main St., PO Box 310, Westminster MD 21158 (800-638-6334): good selection rockery pinks.
Website: http://www.carrollgardens.com/ , suspended accepting website orders.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/329/
Davidson-Wilson Greenhouses, RR 2 Box 168, Crawfordsville IN 47933-9426 (877-723-6834; order online ): only U.S. source for Swiss balcony scented trailing carnation plants http://www.davidson-wilson.com
Website: http://www.davidsongreenhouse.com .
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/673/
Digging Dog Nursery, PO Box 471, Albion CA 95410-0471 (707-937-1130): small collection of superb English heirloom pinks, only U.S. source for several
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/245/
Goodwin Creek Gardens, PO Box 83, Williams OR 97544-0083 (541-846-7357; order online http://www.goodwincreekgardens.com ): excellent selection heirloom pinks, including the rare double ‘Bridal Veil’.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/826/
Joy Creek Nursery, 20300 NW Watson Rd., Scappoose OR 97056 (503-543-7474): good selection modern & some heirloom pinks.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/161/
Logee’s Greenhouses, 141 North Street, Danielson CT 06239 (1-203-774-8038): small choice selection heirloom pinks.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/35/
Mary’s Plant Farm, 2410 Lanes Mill Rd., Hamilton (McGonigle) OH 45013 (513-894-0022): only U.S. source for Dianthus barbatus ‘Calico’, a true perennial sweet William.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/431/
Plant Delights Nursery, 9241 Sauls Rd., Raleigh NC 27603 (919-772-4794): one of the best catalogs ever written, plus several rare heat- and humidity-tolerant modern pinks.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/9/
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/
Surry Gardens, P.O. Box 145, Surry ME 04684 (1-207-667-4493): good selection, including rockeries and Allwood types.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/455/
Twinleaf, Thomas Jefferson Center For Historic Plants, Monticello, PO Box 316, Charlottesville VA 22902 (1-804-984-9821; order online http://www.monticello.org/shop ): small fabulous selection of rare antique pinks.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/38/
Weiss Brothers Nursery, 11690 Colfax Highway, Grass Valley CA 95945 (1-530-272-7657; order online ): small but good selection rockery, Allwood, Cheddar pinks, including rare ‘Blue Pygmy’ and ‘Velvet ‘n’ Lace’. http://www.plantperennials.com
Website no longer supported.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/1087/
Willow Pond Nursery, PO Box 192, Hewlett NY 11557 (516-374-2522; online orders ): interesting selection maiden pinks, rare species pinks including http://www.willowpondnursery.com D. carthusianorum, and only U.S. plant source for the black sweet william ‘Sooty’.
Website no longer supported.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/2198/
Wrenwood of Berkeley Springs, Route 4, Box 8055, Berkeley Springs WV 25411 (304-258-3071; online orders ): good selection garden and rockery pinks, including rarish ‘Sonate’ and ‘Little Bobbie’. http://www.wrenwood.com
Website no longer supported.
GWD Link Not Found.
Retail Seed Sources:
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.
Alplains, 32315 Pine Crest Court, P.O. Box 489, Kiowa CO 80117-0489 (303-621-2247; fax 303-621-2864): a few rare species rockery pinks.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/482/
B & T World Seeds sarl, Paguignan, 34210 Olonzac, France (011-33-468-91-2963; email firstname.lastname@example.org; English-text online catalog http://www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com ; takes US credit cards): broad selection rarish dianthus strains; check for availability before ordering; a friend of NADS.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/731/
Chiltern’s Seeds, Bortree Stile, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 7PB United Kingdom (telephone direct from U.S. by dialing 011-44-229-581137; online catalog http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk ) very broad selection pinks, carnation, sweet William, and dianthus species seed; takes US credit cards.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/221/
Fragrant Path, P.O. Box 328, Fort Calhoun NE 68023 (Ed Rasmussen, 402-468-5782): good selection species and heirloom strains; only U.S. source for Marguerite carnations.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/141/
Gardens North, 5984 Third Line Road North, RR#3, North Gower, Ontario K0A 2T0 Canada (Tel/Fax: 613-489-0065).
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/1641/
J. L. Hudson, Seedsman, Star Route 2, Box 337, La Honda CA 94020 (no phone; catalog $1.50): good selection species pinks.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/31/
Select Seeds Antique Flowers, 180 Stickney Hill Rd., Union CT 06076-4617 (860-684-9310): a few nice dianthus strains, including ‘Crimsonia’, a rare scented fringed red; indexless catalog very frustrating to read.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/177/
Stokes Seeds Inc., Box 548, Buffalo NY 14240-0548 (800-396-9238; catalog free): excellent selection modern pinks, carnations, sweet Williams.
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/8/
Thompson & Morgan, PO Box 1308, Jackson NJ 08527-0308 (800-274-7333; order online http://www.thompson-morgan.com ; catalog free): interesting selection English carnations, pinks, sweet williams, a few species.
Website in US: http://www.tmseeds.com/
Website in US: http://www.valueseeds.com/
Website in CA: http://www.thompsonmorgan.ca/
Website in UK: http://www.thompson-morgan.com/
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/56/
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/4880/
Books On Dianthus Growing
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) Carnations and Pinks For Garden and Greenhouse: Their True History and Complete Cultivation,
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/
The attached photograph of Sweet William Dwarf, Dianthus barbatus is licensed under Wikipedia Creative Commons at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Spring_Flowers.JPG .
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