Renee's GS is my go-to company for most of my seed purchases. I love the selection offered, particularly the packs that contain multiple varieties of an individual vegetable. Many of those packets contain color coded seeds so you know which variety you are planting. I have had no problems with germination, but a good part of my success can be attributed to the excellent information provided on the lovely seed packets. Also I have done most of my buying on-line, not locally, where seeds sometimes are not kept in the best environment. The website is easy to navigate with photographs showing you what each plant & flower looks like. There are periodic sales & shipping is prompt. I highly recommend Renee's!
I bought Renee's Garden seeds from OSH when I was living in California. Since moving to Hawaii, I've ordered their seeds by mail order. Delivery was fast & as promised.
More importantly, their seeds are consistently excellent. I'm able to get unique boutique items from them and their planting instructions are unparalleled. The seeds cost a tad more than your usual hardware store purchase, but there's more in each bag and they do sprout. So much so that I can count the seeds out one by one and see each one grow.
My only experiences with Renee's have been positive. They offer excellent and unique vegetable mixtures such as tri-color bush and pole beans and some hard to find varieties such as "Charlotte" swiss chard and 'Sea of Red' lettuce. The cut flower selection is also excellent and they are one of the only sources for "Chantilly" mixed snapdragons which is a breathtaking mixture. Renee's also has kept their prices down below $3/packet and offers good online photographs for all their varieties. Highly recommended.
On Feb 21, 2011, mrs_colla Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on February 18, 2009, updated February 21, 2011
I have bought many seed packets from Renee's; both in the retailers around me and online on her website. I have called them to ask about the situating of a certain seed, and the lady on the phone was helpful and friendly.
I have good germination rates, and most seeds I put outside immediately.
I will keep buying these seeds; there are many seeds in a pack, and the take off great!
When you buy online, the seeds arrive within days! The information on the pack is great, no guessing here, and the packs look pretty too!
On February 21st, 2011, mrs_colla added the following:
The seeds are always great, and the customer service is great too. I had a seed germinate in my garden, and didn't know what it was. Since I had put renee's seeds down in that area I emailed a picture to them, and I got a very quick and friendly response.
We had more water this year than we could deal with -- we assume that we caused the wet year simply by purchasing drip irrigation! However, we started a number of Tomato, Pepper and Eggplants from Renee's Garden Seeds -- and bought about 30 plants from our local Agway. At first, the Agway plants (Bonnie's) were outdoing our own, started from seed plants, then, as all the wet (and related diseases set in) the only harvest we got was from our Renee's started from seed plants. We do not pretend to know why this happened -- but for 2010 we will start all our tomatoes, peppers and eggplants from Renee's seeds and grow our own plants. Also, we put a table in out garden -- thanks Renee for the idea. We now dine in and from our garden.
On Dec 31, 2009, Bathos Phoenixville, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have been pleased with all of my purchases from Renee's Garden. The seeds arrived quickly and in most cases I plant half a packet and save the other half for the next year. Renee's Garden doesn't include commercial amounts of seed. It is more geared for the family garden. I did grow over 40 tomato plants from one seed packet, but that was too many for my family veggie garden and I had to give most away. This year I'll be sure to only grow half the packet.
On Jun 4, 2009, Jenny4 Norfolk, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I tried Renee's for the first time this year based on positive comments at Dave's Garden. All the positivity is well-founded. I received my mail order within 4 days, complete and accurate. Each seed packet is a visual, prosaic and scientific delight. The packets are bountiful and a high ratio of seeds made it all the way to being healthy plants. I will continue to purchase seeds from Renee's Garden.
I stumbled across Renee's Garden Seeds in our local hardware store last summer and was overwhelmed with the detailed sowing and growing information contained on each packet. I took some home and was very pleased with the germination results (and the resulting plants). The cats especially seem to adore the cat grass.
Living in the city, with only container gardening available, I particularly appreciate the easily marked and diverse collection of container varieties (from eggplants to sweet peas). I ordered more seeds directly from the website this year this year (which arrived in a very timely fashion) and will continue to order in the future!
On Jan 25, 2009, OzarkCook Middle of nowhere, AR (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have used Renee's seeds for several years, dating back to when she was with Shepherd's. I have always been pleased. I was especially surprised late this fall, though, when I ordered some sale seed (dated 2008). I was working overtime then, so I did not notice when my shipment came up a packet short. Renee's did notice, though, and I got an email apology and a packet of 2009 seed without ever having sent a complaint! Now that's service from an honest company!
I appreciate so many things about Renee's, including her collections, so that a home gardener with a medium-sized garden can get even more variety. It's true that I could get bigger seed quantities elsewhere, but it's the diversity I crave, and additional seed would just be overkill. I eagerly await each newsletter, and I love reading the tips posted at the web site.
On Nov 9, 2008, natalie4b Roswell, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
It is my first time buying seeds from this company. They came in promptly, in colorful pretty packages with information and planting instructions on back.
Look forward to watch their transformation into beautiful flowers in my garden next year!
On Mar 12, 2008, msonmezay Mission Hills, CA wrote:
I love the selection of seeds she offers. I have ordered from the website, and bought the seeds in a store nearby me. The seeds I ordered came very quickly. I would buy from this company again. No complaints here.
On Dec 8, 2007, RuTemple San Jose, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
I love Renee's Garden seeds, her choices of veggies and flowers, and the way she packs multiple varietals in the same seed-pack and have two or three different things from one packet. She also started, grew, and sold the larger company Sheperd's Seeds (now run by White Flower Farm folks, making them bi-coastal) and has made this splendid smaller collection just thrive.
We buy seeds every year; old favorites and new things to try.
I PURCHASE A PACKET OF CARDINAL CLIMBER VINE SEEDS FROM A LOCAL NURSERY. THE GERMINATION RATE AND TIME WERE EXCELLENT. THE VINE WAS HEARTY AND A FAST GROWER. I ALSO LIKE THE PACKAGE WITH THE PHOTOS AND EXTENDED INFORMATION AVAILABLE. I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS SITE.
I've ordered from Renee's company several times. The quality of the seeds is really something. The flowers have been phenomenally beautiful. Try the heirloom morning glories. To die for. The packets the seeds come in are helpful and really pretty too. I highly recommend Renee's.
On May 3, 2007, gessiegail Taft, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered many seeds for my winter garden from her site on line. Every kind of seed I started not only germinated, but I even had Bells of Ireland!! (a hard one for us in zone 9) Her choices of heirlooms are outstanding and will order again!!
I have been using Renees for several years. I can say these are always high quality seeds, excellent germination, flowers as advertised, great customer service. I sent an email saying how pleased I was and got a response in a couple of hours - very impressive. I will continue to use Renees - I just planted over 130 peat pots of Renees and expect a beautiful garden this year.
On Feb 1, 2007, lisaoliver Foristell, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:
I loved renee's when it was shepherd's. She was "cutting edge " in offering heirloom, hard to find seeds back then. All the seeds always had very high germination rates and I had a beautiful garden full of her plants.I found her again through this site and placed my first order 1/25/07( late at night) and received it 1/30/07! She does not send a paper receipt with the order, but e-mails it.(saves trees,thank-you) My spam filter didn't let it come through so I e-mailed the co. and within a few hours a lovely customer service e-mail came from them resending my e-mail as an attachment . I had told them I thought I ordered something that I didn't receive,turns out I didn't order it, but they sent it anyway 3 days later. THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER!!!Great seed envelopes carry ALL the info. you need about each individual variety. I cannot praise this co. enough.
I was suprised to see Renee's on here -- Ive used (her) seeds for several years; and I just started by seeds for this upcoming Spring. I was very shocked to sow a variety of lavendars, marjorams and cypress, cardinal and moonflower vines all germinate within 3-4 days -- more suprising were the moonflower (ipomea alba). I love her seeds!!!
On Aug 28, 2006, irishmist Rochester, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have purchased Renee's seeds on several occasions from area retailers. I 've been extremely impressed with the germination rate and vigor even in more challenging varieties, thanks to the excellent cultural information. Each and every flower and vegetable has been outstanding! Renee has done a great job of selecting exceptional varieties. I'm eager to order from the entire stock on the website next season. It's so reassuring to find great seeds and great service!
On Apr 15, 2006, sciurus Prince Frederick, MD wrote:
I ordered from Renee's last summer and was very pleased with the seeds and the service. When there was a problem with one packet of melon seeds, not only did she replace them, she sent us two packets in return. My granddaughter went on to win a blue ribbon at the county fair with one of those melons. Renee's combo packets of eggplant, beans, basil and other veggies are a real boon for small gardens. Everything we bought from her produced well. The lovely illustrations on the seed packets are an added pleasure.
Renee Shepherd founded Shepherd's Garden Seeds in 1985. In 1997 she created Renee's Garden after White Flower Farm purchased Shepherd's.
Renee is widely recognized as a pioneering innovator. Although widely available now, Renee was one of the first in the United States to introduce international vegetables, flowers and herbs to home gardeners and gourmet restaurants.
Her germination rates are so predictable some say her seeds seem to jump out of the ground. That certainly reflects my experience with her seed. Today, I mainly use her for edible flowers such as nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus).
Her keen marketing sense has led her to offer several attractive heirloom combination packets. She expedites her shipping and is efficient to deal with.
I love this company. Several years ago tried one packet of seed for Mina Lobata "Exotic Love Vine". Many more seeds in packet than expected and they germinated well. Vine was lovely. The garden center I bought it from closed and I have been looking for these seeds ever since. I found them recently on a visit to California. Bought seeds at the store and also ordered some on line. My on line order was received in 3 days and I already have planted them. I can hardly wait for them to come up.
On Jan 23, 2005, handhelpers Coopersburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
i received my first order in a very timely matter and am anxiously awaiting the correct time to plant these harder-to-find seeds. i love the packaging and the information that is provided on the packet is very complete.
On Jan 22, 2005, bmuller Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have ordered from Renee's Garden several times in the past and have never been disappointed. I began ordering because it carries particular varieties of annuals that (as far as I've found) nobody else offers (e.g., nasturtium 'Copper Sunset'). I continued because of excellent results with the seeds (germination and hardiness of plants), an increasing variety of offerings, and excellent service (rapid delivery and immediate and courteous responses to questions on the customer service line).
On Jan 5, 2005, Katzen Puyallup, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I've bought seeds from them via the web and through a local gardening store. They germinate SUPER FAST. Highly recommend them!! Not a huge selection but everything seems to be interesting or useful. They carry seeds for lavender, rosemary and miniature roses, among their many offerings.