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Positive Allie88
(6 reviews)
On Dec 6, 2006, Allie88 Palmyra, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have ordered from Renee's Gardens on several occasions and have never been disappointed. They respond quickly and kindly to any questions. I highly recommend them!

Positive wcgypsy
(3 reviews)
On Oct 18, 2006, wcgypsy Fallbrook, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Outstanding! Order received in 3 days...I'm very pleased.

Positive jks_evanston
(1 review)
On Oct 9, 2006, jks_evanston Evanston, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I ordered zinna, basil and kale in the midsummer. The seeds, especially the basil had great germination rates and produced healthy plants. The order came in 3 business days.

Positive irishmist
(2 reviews)
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!

Positive sciurus
(1 review)
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.

Positive petit_potager
(29 reviews)
On Mar 31, 2006, petit_potager wrote:

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.

Positive sugarlily
(4 reviews)
On Feb 7, 2006, sugarlily Gridley, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great variety, quick delivery. Informative seed packets. Can't wait to start my seeds. Glad to see she's back in business.

Positive mkbarr
(1 review)
On Mar 28, 2005, mkbarr Euless, TX wrote:

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.

Positive mmb
(3 reviews)
On Mar 10, 2005, mmb Newport, NH (Zone 4b) wrote:

I *love* Renee's. Excellent, fast service; lovely streamlined selection; and the very best seed packet design I've ever seen, both graphically and informationally. So wonderful.

Positive handhelpers
(6 reviews)
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.

Positive bmuller
(19 reviews)
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).

Positive Katzen
(6 reviews)
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.

Positive schiang68
(5 reviews)
On Jul 2, 2004, schiang68 Cambridge, MA wrote:

My recent (and first) order from Renee's arrived in 3 business days, and each of the six varieties has had a very high germination rate. Faster germination than expected, too!

Positive sgmann
(1 review)
On Jun 23, 2004, sgmann Louisville, KY wrote:

I am very satisfied with the seeds that I received this
spring (04). There has been a VERY high germination rate, and
I am entirely pleased.

Positive 8Frogmom
(6 reviews)
On May 29, 2004, 8Frogmom Marietta, GA wrote:

I ordered from this company's website for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and received my order in GA in less than a week! I will definitely order from them again!!

Positive silkieweaver
(10 reviews)
On Apr 27, 2004, silkieweaver Salem, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Renee's Garden carries a good selection of seeds. My initial order of flower and herb seeds arrived in only three days, with no mistakes or substitutions. I like the large amount of info on the seed packets (and the illustrations are pretty, as well).

Positive JFC31
(2 reviews)
On Apr 2, 2004, JFC31 wrote:

On Thursday, March 25 at 11 PM EST, I ordered 3 packets of veggie seeds from Renee's Garden and paid an extra $6 for faster shipping to Connecticut. Somehow I messed up my address on the website's order form and the next day, I got a phone call from California....a very nice customer rep asked me for my address and said the seeds would be in the mail later that day. On Monday, March 29, I had the seeds in my hand. I consider this to be great customer service and I am very pleased!

Positive Lettuceman
(4 reviews)
On Feb 25, 2004, Lettuceman Dayton, WA wrote:

I ordered seeds from this company in December,2003 and after over a month had gone by and no seeds, I e-mailed them regarding the status of my order. I received a reply from them in a matter of hours. They said my order had obviously gotten lost in the mail and that they would send a replacement order that day. I got the seeds within a week. I am very much impressed with their service and attention to my order. I will buy from them again for sure.

Positive Anarie
(1 review)
On Feb 20, 2004, Anarie wrote:

At first the seeds seemed a bit pricey, but so far I've had 100% germination. For those of us with small gardens, the mixed-variety packages are a good plan-- you can try 3 varieties for just a tiny bit more than the price of 1 packet from the average nursery. While it's true that the cost per seed is high, you don't end up wasting half the packet, so the cost per seed actually *planted* is pretty reasonable.

I've ordered twice from the Web site, and both times I got very speedy service with no substitutions. This spring I ordered on a Thursday night and had the seeds by Tuesday.

Positive Katt_TX
(4 reviews)
On Feb 5, 2004, Katt_TX wrote:

Interesting and eclectic selection of seeds, reasonable delivery time. I've ordered herbs from them in the past and received good germ and results from the plants. This year, I ordered seed for some of the ornamental amaranths; 'cinco de mayo' and 'mardi gras' (globe). Worth a look if you like the unusual and quaint.

Positive mshroyer
(2 reviews)
On Feb 11, 2003, mshroyer wrote:

I really like the varieties available, and everything has grown great. My favorites are the Duos or Three-in-One packets. I get to plant several kinds and not have to order a seed packet of each. It's great for trying out new things. I've had good success with both flowers and vegetables.

Negative hangsix
(8 reviews)
On Feb 7, 2003, hangsix wrote:

Recently I order 3 packs of sweet peas I was excited
about this company ,,,, but I received one pack sweet pea ,
one butterfly plant pack and one hummingbird seed pack .
I know companies sub thing s but that was over HALF my
order ,,,, not such a good thing -----

On Feb 7, 2003, Renee's Garden Seeds responded with:

"On Jan 7, 2010 12:00 PM, Renee's Garden Seeds responded with:

I regret that our order "pickers" made a mistake and pulled the wrong item. We don't substitute items and would not do so because if you order something from us I assume that you want that item not something else. Errors in orders don't occur very often , but our order pickers are human and, once in a great while, they may mix up packets or omit one. Please do call us on our toll-free number or e-mail us as soon as you see the error so we can properly apologize and replace the packet immediately."

Positive Sylver
(1 review)
On Jan 28, 2003, Sylver Colorado Springs, CO wrote:

Very good germination! 'GlacierMoon'morning glories drew nothing but praise. Unique varieties. Glad to find her on the net.

Positive ChicagoGardener
(5 reviews)
On Jan 27, 2003, ChicagoGardener Evanston, IL wrote:

I have grown Renee's seeds the last two years and reordered again this year. While other companies might have a large selection, all the varieties carried by Renne's are carefully choosen for the taste and quality. I have come to trust that if Renee's carries it, I will not be disappointed. The seed packets are simultaneously the most attractive and most informative of any I have come across. Orders are sent out quickly. A great source for top quality seeds.

Neutral blonddude
(2 reviews)
On Jan 1, 2003, blonddude Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Great news!
Renee Shepard, of Renee's Garden, has bought back Shepards Seeds! Go to // to see more information.

Positive ashkebird
(3 reviews)
On Apr 2, 2002, ashkebird San Diego, CA wrote:

I have grown Renee's seed last fall and through the winter and will be continuing for this spring and summer. I'm used to ordering seed from various catalogs, and find Renee's seeds very competitive with the best catalogs out there. Her website is now setup such that you can order seed easily with a click of the mouse, if you can't find it locally. Her sweet pea mixes are the BEST of any US catalog or company that I have found. All the seed grew vigorously and had very high germination rates. The best part of her line though (for me, since I enjoy variety,) are her mixed seed packets allowing you to grow several kinds of a vegetable/flower from one packet. Ie: three colored bell peppers and three colored beans. For people who are interested in their plants looking as great as they taste(like me,) or only wish to grow a few plants of each kind, this is a great bonus. And those seed varieties are NOT cheap just because they're mixed-- they're all TOP named varieties. This company selects based on taste, 'color' and how vigorous a plant will grow in many climates and this finely chosen line reflects that. Finally, I have emailed questions several times to her customer service at the website and Beth provided very quick replies each time. I am hooked! Try them!

Positive janking
(1 review)
On Feb 1, 2002, janking Felton, CA wrote:

Okay, so she's a neighbor . . . it doesn't change the fact that she has the most interesting seeds around. Not only that, the germination rate for Renee's seeds are better than most. Haven't had much experience with her flower seeds, but her selection of vegetable seeds is wonderful and she packages many of them in such a way that you can have three different varieties in one package. (By the way, her garden is always lovely.)

Positive gracewilson
(2 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2001, gracewilson wrote:

Renee's Gardens website is up and running, with an online catalog and ordering. It is a very good site, lots of good information. Give it a try.

Positive EricWalker
(5 reviews)
On Nov 1, 2000, EricWalker wrote:

A new venture by Renee Shepherd, founder of (but no longer with) Shepherd's Seeds - still emphasizing "gourmet" vegetables.

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