Saturday, March 3, 2012


Lupine seeds drying in Tasha's barn.

Seed collecting is a time-honored, and time-consuming, process. But rewarding, as are so many old-fashioned pursuits. There is a pleasant beauty one can find in such a task. I have invited Amy Tudor, Tasha's granddaughter-in-law, as I'm sure you all know, to share her process. 

Basket tucked under her arm, Amy Tudor collects Sweet Cicely seeds in Tasha Tudor's garden near the lower shed. You can see it is high summer in Vermont, quite literally as the Scottish jewel weed blooms high over Amy's head, and the many shades of green are almost too bright for one's eyes.

 Amy shows the lupine seeds inside a pod that is ready to be collected. The pods must be collected at just the right time--dry enough, but not too dry, and before they have the time to twist on their own and spray their seeds.

Of course, a straw hat and handmade basket are necessary tools of the trade, as is a quiet stretch of afternoon to escape into the garden without interruption. The seeds are then dried in the sun or the shade of the barn, and sifted through.

They are then hand-packaged by Christina into tiny vellum envelopes reminiscent of Tasha' sparrow post missives, and inserted into our beautifully designed, BRAND NEW, seed packets! They are just darling!

Seeds are AVAILABLE NOW online (though a few are missing pictures, sorry about that!).
Happy Gardening!


  1. what a beautiful post, just lovely, I love this, I collect and save my seeds and would love to package them in lovely packs.

  2. Ooooo the seed packets are delightful! :-D
    I think I shall go order some right now!!
    I quite enjoyed seeing all that goes into making these seeds available!!

    Blessings, Linnie

  3. What an interesting post! I love seeing all the steps, and how green and rambling everything was in the summer! I bought some of Tasha's hollyhock seeds from you a while back, and would you know it, they stay green all winter and then bloom out in the summer. I love them! thanks for sharing!

    1. Isn't it fun to see the difference in the garden at the end of the summer? Everything seems so tall, lush, and languid. Enjoy your seeds!

  4. Admiration for such dedication and beautiful presentation! I feel so fortunate to garden with Tasha's and families seeds! I love the idea of Tasha's garden being so magically far reaching, enchanting~ Patti King

  5. Beautiful post!
    The seed packages are gorgeous ♥ A little present in themselves.

  6. I just find your fantastic blog. I hope it´s ok to add a link to your blog on my blog. Have a nice weekend/Gela

  7. Natalie,
    Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I felt like I was walking in Tasha's garden again:-) Such simple beauty. I received my seeds and the packaging, as usual, is delightful. I am going to open those seed packets ever so carefully:-) Enjoy the Spring warmness! Did you happen to get to Hardwick to meet Amanda (Soulemama) and preview Taproot? I got a complimentary copy last week and have been loving it.
    Take Peace,

    1. Hi Suzanne, I'm so sorry I haven't responded earlier, but my work computer was refusing to let me do so! We did not know ahead of time about Amanda's visit, though I am sad to have missed it. I will certainly be checking into Taproot. Be well!

  8. Dear Natalie,

    I am SO HAPPY to have found your blog and to be your newest follower. This is a wonderful resource for all of us who love gardening and who love Tasha, and who appreciate the tradition of passing on seeds from the gardens we've cherished.

    Let's keep in touch! I am going to be doing some sort of bird/garden program in Vermont this autumn and would love to meet you in person.

    Sending joys across a country leaning toward spring,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  9. What beautiful and interesting post!

  10. I love the simplicity and beauty of her garden area, she made it sound so easy to start a garden.

  11. Thank you all so much for the comments!