History of British seed companies in the mid 19th-early 20th century

Posted on March 10th, 2007 by Sian Jones

Alice Krinsky Formiga is writing a website for a library collection of seed catalogues in the U.S. and was wondering whether anyone in the society might be able to recommend any books, articles or other resources on the history of British seed companies and the British seed and nursery trade in the mid 19th-early 20th century? Alice was also wondering whether you know of any evidence that seed was sold in packets rather than by weight in Great Britain before 1790. John Harvey’s Early Gardening Catalogues says that flower seeds were often sold by ‘the packet’ (p.29), but I have been unable to confirm this from any other source. It is often written that the Shakers in the U.S. invented the seed paper or packet, but I was curious as to whether this method of selling seeds originated earlier.

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