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Seed Catalog Collection

Identifier: HFLA 002

Scope and Contents

Seed and nursey catalogs from various years throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


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Biographical / Historical

Seed catalogs have long been a part of American history, especially for garden enthusiests and farmers. The very first seed catalog to appear in the United States was in 1784 with their popularity booming after the second World War. This collection contains many small local nursery catalogs in addition to the more well-known catalogs. Several of the seed catalogs represented in this collection include plants that can be found while wandering through Denver Botanic Gardens. Many of these catalogs provide a history of botany and garden trends throughout the United States as well as some stunning and inventive artwork.


13 Linear Feet (13 record boxes)

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A collection of seed catalogs from North America and Europe throught the 1900s and 2000s.


This collection of seed catalogs is arranged alphabetically and chronologically by nursery. Boxes may not be in proper alphabetical order as some oversized items have been separated into flat boxes. However, the descriptions of catalogs remain in alphabetical order.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Botanic Gardens, Helen Fowler Library Archives Repository