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Seed Catalog Collection

Identifier: HFLA 002

Scope and Contents

A collection of seed and nursery catalogs. Catalogs are from all over the world and range in date from the mid-1800s to the present, though are primarily from the United States and the 1900s.


  • Creation: TBD

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.


48.79 Linear Feet (104 containers)

Language of Materials



A collection of seed catalogs from North America and Europe throught the 1800s, 1900s and 2000s.


This collection of seed catalogs is arranged alphabetically by nursery name. Issues and volumes from the the same nursery are further arranged chronologically by issuse date, when known. Boxes may not be in proper alphabetical order as some oversized items have been separated into flat boxes and additional accessions are added to the end of the box number. Descriptions of catalogs remain in alphabetical order.

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Repository Details

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