January, 1784. The Revolutionary War had just ended and George Washington was still 5 years away from the Presidency, when a young English seedsman came to our young country and established his business on High Street in Philadelphia. His name was David Landreth and the company he built, D. Landreth & Sons, grew to become one of the most influential forces in American horticulture.
D. Landreth & Sons has introduced and chronicled the development of some of the most popular vegetables ever grown, many of which are now heirlooms. In 1798, the company brought the first Zinnias into the country from Mexico. In 1808, Lewis and Clark sent samples collected on the Journey of Discovery to D. Landreth & Sons for cultivation. In 1811, Landreth introduced the first white potato to America (prior to this introduction, potatoes had been yellow). Bloomsdale spinach, the extra early pea, the very first Japanese shrubs and plants in the country (brought back from Japan by Commodore Perry) – the list goes on and on.
But Landreth’s place in history does not just include what was sowed in the ground – they also created tools and machines to work the soil. They pioneered the first grain and seed threshers, built some of the first mowers, reapers, plows and corn shellers, and in 1872 developed the first steam-powered tractor for plowing fields.
For over 230 years, Landreth Seed has grown the crops that have built our nation, and we are excited to announce that Landreth will be here for years to come. We are offering a limited quantity of Landreth Heritage Seed Collections for the Spring of 2017. These collectable packets were printed over 75 years ago, but are packed with fresh seeds for 2017.
Landreth will be once again offering a full line of seeds for 2018 and beyond while also supporting our loyal customers with how-to guides, video tutorials, recipes and as always, the rich stories that can only be told by the Oldest Seed House in America.