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About Renee's Garden Seeds

At Renee's Garden, I offer only non-GMO varieties that are very special for home gardeners, based on great flavor, easy culture and exceptional garden performance. This seed line is my personal selection of new, exciting and unusual seed choices of time-tested heirlooms, certified organic seeds, the best international hybrids and fine open-pollinated varieties.

I harvest and use the vegetables and herbs in my kitchen to choose the most delicious, and cut the flowers for bouquets to select the finest colors, forms and fragrances. Our varieties are tested and guaranteed for every major US climate zone.

Our individually written packets offer beautiful watercolor portraits, with personally written descriptions, complete growing instructions, a quick-view planting chart, growing tips, harvesting information and cooking ideas. Inside you'll find superior quality seed – the top germinating, reliable seed lots usually reserved for specialty growers.

First and foremost, Renee’s Garden is a company run by gardeners, for gardeners. It is our way to spread the joy of gardening as a meaningful, productive and satisfying activity that connects us to each other and the earth.




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Our Trial Garden

We work hard to find good, sustainable and organic growers with the skill and expertise to grow the high-quality, high germinating seeds we know we can count on and our customers will be successful with. All our varieties are Renee's personal selections, chosen for excellence in flavor, color, ease of growing and garden performance for home gardeners.

Seeds From Around the World

Renee's Garden seeds are selected from growers we know and trust in the USA, Holland, Italy, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Thailand, Japan, China and New Zealand. All our seeds are carefully trialed and evaluated in our test gardens in different climate zones.

Safe Seed Pledge

Whether you plant our Certified Organic seeds or choose from our large range of conventionally produced seed varieties, you should know that supporting sustainable farming practices is an integral part of our mission at Renee’s Garden. We have signed the "Safe Seed Pledge" developed by The Council for Responsible Genetics; we do not sell chemically treated or genetically engineered seeds.

We have been committed organic gardeners for over 25 years, using strictly organic gardening practices with great success and satisfaction. Everyone at Renee’s Garden eats and enjoys the organic produce we grow in our trial gardens as a significant part of our diets. Our organic seeds are sourced from small USDA Certified Organic seed growers, family farms and cooperatives who meet our high standards for germination & purity. We offer a wide range of seeds that support pollinator health and well-being: just look for the pollinator friendly tags when browsing our catalog.

Raise Funds for your School or Non-Profit Organization

Need a great fundraiser? Gardening from seed is eco-friendly, productive and fun for all ages. Click Here to sign up for Renee's School and Nonprofit Program and 25% of every order will be donated to your program.


Our Staff

Renee Shepherd

Founder

Renee Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing international vegetables, flowers and herbs to home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. She founded Shepherd's Garden Seeds in 1985 (later selling the company) and established Renee's Garden to do what she likes best – searching out the very best seeds from around the world, testing them in her own gardens, cooking and developing recipes around their unique characteristics, and sharing them with other gardeners. Read more

Mark Henderson

National Sales Manager

Mark manages the network of independent sales reps who handle our seeds in garden centers and nurseries. He attends many national and regional trade shows and also directs our inside sales team in serving garden center customers nationwide.

 

Barbara Neill

Trial Garden Assistant

Barbara always says she has plants in her DNA. A very thorough & experienced organic gardener, she works closely & in coordination with Lindsay growing hundreds of varieties each season in our N. California organic trial garden.

Kira Ruvo

Graphic Designer

Kira has an extensive background in designing graphics for both print and digital media. Working closely with Renee, she is our expert webmaster, in-house designer and the curator of our social media.

Christy Saunders

Sales & Customer Service

Christy is our expert “jack of all trades;” she enters our garden center customers’ orders & addresses their concerns, assists everyone in the office with sales activities, works with our National Sales Manager & supports Jeanine in web customer service.

Mary Gomane

Purchasing Manager

Mary has over 20 years of seed management experience & brings that important knowledge to her job of purchasing all our seeds from vendors in many countries, as well as managing the inventory in our warehouse.

Mimi Osborne

Watercolor Artist

Mimi is a freelance botanical illustrator & talented watercolor & mixed media artist in San Francisco. She creates the watercolor variety portraits on the front of Renee’s Garden packets from the photos we take of them in the trial garden.

Karen Bailey

Photographer

Karen is a plein-air and mixed media painter, musician and gardener. She is a signed, accomplished and skilled photographer. She takes photos of both new & existing varieties for our website & for our packet artist Mimi to paint from in creating packet fronts.

 

Jay Leshinsky

NE Trial Garden

Jay is a longtime organic gardener, raspberry grower and day lily enthusiast. He manages the beautiful and extensive student garden at Middlebury College, VT where we trial all new variety introductions to be sure they grow well in cold winter climates before introducing them in our seed line.

 

Suzanne McDonough

Retail Order Coordinator

Suzanne brings her considerable computing skills and expertise to running our wholesale order department, managing customer concerns and keeping order fulfillment operating smoothly as well as efficiently.

Beth Benjamin

Horticultural Advisor

Beth worked with Renee back in her mail order days & was her original partner in starting Renee’s Garden. Beth shares both a lifetime of gardening expertise & expert knowledge of all our varieties, responding to customer questions and comments via email.

Lindsay Del Carlo

Trial Garden Manager

Lindsay’s organic gardening & propagation background serve her well in managing our N. Ca. organic trial garden, growing about 325 varieties each season. She takes photos for social media, is our YouTube host, & contributes the monthly “Trial Garden” column in our e-newsletter.

Helen Clary

In-House Sales

Helen gets her charming accent from her childhood in England. She works closely with our Canadian garden center customers and sales reps on seed selections and displays as well as coordinating retailers orders across the country.

 

Jeanine Bannister

Customer Service

Jeanine is the designated “first responder” on our customer service phone line. She helps our home garden customers & retailers with a wide variety of concerns, administers our fundraising & seed donation programs, completes special projects & works closely with Renee.

 

Kathy Chesus

In-House Sales

Kathy enjoys passing along her knowledge of unique flowers and vegetables to retailers. She enthusiastically assists garden center customers nationwide in selecting seeds and racks and represents us at national and regional trade shows.

Cheri Brownfield

Accounting

Cheri expertly does all our bookkeeping & general accounting. She brings her extensive experience in working with small and medium-size businesses to work closely with customers & carefully keep our financial house in order.

 

Renee Shelton

Key Accounts Manager

Renee (yes, we have two Renees!) draws on her experience as an independent nursery manager & garden buyer for larger organizations to manage requirements of key accounts, which includes maintaining and supporting the network of our service reps.

 

Sarah Renfro

Business Manager

Sarah maintains the smooth operation of our business, spearheads communication between our warehouse & sales offices, coordinates budgeting and planning processes & generally makes sure our business is running smoothly and efficiently. Sarah is Renee’s niece.

Our Warehouse Crew

Boulder, CO

From Left To Right
Rear: Emily Benbrook, Rob Cashion, Mike Colussi, Justin McGuire, Tom Klosowski
Front: Adriana Rodriguez, Marielle Harris, Al Morales