In Celebration of the 100th anniversary of our seed catalogue. After many special requests from visitors Jennie Butchart began to plant an area specifically for the collection of seed. By 1920 the seed field was extensive and grew to cover the entire lawn by the entrance gate and bus parking. Many varieties of plants were grown and the seed collected. The field was extensive enough to support the establishment of the Benvenuto Seed Company. There was no admission charged to assist with maintenance of Benvenuto before the 1940's. The sale of the packaged seed was the only income available to the garden of Jennie Butchart.
One hundred years ago there was little danger of cross pollination and so the tradition of collecting, drying and packaging the seed could be effectively carried out. In the early 1970's the tradition of harvesting home-grown seed was no longer practicable due to the development of new homes in the vicinity with gardens of their own. Nowadays tested seed is purchased from leading seed producers and packaged by hand by the staff of the Seed and Gift Store.
Contains five different packets of seed: Aster, Cosmos, Larkspur, Sweet Pea & Zinnia.