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Local Seed for Local Gardeners


NEW at the Garden Center, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers an assorted variety of vegetable, flower, herb, and grain seeds. Emphasizing varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and southeast, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is the perfect choice for seeds in Hampton Roads. Plus, they are GMO free and have agreed to the Safe Seed Pledge - meaning that they pledge to not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.

Starting in 1982, Southern Exposure is located in the rolling hills of central Virginia, between Richmond and Charlottesville, not far from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. With a 72-acre farm they have goats, chickens, hay fields, an herb garden, and extensive vegetable gardens for seed production, trialing, and eating.

Try some of our top picks of seeds this spring:

Tomato Old Virginia Red – This heirloom from the Giltner family is old time sweet/ tart tomato. With dark red, smooth fruits this tomato has very few seeds. The 5-6 ft tall plants produce even in a long hot summer. This tomato has good yields and flavor.

Sunflower Beach – This attractive wild sunflower is multi-branched and will grow with dozens of 2-4 inch yellow flowers on long stems. The leaves are similar to cucumbers with a lighter green and ragged edge. Extremely vigorous and drought tolerant this summer stellar will keep blooming for up to 3 months.

Thumblina Zinnia – this dwarf zinnia stands about 6-8 inches tall. With bright colored flowers in all the colors of summer (pink, red, and yellow) this gorgeous bloom will over color all season here in Virginia.

Also shop from these other varieties:

  • Arugula
  • Basil Bolloro Napoletano
  • Basil Genovese Sweet
  • Basil Mammoth
  • Cilantro
  • Fennel Florence
  • Hyssop
  • Mint
  • Beet Bulls Blood
  • Broccoli Green Goliath
  • Carrot Scarlet Nantes
  • Leek American Flag
  • Pea Southern Calico Crowder
  • Tomato Sugar Cherry
  • Turnip Purple Top White Glove
  • Watermelon Sugar Baby
  • Cosmos Bright Lights Orange
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