A Package of Seed

Now seeds are just dimes to the man in the store
And the dimes are the things he needs,
And I've been to buy them in season before
But I've thought of them merely as seeds;
But it flashed through my mind as I took them this time,

"You purchased a miracle for a dime".

by Edgar A. Guest 

 S E E D - E X C H A N G E - 2 0 2 1

 S E E D - E X C H A N G E - 2 0 2 1
! - U P D A T E D - !

To send any seed you may have, and if you would like a list in early December please order it before 30th October.   Send an email to seeds@thecgs.org.uk for an emailed list or a S.A.E. to
M. Mason, Nye's Cottage, Southwater Street, Nr Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 9BN.
for a paper copy.

Also check your magazine for updated information.

(this is also the address for sending seeds)

In either case quoting your membership number.  The scheme is only open to C.G.S. members, but non-members may find it worth their while to join in order to take advantage of this aspect of membership and if so there is time!    Annual membership is only £15 and the admin charge for ordering seeds is £5 (UK) - the seeds themselves are FREE! 


Member Anne Crouch has fresh seed of Helleborus x hybridus which she is willing to share with other members in return for a S.A.E.    Please email 'seeds@thecgs.org.uk' with your request and membership number in the first instance. 

Seed List

    Printed versions are no longer included with the magazine, so you will need to request one.    They can also be emailed out, as a P.D.F.    Addressing information is in the magazine and contacts page.


Please read information in the magazine.

PLEASE NOTE : Only C.G.S. members can apply


Click HERE for the NEW seed exchange rules.
(Document 1 as mentioned in magazine No.129)

Click HERE for seed saving guidelines.
(Document 2 in mag No. 129)

Click HERE for list of seeds of which supply usually outstrips demand (i.e. maybe send less).
(Document 3 in mag No. 129)

Click HERE for list of seeds where demand outstrips supply (i.e. please send more!).
(Document 4 in mag No. 129)

OR if you want to see ALL of these documents with one click, then they are HERE

Other, older information on seeds

Click HERE to find vegetable seeds of unusual varieties - provided by a member for donations

Click HERE for info on saving vegetable seeds

Click HERE for an excellent article on seed cleaning from the Alpine Gardening Society

Click HERE for the September 2011 magazine article about collecting seed, written by Magaret Mason

Click HERE for the list of vegetable seed suppliers mentioned in the December 2013 magazine

See the APHIS website for information on importing seeds into the USA

Seed Distribution

    One of the many advantages of being a member of The Cottage Garden Society is that, in the depth of winter, you have the delightful task of choosing several packs of seeds that you would like to receive from a list of over 1000.    Send off the order, with a small sum to cover postage, and come February, they will be with you!    Just as much fun, is collecting the seed earlier in the year and sending it in to be distributed to other members. 

    This is how it all works: members collect seed as it ripens, clean it and pack it well and send it off to Magaret Mason, a member of the Executive Committee.   She spends hours checking that it is what it says it is, making sure the Latin name is correct and putting all the seed from one particular species or variety in a large brown envelope.   For instance, 50 people might send in foxglove seed and it all goes in the same big envelope.  At the end of this whole process, Margaret has compiled a numbered list of 1000 or more species and varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetables.  This list goes to Julia Boulton for her to prepare and send to the printers. 

    The boxes and boxes of the brown envelopes get transported to the Cheshire group, who spend many hours putting all the seeds into tiny, numbered seed packets (see photo at top right).   Meanwhile, you have received your December magazine and are busy choosing the seeds you'd like.   Once the Cheshire group members have finished their task, the seeds will be returned to Margaret.   Margaret will have received all your orders and will have the job of selecting the seed packets you want (or others if your first choice has run out) and sending the completed orders out to you. 

Last day of fun is sowing the seeds and waiting to see what comes up.  We hear it's sometimes a surprise! 

Short-Viability List 2021 ! UPDATED !


Short viability seeds available now

Send a S.A.E. with a list of what you would like and sow them as soon as they arrive.  The number of packets will be deducted from your main order later. If you do not intend to place a later order, please send your £5 admin charge with your S.A.E.

This is the last version of the short-viability list.

N O W     C L O S E D
List of seeds of short viability (PROCESSING)


( UPDATED 2021\11\27

Short-viability seeds 2021-22

Sow these seeds as soon as possible, keep cool and damp, and don’t expect full germination until next spring.  If nothing comes up it’s worth keeping them for a second winter.













Seed collecting

Seed collecting time is over - the deadline was 30th September to guarantee inclusion in the list, the final deadline was 21st October, with the later seed being included if time allows.  Details of what to do are in our September magazine and here is a link to an article on seed collecting.  The list of seed available will be in the December magazine.

Seed Packing by Cheshire Group Members

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