The Cottage Gardener

Heirloom Seedhouse & Nursery

Preserving the Past. Protecting the Future

The Cottage Gardener is . . .

an heirloom seedhouse and plant nursery in southern Ontario, Canada. We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 700 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year. Each spring we sell certified organic plants onsite.

The Cottage Gardener is Certified Organic

Canada has now implemented National Organic Standards. Under this legislation, no company can call its products "organic" unless the company has been certified organic by an independent certifier. This protects consumers from claims of organic status that aren’t valid. The Cottage Gardener has been a Certified Organic producer and processor since 2006. We believe it's critical, especially for a mail-order seed company that most of you do not get to meet face-to-face, that you can order our organic seeds with the confidence that their production has been verified as meeting appropriate organic standards.

Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.

We are certified through Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd. Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd. (Pro-Cert) is Canada’s foremost national certifier of organic food products with some 1,700 producers, processors and traders from across Canada and the United-States of America.

2017 Selections Are Here!

Welcome to our 2017 online catalogue! We’ve added almost 40 new heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO varieties. Check them out on our New for 2017 page.

Browse Our Catalog Online
or download a pdf version.

The Cottage Gardener

Helping home gardeners and market growers grow beautiful and productive gardens since 1996. Our customers tell us they love our seeds because of their high germination rates, generous quantities and fair prices! And when you plant Cottage Gardener seeds, you are helping to preserve genetic bio-diversity and save old, tried-and-true varieties from being lost forever.

We sell only open-pollinated seeds. We do not carry modern hybrids or GMO seeds.


Within Canada and the U.S.

Heirloom Seed Collections

Check out our incredible selection of unique heirloom seed collections! We’ve created these collections with your unique needs in mind, whether you’re a first time gardener, need short season veggies, grow in an urban plot or containers, or want to plant a bit of history. Visit our online Gift Shop to view them all!

Now Shipping to the U.S.!

We have recently been approved under a special phytosanitary certificate program to ship our seeds to the U.S. We’re pleased to be able to offer our unique selection of seeds to U.S. customers!

The Cottage Gardener

4199 Gilmore Rd., RR#1, Newtonville ON, L0A 1J0


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U.S. Customers Only Due to recent U.S. changes in import regulations, we regret that we cannot ship seeds to the U.S. at this time.