Hudson Valley Seed Library

Hudson VAlley Seed LibraryThe Hudson Valley Seed Library was one of the most delightful marriages of art and horticulture to turn up at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Articululture.  This Accord, NY, based company brightened the show with their exhibit and their booth.

 Hudson Valley Seed ExhibitTheir exhibit called “Art of the Heirloom” consisted of an exhibit of the original art commissioned for their seed packets, along with the packets themselves.  The art comes in many forms – watercolor, oils, collage, prints, digitally manipulated images, even embroidery.

 Hudson Valley ArticultureWhen I photographed this, it was to show how the whole beautiful and clever idea – original art to packet art, how-to folding embracing the inside seed packet.  Only after I got home, did I notice it is called “Philadelphia Flower Show” “Articulture Blooms”.

c  Bill Ryback

c Bill Ryback

This is the art for Brilliant Beet Blend, designed by Bill Ryback.  It is an archival inkjet print of a digital image.

 Brilliant Beet BlendThe seed pack shows off the art, and the art the seeds.  The four petal-like sides fold around the packet of seeds.  Even if you don’t like beets, it would be hard to resist buying this gorgeous packet.

c  Colleen Barrett

c Colleen Barrett

Ashford Sweet Corn seeds depicted in watercolor on a packet designed by Colleen Barrett.

Hudson Valley seed boothIn the Marketplace section of the show, Hudson Valley Seed Library was doing a booming business.  These packages are irresistible whether you plant seeds or not.  Wouldn’t they be great gifts?  Or to use as place cards at a dinner party…  especially if you served the food therein?  Just save the pretty packets!

HVSL Breadseed Poppy MixI am sorry not to be able to credit the talented artist who created the image for the Breadseed Poppy Mix that I purchased (and scanned) rather than photographed.  Notice how beautiful the reverse inside of the packet is.

www.seedlibrary.org

www.seedlibrary.org

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, HVSL has produced their first printed catalogue. While not everything offered is in this version, their rationale is “we came to realize we were missing out on an important annual ritual that gardeners relish, even in this hyperconnected era: curling up on a cold winter day with the sacred pile of seed catalogues”.

c  Susan Wilson

c Susan Wilson

You can tell by now I couldn’t get enough of this art.  Susan Wilson’s scratch board (are you serious – how does she do this?) art entices one to buy Burgundy Okra.

c  Rebecca Ringquist

c Rebecca Ringquist

Not all art is two-dimensional.  This embroidered hat by Rebecca Ringquist graces the packet of Danvers Carrots.

Michael Askill drawingMichael Askill produced my favorite image, described as ink on archival inkjet paper.  Close to it looks like a watercolor lettuce leaf collaged on the delicate drawing.

c Michael Askill

c Michael Askill

Spotted Trout Lettuce, there’s a name for you!!!  From the catalogue, “There’s nothing fishy about this romaine.  The flecks of red on Spotted Trout’s pale green leaves add beauty to any salad”.

c  Molly Rausch

c Molly Rausch

Check out the whole delightful operation on www.seedlibrary.org.  Tender Green Komatsuna was illustrated in watercolor with stamps by Molly Raush.  Can you picture a wall of the seed packets put side-to-side, end-to-end, like wallpaper?? Fantastic.  Happy planting!

Cheers!

About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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