About Garden Hoard
My name is Katie Flickinger. I am an Advanced Master Gardener.
I created Garden Hoard in October 2010 when I was going through all of the seeds I had collected during that year. I had boxes upon boxes of hand-collected seeds. I had been collecting seeds for years, but never really thought about selling them. Since I enjoyed collecting seeds so much, I decided to open Garden Hoard so I could share with others.
If you purchase plants or seeds from me, I always include detailed informational sheets for sowing and saving seeds from the plant. I love educating people about this subject, to hopefully get them into saving their own seeds as well.
Aside from selling my seeds and plants online, I also sell at a local farmer’s markets in the summer. If you catch me at the farmer’s market, I am more than happy to trade you seeds or plants for other plants, seeds, used pots, or blinds. I can always use more pots and I use blinds to make plant labels.
I have over 700 different plant varieties in my gardens. I noticed a disturbing trend amongst non-obsessed gardeners; they were thinning their perennials and throwing away the excess instead of allowing the plant to propagate and create more beautiful plants. When I see this happening, I ask the gardener if I can have them, and they gladly give me their excess plants each year. I am constantly dividing my plants and potting them to offer for sale at the farmer’s market. I would never, ever throw away a perfectly healthy plant!
I have five large gardens at my own home, and have other gardens at over 10 different locations. Each garden has a theme, so I can keep everything organized. I label every single plant with my handmade plant tags so absolutely nothing gets mixed up. I have several growing stations in my enclosed sun room, where I start all of my seeds.
Through my blog, I want to show people how to collect their own seeds, take and root cuttings, divide plants, and more. This way, they can recreate their own annuals or other plants to give to friends or make more of for themselves. No seed, or cutting, should be left behind! This website was created so that no garden seed, cutting, plant, or bulb would go to waste. None of them should be left behind and it is my goal to make sure that every one of my products goes to a good home! After selling my seeds each year, I always have plenty leftover to share. Since I can't justify selling my seeds that are over a year old, or seeds that I can't guarantee will come true, I am happy to give them away to whoever would like them. The majority of "old" seeds still have great germination rates, but the older the seeds get, the harder they are to germinate. Many seeds can still germinate well after three years. If you are interested in some of my free seeds, check out my FREE SASE Seeds section.
My hoard is a big undertaking. I work all day with my plants, preparing seed packets, writing informational sheets and blogs, preparing for markets, and several other various gardening projects. My husband calls it my 'Garden Hoard.' We created this website to sell off my hoard in order to keep plants alive and seeds started in the homes of anyone who wants them.