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Balcony Gardener Seeds

The Balcony Gardener send me these seeds last week. I just love the way they are packaged. The designs on the front of the seeds are lovely and they make me feel good about being a gardener in the 21st Century.

I think traditional seed packers could learn a thing or two from this type of design. My hunch is that the kind of people who used to buy seeds are being replaced by a different kind of buyer but the seed packet design really hasn’t changed much has it?

Does anyone else have examples of simple, lovely seed packet design?

The Balcony Gardener seeds are available here.

11 Responses to “Balcony Gardener Seeds”

  1. Charleneon 23 May 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Wow, these are lovely!

  2. Annieon 23 May 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Hi, yes they are beautifully packaged, but they are REALLY expensive, and I think people want seeds to plant not the pretty packet.

  3. Caroon 23 May 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Ah yes, a gardener after my own heart. I think seed packets are a greatly overlooked opportunity for some inspirational illustration or design (speaking as someone who’s dabbled in both). Your Balcony Gardener seeds are very Liberty-lawn and quite lovely and you’ve inspired me to check out what’s in my seed drawer and write about it!

  4. Amandaon 24 May 2010 at 6:23 am

    They are little works of art, but I think the price reflects this. Seed packets are dull but functional. The Green Seed company do nice little black packets and they are perfect to pop inside a birthday card and only about 70p a pack.

  5. elisaon 24 May 2010 at 6:44 am

    we are very fond of thomas etty’s packet designs, they are so ornate and old fashioned . http://www.thomasetty.co.uk/

  6. Pipon 24 May 2010 at 11:29 am

    Not my thing MTP looks good on the shelf and costs a pretty packet!!!
    The real beauty is within the seeds does that need to be dressed up over-packaged and thrown away?

  7. Kayon 24 May 2010 at 11:51 am

    I have to agree. They ARE beautiful but once the seeds are planted the packet is thrown away. And they do cost a fortune. Also I have a habit of buying seeds, losing them and then having to buy more. This habit would work out REALLY expensive if I didn’t stick to the ordinary seeds.
    Kay x

  8. Trevoron 24 May 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I have to agree with Kay, Pip, Amanda and Annie. Seed packets serve a purpose; to hopefully be filled with good quality seed that will germinate to give a good crop or show of flowers. Simple. What happens to an empty packet? I’m sure no one will be hanging it up in their shed to admire it afterwards. Come on, don’t get sucked in by a company that is making huge amounts of profit on glamming up a simple product! Save seed and design your own seed packet. If someone did that for me l’d be well chuffed!

  9. MAYBELLINEon 27 May 2010 at 4:35 am

    Baker Creek has some nice packets.
    I like the envelope to show a nice representation of the plant along with germination time, maturity time, and other planting tips.

    http://rareseeds.com/cart/

  10. San Marzano Tomatoeson 05 Jun 2010 at 5:31 am

    These seed packets are very nice and attractive. However, keep in mind that all big and small seed sellers are required by law to have certain information on each seed package. Then, there has to be a big attractive perfect picture of the product on the front to create mass appeal from potential buyers, and, now more important, to give new gardeners a better idea of exactly what they are getting.

    Even so, I would love to see more art in the seed packages. When you order your seeds in the cold, windy freezing months, holding a beautifully designed seed package in your hand will get your gardening juices flowing in anticipation.

    My personal opinion is they should go back in time and the seed packages that were sold in the early 20th century and use that design (with legal requirements added). I love the mix of history, art, and gardening.

    Give me historical, artistic seed package that does meet it’s legal req’s, and I will keep them to frame altogether on one nice frame.

  11. Allyon 05 Jun 2010 at 3:09 pm

    While I dont want to be paying the inflated price tag for the pretty packet I think seeds like these are great for presents. Pop a packet of basil or chives into a card and you have a charming little extra something.

    I do however have an overwhelming urge to buy something in a pretty packet and then stick the empty packet in my scrap book (maybe with a photo of the seeds when grown). I came across some lovely ones this morning in a gifty shop; secrets du potager, and then again there are always the Cath Kidson ones. I think its aiming at a new generation of growers who may not garden a lot but get inspired have a go with some herbs or wild flowers.