As one of the largest seed companies in America, Burpee tracks American gardening trends, questions and concerns. Rising in popularity this past gardening season were asparagus, rhubarb, raspberries and blackberries, signaling a gardening renaissance of edible perennials. Chili peppers are hot in every sense—commanding additional space in America’s garden plots. Gardeners are increasingly purchasing plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and help protect bee populations. Not surprisingly, tomatoes remain the number one vegetable grown in American home gardens, with customers favoring the Burpee ‘SuperSauce’ hybrid (2013), a giant, virtually seedless paste tomato, and the new ‘SteakHouse’ variety (2014), the largest hybrid tomato ever bred. Others in the top ten sellers included Burpee’s revolutionary ‘On Deck Corn’, the first-ever sweet corn that can be grown in a container, and ‘Ms. Mars’ sunflower, selected as one of the top 20 plants in the Chelsea Flower Show’s 2014 ‘Plant of the Year’ competition.
Burpee: Always Non-GMO
American gardeners continue to ask “Does Burpee sell GMO seeds?” The answer is always the same: “Burpee never has and never will purchase GMO seed for our products.” Gardeners can find Burpee’s non-GMO flower and vegetable plants and seeds at www.burpee.com. The company’s website also offers free garden resources, articles, how-to videos and garden supplies.
Burpee: Innovating for 138 Years
Since 1876, Burpee has provided American gardeners with breakthrough varieties of flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruits. The company brought to the marketplace the breeding of ‘Iceberg’ lettuce (1894); introduced the world to the first yellow sweet corn (1902); introduced the ‘Fordhook’ lima bean (1907); invented the breakthrough ‘Big Boy’ hybrid tomato (1948); the first white marigold (1976); and the ‘Sugar Snap’ pea (1979), among hundreds of other innovations.
A true heritage brand, the Burpee Co. was founded in Philadelphia in 1876 by W. Atlee Burpee, an 18-year-old with a passion for plants and animals, and a mother willing to lend him $1,000 of “seed money” to get him started in business. Within 25 years he had developed the largest, most innovative seed company in the world. By 1915 Burpee was mailing a million catalogs a year to America’s gardeners. Still located in the greater Philadelphia, Burpee is owned and operated by George Ball, a third-generation plantsman. All Burpee products are non-GMO. Burpee’s seeds and plants are available — and guaranteed — for all growing zones. The company’s highly recognizable catalog is available in late December each year. Seeds and plants can be ordered by mail, phone and online. For more information, gardening techniques, recipes, gift cards and more, visit http://www.burpee.com or call 1-800-888-1447. The Burpee community can be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.