Hello! Just joined. I am an avid gardener. I am currently into slow food/soil/crop conservation, black plants, water gardening/pond building, growing grape vines, miniature orchids, miniature plants, plants with animal names, movie named cultivars, creepy plants, and native gardening. Here is something I found in Los Angeles Times that you guys might like. Oops! Forgot to mention that the seed companies are for rare veggies! Seed companies Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, (417) 924-8917, http://www.rareseeds.com. Rare heirloom vegetables and herbs. Burpee, (800) 333-5808, http://www.burpee.com. The largest seed company in the country; new and classic varieties. Widely available. Evergreen Seeds, (714) 637-5769, http://www.evergreenseeds.com. Asian vegetables and herbs. Seed racks at markets and nurseries in Gardena and San Gabriel areas. Johnny's Selected Seeds, (877) 564-6697, http://www.johnnysseeds.com. Broad range of vegetables and herbs. John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, (860) 567-6086, http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com. New and heirloom varieties; online recipes from the Chefs Collaborative (www.chefscollaborative.org). Kitazawa Seed Co., (510) 595-1188, http://www.kitazawaseed.com. The oldest Asian seed company in the U.S. At Burkard Nursery, Pasadena; San Gabriel Nursery, San Gabriel; and Moneta Nursery, Gardena. Native Seeds/Search, (866) 622-5561, http://www.nativeseeds.org. A nonprofit that preserves traditional Southwest Native American crops, and native and introduced wild foods. Nichols Garden Nursery, (541) 928-9280; (800) 422-3985. http://www.nicholsgardennursery.com. Eclectic assortment of vegetables and herbs. Renee's Garden Seeds, (888) 880-7228, http://www.reneesgarden.com. California-tested specialty vegetables and herbs. At Orchard Supply and Smith & Hawken stores, Armstrong nurseries and selected local nurseries and public arboretums/botanic gardens. Seeds from Italy, (781) 721-5904, http://www.growitalian.com. (Click on "Seeds from Puglia" for Cetriolo [Carosello] Barese Scopatizzo cucumber.) Traditional Italian vegetables, herbs and flowers. Seeds of Change, (888) 762-7333, http://www.seedsofchange.com. All organic traditional and heirloom vegetable and herb varieties from around the world. At Bellefontaine Nursery, Pasadena; Sperling Nursery, Calabasas; Whole Foods markets. Seed Savers Exchange, (563) 382-5990, http://www.seedsavers.org. A nonprofit organization of gardeners who save and share heirloom seeds. Territorial Seed Co., (800) 626-0866. http://www.territorial-seed.com. Vegetables (many organic), especially for cool, moist climates. Tomato Growers Supply Co., (888) 478-7333, http://www.tomatogrowers.com. 500 varieties of tomatoes; also peppers, tomatillos and eggplants.