I have always loved seeds. A flourishing garden, gorgeous vegetables, and vibrant flowers all start in the same place; as tiny seeds that are just waiting for love, soil, and sunshine. Despite the fact that I don’t have a green thumb or a decent plot of land to grow some greens, I still love browsing through seedling packets dreaming of the day when I can grow my own garden. Checking out the heirloom seeds in Petaluma gave my garden vision new life while thumbing through their unique seed varieties.
The Petaluma Seed Bank is tucked away at the end of a bustling downtown center, with neighboring shops selling pies, vintage clothing, and hand-crafted furniture. Every time I visit downtown Petaluma, I am always enamored by the seed banks curb appeal and grand architecture. What used to be an old bank building has been transformed into a home for over 2,000 heirloom seeds, the largest collection of heirloom seed in the US! They have every seed imaginable with some unique varieties I couldn’t wait to check out.
I spotted some unique seeds from all plant categories like flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. I was really intrigued to see flower varieties like Pink Sunday Sage, Sugar Stars, and Cherry Caramel. I also spotted some mint and licorice flavored Korean Hyssop, which is an herb I would love to wrap my taste buds around. Also catching my eye was Wild Zaatar Oregano which is a biblical herb that grows wild in Israel and touts a blended flavor of Oregano, Thyme and Marjoram.
After visiting the Petaluma Heirloom Seed Bank I was itching to get out in the garden and start growing some seeds! Although it will be some time before I have the space for a luscious backyard garden, I am getting some ideas for unique herbs, vegetables, and flowers to grow. If you are driving through the area on your way to California wine country, a drive through the quaint downtown and a stop to check out the heirloom seeds in Petaluma should be on your list!