Garden dream books

Just as the flow of Christmas catalogs dries to a trickle, a bounty of seed and plant catalogs begin filling mailboxes. And they arrive just in time, gardeners think: Winter is entering its coldest, dreariest stage, and those inspiration-filled catalogs fuel the hope that warm weather and the growing season are nearer than they seem. If your mail carrier isn't already groaning under the weight of garden catalogs, here's information on how to obtain a variety of garden "dream books" that will keep you reading until spring finally arrives.

BURPEE

Warminster, PA 18974

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800-888-1447; www.burpee.com

THE COOK'S GARDEN

PO Box 535

Londonderry, VT 05148

800-457-9703; www.cooksgarden.com

JOHNNY'S SELECTED SEEDS

RR 1, Box 2580

Albion, ME 04910

(207) 437-4301

www.johnnyseeds.com

PARK SEED

1 Parkton Ave.

Greenwood, SC 29647

800-845-3369

www.parkseed.com

PINETREE GARDEN SEEDS

Box 300

New Gloucester, ME 04260

(207) 926-3400

http://www.superseeds.com

WAYSIDE GARDENS

Hodges, SC 29695

800-845-1124

www.waysidegardens.com

WHITE FLOWER FARM

PO Box 50

Litchfield, CT 06759

www.whiteflowerfarm.com

Other resources:

*The Mail Order Gardening Association offers a booklet with information about more than 135 catalogs. Send $2 to Mail Order Gardening Association, PO Box 2129, Columbia, MD 21045

*Serious gardeners shouldn't be without Barbara Barton's book, "Gardening by Mail" (Houghton Mifflin, $24). It contains an exhaustive list of mail-order plant sources. You can also access it on the Web at www.vg.com/gbm

*US and Canadian gardeners who buy a lot of plants and have a home computer will get a great deal of use from a new CD-ROM, Garden Catalog Profiles ($35 from www.norellsoftware.com or Norell Software, 36940 Fremont Road, Caliente, CA 93518).

*If you have access to the Internet, you can find a list of more than 1,750 catalogs at Cyndi's Catalog of Catalogs (www.mertus.org/gardening).

*Jim Kramer of the University of Illinois at Urbana Chamgaign maintains a source list of plants at http://fmweb.aces.uiuc.edu/pcf/ sources/about.html

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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