About Us

GardenTrends is committed to your success

A respected purveyor since 1879, Harris Seeds has supplied the finest quality seed, plants and supplies to both growers and gardeners for 138 years. Now GardenTrends has been created to provide a more specific focus on the needs of home gardeners across the country, with an eye towards meeting you in the marketplaces where you shop today.

Harris Seeds/GardenTrends provides the finest quality seeds, plants and supplies to growers to gardeners throughout the United States. Our dedicated staff loves the work we do and we’re committed to serving the agricultural industry. Our team includes experienced gardeners, growers and business leaders, whose invaluable knowledge and expertise help us identify the best products and practices so we can better serve you. Every staff member shares a common goal – a commitment to your gardening success.

We spend time with our suppliers to learn about new products and stay current on industry trends. Extensive trialing at our facility in Rochester is the backbone of our product selection process. Harris Seeds grows and tests the latest varieties from the finest plant and seed producers to help you choose the best products for your garden.

A full in-house germination lab, managed by a registered seed technician, ensures that our high quality standards are met on every lot of seed we offer. Our high tech packaging equipment, and modern storage and shipping facility maintains quality and keeps our inventory clean and safe.

A rich history of leadership in the industry

The Rochester, N.Y., company was founded in 1879 by Joseph Harris, an English immigrant who used his expertise in the selection of superior strains of vegetables and grains to build a successful business that was owned and managed by his family for three generations.

The company founder’s grandson, Joe Harris, was chiefly responsible for introducing some of the exceptional quality vegetable hybrids still found in the grower and home garden marketplaces today.
About a century after its founding, the Harris family sold the company to corporate owners. Our current private ownership acquired the business in the mid-1980s, named it Garden Trends, Inc. and kept the company in Rochester and continues to this day to follow Joseph Harris’ philosophy – “offer our customers a quality product at a fair price, and they will return.”

Supporting the industry

Harris Seeds is an active member of the American Seed Trade Association, All-America Selections, Home Garden Seed Association and the National Garden Bureau. We are also a NOFA New York-certified organic seed handler.

Going forward, the Harris Seeds name will retain a specific focus on commercial growers, including farms and greenhouses. If you are a professional grower, please visit HarrisSeeds.com for a selection of products to suit your needs. Our new GardenTrends brand will concentrate on serving the unique needs of our home-gardening customers. You can depend on our commitment to provide you with the best products, easy-to-access information and helpful services that will ensure you the best gardening experience.