- Our Products
Today, in addition to our nationally-known, exclusive wildflower seed mixtures and species, we offer a complete line of flower bulbs and perennials. American Meadows offers over a thousand different plants, seeds, bulbs and associated products throughout the year as seasons allow. Each season we strive to add new and innovative products to go with the tried-and-true favorites that we are known for. This allows you to experience more beauty with less work
, as we offer easy-to-grow choices for any kind of property or gardening skill level.
"I have been gardening for years, am a Master Gardener, and work at a famous botanical garden. American Meadows consistently has the highest quality products of any online provider I've used. Your customer service, delivery and the condition of plants/seeds upon arrival are unequalled."
~ RS, MO
- Our Story
In 1980, wildflower enthusiasts Chy & Ray Allen moved to the Champlain Valley of Vermont to fulfill their dream of popularizing wildflower gardening with the wider public.
The wildflower farm the Allen's created was conceived simply as a tourist attraction but quickly grew to be much more. As demand grew, the Allens created a national wildflower seed and gift catalog with an annual circulation well over one million households.
Around 2000, the Allen's recognized that the Internet offered the perfect opportunity to reach the widest gardening audience. Due to its early presence online, American Meadows is one of the most trusted and best-listed gardening websites. In fact, American Meadows was one of the first "Success Stories" featured on Google.
"I'd just like to comment on the great service I've received from your company. I ordered some wildflower seeds on a Monday, and received them on Thursday! You have a great website--very easy to navigate, and with much helpful information."...DD, New York
With the growth of AmericanMeadows.com, the Allens sold their wildflower farm and retail gift shop in 2002 to focus on creating a one-stop resource for wildflower, perennial and flower bulb products and information.
The Next Generation: Ray and Chy Allen celebrate the sale of their business to long-time employee Mike Lizotte and his business partner, Ethan Platt.
In December 2008, Chy & Ray Allen were proud to sell American Meadows to one of their long-time employees, Michael Lizotte and his high school friend, Ethan Platt. Mike has been a part of the wildflower business ever since he painted a fence for the Allens at age thirteen. Over twenty years later, Mike & Ethan are excited to continue to build upon the legacy that the Allens created and the dedicated staff at American Meadows looks forward to serving the country’s gardeners for years to come.
Our expert staff includes friendly, enthusiastic professionals, most of whom have been with us for years. All of our people are challenged to uphold the long-established reputation we enjoy for fine products and individualized, caring customer service. We have grown tremendously, but our standards have never changed. We will always be interested in each and every customer.
- Our Website
At American Meadows, we recognize that many of our customers are accustomed to receiving glossy product catalogs. For cost, environmental and logistical reasons, we choose not to fill your mailbox with yet another catalog. Instead, we rely upon the ability of our website to deliver all the required information to both learn about and purchase your gardening needs. Offering our products online allows us to keep our inventory current and we can always quickly react to new products or special promotions. This allows for a cost savings that we are happy to pass along to you. Our prices are consistently some of the lowest you will find for the high-quality products we sell.
Our website offers state-of-the-art security, award-winning photography and clear, concise information as it attempts to do more than just sell products. There is deep, detailed information on all our products for our visitors who want it. We know that intelligent, "How-To" information is all-important to gardeners, and we believe in having it conveniently available online. Our Membership List now numbers over 50,000, and we communicate weekly with this group of enthusiastic gardeners through our opt-in newsletter and sales emails. Receive our Emails.
"Can I just say I love your all's website? It's more than just flowers, bulbs, etc. for sale-- there is a wealth of information and interesting fact and folklore on there. It's like reading a good book! I just want to say Thank You so much."
~ Fran, Kentucky
- Where Do the Bulbs, Seeds and Plants Come From?
American Meadows contracts with growers around the globe to provide the best possible quality and variety available in our industry today, but all our wildflower seed sacks are still hand-packed by our own staff. Much of our wildflower seed comes from the fertile growing regions of central California and Oregon, while other species are produced in Europe, Africa and Asia. Regardless of origin, however, all are carefully inspected and tested. Though acceptable germination rates will vary by species, we are careful to maintain rates which far exceed industry standards. Most of our seeds are grown exclusively for us, and once they arrive at our warehouse each seed package is carefully hand-packed, whether it's a 1/4 lb. sack or enough for a 10-acre planting. All our mixtures are created using our own strict recipes, based on decades of both experience planting the seeds ourselves and talking with many of the million-plus wildflower gardeners from all over North America who have planted our seeds.
Most of our bulbs are imported from Holland under a special arrangement with one of the oldest and finest Dutch exporters. This family-owned and operated company is involved in every step of the Dutch bulb supply from growing to sorting, packaging, importing and distribution. Other bulbs are grown in the US and other countries around the globe. Our perennials are grown especially for American Meadows by seasoned experts in Holland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
"My dahlia bulbs arrived promptly, even earlier than promised! I opened the package with trepidation because my last order from one of the best-known dahlia growers in the US had been extremely disappointing. I could hardly believe my eyes when I opened the box from you! First of all, the tubers were huge--and in perfect condition; they were also well-packed and labeled. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
~ BB, Tennessee
- What Sets Us Apart from the Others?
American Meadows offers not only the highest quality products, but also over twenty-five years of experience in educating and learning from the horticultural industry. We have helped literally hundreds of thousands of gardeners establish and enjoy abundant fields of flowers that offer years of enjoyment and memories to last a lifetime.
Since we are not growers, we have no financial bias as to what plants, bulbs or mixture of flower seed we recommend for your particular needs. We source our products world-wide in a constant effort to provide gardeners with high-quality products on a budget. Because we are not growers, we never are tempted to rid ourselves of things we grow or may have on hand.
In addition to individual gardeners, we frequently work with large-scale commercial customers, states and municipalities and create custom seed packets for companies and other organizations. (See our Custom Flower Packet Department for samples.)
"I have used your wildflower mixes in the past, and have also used other store brands. Yours wins hands up, with joy!"
~ SD, Massachusetts