Meet Mike "The Seed Man" Lizotte

Anyone who has had the opportunity to hear Mike Lizotte talk about wildflowers will know that his passion for these plants has deep roots! Read on to learn more about our very own wildflower seed expert here at American Meadows.

Mike has been working with American Meadows since he was just 14 years old. As a teenager, Mike helped with maintenance, seed packing, and helping around the shop on the weekends. He quickly learned to identify hundreds of seeds, and over time, learned to love the flowers they produced. As he continued working with wildflower gardeners in the shop, and continued to gain more and more knowledge about growing wildflowers, Mike earned the nickname "The Seed Man." 

One of Mike's favorite elements of working with wildflower gardeners across the country is seeing the pride and enjoyment that results from growing wildflowers successfully. That inspired and motivated Mike to continue growing his career at American Meadows. In 2009, Mike and his business partner Ethan Platt took over the American Meadows seed business. Today, Mike's enthusiasm runs strong! He continues to share his wealth of knowledge, helping and encouraging gardeners to grow wildflowers wherever they can. 

In our wildflower seed planting guide, we'll teach you everything you need to know about successfully planting wildflowers. Throughout the guide, look for The Seed Man's Planting Tips for important reminders! 

Learn How To Plant Wildflowers

He Wrote The Book On Wildflowers!

In 2019, Mike Lizotte published a fun, accessible, and inspiring book about planting wildflowers, called Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere Around Your Yard

If you want to grow wildflowers in containers, along your walkway, to replace your lawn -- truly anywhere -- this book will help you grow successfully! The word "meadow" conjures up romantic images of wide, grassy expanses dotted with wildflowers and butterflies, perhaps even a family of grazing deer. But you don’t need large tracts of land to plant wildflowers!

In this book, Mike shares tips for every step of your process, from choosing the right seeds, to preparing your soil, to caring for your wildflowers. 

Take a look and order your copy today!

Learn More From The Seed Man

Mike "The Seed Man" Lizotte has some exciting guest spots on two of our favorite gardening shows! Growing a Greener World® and The joe gardener Show podcast, both hosted by Joe Lamp'l, both have much to offer, with great gardening information and guests. You can watch the featured episode and listed to Mike's guest appearance on the podcast for lots of wildflower planting tips and inspiration.

Watch & Listen: The Seed Man on Growing A Greener World

 

American Meadows has become famous for our wildflower seed mixes. How do these mixtures come to life, and what sets them apart? Our resident wildflower expert, Mike “The Seed Man” Lizotte, carefully designs seed mixes for meadows that bloom all season long, year after year.

Q&A With The Seed Man: How Our Mixes Are Made

The Seed Man's Most Popular Wildflower Seed Mixes

  1. spring into summer wildflower mix

    The Spring Into Summer Wildflower Seed Mix (formerly known as Summer Splash) offers up some of the biggest color of any mixture we carry! With 44 easy-to-grow species, this is a grea...

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    Spring Into Summer Seasonal Wildflower Seed Mix Spring Into Summer Seasonal Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $9.95 Sale $8.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    The Spring Into Summer Wildflower Seed Mix (formerly known as Summer Splash) offers up some of the biggest color of any mixture we carry! With 44 easy-to-grow species, this is a great choice for new garden beds, replacing part of your lawn, or creating a naturalized meadow. Packed with heat-tolerant quick bloomers, this mix can be planted well into the summer for color in the first season. An easy, rewarding mix for those new to wildflowers and experts alike.
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  2. All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity

    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity features a bold, simple color palette with 10 easy-to-grow annual wildflower varieties. This mix of wildflowers will make for be...

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    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity
    As low as $9.95 Sale $9.46
    Per 1/4 Pound
    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity features a bold, simple color palette with 10 easy-to-grow annual wildflower varieties. This mix of wildflowers will make for beautiful natural bouquets with warm, harmonious colors. Watch as pollinators, like bees and butterflies, are attracted to your meadow. Annuals bloom just a few weeks after planting and continue from spring through frost. Plant in full sun. 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds are is guaranteed to grow.
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  3. All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety will create a rainbow of color with 23 annual wildflower varieties. If you're looking for a quick-blooming meadow to give you armfu...

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    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety
    As low as $9.95 Sale $9.46
    Per 1/4 Pound
    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety will create a rainbow of color with 23 annual wildflower varieties. If you're looking for a quick-blooming meadow to give you armfuls of cut-flower bouquets, this mix is for you! Blooming starts just weeks after planting and continues from spring all the way through frost, attracting a parade of pollinators along the way. Plant in full sun. This mix contains 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds, and is guaranteed to grow. (Formerly known as our All Annual Mix).
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  4. Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix

    The Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix contains 27 different annual and perennial wildflowers that thrive when planted in the Northeast. Exceptionally easy to grow, this mix brings a dyna...

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    Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $10.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    The Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix contains 27 different annual and perennial wildflowers that thrive when planted in the Northeast. Exceptionally easy to grow, this mix brings a dynamic medley of blooms to the landscape throughout the entire summer season, with no gaps in color. Annual wildflowers like Calendula and Cornflower appear quickly in the first year, while perennial varieties like Wild Lupine and Echinacea provide many years of color starting in the second season. Designed for planting in: CT, ME, MA, RI, VT, NH, DE, PA, NY, NJ, MD, WV, QC and the Eastern Provinces, this mix contains only 100% Pure, non-GMO & neonicotinoid-free seeds.
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  5. Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix

    The Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix is comprised of 28 different wildflower species, all perfect for planting in the Heartland of the USA. Designed to provide nonstop season-long color, ...

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    Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $10.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    The Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix is comprised of 28 different wildflower species, all perfect for planting in the Heartland of the USA. Designed to provide nonstop season-long color, annuals like Plains Coreopsis and Sulphur Cosmos burst into bloom their very first summer, while perennial varieties like Purple Prairie Clover and Black Eyed Susan deliver color for many years, starting in their second season. Contains 100% Pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free seeds best for planting in: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI and Ontario.
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  6. Deer Resistant Wildflower Seed Mix

    Containing 17 wildflowers that deter deer and other critters, the Deer Resistant Wildflower Mix brings loads of colorful blooms to the landscape. Perennials like Lupine, Gaillardia a...

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    Deer Resistant Wildflower Seed Mix Deer Resistant Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $13.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Containing 17 wildflowers that deter deer and other critters, the Deer Resistant Wildflower Mix brings loads of colorful blooms to the landscape. Perennials like Lupine, Gaillardia and Lance Leaf Coreopsis return and multiply each season, while annual varieties like California Poppy, Zinnia and Scarlet Sage burst into blooms the very first year. Growing well in most regions (zones 1-8), the Deer Resistant Wildflower Mix contains only 100% pure, non-GMO neonicotinoid-free seeds. Guaranteed to grow.
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  7. Southeast Wildflower Seed Mix

    Containing 26 different wildflowers that thrive when planted in the Southeastern US, the Southeast Wildflower Seed Mix brings steady color to the landscape throughout the summer seas...

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    Southeast Wildflower Seed Mix Southeast Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $10.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Containing 26 different wildflowers that thrive when planted in the Southeastern US, the Southeast Wildflower Seed Mix brings steady color to the landscape throughout the summer season. Blooming in the first year, annual wildflowers like Cosmos and Rose Mallow deliver quick, bold color while perennial varieties like Scarlet Sage and Shasta Daisy offer years of lasting blooms beginning in their second season. Features 100% Pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds for planting in: AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, East TX, and VA.
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  8. Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix - California Poppy & Lupine

    The Southwest Wildflower Mix is comprised of 26 different wildflowers that will thrive in the Southwest region of the country. Designed to create show-stopping color all season long,...

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    Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $10.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    The Southwest Wildflower Mix is comprised of 26 different wildflowers that will thrive in the Southwest region of the country. Designed to create show-stopping color all season long, this mix will burst into blooms the first year with annual wildflowers like African Daisy and California Poppy, and will provide color in years after with perennial varieties like Oxeye Daisy and Mexican Hat. For best results, plant in AZ, Southern CA, NM, Southern NV, OK and Western TX. All of the seed we offer at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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