Burpee – Inspiring Gardeners to be Creative for 137 Years

April 28, 2013 — Leave a comment

Burpee Seed Company is an American business icon that is well-known not just in this country but worldwide. W. Atlee Burpee began the Burpee company in 1876 when he was 18 years old. As a young man, Burpee supplied farmers with livestock. He learned that the farmers had one common complaint; their vegetable crops were not doing well as the vegetable seeds they bought locally were of poor quality. Burpee decided to expand his livestock business to include vegetable seeds and that’s how the Burpee Seed Company began. In 1888, he bought a 500-acre farm near Doylestown, Pennsylvania and called it Fordhook. Fordhook became the place where the Burpee seed company experimented to produce healthier and better tasting varieties of vegetables and flowers.


Burpee is famous for their annual catalog which for years has signaled the arrival of spring. The catalogs are famous for the brilliant images of vegetables and flowers which have inspired gardeners to be creative for years. When I was a young boy, my aunt used to order me seeds from the catalog every year. Burpee first started printing a catalog in 1886.

2013 burpee cover

I have loved gardening over the years. l enjoy planting a garden and eating fresh vegetables all summer. There is nothing like eating a home-grown tomato or cucumber. Vegetable gardening is a lot of work and many years I have invested time and money only to lose a good part of my harvest to deer, birds and rabbits. This weekend, I spent hours working on a vegetable garden. Its been seven or eight years since I have last planted a garden. My family and neighbors encouraged me to start gardening again. I am glad they did. I enjoyed two days outside planning, digging and planting in hopes of a great harvest. I felt a real sense of accomplishment.

This quote from David Burpee son of W. Atlee Burpee is a great perspective on gardening:

“If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk, If you want to be happy for a weekend, get married, But, if you want to be happy all you life become a gardener”

Burpee is one of the most trusted brand names in gardening. They are dedicated to helping people to share in a very small but significant way, in the astonishing magic of nature.

Do you enjoy gardening?


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