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Company Profile
High Altitude Gardens

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1048
Hailey, Idaho 83333-1048 (United States)

Phone: (208) 788-4363
Fax: (208) 788-3452

This company offers a variety of gardening supplies and seeds.


Rating Author Content
Positive mountaintop
(1 review)
April 26, 2005
I am an experienced gardener growing vegetables, flowers and herbs at 8,000 ft in the Colorado mountains. I have been ordering seeds from High Altitude Gardens (Seeds Trust) for almost 15 years. I LOVE this company – when Bill’s seeds arrive in the mail the packages are BURSTING with life. I love to grow as many kinds of specialty tomatoes and other long season vegetables as I can – especially since I was told upon arriving on this mountain that I could not. Ha! Siberian Tomatoes, Candy Mountain Corn and Northern Bush Pumpkin have proven otherwise – we once grew a pumpkin bigger than my head! These are just a few of my favorites. Every year I must have Kinko 6″ carrots – absolutely to die for – we blow the city folks minds with these.
The germination rates have been rock solid – year in and year out. I often have leftover seed which I just can’t seem to throw away and this year was the first time something actually didn’t germinate. I checked the package and realized I had mistakenly planted broccoli from 1996! However the Brussels Sprouts did germinate and they were from 1995! These seeds are tough – and as you can tell I am not very organized.
My children especially love Purple Pole Beans, Sugarsnap Peas, Italian Mt. Basil and Nasturtiums.
When we first moved to the mountain we didn’t have running water for the first 3 and a half years so we hauled it to the garden by hand. We had such success that first year with Bill’s seeds that I feel his seeds were directly responsible for jump starting our confidence and abilities in future years. The garden is now over 13,000 sq. feet – and still growing.
I always order from High Altitude Gardens first – the seeds are quite affordable. The seed packages are also very informative with great tips for companion plants as well. Bill McDorman is committed to teaching seed saving – which is so important and sharing strong, open pollinated, short season seeds from around the world. Don’t even get me started on the wildflower selections – just great! I can’t say enough good things about this company – if you live at high altitude – or not – do yourself a favor and try these exceptional seeds. Thank you Seeds Trust!
Positive mouseman
(14 reviews)
January 25, 2005
I bought a few packets of native seeds last year. The purchase went smoothly and I received my seeds quickly. I was quite happy with the variety of species available, the quantity of seeds vs. price of the packets I bought, and the number of plants I have grown from these seeds. I’ll be back for more seeds from this company.
Positive rdjc
Libby, MT
(2 reviews)
January 24, 2005
I have ordered from this company off and on since the late 1980s and have always had excellent results with them and their seeds. Only once was there a probem with an order and it was handled VERY politely and they were MORE THAN FAIR in taking care of the problem. They refunded the money for a packet of seeds AND sent the seed packet that was missed in the order. I will continue to do business with this company.

The only thing is that I wish they sent out an annual catalog.

Once they had sent me an incorrect item and they sent me a replacement for free. I never did plant the free (incorrect) cilantro.

High Altitude Gardens has 7 reviews (1 negative, 6 positive) at the Garden Watchdog.

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Growing something, eating it with loved ones, and saving seed builds connection. Connection with land, soil, water, life, death, culture, and those that grow our food forge humanities common core. Seed provdides self-sufficiency, nourishing food, and a connection to our collective ancestors who have carefully cared for the plants that sustain us; adapting these seeds to place. We believe connection is fundamental to maintaining biodiversity in order to maintain a vibrant community, a resilient environment, and world full of diverse flavors.


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