You can turn to any page in this catalog,"Dreer's Garden Book 1931", and discover something that has long been forgotten and right next to it will be something quite familiar.
With seeds for flowers and vegetables, plus tools, books, plants, and fertilizers, Dreer's must have been some place back in the day. And with 224 pages, Dreer's has ever right to call their catalog a book
I was delighted to see that my Dreer's book came with a blank order form complete with an application for a postal money order and an envelope.
I opened the catalog and started my shopping.
I was pleased to see that they offered 'Bountiful' green beans.
I noticed that they sell seeds for "white olive radish".
I did a brief Internet search for "orchid-flowering sweet peas" after seeing these in Dreer's.
I was impressed that they offered four varieties of Mignonette (Reseda odorata).
Dreer's even included a picture of Mignonette, even though it is grown more for fragrance than looks.
Goodness, they had a whole page listing books on "Horticultural and Kindred Subjects".
Tools? Yes, Dreer's has all kinds of interesting tools for sale including this assortment of hoes.
my hoe collection that are like no. 1 and no. 4. I need to keep an eye out for them "wherever old hoes are sold".
There's much more to explore in Dreer's and the companion catalog "Dreer's Midsummer List".
I am just getting started on their perennial section.
Dreer's wrote, "The growing popularity of the Old-Fashioned Hardy Garden Flowers, the inhabitants of the perennial garden, is not at all surprising when we consider the many varied and pleasant changes which take place throughout the entire growing season in a well-arranged hardy border, in which every week - yes, every day - brings forth something fresh and new to interest and delight even the most critical."
Perfect. Isn't that what a garden, and a gardener's life, is all about? Daily, we find "something fresh and new to interest and delight even the most critical".