Andersen Horticultural Library

Andersen Horticultural Library

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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN / A reading and reference library specializing in horticulture and plant sciences, it is the largest horticultural research library in the Upper Midwest.
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A pastoral scene, framed with a border of clover and corn, is featured on the 1905 Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog.  In the scene, cows grazing in the front pasture are being milked by a milkmaid, while a bumper crop of wheat is being harvested and shocked.  The farmstead and barns can be seen off in the distance.  Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

A pastoral scene, framed with a border of clover and corn, is featured on the 1905 Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog. In the scene, cows grazing in the front pasture are being milked by a milkmaid, while a bumper crop of wheat is being harvested and shocked. The farmstead and barns can be seen off in the distance. Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

Customers browsing the 1922 catalog distributed by Farmer Seed & Nursery were in for a treat as they opened the front cover.  A rare color page inside the catalog presents a show-stopping image of flowers complete with busy butterfly.  This collection of Scabiosa,  Mignonette, and Salpiglossis seed packets was for sale for the bargain price of 25 cents.  Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888: a collection of their  catalogs is hosted by the  Andersen Horticultural…

Customers browsing the 1922 catalog distributed by Farmer Seed & Nursery were in for a treat as they opened the front cover. A rare color page inside the catalog presents a show-stopping image of flowers complete with busy butterfly. This collection of Scabiosa, Mignonette, and Salpiglossis seed packets was for sale for the bargain price of 25 cents. Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888: a collection of their catalogs is hosted by the Andersen Horticultural…

The 1922 issue of the Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog showcased their "three leaders."  These were the Premium Osage Musk Melon, Early Copenhagen Market Cabbage, and the Detroit Dark Red Prize Beet.  The collection could be had for only 25 cents.  Maybe these specimens were grown on the idyllic farm depicted in the background.  Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888; Andersen Horticultural Library has a collection of their vintage catalogs.

The 1922 issue of the Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog showcased their "three leaders." These were the Premium Osage Musk Melon, Early Copenhagen Market Cabbage, and the Detroit Dark Red Prize Beet. The collection could be had for only 25 cents. Maybe these specimens were grown on the idyllic farm depicted in the background. Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888; Andersen Horticultural Library has a collection of their vintage catalogs.

On the front cover of the 1906 Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog, an industrious farmer is shown sowing seeds in his field.  Presumably these were seeds purchased from this catalog.  Sheep peacefully graze in the background and the entire scene is framed with a wheat, oat, and clover border.  Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

On the front cover of the 1906 Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog, an industrious farmer is shown sowing seeds in his field. Presumably these were seeds purchased from this catalog. Sheep peacefully graze in the background and the entire scene is framed with a wheat, oat, and clover border. Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

If anyone had doubts about the provenance of the seeds sold by Farmer Seed & Nursery, this page from the 1907 catalog would put them to rest.  Photos of three farms producing the seeds are shown.  The text boasts the fact that the business, warehouses, and farms are locally owned. And one farm was formerly owned by a general in the Mexican War!  Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery…

If anyone had doubts about the provenance of the seeds sold by Farmer Seed & Nursery, this page from the 1907 catalog would put them to rest. Photos of three farms producing the seeds are shown. The text boasts the fact that the business, warehouses, and farms are locally owned. And one farm was formerly owned by a general in the Mexican War! Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery…

Veggie lovers in 1909 were treated to a delightful collection of colorful specimens on the back of the Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog from spring of that year.  The images included mouthwatering celery, eggplant, musk melon, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, corn and much, much more.   Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

Veggie lovers in 1909 were treated to a delightful collection of colorful specimens on the back of the Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog from spring of that year. The images included mouthwatering celery, eggplant, musk melon, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, corn and much, much more. Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

The spring 1909 Farm and Garden Seeds catalog published by Farmer Seed & Nursery Co. features a colorful cover.  The montage of idyllic scenes depict contented cows wading in a pond under the boughs of a majestic tree, a farmer "shocking" his corn crop at sunset, and a handful of poppy blossoms.  Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

The spring 1909 Farm and Garden Seeds catalog published by Farmer Seed & Nursery Co. features a colorful cover. The montage of idyllic scenes depict contented cows wading in a pond under the boughs of a majestic tree, a farmer "shocking" his corn crop at sunset, and a handful of poppy blossoms. Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

While not as colorful as some catalogs, the 1900 Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog boasted a formula for success:  "More grass - more cattle.  More cattle - more manure.  More manure - more grain.  More grain - more money!"  Ergo, "grass is king!"  Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

While not as colorful as some catalogs, the 1900 Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog boasted a formula for success: "More grass - more cattle. More cattle - more manure. More manure - more grain. More grain - more money!" Ergo, "grass is king!" Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

Will ya look at these cucumbers featured in the 1905 Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog!  The Giant Erfurt variety (grown for exhibition purposes) grew large enough to almost dwarf the seated child holding them!  One never knows what novelties can be found inside historic seed catalogs!  Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a  collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

Will ya look at these cucumbers featured in the 1905 Farmer Seed & Nursery catalog! The Giant Erfurt variety (grown for exhibition purposes) grew large enough to almost dwarf the seated child holding them! One never knows what novelties can be found inside historic seed catalogs! Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

Three ears of "the corn that never disappoints" fill the space on the back cover of the 1914 Farmer Seed & Nursery Co. catalog.  Golden Jewel, Silver Jewel, and Northwestern Dent are the varieties beautifully rendered and marketed for sale here.  Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.

Three ears of "the corn that never disappoints" fill the space on the back cover of the 1914 Farmer Seed & Nursery Co. catalog. Golden Jewel, Silver Jewel, and Northwestern Dent are the varieties beautifully rendered and marketed for sale here. Farmer Seed & Nursery originated in Faribault, MN in 1888. Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of vintage Farmer Seed & Nursery catalogs.