The Geo. W. Park Seed Company was founded in 1868 by 15-year-old George W. Park in Libonia, Pennsylvania. Deciding to sell seeds he had harvested from his garden, young George took out at ad in The Rural American for $3.50. The ad brought in $6.50 in seed orders. One of America's oldest and most beloved seed companies was born!
Using a hand press (and woodcut illustrations), George also published his first seed catalog in 1868. In 1871, he began a publication called The Floral Gazette that gave gardeners a forum for sharing experiences and exchanging seeds. By 1877, the name had changed to Park's Floral Magazine and circulation had grown to 20,000. By 1918, that figure hit 800,000!
As Park Seed Company grew, it moved, first to La Park (now Paradise) Pennsylvania, then briefly to Florida, and finally in 1924 to Greenwood, South Carolina, where it remains to this day. Three generations of Parks have run the company, and it is now under the aegis of JPPA, Inc. We still operate under George W. Park's original motto:
"Your success and pleasure are more to Park than your money."