Celebrating 145 Years of Growing with You

George Watt Park, Founder 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!

Cover of June 1899 Park's Floral Magazine 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."

  • Postal wagon and tulips in front of the office in La Park (now Paradise), PA
  • Storefront in Greenwood, SC
  • George W. Park's Office in Libonia, PA
  • George W. Park's House in Pennsylvania
  • Office in La Park (now Paradise), PA
  • Cover of June 1899 Park's Floral Magazine
  • Entrance to Park Seed’s current headquarters in Greenwood, SC
  • View of Park Seed’s 9-acre trial gardens in Greenwood, SC
  • Park Seed and NASA: Space-Exposed Tomato Seed distributed in 132,000 experimental kits to school teachers
  • NASA Astronaut participating in Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) project