Fifty years ago, in 1965, Applewood Seed Co. was started by Gene Milstein in his parents’ basement in suburban Denver, Colorado. He offered traditional flower and vegetable seed packets. In 1967, the company began selling hand-collected wildflower seed to the gift and garden markets in hand-drawn packets.
Gene’s wife, Dee, joined the company in 1969, and together they exhibited at wholesale gift, garden and nursery shows. Offerings included seeds for culinary herbs, indoor plants, sprouting and planter kits, and garden accessory products.
This is the first in a series of posts relating the history of Applewood Seed Company.