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(article, Culinate staff)

The owner of a Missouri-based company that specializes in rare seeds has opened a seed store in Petaluma, California. Housed in the former Petaluma County National Bank, the Seed Bank carries hundreds of varieties of uncommon seeds — one of the largest selections of organic and heirloom seeds in the country.

Writes Natalie Starkman, over at Civil Eats:

bq. Store Manager Paul Wallace said that the Seed Bank has been packed since it opened in early June with people from all over making the pilgrimage to marvel and buy rare seeds. (Weekenders, take note: for now, the Seed Bank is only opened Monday through Friday.) Bestsellers include carrots, squash, melon and beets (so there, President Obama). The store plans on selling local producers’ artisan foods and crafts, including tools. Wallace said that the magnificent hall will also serve as a community center and gathering space.

Fortunately, those not Petaluma-bound can buy the seeds online.

Meanwhile, the Britain-based Seed to Plate can set novices on the, ahem, garden path to success with video lessons, a sowing calendar, and even a Web-based plot designer. And yes, seeds for sale, too.