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Renee Shepherd

Renee Shepherd, Seed Developer/ Gardener/Author/ Entrepreneur, Renee’s Garden 

Renee Shepherd is a pioneer in introducing international specialty vegetables and herbs to home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. After receiving her PhD from UC Santa Cruz and teaching in the Environmental Studies department there, she founded Shepherd’s Garden Seed, which she ran until 1996. In 1997, she founded her current company, Renee’s Garden. It offers her choice of seeds for exciting new and time-tested heirloom gourmet vegetables, culinary herbs, and fragrant and cutting flowers, sourced worldwide from seed growers large and small. Renee's Garden seed packets are available directly from www.reneesgarden.com and are offered through independent garden centers thoroughout the U.S. and Canada.

Shepherd chooses the seed varieties, writes the product descriptions and growing information for the seed packets, and manages the company’s marketing activities. She also directs and enjoys the large trial gardens in California and Vermont. She has authored two cookbooks, Recipes from a Kitchen Garden and More Recipes From a Kitchen Garden, and is putting the finishing touches on a third book combining both gardening advice and great recipes.

Shepherd lectures widely at national and regional garden shows and is a featured speaker at numerous gardening conferences. She has many community interests and serves on the Planning Commission for Santa Cruz County, California.  She has served on the board of the National Garden Association and is currently president of the Home Garden Seed Association.

“Renee’s Garden is my practical way of spreading the joy of gardening as a meaningful, productive and satisfying activity that connects us to each other and the earth.”


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