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Organic Seed Garlic - Boundary Garlic, BC, Canada

Growing organic seed garlic in British Columbia, Canada
Henry touring one of our fields
of organic seed garlic at
Boundary Garlic in Midway, BC

Boundary Garlic specializes in heritage garlic for seed. We sell by mail order across Canada. We sell only certified organic seed garlic that we have grown on our own property. Seed garlic is garlic which has been grown with meticulous attention to quality. We have had organic certification since 2004.

My husband Henry and I - Iím Sonia - began growing garlic on the ranch in 1999. The ranch is in the Boundary area in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. In the beginning we started with several heirloom cultivars. These flourished and now we have between 40 and 50 distinct strains of garlic in the ground at the garlic farm.

Our relationship with garlic is transforming into a conscious, mindful partnership. The more carefully we listen, the better we are able to meet the needs of the different garlics and to collaborate with them in their culture and dissemination.

What We Grow

The Canadian climate is particularly well suited to growing true hardneck garlic varieties. We have a large selection of cultivars (strains) of garlic from the five true hardneck varieties which thrive in our cold winters and moderately hot summers. We also have softneck garlics and ‘weakly bolting hardnecks’. For information on the changing face of garlic classification see the article by Bob Anderson on the Garlic Family Tree.

The varieties pages show the garlics available. There is a choice of cultivars from each of the five hardneck varieties: Rocambole, Porcelain, Purple Stripe, Marbled Purple Stripe and Glazed Purple Stripe; from the three weakly bolting hardnecks: Asiatic, Creole, and Turban, and from the softneck varieties Artichoke and Silverskin.

Many of our garlics are primarily for collectors and have limits of a few bulbs as the maximum you can order. There are also a number of garlics you can order in substantial amounts, all of which we would recommend to growers anywhere in Canada. These include the Porcelains: Leningrad, Music, Northern Québec, Romanian Red, Susan Delafield, and Yugoslavian; the standard Purple Stripes: Chesnok Red,  and Persian Star; and the Marbled Purple Stripes: Khabar, Kostyn's Red Russian, and Wenger's Russian.

In 2011 we installed an online shopping cart with PayPal or credit card payment. This is now our primary outlet for selling garlic and takes precedence over orders placed through the office. The shopping cart opens about the third week in August. There is more about ordering on the ordering page. The limits for each cultivar will be on the garlic varieties pages. We adjust these numbers following grading of the garlic after harvest.


We grew many of these strains up originally from bulbils and we are constantly refreshing our stock by growing from bulbils. This is an excellent way to develop your planting stock. It is economical and in the years it takes for bulbs to reach their full potential the garlic strains adapt to your particular growing conditions. For more information on growing from bulbils go to our bulbils page.See also our growing Rocamboles from bulbils page. For more of Henry's pictures of bulbils and of our experience growing bulbils visit his photo gallery.


Bulbils of the Marbled Purple Stripe,
Bulbils of the Porcelain,
Susan Delafield
Bulbils of the Rocambole,
Korean Purple
want to see more pics of garlic? visit Henry's gallery


Garlic is really easy to grow in the home garden. We have lots of tips for growing our gourmet garlic. If you donít find the answers to your questions on this website, please feel free to email us for help in producing superlative garlic bulbs.

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What's New?


GOURMET TREAT - Buy to Eat and for Gifts

Burgundy, a Creole garlic, is special. It has a magical flavour - intense and delicious. We love Burgundy butter on baked potatoes, warm bread and steamed vegetables. Henry is passionate about growing Burgundy and so we have lots. We are making the smaller  bulbs available by the half pound package so that you can enjoy eating this wonderful treat without having to grow it yourelf.

On the shopping cart now under Weakly Bolting Hardnecks.

End of Season Clearance Prices

See ordering page for end of season price reductions on all varieties.

Yugoslavian Porcelain on Special

Yugoslavian Porcelain has been doing exceptionally well in recent years and we have lots of it. We are lowering the price on mediums,  reducing the price on larger quantities of full size, and offering medium-sized 2015's at $24 per pound.

Rocambole Price Break

We consider Rocamboles to be Collectors Garlics and the base price is $6.00 per bulb. 2018 has been an excellent harvest and we are offering size and volume discounts. For 11 or more bulbs the price is $5 each and medium-sized bulbs are $3.50 each. If you paid $6 each for more than 10 bulbs we will put some bonus bulbs in your order.

Excellent 2018 Crop
The garlic is looking exceptionally good this year. We had excellent emergence and all varieties are growing well. We are particularly pleased with how well the Rocamboles are doing.

2015 Restart Program
The garlics we restarted from bulbils in 2015 are ready for sale this year. All the Rocamboles are from 2015 bulbils and are full size this year.

The Porcelains and Purples are still sizing up. They are a good size this year and are expected to produce larger bulbs for you next year.

2018 Prices
The regular prices are the same as last year. The Porcelains and Purples in the 2015 restart program have their own pricing structure. See the Ordering page for pricing details.

Norwegian Creek Farm
Henry's brother Len has started a second garlic business on the family farm. Check out Norwegian Creek Farm to see what they have to offer.

Information en français
La liste des variétés est disponible aux pages Web et aussi les renseignements pour commander l'ail.

Garlic for Health
Our friend Lalitha has written an amazing handbook of practical herbal wisdom. 10 Essential Herbs is the herb book I have been waiting for all my life without knowing it. Garlic is, of course, one of the ten essential herbs and many of the others are equally well known, safe and easy to use. Lalitha give clear instructions for how to use them, and when not to, plus lots of ancecdotes from her personal experience that encourage one to begin right away. Order from the author.

The Garlic News
The Garlic News comes out four times a year. Thereís a wealth of garlic tips, reports, marketing ideas and news packed into every issue. Subscription information is available here.

Feature Article
We are delighted to present a fascinating article on True Seeds in Garlic by Dr. Rina Kamenetsky.

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