Custom designed Gifts of Seeds for the City of Sydney

City of Sydney Green Villages 2013


Sydneysiders keep an eye out for the City of Sydney’s Green Villages branded Gifts of Seeds. These will be used as part of the city’s partnership with Grow It Local, encouraging residents to grow their own food and live more sustainably.

This is our second custom design for the City of Sydney (see the first ones here), who will be giving these organic basil and organic coriander seeds away at upcoming Green Villages Workshops.  They will also be distributed across Sydney cafes who use local produce, who will give them to customers to spread the word!

The Sustainability Marketing team loved our latest Gift of Seeds collection so these custom designed packets are again illustrated by the fabulous Daniella Germain, whose gorgeous illustration of Sydney’s quintessential terraces adorn the card.

Green Villages have some great free workshops on everything from balcony gardening to natural cleaning. Grow It Local is all about encouraging backyard, balcony, community and windowsill food farming, bringing people together and having fun. You can post your own veggie patch on the Grow It Local Map and share your garden via #growitlocal on instagram. Check out our little patch here!

Custom designed Gifts of Seeds for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) in Sydney is one of the most well-known gardens in Australia and as such we were honoured and thrilled to create a custom designed RBG Gift of Seeds. The packets are currently being placed in hotel rooms at the Four Season Hotel (Sydney) as an innovative way for guests to support the Gardens and in doing so, help to protect Australian plant species in threatened habitats.

Paper Daisies were chosen as they are one of the most popular features at the Gardens in Spring and are easy to grow from seed. The design of the packets was created with Karen Rinkel, the Garden’s graphic designer, who applied a vintage botanical illustration of the paper daisies (Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea ‘Rosy Everlasting’) combined with the layout and a few elements from our retail packets.

The Royal Botanic Gardens raise half of their funding independently which contributes to maintaining the gardens, conservation and heritage projects, science, research, education and outreach. If you would like to show your support for the gardens by purchasing one of these lovely packets, pop over to the Gardens Shop.

Custom Gifts of Seeds for the City of Sydney



We’re really proud of these custom designed Gifts of Seeds for a few reasons. Firstly because they are part of a fabulous program which celebrates sustainable living and ‘growing your own’, and secondly because we had the opportunity to work with The City of Sydney!

We were delighted to hear that the council’s Sustainability Marketing team thought our Gifts of Seeds were great, and that they’d love to have a custom design for the Green Villages Brand. Green Villages is all about inspiring individuals to live more sustainably. They hold workshops on creating balcony gardens and growing food in small spaces, and they have just launched a website all about educating the community on how to live green!

We aren’t exactly sure where or when the packets will be handed out at this stage, but there are two kinds, organic basil and organic coriander to look out for. They are quite distinctive in their 100% recycled packaging, so if anyone sees them around, please let us know!

Custom Gifts of Seeds

Sow ‘n Sow specialises in custom designed Gifts of Seeds which are ideal for corporate promotions. A gift of seeds encourages your guests or recipients to grow a plant which will cement the memory of the occasion for many years and generations to come. We can also tailor the seed type to suit the meaning or purpose of the occasion.

Prior to the christmas rush, team Sow ‘n Sow was busy fulfilling a very big custom order – 2,100 custom seed packets for McPherson’s Printing Group. With sustainability high on the agenda for the printing group, McPherson’s designers The Mangrove Studio suggested our seed packets as a fun, environmentally friendly gift for customers and a way to promote the versatility of the products McPherson’s produce. Three seed types were chosen – basil, sunflower and marigold, with cleverly devised messages relating to puzzle books, recipe books and romance novels included on the labels.

The colourful packets were designed by The Mangrove Studio and then lovingly hand assembled by us. Yep, each seed packet has been glued by hand, by us and all the seeds were carefully distributed into each of the 2100 packets alongside a gorgeous little planter marker (as pictured above, bottom right).

We are hoping 2011 will be a big year of custom orders so don’t hesitate to spread the word about this unique service.  They are ideal as a gift for attendees at special events or functions and they can be intelligently incorporated into an effective, sustainable corporate promotion.  The best part is that we can tailor the seed type to suit the event or purpose of the promotion. More info on our custom packets can be found on our Custom Designs page.