SOURCE: J.W. Jung Seed Co.

January 04, 2007 10:15 ET

Jung Seed Marking Centennial With New Releases, Heirloom Classics

RANDOLPH, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 4, 2007 -- The J.W. Jung Seed Co. celebrates 100 years in business in 2007 with the return of heirloom favorites from the company's earliest garden seed catalogs and the introduction of new flower, vegetable and fruit offerings, including exclusive advance release of roses from award-winning hybridizer Tom Carruth of Weeks Roses.

The centennial specials and thousands of other favorites are included in Jung's 2007 spring catalog, which is now available. The new items also are available via

"We're excited to offer gardeners some of the classics from the earliest J.W. Jung Seed Co. catalogs, along with a wide variety of new offerings," said Richard Zondag, company president and grandson of company founder J.W. Jung.

The new rose hybrids that will be released in advance only to Jung customers are his Falling in Love hybrid tea rose, Watercolors shrub rose, and Wing-Ding polyantha rose.

The centennial specials include Grandpa Jung's Flower Mix, a special mix of flower seeds originally custom blended by J.W. Jung.

Gardeners can obtain a spring 2007 catalog by calling 800-247-5864 or through a web site request at

The family owned company also will mark the centennial with a variety of special events and sales at its Randolph, Wis. headquarters and at its garden centers. The history of the company, which J.W. Jung launched in his parents' farmhouse in 1907, is detailed in a Jung Centennial Book. A Centennial Cookbook offers hundreds of recipes from employees and Jung family members, including blitz torte, which was J.W. Jung's favorite birthday treat.

When J.W. Jung started the company, he printed 400 catalogs on a hand press. He developed a mailing list by placing ads in magazines, "paying" for those ads with gardening articles he would write. Today, the J.W. Jung Seed Co. annually distributes more than 3 million catalogs throughout the United States, and specializes in flowers, vegetables, fruits and other trees and shrubs for northern climates.

"My grandfather built a company on the ideals of offering the best seeds and stock for northern climates at reasonable prices and with excellent service," Zondag said. "As we celebrate the centennial of the company he founded, our many employees and the Jung family remain committed to his principles."

Contact Information

  • Contact Information:
    Richard "Dick" Zondag
    J.W. Jung Seed Co.
    920-326-3121 ext. 4162
    e-mail: Email Contact