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Planting Oak Seedling

Why Seeds of Life

Located in Barberville, Florida, our 800 acre farm is dedicated to growing many different trees with sustainable, regenerative farming practices. Keeping nature in mind, we humbly strive to be caretakers for the future.

Knowing our trees and seedlings are meant to memorialize a special person or occasion for generations to come, here at Seeds of Life, we always serve clients with enduring gift trees. Our commitment to excellence begins by selecting superb seeds from quality vendors and continues as we use our decades of experience to raise each seed with just enough water, light, and love. The professional tree staff at Seeds of Life grows each tree with care to ensure a healthy, vigorous tree because we know that each tree will be planted to honor someone’s special friend or family member.

Once we’re confident in each tree’s health and heartiness, it is carefully, yet elegantly packaged and shipped as a beautiful and meaningful gift to arrive in perfect condition on the doorstep of one of your loved ones. Selecting from a wide variety of trees, each gift tree will arrive ready to thrive and matched according to the recipient’s growing region.

Sending a beautiful tree is a meaningful way to tell another that you are walking next to them with support, encouragement and love. Symbolic of hope, endurance and rebirth, trees are long lasting gifts that can be enjoyed for decades and even centuries. Grown with love and gifted with love, a seed, seedling or tree from Seeds of Life is the perfect gift for any occasion.

Rock Solid Roots

"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." – Matthew 7:24-27

Having a good foundation and rock solid roots is essential in everything we do at Seeds of Life.

For our farm, our rock solid roots began back in the 1800s with our co-founder, Julie’s great-great grandfather, Jeremiah Underhill who came to Florida as a farmer. From that time forward, our family has had a rich history of working the land, developing over the years a passion for growing quality foliage. Years later, Jeremiah’s son, Joseph Underhill, was awarded a 250-acre land grant for his military service. This land became the Underhill family homestead, and is just one block away from the birthplace of Julie’s father, Frank Underhill, Jr. and home to his parents when they were first married. Today, six consecutive generations of Julie’s family have farmed in this little community of Barberville that we call home.

In 1936, Mary, who we know as Ganny, and Frank E. Underhill Sr. started growing and supplying cut foliage to wholesale florists throughout the country. Years later, the helm of our business was taken over by Jean and Frank Underhill Jr. who through sheer hard work and a strong trust in the Lord created a successful enterprise. As time passed, their four children and spouses returned to work in the family business. Frank Underhill Jr. famously said, “I began to believe that the business was God’s gift to me and my family, and that we were meant to be stewards and caretakers for it."

Lady Holding Tree Seedling

Today, generations of hard work and love are present in each and every tree we grow on our farm. Although many of those who worked to make the farm what it is today have passed on, we honor their memory each and every day by helping others remember their loved ones.

For our trees, a superior root system is essential for vigorous growth. Vital for successful planting and growth, the Seeds of Life gift trees have healthy root systems which provide an opportunity for these gift trees to quickly penetrate the native soil to soak up moisture and nutrients. Each root system is inspected and manipulated to grow by pruning the roots or physically pulling on the roots to encourage healthy root growth. These root improvement steps give each tree the best opportunity to grow laterally and become established quickly with a foundation anchored in strong roots.

Each one of these trees is beautifully packaged in a 100% natural jute bag and accented with an elegant silk ribbon. Then each tree is secured into a customized gift box with your personalized card and an optional accompanying engraved tag which can be customized to your exact need. Care directions are included with each gift.