A seed website that is a favorite is Renee's Garden Seeds out of Carmel, California. You can often find the beautiful seed packets that have water colors on them at specialty garden centers or sometimes Whole Foods. Ordering off the Internet is a snap though. The variety of alyssum is breath taking, and when you plant them the smell takes you to another place. "Gulf Winds" is my favorite.
One of my favorite books is about seeds. Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris features a character who saves rare seeds, and passes on his love for gardening to a young boy. When he dies the young man inherits his collection, moves to Provence and starts a magical farm filled with long forgotten vegetables. That is my kind of dream!
In 2008 I read a riveting article in the Washington Post about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It is an ice cave in Norway where precious seeds from all over the world are being saved in case of a "doomsday" event. There will be wheat, barley, and other essential food seeds to help feed our planet after a global crisis. Sounds like something right out of a Ray Bradbury book. Nevertheless, a very viable argument can be made for saving the world's recourses.
Whatever the case may be, saving the world can be left to the pros. I, on the other hand, still love to collect seeds. Seeds of wonder. Varieties that long to burst from their shells. Seeds that aim to please with taste, smell, or sight. I love them all, and secretly stow a pack or two in my cart as I pass by a stand in the store. Maybe I will use them, or maybe I will just look and wonder, "what would happen if I planted this?"