You may not be able to vouch for them but I can vouch for them. I've ordered from them before and they have fantastic plants. I ordered Aplectrum hyemale and Panax quinquefolium from them and I was thrilled. Mind you, these are bareroots and people aren't often comfortable with that. Good find dmj!
oh oh oh! I can vouch for Niche Gardens. I forgot what I ordered from them though.
I just ran into something I have never run into before... I guess I don't edit much but I just received a prompt that stated I had reached my per day edit limit and couldn't edit any more posts. Tomorrow I will go back in and add the other goodies being provided.
I remember what I bought at Niche gardens... Heuchera 'Silver Scrolls'. Neat plant.
One other little thing would be nice though when adding these nurseries if at all possible... Please try to make sure if they sell species other than natives that the indigenous species are either clearly marked as being indigenous or vice versa. It's too hard for people who aren't familiar with the Latin names to pick through and look up every plant. Most go to a native plant nursery to try to avoid having to think or put much effort into their plant selecitons. It would also be nice to exclude any nursery that is selling a plant formally listed as an exotic invasive only because some people are getting really upset about getting sold those types of plants from sites they believed were "safe".
Some sites are good about putting the country of origin...Plants Delight, and a few other nameless sites, for instance--others simply indicate "native" but not to what parts of the country--many good sites for buying natives also sell other non-natives for economic reasons (unfortunately--native plant lovers are not in the majority).
And then there's that "grey" area of native in one area invasive or a pest in other areas. I never could understand how a native plant could really be considered an invasive species--I've always felt it was just well suited to its environment--but that's just my opinion. As long as its not an exotic species.
Stone Silo is great claypa! Hey Al, the limit on the number of edits must be per 24 hour period of time because I still can't edit the original post. Prairie Nursery is an excellent addition and I want to add Bluestone Perennials myself. I will get them added as soon as I can.
Lauren - actually Mr. Bigcity is going to Knoxville for Thanksgiving.
Deb - if I didn't have all then already I surely would consider them. I'm not sure how I got on their mailing list - they must have bought it, but it is good for learing latin names since the catolog is arranged by them and not common names.
You can re-sort either of those by rating or alphabetically - just click on the column headings.
If there are other mailorder vendors that should be added, please let us know, or submit them yourself (there's a link, within the colored bar of links to "add a company".)
Your comments (hopefully you've had some good experiences, but even if they're not all positive, then constructive) will help others know who to patronize, and who to avoid. And that can help all these companies do a better job, and keep the good companies in business - for many of them, "word of mouth" is their only source of advertising.
If you know any of these have closed, moved, merged, changed names, etc., please use the "contact us" link to let us know - keeping the Watchdog updated is a pretty big task, so any help we get is greatly appreciated!
http://www.prairiemoon.com/ Although I have no objection listing this under IL and WI as they are serviced by this company too, Praire Moon is in Minnesota, and not in either of those states. (Could you list it under Minnesota too?)
Prairie Moon has genotype from Northern Illinois as well as from Wisconsin. I always forget they are physically located in Minnesota. I place at least one order with them every year. They are wonderful.
I don't think it so much matters if a nursery is mail order or not but more so that the nursery is either 100% native plants or that the vast majority of their inventory is indigenous and non invasive. Avoids a lot of confusion when ordering if one can go to a link and know that pretty darn every plant being offered is going to be native or if it isn't native, the plant will be identified as being non-native. Most of the nurseries above clearly indicate which plants are native and which are not if they are offering both. There are a few nurseries above that are offering a small percentage of non-native plants that are not identified as being non-native. For the nurseries above that are not offering 100% native species or offering non-natives that aren't clearly identified as being non-indigenous, I'll try go back at some point in time and place *** in front of the link to their website. This way, anyone using the list will know to stick the plant binomial into a search engine before they order as there are quite a few people who prefer to order exclusively native who aren't all that familiar with Latin names. For the most part, I made an attempt to look closely at the inventories offered at every nursery suggested and already "weeded" out one or two nurseries that had inventories listing formally identified noxious weeds or invasive species for sale.
Other than that, if you have suggested a nursery and it isn't listed in the Garden Watchdog, please please please take a moment to add it. If you have purchased from the nursery before, also please take a moment to share your personal experiences with the nursery. I read those comments before I order from a nursery that I haven't ordered from before, you all probably read those comments when ordering from a nursery you haven't ordered from before, and most of us probably ended up HERE registered as a subscriber at DG because we found this site as a direct result of reading comments at the Garden Watchdog or at the PlantFiles. After more native plant nurseries are listed above, I will go back and add any nursery listed here that was overlooked in being added to the Garden Watchdog.
a) If this list contains non-mailorder companies, that's perfectly fine for this forum. But we don't include walk-in nurseries and garden centers in the Watchdog - there are just too many of them for us to successfully maintain a directory of them all.
b) PlantScout is a great way to find a source of a specific plant, either by its "latin" (aka scientific or binomial name) or a common name. There are some good native plant mailorder sources that have signed up for PlantScout, so I hope you'll look for them there and patronize them as you look for sources for certain plants on your must-have list ;o)
Egads, we don't include walk in nurseries at the Garden Watchdog? I learn something new everyday. I am pretty sure I added at least one that was walk in only. I promise I will go back through what I added and look at every single nursery I added and make sure it offers mail order. Gosh Terry, really sorry about that in advance but I will correct any I added by accident asap.
The PlantScout is a great way to find a source, it's a little bit too great though ;) Every time a list of nurseries offering a plant pops up, I feel like an addict at a corner looking for a fix and I exercise absolutely no control clicking on the nurseries that have the plant available. I have spent way too much money because of that feature. It just pops up with lists of nurseries selling a plant right in front of my face and how can a gal ignore a plant calling out to me to buy it that I wanted anyway? All joking aside, it's a great feature because I sometimes struggle finding a plant I want to buy online that I simply don't want to live without. It additionally gives me exposure to venders I wouldn't have known to consider patronizing. Same deal with the Bookworm. One stop gardening at its finest.
We try to throughly "vet" each new GWD submission before we put it in general circulation. If a non-mailorder vendor slipped through, please let us know ;o)
Plantscout is picking up a lot of traffic, but it's still kind of a "sleeper" in many gardening circles, so we do what we can to get the word out about it. It's definitely cut down on our "where can I buy this plant?" questions at the helpdesk, which is part of what spurred us to create it.
Hmm, PlantScout is picking up a lot of traffic??? Imagine that. I know exactly why, it's a great time saving resource. I bet those venders are also picking up other impulse buyers like me who were out there poking around who may or may not have been committed to purchasing a particular plant but ended up placing an order as a direct result of the convenience factor. I know I've certainly done that a few times already. I can't help myself. See plant, see nursery selling plant, buy plant. It's all too simple of a process. Glad we have it.
And the tab at the top of our forums for Plantaholics Anonymous next to the Glossary tab gets added when?
Love Prairie Moon and Prairie Nursery for mail order. For walk in, I love Possibility Place http://www.possibilityplace.com/ and The Natural Garden. PP is my all time favorite. Service, help, all are wonderful. I can't wait for spring so I can go back and pick their brains some more.
There is a Native Nursery, called that, in Tallahassee Fla. I don't know there email and I don't know how to put it in this forum---even if I knew what it was. Tell me how and I will find the email. THanks
I think I might have it above. If it is the one I have listed above, it' a really great nursery selling 100% native. Could the nursery you might be thinking of be Native Nurseries of Tallahassee, Inc.? Would you please check this link and see it this is it- http://www.nativenurseries.com/
If it isn't, we'll search further together to get it on the list.
Yes that is it. When I went through the list I missed it. They have great stuff. I'm surprised that Ga does not have more listed. I will check with some of my friends and see if there are others. Thanks for the update.
It's not that GA doesn't have more native plant nurseries listed, I just haven't gotten to finish searching by google and yahoo and through notes. Even if I could get through all that, I wouldn't really know the nurseries in Georgia and would have to do more digging so it would be really great if you could get information on more native plant nurseries for Georgia. Thanks so much.
Washington DC is a another tough one for me. I've been there but I didn't exactly go plant shopping. I found these but can find little information about them- http://www.earthsangha.org/nfg/
this one appears to be selling 100% native plants based on their inventory but I need to read more at their site to see what they are really selling so to speak. http://www.wetland.org/index.htm
this one seems to have plant sales and again... their plant material is 100% native but I can't tell if they are an actual nursery or not just yet.
Ok here in North Texas there is a little chain - I will have to look up all the places it can be..
Address: 5111 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016
Phone: (817) 451-2149
I know that they have several more, now they do not have 100% natives but they can help you know for sure this one or that one... They try to keep a lot of unique native plants.
And - Sagebrush Nursery
Address: 1908 S Hampton Rd, Red Oak, TX 75154
Phone: (972) 223-8284
Once again not native only but their plants are huge and healthy
There are a few more in Hillcountry that I will try to add later.
On Mail ordering - I have great trouble with mail ordered Natives on the whole... They come smaller and have a hard time taking the trip well... I do gather seeds and cuttings but if I want to buy this or that I tend to see the plant and check it out first (roots and all) before I buy - just my two cents...
Hey Mitch, regarding the mail ordering I've done for natives, if the place isn't 100% native, then I have a very low success rate. On places I've mail ordered from that are 100% native, they've all been nice, with a nice root system going.
Hey Equil!! Bradford?? That's like 20 minutes from me. There's a native nursery there? I'm going to have to follow that link...
Mitch, I ordered from one of the places up there on the list, not in IL and not 100% native. There were about a dozen plants that when I tipped the pot over, the dirt totally fell away from the minuscule plant. Guess they grew the plants in water. Of course they didn't survive. I learned my lesson. Expensive lesson, but I learned it none the less.
I have just gotten a little more picky, I even found Bluestone to give some rather small plants for the price vrs what I can get local and I dont have to wait for the mail guy so he does not set them in the sun!
Oh no kidding! Ever had UPS "forget" where your house is? They then send you a little postcard and you call and give them directions. My poor plants sat in some warehouse for almost a week, in a box. I'm the same, picky that is.
Oh my, but you have such a nice neighbor. Wait, my boxes are always marked live plants, this side up. What did yours say? I hope you filed a complaint with whoever, be it UPS, FedEx or the USPS. You're reminding me though, I had plants delivered when we would be away. I asked a neighbor lady to please get the box and open it up, take the plants out and give them all good drinks, every day. Did she? Nope. She opened the box and that was it. Problem was each pot was wrapped in plastic and even if she watered or it rained, water or rain doesn't penetrate plastic. Those plants were in really sad shape after a week, but at least the box was open.
Equilibrium and others
Hesperis matronalis and Daucus carota as well as a few other possible non-native, invasives are in some of the seed mixes from Southern tier consulting (from the NY company list)
However... the website does note which species it offers are native to NY or the northeast US.
Oh branches, good catch. I totally missed that. I went back and looked at their mixes and you just hit upon what many people get so upset about... formally identified exotic invasive species getting mixed in and accounting for a disproportionately high percentage of the mix. They're using it as fillers it appears. That's no better than the "shake and bake" meadow in a can you can pick up at any big box store that sprinkles ickies around. I looked at their mixes and they are not clearly differentiating between introduced and indigenous so after I'm done peeling about 20 lbs off potatoes, I'll go back and remove them. Not only did I see the two you mentioned but I found Agrostis alba and Agrostis stolonifera in their mixes as well as Echinochloa crusgalli, Lolium multiflorum, Chrysanthemum leucanthem, Setaria italica, Anthoxanthum odoratum, Dactylis glomerata, Trifolium hybridum, Phleum pratense, and Avena sativa. All of which are introduced and many are formally identified as exotic species.
Not only can you add these local garden centers and nurseries, but you can also add public gardens, parks/arboreta, and other gardening-related local businesses and organizations.
Please feel free to add all the "local gardening attractions" in your area, and please add your comments, too! Especially helpful is information about what the garden center/nursery offers, hours of operation, amenities available, etc.
I saw the area for pumpkin patches and corn mazes. That was neat. So was the area for U-Pick Fruits and Veggies. Is it possible to add a category over there for Native Plant nurseries exclusively? Of course a catchall Plantaholics area might be interesting. Just kidding.
I do plan on trying to find a way to add these nurseries on to the list but was sort of waiting to see if additional categories were created.
Ohhhhh, crop circles. Now there's a good one. I forgot about those. I watched a documentary on how they believed some of those were created and I always wanted to try my hand at that but I didn't think the farmers around here would be too happy with me if I went out and tried to express myself artistically in their corn fields.
I've got about 100 more almost exclusively native plant nurseries to add here but I got side tracked with some tropical plants. That darn plantaholism snuck up on me and bit me in the butt.
I did have problems figuring out how to get the latitude and longitude from the Google Maps. I have a handheld GPS but still have difficulty figuring out how to use that so I shouldn't be surprised that I couldn't locate coordinates in Google. I'll have a kid show me how to get the coordinates before I add the nurseries and yes, I will add comments. I've been keeping good notes on this end but got a little bogged down.
If it is that easy, I will be really annoyed. I sat there trying to load one lousy entry for about a half hour so they didn't get saddled with loading all the coordinates and I was not a happy camper. Lemme go check it out.
Great idea! To my shame I only last week found Local tab on DG. It has a search tool for
Parks, Garden centers, etc. by country & state but there's hardly any data to search.
That seems like a good place to store all that data.
On Nov 19th, Leftwood made this comment, [quote]Minnesota
[HYPERLINK@www.prairiemoon.com] Although I have no objection listing this under IL and WI as they are serviced by this company too, Praire Moon is in Minnesota, and not in either of those states. (Could you list it under Minnesota too?)[/quote]
My reply to leftwood, [quote]Prairie Moon has genotype from Northern Illinois as well as from Wisconsin. I always forget they are physically located in Minnesota. I place at least one order with them every year. They are wonderful.
I don't think it so much matters if a nursery is mail order or not but more so that the nursery is either 100% native plants or that the vast majority of their inventory is indigenous and non invasive...[/quote]There are a lot of posts up there and lots of people probably missed why Prairie Moon was placed under three different states. I think why this thread originally was started was as an easy reference within the indigenous plants forum of nurseries that were simply stated, native plant nurseries as opposed to wildflowers. Native plants are indigenous while wildflowers are plants that have naturalized. Big difference in the two.
Tom Goforth is a fantastic resource for ferns that are native to the eastern half of North America. I had the opportunity to hear him give a talk and the only thing that could have made it better would have been some hour stretchers. I have not had to mail order ferns from him as driving down Scenic Highway 11 in SC is such a nice day trip for me.
I noticed that Woodlanders had already been suggested for inclusion in SC but had not yet been edited into your listing at the beginning.
Crowdog Native Ferns and Gardens is an excellent link. It's an added bonus that the proprietor offers talks on native ferns. That's really great.
Woodlanders is billing themselves as a rare native and exotic plant nursery so anyone who knows how to look up the scientific names can do so which is nice. Based on their inventory, I got the impression they added the rare native words to capitalize on the growing interest in native plants. Unfortunately, I looked at their web page for plants they were offering that started with the letter A and was sort of surprised- http://www.woodlanders.net/index.cfm/fuseaction/plants.main/index.htm
They were offering what appeared to be considerably more exotics than natives. Nativity of some of their plants was listed however that tended to be the exception to the rule which was confusing in and of itself as people might assume plants not specifically listed as being say "native to the Canary Islands" were all natives. There are newer gardeners who are interested in at least being advised of what is from where without having to look up each and every plant. Other than that, I found Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. elegans being offered for sale. Ampelopsis brevipedunculata is formally identified as being invasive and also classified as a noxious weed. That's Porcelain Berry aka Amur Peppervine. http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AMBR7
Many of the nurseries listed above sell some exotics but exotics aren't the mainstay. Woodlanders does have some nice plants though.
the one in belton is actually a nursery selling plants like a nursery and has a planting on the property. fairly new. work in progress. their catalog is better than the website. took a while for me to figure out what exactly they were by the website. they have everything from seeds to trees.
Last year i bought 20 bags of branfield organic fertilizer. Most of stuff i had already ordered from other places like prairie moon etc., but i want to get some hawthorn trees from them if i ever get all these roses planted. I sowed about $------ worth of seeds this spring. 1 mexican hat and some hare's tails came up this year. we'll see if anything happens next year. black-eyed susans sunflowers and canadensis verbena is wild here.
i love the verbena it just spreads everywhere. also the wild petunias grow crazy.i just bought 10 bags of bradfield's yesterday at sutherlands lumber for $5.00 per bag (all they had) i think they are closing it out must not have sold well.
some of the plants they have are as expensive as a nursery. i just can't bring myself to pay $5 or so for a black-eyed susan that grows wild. Not when i can nearly buy a rose.lol!
Ruellia humilis. Of course, there are variations in color. This is one of mine, and the color here is true. A perennial, it emerges from the soil quite late in the spring. The year they bloomed from June 30 to Aug 25.
These aren't typical nurseries.
Clear Ridge Nursery primarily is a wholesale/landscaper's nursery, but they will sell trees 'retail' if you don't mind letting them pick out the plants for you--you can not just walk through and choose for yourself.
Adkins Arboretum has a native plant sale twice a year and specifically indicates which are native to the coastal plain--members can pre-order and get a pre-sale tour of what's available, as well as other events and activities. (Not too late for the Spring sale in early May!)
Depending on exactly where you are in south central PA, you might not be so far from Clear Ridge Nursery in Union Bridge, MD.
We are really, really pleased with how well all our trees from them have done and their prices are excellent!
Teresa - thanks! Yes, Union Bridge is not too far west of Westminster and that's maybe 30 minutes away. I thought the nearest to us was Doyle's Farm in Lancaster - quite a bit further. Really appreciate the info!!