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The Garden Watchdog Top 5 Awards

By Melody Rose (melodyMarch 12, 2011
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We are proud to announce this year's Top 5 companies in the various categories within the Garden Watchdog!

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ImageThe Garden Watchdog has always honored the "top" companies in our directory.  At first, we recognized 10 companies.  As the Watchdog grew, the list expanded to 20, and then to 30 top companies.

A few years ago, a suggestion was made to recognize the top companies within each category, since some companies are too small to garner enough feedback to make the Top 30 list. The Top 5 spotlights vendors that have chosen to specialize in specific plants or garden products. Many are small family operations that have a passion for gardening. They treat each customer like a friend and each purchase is personal. Your feedback has elevated these vendors to the top of their field and we feel that their efforts should be recognized.

It was a great idea, and we're pleased to announce this year's winners.  We've grouped them together for your browsing convenience:  Gardening Materials and Supplies, Bulbs and Plants,  and Seeds.  Click on the category link to see the rank-ordered list of every company in the category.  Be sure to leave feedback for the companies you've ordered from.  Not only will it benefit other readers who see it, but companies need regular feedback in order to stay current.

By reviewing your experiences, you also help ensure we can continue to spotlight the top companies with a badge.  A few categories didn't have enough recent reviews to create a list of Top 5 companies. If everyone leaves a review (or updates your original comments) for for each mail order experience, we can have more categories and companies represented here next year!

 

 

 

Garden Materials & Supplies

 Animal Repellents

  • Double R Discount Pet, Ranch and Farm Supply
  • eFowl.com
  • Lexington Outdoor Solutions
  • Deer Scram
  • The Liquid Fence Co.
  • Deer-Resistant Landscaping

 

 Containers and Windowboxes

  • Square Foot Gardening Foundation
  • Smart Pots (High Caliper Growing - Root Control Inc.)
  • The Garden Patch
  • SimplyPlanters.com
  • Wellspring Gardens 
 

 Fences, Gazebos and Structures

  • Redwood Garden Bridges
  • Absolutely Amish (Gardencraft LLC)
  • Aeolian Enterprises, Inc.
  • New England Woodworks
  • Trellis Structures 
 

 Fertilizers and Soil Amendments

  • The Grape Vine
  • Boca Bob's InstaGarden
  • Backyard Berry Plants
  • Maui Plumeria Gardens
  • Spray-n-Grow
 Garden Decor
  • Stoneface Creations
  • Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center
  • Gardecor.com (Artistic eDesigns, LLC)
  • Daylily Manor
  • Witherspoon Rose Culture
 Gardening Books
  • The Food for Everyone Foundation
  • Cook's Carnivorous Plants
  • Pine Knot Farms
  • Rodale Press
  • Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Greenhouse Kits and Materials
  • Irrigatin Direct
  • GreenhouseMegaStore.com (IGC)
  • Morton's Horticultural Products, INc.
  • International Greenhouse Cmpany (IGC)
  • Indoor Gardening Supplies
Hand Tools
  • Garden Tool Company
  • Shovel and Hoe
  • The Pruner Warehouse
  • Garden Bon Bons
  • Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.
  •  A.M. Leonard's Gardeers Edge
 Lawn and Garden Equipment
  • Gardecor (Artistic eDesigns, LLC)
  • Country Home Products (also dba DR Chipper)
  • Indoor Gardening Supplies
  • Carter and Holmes Orchids
  • Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.
 

 Magazines

  • Iowa Horticulturist Magazine
  • Down to the Roots Organic Homesteading Magazine
  • The Garden (Royal Horticultural Society)
  • Carolina GARDENER
  • Kentucky GARDENER
  • Permaculture Magazine
  Organic Products
  •  Esbenshade's Garden Center
  • Garden Harvest Supply
  • Extremely Green Gardening Company
  • Neptune's Harvest All Natural Organic Fertilizer
  • Filaree Farm
  Plant Tags and Markers
  • Forestry Suppliers Inc.
  • Ecom Office Supplies
  • Engraved Garden Path Markers
  • EON Industries
  • Paw Paw Everlast Label Company
Supplies for African Violets
  • Reed's Greenhouse
  • Selective Gardener
  • Violet Barn (Rob's Min-O-Lets)
  • JoS Violets
  • Cape Cod Violetry

Supplies for Bonsai (due to a tie there are 7 total)

  • Wigert's Bonsai
  • Bonsai Outlet
  • Bonsai-Mart.com
  • Meehan's Miniatures
  • Wee Tree Farm
  • Bonsai By the Monastery
  • Evergreen Gardenworks
 

Supplies for Indoor Gardening (due to a tie, there are 6 total)

  • AeroGrow International Inc. (home of AeroGarden)
  • The Grape Vine
  • Plantlighting Hydroponics
  • Greentrees Hydroponics Inc.
  • Growco Indoor Garden Supply
  • Morton's Horticultural Product

 Supplies for Irrigation

  • Irrigation Direct
  • Rain Tank Depot
  • Berry Hill Irrigation
  • The Drip Store 
  • DripWork

 


Supplies for Landscaping & Gardening

  • Pro-Zyme International (growpots.com)
  • BocaBob's InstaGarden
  • NaturalYards
  • Garden Path
  • Earthox

Supplies for Orchids (due to a tie, there are 6 total)

  • Woodland Creek Labels
  • OrchidLight.com
  • Calwest Orchid Supplies 
  • Tindara Orchids
  • Orchids Unlimited
  • Odom's Orchids, Inc
 

Supplies for Poultry Farming

  • Holderread Waterfowl Farm & Preservation Center
  • eFowl.com
  • Double R Discount Pet, Ranch and Farm Supply
  • Hoover's Hatchery, Inc.
  • Metzer Farms Duck and Goose Hatchery
  • Ideal Poultry breeding Farms, In

Supplies for Water Gardening

  • Utopia Aquatic LLC
  • Texas Water Lilies
  • pondliner.com by Unit Liner Company
  • Springtime Nursery (eWaterLily.com)
  • Randy's Perennials & Water Gardens

Worms & Vermicomposting Supplies
  • Red Worm Composting (redwormcomposting.com)
  • Worms Etc.
  • Earthworms 4 Sale
  • The Worm Dude
  • Best Worm Buys (also dba Rabbits Etc.)
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 Bulbs & Plants

 Bulbs: Daffodils

  •  Glenbrook Bulb Farm
  • Colorblends (Schipper & Co. USA)
  • Grant E. Mitsch Novelty Daffodils
  • Oakwood Daffodils
  • John Scheepers, Inc.

 Bulbs: Onion & Garlic

  • The Maine Potato Lady
  • Gourmet Garlic Gardens
  • Brown's Omaha Plant Farms
  • Filaree Farm
  • Dixondale Farms

 Bulbs: Spring-Blooming

  • Easy to Grow Bulbs
  • Willow Creek Gardens
  • eFlower Garden
  • Colorblends (Schipper & Co. USA)
  • Old House Gardens - Heirloom bulbs
  • Brent & Becky's Bulbs

 Bulbs: Summer-Blooming

  • Lakeside Callas
  • Willow Creek Gardens
  • Touch of Nature, Inc.
  • Yucca Do Nursery
  • Brent & Becky's Bulbs

 Plants & Seeds: Bonsai

  •  Eastfork Nursery
  • Bonsai-Mart.com
  • Meehan's Miniatures
  • Wee Tree Farm
  • Brussel'sBonsai Nursery LLC
  • Coenosium Gardens

 Plants:  African Violets & Gesneriads

  • Reed's Greenhouse 
  • Brennan's Orchid, LLC
  • Cedar CreekViolets
  • Violet Barn (Rob's Min-O-Lets)
  • Travis' Violets

 Plants: Alpine/Rock Garden

  • Wild Giinger Farm
  • North Hills Nursery
  • Edelweiss Perennials
  • Evermay Nursery
  • Arrowhead Alpines

 

 Plants:  Annual Flowers

  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Gemini Garden
  • Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Wright Gardens
  • Avant Gardens

 Plants: Bamboo

  • Tejas Tropicals LLC
  • Dove Creek Gardens
  • Tropical Bamboo
  • Tradewinds Bamboo
  • Bamboo Garden Nursery

 Plants: Bog, Pond, Wetlands

  •  Dragonfly Aquatics
  • Texas Water Lilies
  • In the Country Garden & Gifts
  • Prairie Moon Nursery
  • Iris City Gardens

 Plants: Caladiums and Elephant Ears

  • Aroidia Research
  • Caladium Bulbs 4 Less
  • Brian's Botanicals
  • Caladium Bulb Company
  • Happiness Farms, Inc. Caladium Bulbs

 Plants: Dahlias

  • Jan's Country Garden
  • Accent Dahlias
  • Corralitos Gardens
  • Swan Island Dahlias
  • Dan's Dahlias

 Plants: Daylilies

  • Shaw's Sunshine Gardens
  • Blue Ridge Daylilies
  • Snowpeak Iris and Daylilies
  • Maryott's Gardens
  • Oakes Daylilies

 Plants: Drought-Tolerant

  • Cistus Nursery
  • ECOLAGE
  • Yucca Do Nursery
  • Digging Dog Nursery
  • High Country Gardens

 Plants: Epiphyllums

  • Mattslandscape.com
  • Got Epis?
  • Hills Epicacti
  • Don's Epiphyllum World
  • Epies by Pat

 Plants: Evergreens

  • Cabin Creek Nursery
  • W.W. Nurseries
  • Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center
  • Evergreen Nursery
  • Musser forests, Inc.
  • Dave's Nursery

 Plants: Ferns

  • Charles Alford Plants
  • Fibrex Nurseries Ltd.
  • Fern Factory
  • Southern Exposure
  • Fancy Fronds Nursery

 Plants: Flowering Vines & Groundcovers

  • Georgia Vines
  • Classy Groundcovers
  • Brushwood Nursery
  • Wilkerson Mill Gardens (Hydrangea.com)
  • Grassy Knoll Exotic Plants

 Plants: Fruit & Berries

  • Whitman Farms
  • Berries Unlimited
  • Cummins Nursery
  • Cold Stream Farm
  • Four Winds Growers
  • Nourse Farms Inc.

 Plants: Hardy Fruit Trees

  • Bob Wells Nursery
  • Van Well Nursery
  • Johnson Nursery
  • Trees of Antiquity
  • Cummins Nursery

 Plants: Herbs

  •  Pantry Garden Herbs
  • Well-Sweep Herb Farm
  • Horizon Herbs, LLC
  • Mountain Valley Growers
  • Nichols Garden Nursery

 Plants: Hostas

  •  HostasDirect, Inc.
  • In the Country Garden & Gifts
  • Made in the Shade Gardens
  • Hallson Gardens
  • Plant Delights Nursery

 Plants: Houseplants

  • Snowbelt Adeniums
  • JB's Birds and More
  • Eldon Tropicals
  • Hobbs Farm & Greenery
  • Travis' Violets
  • Lauray of Salisbury

 Plants: Hoyas

  • Plant Attraction
  • SRQ Hoyas
  • AC's Agape Plants
  • Aloha Hoyas
  • Gardino Nursery

 Iris: Historial and Species

  • Exline Iris Garden & Crafts
  • Siberian Iris Gardens
  • Malevil Iris Gardens
  • Superstition Iris Gardens
  • Iris City Gardens

 Iris: Modern

  • Siberian Iris Gardens
  • Wild Iris Rows
  • Snowpeak Iris and Daylilies
  • Cooley's Gardens
  • Schreiner's Iris Gardens

 Plants: Japanese Maples

  • Davidsann's Japanese Maples
  • Mendocino Maples Nursery
  • Whitman Farms
  • Dave's Nursery
  • Forestfarm

 Plants: Lilies

  • Bulbs N More
  • Faraway Flowers from Faraway Places
  • The Lily Pad
  • The Lily Garden 
  • Ambergate Gardens

 Plants: Orchids

  • Marble Branch Farms
  • Brennan's Orchis, LLC
  • Andy's Orchids
  • Carter and Holmes Orchids
  • Aitken's Salmon Creek Garden

 Plants: Ornamental Trees and Shrubs

  • Gardensoyvey.com
  • Sooner Plant Farm
  • Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery
  • Forestfarm
  • Bluestone Perennials

 Plants: Palms and Cycads

  • Florida Coconuts
  • Tejas Tropicals LLC
  • Real Palm Trees
  • Jurassic Plants Nursery
  • Exotic Palms

 

 Plants: Peonies

  • Solaris Farms
  • Idlewild Farm, Inc.
  • Hollingsworth Peony Nursery
  • Cricket Hill Garden Peony Heaven
  • Adelman Peony Gardens
  • A & D Nursery

 Plants: Perennials

  • Sooner Plant Farm
  • Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery
  • Santa Rosa Gardens
  • High Country Gardens
  • Bluestone Perennials

Plumeria Cuttings

  • Aleya's Garden
  • Plumeria Paradise
  • Newport Plumeria
  • Maui Plumeria Gardens
  • Tropic Nature of Hawaii

 Plants: Rhododendrons & Azaleas

  • W.W. Nurseries
  • Whitney Gardens & Nursery
  • Bovees Nursery
  • Greer Gardens
  • Singing Tree Gardens

 Roses: Antique & Species

  • Countryside Roses
  • High Country Roses
  • Roses Unlimited
  • Chamblee's Rose Nursery
  • Antique Rose Emporium

 Roses: Miniatures (new category this year!)

  • Burlington Rose Nursery
  • Palatine Fruit & Roses
  • The Appalachian Rose Nursery
  • The Uncommon Rose

 Roses: Modern

  • High Country Roses
  • Northland Rosarium
  • Roses Unlimited
  • Amity Rose & Garden Nursery
  • Chamblee's Rose Nursery
  • Pickering Nurseries

 Plants: Tropical & Tender Perennials

  • Zone 9 Tropicals
  • Onalee's Home-Grown Seeds & Plants
  • Katz Kuntry Kuttins
  • Almost Eden Plants
  • Logee's Greenhouses, Ltd.

 Plants: Tropical Fruit Trees

  • Bay Flora
  • Wellspring Gardens
  • Montoso Gardens
  • Just Fruits and Exotics
  • Four Winds Growers
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 Plants: Vegetables

  • Tomato Girl
  • Garden Harvest Supply
  • Nourse Farms Inc.
  • Johnny's Selected Seeds
  • The Tasteful Garden

 Plants: Wildflower/Natives

  • Gardensoyvey.com
  • Shooting Star Nursery
  • A Nearly Native Nursery
  • Mail-Order Natives
  • Niche Gardens

 

 Plants: Carnivorous

  • Keehns Carnivorous
  • Cascade Carnivores
  • Carnivorous Plant Nursery
  • Sarracenia Northwest
  • California Carnivores
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 Plants: Cacti & Succulents

  • Cactus Limon
  • Tee Dee Cacti
  • North Hills Nursery
  • Miles' To go
  • Tropiflora
  • Arid Lands Greenhouses
   
    

 Seeds

 Seeds: Annual Flowers

  • Summer Hill Seeds
  • One Stop Poppy Shoppe
  • Diane's Flower Seeds
  • Chiltern Seeds
  • The Fragrant path
  • Harris Seeds

Seeds: Daylilies

  • Partridge Hill Gardens
  • Valley of the Daylilies
  • Hem Haven Daylily Nursery
  • Good Daylilies
  • Daylily Place

Seeds: Heirlooms

  • St. Clare Heirloom Seeds
  • TomatoFest.com
  • Select Seeds Antique Flowers
  • Victory Seed Company
  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

 Seeds: Herbs

  • GenericSeeds.com
  • Pure Land Ethnobotanicals
  • Pantry Garden Herbs
  • John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
  • Horizon Herbs, LLC

 Seeds: Natives for Restoration & Reclamation

  • Acorus Restoration
  • Everwilde Farms, Inc.
  • Easyliving Native Perennial Wildflowers
  • Theodore Payne Foundation
  • Inside Passage
  • Western Native Seed
  • Prairie Nursery Inc.

 Seeds: Pepper

  • Ready to Grow Seeds
  • Old PUeblo Plant & Seed Company
  • Chili Pepper Institute (NM State Univ.)
  • Bayou Trader's Peppermania
  • Terra Time & Tide Hot Pepper Seeds
  • The Pepper Gal

 Seeds: Perennial Flowers

  • The Sample Seed Shop
  • Summer Hill Seeds
  • Diane's Flower Seeds
  • T's Flowers & Things
  • American Meadows

 Seeds: Tomatoes

  •  The Sample Seed Shop
  • Ohio Heirloom Seeds
  • Tatiana's TOMATObase
  • TomatoFest.com
  • Heirloom Tomatoes

 Seeds: Trees/Shrubs

  • DA Tree Store
  • Seeds & More
  • Jonsteen Company
  • Gardens North
  • Silverhill Seeds

 Seeds: Tropicals

  • Lakeside Callas
  • Rarexoticseeds
  • Seed Sprout Nursery
  • SeedsHawaii
  • Trade Winds Fruit

 Seeds: Vegetables

  • Trade Winds Fruit
  • St. Clare Heirloom Seeds
  • Victory Seed Company
  • Territorial Seed Company
  • Johnny's Selected Seeds
  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

 Seeds: Wildflowers/Natives

  • Jonna Sudenius
  • Everwilde Farms, Inc. 
  • Gardens North
  • Silverhill Seeds
  • Shooting Star Nursery

The Garden Watchdog Top 5 badge is awarded because loyal customers post feedback about their experience. Sometimes the differenceImage between #5 and #6 is only one comment. Your opinion is important, so be sure to pat the good vendors on the back when you're pleased with their service. While it is important to warn others of an unhappy transaction, many prople also want to know which companies consistently provide a great experience. The Garden Watchdog is a wonderful way to let others know who your favorites are.


  About Melody Rose  
Melody RoseI come from a long line of Kentuckians who love the Good Earth. I love to learn about every living thing, and love to share what I've learned. Photography is one of my passions, and all of the images in my articles are my own, except where credited.

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