The Garden Watchdog Top 5 AwardsBy Melody Rose (melody)
March 12, 2011
The 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
| Garden Decor|| Gardening Books ||Greenhouse Kits and Materials ||Hand Tools |
| Lawn and Garden Equipment || || Organic Products || Plant Tags and Markers |
|Supplies for African Violets |
Supplies for Bonsai (due to a tie there are 7 total)
Supplies for Indoor Gardening (due to a tie, there are 6 total)
Supplies for Orchids (due to a tie, there are 6 total)
|Worms & Vermicomposting Supplies|
Bulbs & Plants
Roses: Miniatures (new category this year!)
The Garden Watchdog Top 5 badge is awarded because loyal customers post feedback about their experience. Sometimes the difference 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.