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Spotlight on the Garden Watchdog Top 5 Awards

By Melody Rose (melodyFebruary 18, 2012
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The Garden Watchdog has changed the face of mail-order sales for gardening supplies, plants and seeds. Shoppers are able to read customer service reviews for just about any company in the business. It lists over 7,000 vendors worldwide and gardeners have the ability to choose the best company to fit their needs. Each year, we honor the best in their categories, based on your reviews. Wed like to share the 2012 winners with the community in this Spotlight.

Gardening pictureThe Garden Watchdog Top 5 is an annual award and every year, we place a badge on each recipient's listing. Many of these hard-working vendors are small operations without the volume of sales that large corporations enjoy. They are passionate about their specialties and take a personal interest in their inventory and their customers. A great number of them are family businesses, employing several generations. This Spotlight gives them all a well-deserved pat on the back and we hope you'll enjoy checking out these unsung heroes.

There are 133 specialties currently listed in the Garden Watchdog, but we only award Top 5 Badges in the categories where five or vendors have received one or more positive reviews in recent months. If your favorite category didn't receive a badge this year, your reviews and updates can make a huge difference in making sure they are recognized next year. It is very important to let vendors know when you're pleased with your order.  Many people only think about warning others about unhappy experiences, but the Garden Watchdog is actually designed to spotlight the hard working vendors who give great customer service day in and day out. Our reviews are consistently over 70% positive. These vendors are from numerous countries and several continents; they represent all that is good in the mail order gardening world. They have a dedication to you, the customer, and sincerely thank everyone who took the time to post in the Garden Watchdog.

Reward your favorite vendors; they pay attention to these rankings. We often get requests for copies of the Top 5 badges for their own websites and we are happy to supply them. Take a few minutes and visit the winner's websites. They're hard working folks who love what they do. Congratulations to the 2012 Garden Watchdog Top 5 Vendors!

Amaryllids

Jenks Farmer (Lushlife Nurseries)

Bulbs N More

Marcelle's Crinums

Clivia USA

Shields Gardens Ltd.

Heirloom Bulbs

Old House Gardens - Heirloom Bulbs

The Lily Garden

Southern Bulb Company

Bulbmeister.com (BULBS4U)

Bayou City Heirloom Bulbs

Greenhouse Kits and Materials

Indoor Gardening Supplies

Morton's Horticultural Products, Inc.

International Greenhouse Company (IGC)

The Greenhouse Catalog

Growing Spaces (Growing Dome Greenhouse)

Organic Products

Neptune's Harvest All Natural Organic Fertilizer

Filaree Farm

Vinland Valley Nursery

Esbenshade's Garden Center

Atomic Grow (High Yield Industries)

African Violets and Gesneriads

Violet Barn (Rob's Min-O-Lets)

Cedar Creek Violets

Brennan's Orchids, LLC

Reed's Greenhouse

Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses, Inc.

Plants-Bamboo

Tejas Tropicals LLC

Bamboo Garden Nursery

Tradewinds Bamboo

Tropical Bamboo

Artistic Gardener Nursery and Design

Plants-Carnivorous

Caladium Bulb Company

California Carnivores

Leilani Nepenthes

Cascade Carnivores

Carnivorous Plant Nursery

Plants- Drought Tolerant

Digging Dog Nursery

ECOLAGE

Yucca Do Nursery

Cistus Nursery

Potato Rock Nursery

Plants- Flowering vines and Groundcovers

Classy Groundcovers

Brushwood Nursery

Country Boy Gardens

Wilkerson Mill Gardens (Hydrangea.com)

Grassy Knoll Exotic Plants

Plants- Heirloom

Select Seeds Antique Flowers

Trees of Antiquity (formerly Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery)

The Tasteful Garden

Heritage Flower Farm

Monticello Garden Shop: Twinleaf Catalog

Plants- Houseplants

HostasDirect Inc.

Hobbs Farm & Greenery

Stokes Tropicals

JB's Plants @ JBsBirdsandMore.com

Patio Plants.com (Botanical Growers Network)

Plants- Japanese Maples

Forestfarm

Mendocino Maples Nursery

Eastfork Nursery

Whitman Farms

Trans-Pacific Nursery (WorldPlants.com)

Plants- Nut Trees

Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company

Nolin River Nut Tree Nursery

Pecan Quest

Edward Fort Nurseries

Bass Pecan Company

Plants- Ornamental Trees and Shrubs

Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery

Forestfarm

Sooner Plant Farm

Gardensoyvey.com

Rarefind Nursery

Plants- Perennial Flowers

Idlewild Farm, Inc

Santa Rosa Gardens

Garden Crossings LLC

Sooner Plant Farm

Classy Groundcovers

Plants- Antique and Species Roses

Chamblee's Rose Nursery

Antique Rose Emporium

High Country Roses

Roses Unlimited

Rogue Valley Roses

Plants- Tropical Fruit Trees

Bay Flora

Wellspring Gardens

Four Winds Growers

Montoso Gardens

Martha's Secrets

Seeds- Annual Flowers

Summer Hill Seeds

Diane's Flower Seeds

Harris Seeds

DollarSeed

One Stop Poppy Shoppe

Seeds- Herbs

Horizon Herbs, LLC

Pantry Garden Herbs

John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds

Companion Plants

Sage Garden Herbs

Seeds- Tomatoes

The Sample Seed Shop

TomatoFest.com

Tatiana's TOMATObase

Ohio Heirloom Seeds

Marianna's Heirloom Seeds

Seeds- Vegetables

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

St. Clare Heirloom Seeds

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Victory Seed Company

Trade Winds Fruit

Poultry Farming Supplies

eFowl.com

My Pet Chicken

Ideal Poultry Breeding Farms, Inc.

Metzer Farms Duck and Goose Hatchery

Mt. Healthy Hatcheries, Inc.

Water Gardening Supplies

Texas Water Lilies

Utopia Aquatic LLC

Randy's Perennials & Water Gardens

pondliner.com by Unit Liner Company

Springtime Nursery (eWaterLily.com)

 

 

 Daffodils

Colorblends (Schipper & Co. USA)

John Scheepers, Inc.

Van Engelen, Inc.

Grant E. Mitsch Novelty Daffodils

Glenbrook Bulb Farm

Onions and Garlic

Dixondale Farms

Filaree Farm

Gourmet Garlic Gardens

Mapple Farm

Le Jardin du Gourmet (Artistic Gardens)

Fertilizers and Soil amendments

Spray-N-Grow

Backyard Berry Plants

Maui Plumeria Gardens

Greentrees Hydroponics Inc.

Atomic Grow (High Yield Industries)

PlantTags and Markers

Paw Paw Everlast Label Company

EON Industries, Inc.

Engraved Garden Path Markers

Drago Cactoid

Garden Fonts

Plants-Alpine and Rock Garden

North Hills Nursery

Edelweiss Perennials

Wild Ginger Farm

Evermay Nursery

Wrightman Alpines

Plants-Cacti and Succulents

North Hills Nursery

Tee Dee Cacti

Miles' To Go

Arid Lands Greenhouses

Tropiflora

Plants-Dahlias

Accent Dahlias

Corralitos Gardens

Jan's Country Garden

Wynne's Dahlias

Alpen Gardens

Plants- Epiphyllums

Potato Rock Nursery

Epies by Pat

Pat's Patio Plants, Perennials, Pots and Ponds

Mattslandscape.com

Mark Piette Epi Galleria

Plants- Fruit and Berries

Nourse Farms Inc.

Four Winds Growers

Hartmann's Plant Company

Backyard Berry Plants

Whitman Farms

Plants- Herbs

Horizon Herbs, LLC

Nichols Garden Nursery

Mountain Valley Growers

Pantry Garden Herbs

Companion Plants

Plants- Historical and Species Iris

Siberian Iris Gardens

Exline Iris Garden & Crafts

Superstition Iris Gardens

Malevil Iris Gardens

Brooks Gardens

Plants- Lilies

Faraway Flowers from Faraway Places

The Lily Garden

The Lily Pad

Bulbs N More

The Lily Nook

Plants- Orchids

Aitken's Salmon Creek Garden

Carter and Holmes Orchids

Andy's Orchids

Marble Branch Farms

Kawamoto Orchid Nursery

Plants- Palms and Cyads

Real Palm Trees

Tejas Tropicals LLC

Exotic Palms

Floribunda Palms & Exotics

Plants- Plumeria Cuttings

Maui Plumeria Gardens

Plumeria Paradise

Tropic Nature of Hawaii

Aleya's Garden

Jungle Jack's Plumerias

Plants- Modern Roses

Chamblee's Rose Nursery

High Country Roses

Roses Unlimited

Rogue Valley Roses

Northland Rosarium

Plants- Vegetables

Nourse Farms Inc.

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Tomato Girl

The Tasteful Garden

Simmons Berry Farm

Seeds- Asian Vegetables

Botanical Interests, Inc.

Kitazawa Seed Company

AgroHaitai Ltd.

WaterSunTogether.com

Honeyman Farms (lettuceseeds.com)

Seeds- Peppers

Bayou Trader's Peppermania

Chile Pepper Institute (New Mexico State University)

The Pepper Gal

Terra Time & Tide Hot Pepper Seeds

The Chile Woman

Seeds- Tree & Shrub

Gardens North

Seeds & More

Silverhill Seeds

Jonsteen Company

DA Tree Store

Seeds- Wildflowers & Natives

Jonna Sudenius

Everwilde Farms, Inc.

Gardens North

Silverhill Seeds

Seed Needs

Bonsai Supplies

Meehan's Miniatures

Wee Tree Farm

Bonsai By the Monastery

Dallas Bonsai

Bonsai Outlet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gladiolus

Honker Flats Greenhouse and Gladiolus Exoticus

Bayou City Heirloom Bulbs

Cates Family Glads

Pleasant Valley Glads & Dahlias

Noweta Gardens

Spring Blooming Bulbs

Old House Gardens - Heirloom Bulbs

Easy to Grow Bulbs

Brent & Becky's Bulbs

Colorblends (Schipper & Co. USA)

Willow Creek Gardens

Summer Blooming Bulbs

Brent & Becky's Bulbs

Willow Creek Gardens

Yucca Do Nursery

Touch of Nature, Inc.

Jenks Farmer (Lushlife Nurseries)

Lawn and Garden Equipment

Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.

Carter and Holmes Orchids

Indoor Gardening Supplies

Interplex Solar, LLC (Solar Nite Eyes)

Clean Air Gardening Company

Bonsai

Eastfork Nursery

Wee Tree Farm

Meehan's Miniatures

Bonsai of Brooklyn

Bonsai Outlet

Plants-Annual Flowers

Annie's Annuals and Perennials

Romence Gardens & Greenhouses

Wright Gardens

Avant Gardens

Gemini Garden

Plants-Caladiums and Elephant Ears

Brian's Botanicals

Aroidia Research

Happiness Farms, Inc. Caladium Bulbs

Michaels4gardens.com

Caladium Bulb Company

Plants-Daylilies

Oakes Daylilies

Shaw's Sunshine Gardens

Blue Ridge Daylilies

Maryott's Gardens

Marietta Gardens

Plants- Evergreens

Evergreen Nursery

W.W. Nurseries

Carter's Cool Plants

Garden Grower (gardengrower.com)

Cabin Creek Nursery

Plants- Hardy Fruit Trees

Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company

Trees of Antiquity (formerly Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery)

Grandpa's Orchard, LLC

Cummins Nursery

Bob Wells Nursery

Plants- Hostas

Made in the Shade Gardens

Hallson Gardens

New Hampshire Hostas

In The Country Garden & Gifts

HostasDirect Inc.

Plants- Modern Iris

Siberian Iris Gardens

Exline Iris Garden & Crafts

Wild Iris Rows

Snowpeak Iris and Daylilies

Earlybird Daylilies and Iris

Plants- Restoration and Reclamation Natives

A Nearly Native Nursery

Prairie Moon Nursery

Shady Gardens Nursery

Superior Nursery and Garden Center (Mid Atlantic Natives)

Advantage Forestry

Plants- Peonies

Adelman Peony Gardens

Cricket Hill Garden Peony Heaven

Hollingsworth Peony Nursery

A & D Nursery

Idlewild Farm, Inc

Plants- Rhododendrons and Azaleas

Greer Gardens

Singing Tree Gardens

W.W. Nurseries

DeGrandchamp's Blueberry Farm

PDSI-Plants by Mail

Plants- Tropicals

Onalee's Home-Grown Seeds & Plants

Almost Eden Plants

Katz Kuntry Kuttins

Zone 9 Tropicals

Eldon Tropicals

Plants- Wildflowers & Natives

A Nearly Native Nursery

Gardensoyvey.com

Shooting Star Nursery

Mail-Order Natives

Niche Gardens

Seeds- Heirloom

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

St. Clare Heirloom Seeds

Select Seeds Antique Flowers

Victory Seed Company

TomatoFest.com

Seeds- Perennial Flowers

Summer Hill Seeds

The Sample Seed Shop

Diane's Flower Seeds

American Meadows

T's Flowers & Things

Seeds- Tropicals

Trade Winds Fruit

Where The Wild Things Grow

Tropic Nature of Hawaii

Blumen und Passiflora

Smart Seeds (smartseedstore.com)

Propagation and Seed Starting

Novosel Enterprises

PottingBlocks.com

Stuewe & Sons, Inc.

Plantlighting Hydroponics

Plantation Products, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


  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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