I can't say anything about any mail order business they run (I don't know that they have one), but Randy's Perennials is the best nursery in North Georgia I've found for tropical plants. Their staff is very helpful, and while their selection isn't as extensive as it could be, it's by far the most extensive you'll find in Georgia. If you've got deep pockets, they offer an assortment of palm trees and mature, large Thai Giant colocasias. There's even a small butterfly house.
mrickett Lawrenceville, GA (5 reviews) April 12, 2010
I love Randy's! They have a huge and diversified selection of water plants, perennials, tropicals, you name it. Also a large selection of native plants. I have never had a problem with anything I purchased from Randy's. Everything is robust. Root systems are healthy and not pot bound like you find at the box stores. It is a wonderful experience to peruse the garden center. Even if you are not looking for something, you will find something you will want to take home. In addition the personnel are knowledgable. If an associate cannot answer a specific question they will find someone who can. Well worth the trip.
Exploring Randy's Nursery is always something of an adventure. You cannot imagine how many different varieties of plants are packed onto this rather small plot of land. Give yourself a lot of time because you'll need it given the sometimes random manner in which the plants are located on the property. What is most alluring about Randy's to me is his nice collection of water plants, palms and succulents. He has always had a good collection of hardy palms as well as hard to find cold hardy varieties of plants such as Oleander. Prices are on the high side, especially for palms, but there are plants here that you simply won't be able to find elsewhere in the Atlanta vicinity. Randy himself is often on site and he can usually knows right where to go to locate a plant you're looking for. Most members of his staff are not particularly knowledgeable about either the inventory or gardening in general. One long-time staffer, however, is extremely knowledgeable and is worth seeking out. Prepare yourself for a bit of horticultural chaos and overload, but prepare to have fun loading your car to the limit.
I have been shopping at Randy's for years, ever since I moved to the Atlanta area from Chicago. I'm a Water garden addict. My entire weekend is spent putzing over my two ponds and the surrounding area. The rest of it is spending money at Randy's. Prices are low, Staff is helpful and knowledgeable. I have not purchased one thing from Randy's that has failed to thrive! That includes Fish.
Any Person who lives in the Atlanta area needs to know that even Randy himself is available for advice - which is ALWAYS right on target. They treat the person buying a $5.00 Water plant with the same respect and care as a person buying a grove of $1,000.00 Palm Trees.
I have been visiting and enjoying Randy's Nursery for years, but I didn't know he did any mail order business, and find no ordering information on the website. Am I missing something?
However, if you are in the NE Atlanta area (the map's on the site) give yourself a treat and go. The nursery's beautiful and the variety is astounding. The prices are good. The staff know what they are doing, and will either walk you through, answer questions and help you pick things out, or leave you alone to daydream for several hours, whichever you prefer:) The plants are all locally grown and tough as nails. His selection of succulents is especially broad.
My only two caveats are: 1)It can be hard to get out of traffic into the driveway, so go past and come in from the north if you can; and 2) He does not appear to be using any pesticides or herbicides whatever. To me, this is a plus, but it does mean there are weed seeds and insects in the pots with the plants you get. Once I got a garden snake, no extra charge:) Just quarantine 'em when you get them home if it bothers you.
yvana Stone Mountain, GA (Zone 7b) (1 review) November 25, 2002
Randy's Perennials and Water Gardens is the best nursery in my area of NE Atlanta, GA. I don't have a Water Garden, but I have enjoyed their extensive collection of perennials and other plants for the past two years. I find many exotic and unique plants each time I visit. I would recommend this company to anyone.
lanie1209 Dacula, GA (Zone 7a) (1 review) May 31, 2002
I have a 2200 gal watergarden with a 15' creekbed flowing down to a 70 gal pond, surrounded by a bog area that's approx 12'x17'. I have 2 waterfalls, 2 pumps and 3 filters. 5 Koi, 3 pond comets, and 11 various other fish. The garden area is surrounded by various plants and rocks. 99.5% of everything making up my paradise was purchased from Randy's. After talking with Randy and/or his employees, I built the entire thing myself. They are extremely knowledgeable regarding the different products on the market today. They also told me how to build my own waterfall filter. I have never had any fish or plant material that I purchased from them die or become sick. There is such a wide variety of top quality merchandise there, you could spend ALL day just looking. I have visited MANY watergarden stores but NONE have come anywhere near the positive experience I continue to have at Randy's. And no... this is not a paid advertisement, just a very honest, conservative opinion.