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This was my first time ordering from them. I received my order within a few days and was pleased with the promptness of service. I am certified as a master gardener and never have problems direct sowing seeds into our fertile soil. Entire packages of seed failed to yield a single germinated seedling. Marigolds? They are easier to grow than weeds, and yet mine did nothing. Osmin basil? The same problem. Zero germination. Packages of zinnias fared somewhat better, with 50-60% successful germination. Since we are Zone 5, the window for direct sowing seeds is tight. The failure to have seeds germinate has left us with many empty spots that had to be re-sowed with store-purchased seeds and our own stock of saved seeds. These were used to replant with 95% success. So it was the Park seeds, not the soil, elements or pathogens that were the culprit. Too bad, as they have an excellent selection. But I will never order from them again.
plantlover13 new york United States (6 reviews) June 19, 2014
Posted on November 11, 2013, updated June 19, 2014
Posted on June 28, 2013, updated November 11, 2013
I'm not sure what to rate...
I mean, i had a good experience a year back, got good seeds and germination. but reading the comments,it seems that they have really been slipping. so, i'm gonna stick with neutral. i thought about ordering again, but now, not sure.On November 11th, 2013, plantlover13 added the following:
I heard they filed for bankruptcy. sad.On June 19th, 2014, plantlover13 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Okay, this company has really gone down the drain now. Never again.
I ordered plant hoops and they arrived in a timely manner. I have used these for years and am happy with the hoops and their longevity.
However, I stopped ordering seeds from them decades ago. Very stingy with the number of seeds and poor germination. I would not even consider ordering live plants from them or any of the affiliated companies based on previous experience.
Do NOT order from this company or from Wayside Gardens. If you want to waste your money just go out into the backyard and burn it - less time consuming and less stress. Ordered some lantanas from Park Seed. They came in - get this - a big loose envelope mailer with absolutely no packing material to protect the plants. I've been mail ordering plants a long while and have never received plants like this - bulbs perhaps but plants? Needless to say all but one croaked. Stupid me, I thought this was a fluke and instead of calling them up and pitching a fit - I came back for more. This time I ordered 8 plants. I really wanted this specific lantana and couldn't find it anywhere else. As is the norm - it took about 3 weeks for them to ship the plants out and when the box arrived - I popped it open to see that once again the plants had not been secured or protected in any way. They'd just been beating around in the box. Nothing was left but little stems. Now understand that this year alone I've ordered probably thousands of dollars in plants. Recently bought an old fixer upper and the yard is a gut job. So, starting from scratch with plantings. I've gotten scores of plants that were healthy and had been carefully packed. Of all of them - I had one plant that had been broken (type of plant with a very fragile stem) I called up the company and they apologized profusely and sent out a replacement plant that day. Stupid me I thought I'd get the same customer service from Park Seed. Not even. Could not have cared less. Told me that I had to take pics of the plants and email them with an explanation to their "horticulturists" at Plant Doctor (aka expect no reply) dot com. Days pass and I call again. Told that it might take days for these supposed horticulturists to review my pics. Call again and instead of asking for customer service I went straight to the horticulturist. This guy was actually helpful, marked my account for a refund and then directs me back to customer service. Again, could their customer service be any worse? This woman tries to give me a store credit (no way will I ever shop with them again) AND she tries to - get this - NOT refund me for the shipping and handling! Yep, she tells me, okay, you'll be getting a store credit for x amount. I ask why the difference of the amount vice what I paid? She says I won't be refunding for S&H. I flip a nut at this point. Explain that there is NO way I will pay for S&H for plants that were dead on arrival BECAUSE of their improper packing! We go back and forth and finally she snippily states that I'll be given refund for the full amount but that will take 5-10 days. We shall see. In the mean time I had an equally bad experince with Wayside which - go figure - are aligned with Park Seed. Paid a small fortune for 2 clematis that I could have bought from Brushwood for half the price. But these were supposedly 2 quart plants. The pots were 2 quart but the plants themselves were minuscule, wilted, and beaten up from shipping. I compared them to some clematis I got in from Brushwood that were 1 quart plants yet 3 times the size of the Wayside clematis, vigorous, and healthy. Again, had to do the same thing with Wayside - send pics to their "horticulturist" for review. I did get a response back saying that the plants in question were beautiful and healthy and had no issues. I will never ever spend a single dime with either of these companies, nor with any of the companies affiliated with them such as Jackson and Perkins. Shoddy service all around. Ridiculously undersized plants, horrible packing and shipping and the customer service is the worst I've ever seen. Their guarantee is a joke. The only bright light is that these weren't massive orders where I lost hundreds of dollars. The bottom line is - I can not say enough bad things about either one of these companies.
I'm not surprised with all the negative reviews, if I had wrote a review back in January/February it would have been neutral. But just recently, I placed an order for 3 quart sized plants on April 14th, they shipped on April 19th and I received them on April 21st. They were still alive and thriving and I planted them and they seem to be doing well. They arrived in a box surrounded in styrofoam peanuts. And I only took a chance ordering here because I hadn't found those particular plants elsewhere.
reeve1 Plano, TX (Zone 8b) (39 reviews) April 23, 2014
Posted on April 4, 2014, updated April 23, 2014
Posted on July 7, 2012, updated April 4, 2014
Posted on May 22, 2012, updated July 7, 2012
Posted on March 5, 2012, updated May 22, 2012
I have to give credit where credit is due. I, too, have had some delays in delivery of seeds and orders of non-plant materials that are not subject to weather, but what I did receive was well packed, arrived safely and was exactly as advertised. When seed packs didn't have good germination rates or other problems occurred, they always refunded promptly and without question. All in all, I give Park's a positive rating. Yes, smaller companies with less overhead and business can react faster, but they get the job done and treat people humanely. If I had any troubles with getting a good outcome when problems occur, then I wouldn't be so generous. But, as long as they continue to do the right thing, I'll continue shopping there. No real harm has been caused by the problems I've encountered and they've gone the extra step to make it right. Thanks Park's!On May 22nd, 2012, reeve1 changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
I have experienced ALL the problems listed here - like deceptively selling seeds from 2011 by putting a 2012 sticker on the label and selling them as this year's product, poor seed count, poor packaging of tiny seeds and not providing a paper envelope inside the seed pack, poor viability of seeds, and all the other complaints and problems listed here.
But, the last straw is them not honoring their guarantee. It's like chasing a jack rabbit trying to get someone to follow through with what they say they are going to do once you get off the phone. I started doing this in writing so I had something that I could go back to my credit card company with. They sold me Pee Dee Liriope, their website says it has bright Yellow leaves, and the pictures show this. When I received them, they were medium green and looks like generic Liriope, not even close to the picture on their website. When I contacted them, a horticulturist got involved and stated that they needed a week to test the product. After a week with having the plant at her desk, she responded back to me saying that they acknowledged the misrepresentation and would issue a full refund for the full amount to my credit card. Weeks later, I receive a credit voucher towards more purchases, and they didn't even refund the shipping. Since this was the only item on this order and after explaining to them that this was their mistake, not mine, and I would not have ordered these if the item had been properly identified. They promised to issue a refund, but it's been over 2 months now and 3 attempts to email, to be promised the refund in 10 days, and I get nothing. Each person promises that they just initiated a refund to my card and then I don't see anything.
I'm issuing a chargeback today on my credit card and am finished shopping with these crooks! I only hope that they will finally go out of business soon so we can have one less obstacle and avoid the continuous problems that usually come with doing business with Park's and trying to purchase quality plants for my home and garden. They are not our friends.On July 7th, 2012, reeve1 added the following:
To date, I have called both Park Seed and their affiliate, Wayside Gardens, and have been told 4 TIMES that they are sorry, the credit is NOW issued, and I should see it in 7-10 days. Nothing has been done. I've finally called my credit card company to dispute the charges. Life is too short than to have to waste it dealing with Park Seed's incompetence.On April 4th, 2014, reeve1 added the following:
The incompetence continues! I don't know why I think my experience is going to be different than it has been in previous years. I ordered the Rising Sun Redbud and some Inca Ice Alstroemeria in December 2013. Not a word from them about when they might ship, or a heads up when they had charged my card. But, I learned that the order was shipped 3/5. Apparently, the box came to UPS empty and they supposedly contacted Park about filing a claim. It's 4/4 as I type this and I just learned about all this. While Park has spent 3 weeks filing a claim to get their money back, no one at Park has the courtesy or mindset to contact me to let me know what has happened to my order, or even start the replacement process. I had to call to find all this out and then was told they are still working out the claim. I had to ask for them to ship out the replacements. It's like dealing with children or like they are all on drugs and have to be told what to do. Absolutely No proactive actions or basic customer service.
I also had another order with seeds. None of them sprouted. I had purchased the same seeds from Express Seeds and have almost 97% germination rate. Clearly these seeds are old. How old is the question. There were Surfina Petunia plants on the order, both scheduled to ship next week. I asked to cancel them and they said they have already shipped. When I told her they show shipping on Monday (today is Friday) she said they can't cancel both plants, only one. I can't see Park's lasting much longer with this kind of failure to provide not even best efforts but the most basic of customer notification and support. Absolutely unbelievable.On April 23rd, 2014, reeve1 added the following:
Just STAY AWAY! They are having bigger problems than I can possibly list here. I'm getting dead plants, no one responds to emails, and I am getting the phone hung up on me and talked down to like I was some piece of trash. I don't know what's happening there but it's so bad that I can't see them staying around much longer. I'm so fed up that I will never do business with them.
We made a large order of vegetable and flower seeds from Park this spring. Sure, the packets are all foil-lined and look fancy, but I won't ever order again. Most packets had very poor germination, and the number of seeds per packet was incredibly skimpy. I ended up replanting with seeds I had leftover from another company. The old seeds did far better than the seeds from Park.
Wow, these guys suck. Bad shipping, bad arrival quality, horrible customer service. Never again from Park Seed for my money.
I ordered 75 strawberries from them. They shipped them regular UPS from the east coast to the west coast and the poor berries had black rot all over them by the time they spent 10 days in a ups trailer. Other places I have ordered have always sent the berries via 3 day mail so I was very surprised by the slow shipping.
I cleaned up the berries and it looked like most would make it but after potting them into one gallon pots, I noticed I had a lot of pots left over. So, I counted my berries...51....really 51 instead of the 75 that I paid for. Please make sure if you order from these guys you count your items carefully.
So I sent an email to them explaining the concern. They asked me send pictures of the berries for the hort guy to review. Hmmm....how do I send pictures of berries I didn't receive? Should I send a pic of a pile of dirt?
It's not worth my time to fight with them. Suffice it to say I will never from theses guys again. Bad shipping, bad arrival quality, poor service.
RedClay007 Richmond, VA (Zone 7a) (13 reviews) March 31, 2014
The seed that I've ordered from Park's has been true to type with good germination rates. My main issue with them is that to ship 5 packets of seed ($12) from S.C. to V.A, they charged $7!! However, like J.C. Penny's, they offer sales constantly, so just wait for a free shipping offer (which they've had one this season already) to order, or be prepared to pay outrageous shipping charges.
Attempted seed order today of 12 packets = $27.36. Park applied shipping cost of $28.95. Outrageous! Is this how they make their profit? Good thing I checked the shipping charges before I hit the order button. Any company who thinks its ok to charge shipping fees like that will not get my business. Be careful that it doesn't happen to you.
Doughster4 Bowleys Quarters, MD (3 reviews) March 3, 2014
Have ordered from them for YEARS. Unfortunately, they are not the same top notch company they used to be. Bankruptcy and new owners has resulted in quite a few changes in not only the catalogue, but also prices and service.
mjbivens Houston, TX (2 reviews) February 19, 2014
PARK ADVERTISES SEED THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE!!
Placed a seed order with them on January 8th. Today is February 19th, and i STILL have not received all my seed.
I was calling once a week, and was told that the balance of my order would ship within a week every time.
Now they're telling me that the seed is "backordered" and they don't know when it might be available. They will not substitute a comparable variety.
Just looked back on their website - they are still offering these seeds for sale without mentioning that they don't have any.
MaryArneson Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) (13 reviews) February 12, 2014
I've ordered from Park three or four times in late 2013 to 2014 and have gotten my products promptly, well-packed, and with no problems. This has included seeds and the Bio-Domes and their sponges. I haven't ordered any live plants (and probably won't, after reading the other comments). The seeds that I've started in the Bio-Domes have germinated very promptly. Based on other commenters' experiences, I'm a bit worried about how well they will transplant and whether the sponges will break down in the soil, but the initial results have looked good. Some fairly robust seedlings (Tithonia, Abutilon, and Asclepias) seem to be able to send roots down through the sponges and flourish.
rivertrent Campbellford Canada (1 review) February 6, 2014
Posted on January 16, 2014, updated February 6, 2014
I placed a $53.83 online order for seeds with Park Seed on Jan. 13, 2014 using a visa debit card that had only been activated that day and had not been used for any other purchases or transactions. On Jan 14 $53.83 was withdrawn from my account by '-JACKSON*PERKIN' (the name of their partner company). On Jan. 16th I called Parks to see if the order had been shipped and was told that a few of the varieties were on backorder and that the reduced amount would be withdrawn from my account shortly. When I questioned the payment that had already been withdrawn both the customer service rep and the billing dept both insisted that the withdrawal was not theirs because it did not say J P Parkseed Wayside. They coldly and repeatedly suggested that this was an unauthorized transaction that had nothing to do with them. They seemed surprisingly unmoved that the breach had to have occurred on their end given that this was a new card and the name on the transaction was that of their partner company. When I asked that they cancel my order immediately until I cleared this up they refused, stating that it was already in the process of being packaged and my account would be debited upon completion. I promptly hung up, called my bank to report the fraudulent transaction, and cancelled the card. I will not be dealing with this company again. The lack of concern over the 'security breach' and their insistence on processing this order under these conditions has left me questioning their integrity if not their honesty. What reputable company wouldn't be alarmed on discovering that their online site had been highjacked? And why the unwillingness to cancel my outstanding order? Buyer beware!On February 6th, 2014, rivertrent added the following:
UPDATE: Since posting this the head of customer relations has contacted me twice on behalf of the company head. She did express regret I had been dealt with in this manner and asked for more details. Her second call was to let me know that they were taking this seriously and were in the process of holding staff workshops to avoid such problems in future. They did ship my seed order despite the fact that I had stopped payment and followed up with a $50. gift certificate for the problems endured. I must say I liked the woman and did believe her to be sincere. I do hope they straighten out their problems but to be fair to others I cannot give them a better rating given the seriousness of the problems I had with them. They have a great selection of seeds at a reasonable price and I do hope that they can recover their former reputation as a leading supplier.
DRH2 Brunswick, ME (Zone 5a) (10 reviews) January 6, 2014
I have ordered from Park Seed for many years. However, this year I'm not the most satisfied customer. I tend to order early since some things I have to begin in January/February. So as soon as I was able I placed my order (Dec 26). Because of the size of the order I was able to get a $10 discount. However, a week and half later they finally sent out their catalog - with my original order (and no discount) I would have been able to have received free shipping which was greater than the discount. Because they had already shipped part of the order they were unable to make any adjustment (according to customer service). I hate to be picky but this is not what I consider good customer service and will be minimizing future orders with them. I guess the early bird doesn't exactly get the worm.
John7172a Jan Phyl Village, FL (1 review) September 30, 2013
Posted on September 26, 2013, updated September 30, 2013
Posted on September 26, 2013, updated September 26, 2013
Last spring I ordered a number of items. Most were good, but I received two of three live plants in bad condition. A Muscadine Grape arrived dead (not dormant). It was not properly packed. They issued me a credit refund. A few weeks later a female died. It had arrived losely packed with no roots. It was simply a stick. They gave me a merchandise credit. This summer the male Kiwi died. Ap;parently, they are not appropriate for Zone 9, although Park's catalog stated they were. I received no credit because it was past 90 days. They agreed to send me an $18.95 credit card refund. That was 30 days ago. They promised again to refund in 3 to 5 days. No refund. Now, they don't answer emails. I have done business with them for 30 years. No more. Poorly packed merchandise at inflated prices. Lowes had better quality at 30 % of Park's price, and they guarantee for one year.On September 26th, 2013, John7172a added the following:
I just contacted the BBB in Greenville, SC. They rate Park Seed Company with an "F" if I read it right. Buyer beware.
'On September 30th, 2013, John7172a added the following:
My refund problem is resolved. It is now credited to my cc. The problem remains that it shouldn't have taken so long to process. I still recommend that no one should buy live plants from them. My experience has been they are not a good value for the money.
emklallard MC LEAN, VA (1 review) September 19, 2013
At the end of April I ordered a Davidia involucrata Sonoma tree for $80. I received a crooked 20 inch stick with a growth tip that fell off within days of arrival. No response to e-mail, so I let it try to grow for a few more weeks. It did get a new growth tip and now has sat without any leaves or growth for most of the summer - their response to my complaint by 'phone is: "We don't guarantee spring items after 90 days." That includes crooked sticks they pass off as trees.
otiliarts Toronto Canada (1 review) August 7, 2013
Hello everyone. I wished I read all the negative reviews before ordering. I have just ordered today, August 7th, 5 packages of 100 seeds each, of Munstead Lavender. I really hope I will get them in a short time and that there will have the exact number of seeds in each package. I also hope I will get Munstead lavender, not something else. Wish me luck!
Posted on June 20, 2013, updated July 28, 2013
This year I ordered several varities of seeds from Parkseed
I had about 15% germination on 1st bunch...called Parkseed and they sent another round of the seeds...I am stilll waiting for something green to stick it little green head up....On July 28th, 2013, kittens2211 added the following:
In late May early June, Park seed had a sale on their roses..buy 5 for $25 and get one free.
I had four of the six plants roots dry up and grafted plant died complete within 3 weeks of getting the roses...I think next year I will get cutting from friends and neighbors and root from there....I emailed Park seed twice about this and it has been a month and no reply.
Placed order on March 25th by phone for Celebrity Pink Morn petunia along with other seeds. On May 30th first blooms opened which were not Celebrity Pink Morn but another variety which I determined to be Ultra Crimson. Sent email to Park regarding situation. Received email that I would receive a reply within 48 hours. On June 4th sent another email that it had been more than 48 hours and I had not received a reply. On June 5th received reply that they needed more information and asking for order number (order number was included in the subject line of each email sent including their email to me). Replied stating that the order number was in the subject line and tha it had been a phone order, gave catalog number and mailing address. The seeds were inexpensive but I would have liked an acknowledgment that they were sorry for the mixup at the least. Have not heard anything else from them. They are off my list of companies from which to order in the future.
Posted on May 29, 2012, updated June 14, 2013
I always thought highly of Park Seeds from reading past reviews, unfortunately I did not read recent reviews. I noticed that they charged 2 different amounts on my credit card (my e-mail said 12.55, they charged 12.56 and 12.59). It's been on there for several days and normally if a refund is pending it will say that, but it's still not. I wish they would have communicated the error but when I called customer service, I was told that it could be a temporary charge the credit card company does and that 12.59 is my actual charge...I was going to place a second order but stopped when I saw that on my bank statement and no communication (except for when I called). I'll keep this neutral until I actually receive my order.On June 14th, 2013, judyinmound changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
My bad for ordering after this situation...Lots of non-germinating seeds, and mislabeled seeds...a flower type that ended up being some scrawny, slow growing brassica, which has developed no head and planted since dec of last yr...Waste of space on my grow rack. C.S. said I would have had to contact them last yr for replacements... What a sorry policy.
kaneonapua Feeding Hills, MA (1 review) June 13, 2013
It breaks my heart to have to post this negative review of Park's Seed. I have ordered from them for years and was very pleased with their service and products. In 2012, I got my seeds promptly but my plants came a little too late. I had a feeling that their financial problems might be catching up to them. I decided to give them one more try in 2013 and it has been a disaster. Only 2 of the the 12 plants that I ordered were delivered. The rest of them were cancelled with no notification that they could not ship the other 10 plants. Customer Service did manage to reach me because the bank had changed my credit card number a few days before Parks tried to process the order but it no mention was ever made about not being able to fill 90% of the order. I was only charged for what was delivered so it could be worse. I feel terrible for their employees who are stuck working for a once proud company going down hill very, very quickly. The poor gals in customer service are still very polite and spend most of their day apologizing. What a sad situation.
sahootoo New Brunswick Canada (2 reviews) June 7, 2013
I ordered some seeds from Park Seed as they offered some things that I had never seen sold locally. I ordered a pack of Astra Double Mix Balloon Flower Seeds (supposed to have double blooms). When they bloomed, they were not Astra Double Mix Balloon Flowers, they were single flowers and much more common variety than advertised. I emailed them to inform them that the seeds they sold me did not produce they flowers they advertised. It has been over a week and I have not heard back. They appear to just ignore emails that aren't about shipping.
I also contacted them when half of my order was not received. They just kept telling me 'it was shipped today' no matter when I asked. And this was weeks after the site said that the whole order was shipped. The seeds did eventually arrive, but the customer service was useless and did nothing but lie to me.
So, considering I have dealt with: poor customer service, lies, being simply ignored, as well as being sold the wrong product in the right packaging, I am very unimpressed with this company. It seems like they are trying to scam people into buying common seeds by saying they are a rare variety. I can't see me ordering from them again. I will try to stick to local shops for my seed and plant requirements in the future.
Posted on March 5, 2013, updated June 6, 2013
I ordered their "whopper" biodome seed starting kit. Shortly after receipt, I opened the styrofoam block with "biosponges" (soil plugs). There was a strong smell of mold and it was covered with white, hairy mold, on the top and along the sides of the plugs. I emailed the company immediately asking for advice. I heard nothing. A week later I emailed again, stating it was my second request. Again, I heard nothing. I realized the company wasn't being forthright, when I entered a negative review on the product webpage, but it never got posted. There were only two reviews on the product page (each was 5 [out of 5] stars); mine was a 2 star review stating (in a straight-forward, not inflammatory manner) that the "biosponges" I received were moldy and I didn't want to risk my seeds, time, and grow light space by placing my seeds in moldy media. That review never appeared on their website, so they apparently filter negative reviews. And, again, I never heard from a company representative, even though an email is required to post a review. On June 6th, 2013, SMPMITO added the following:
I ordered grafted tomatoes in January 2013. By mid-May, they had not arrived... I emailed customer service who said they're coming! Then I called in June they told me they were cancelled! They had 6 months to come through with these and they failed. I told customer service that I'd obviously relied on Park and now they shot my plans for tomatoes (obviously a big deal). Of course, I heard "I"m sorry Sir"... but nothing like we'll send you other tomatoes, or we'll credit you for tomatoes for next season, or here's 10 bucks to go to Home Depot and by the dying remains of their tomato stock. These folks are bad; they cannot be relied upon. It's one thing to have issues producing plants (that happens to me all the time), but another to not communicate the issue and then be wholly indifferent to the impact it has on the customer. Just not acceptable.
Posted on August 31, 2004, updated May 31, 2013
I have ordered from Park's for years with great success. I have spent thousands of dollars with them over the past 30 years and for good reason. I've never received a dead plant, a moldy bulb, seeds that didn't germinate, or anything that was unacceptable. They also have some unusual varieties I can't find anywhere else.
I also love their sales, sometimes at 75% off. Make sure you sign up for their emails and you'll get the sale notices. This is where you can save a LOT of money.
I have read a few negatives about Park's on here and I'm very surprised by them. I've had exactly one problem. When a bottle of fertilizer arrived, it had leaked and was almost empty. It was replaced immediately. I am very impressed with their quality, selection, and service. Plus they don't rip you off on postage. Now that's a big deal. On June 28th, 2006, chunx changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
I really regret that I have to change my glowing rating of Park's to a negative, but for any company that can go downhill this quickly, they deserve a negative.
Usually I place at least 4 or 5 orders per year. This year it's been two. I have had to communicate with them 12 times regarding these two orders. Not only did I receive defective seed starting products, I also received seeds that failed to germinate, packets that stated 50 seeds yet only contained 15, rotten bulbs, I was overcharged on the last order, and at one point they cancelled part of my order by mistake. It was more frustrating than it was worth. However, dealing with customer service was pleasant and they tried to rectify the problems as best they were allowed per the new company policies.
I attribute the downfall on the current owner, Karen Park-Jennings. Since she has taken the helm, the replacement/refund policies have changed, the quality has decreased, the website is not updated often enough, and she is either incompetent or receiving bad advice. In any case, I have taken my business to Stokes Seeds which has better prices, faster and much less expensive shipping, a large selection of fresh seeds to choose from, and more products.
Sorry Park's, it was a nice experience for 30 some years, but you have failed miserably in the past two years. If in doubt, check the feedback ratings as of late. If you don't pull your company together, you will be having a going out of business sale very soon and that's a sad thing to see of a company that has been around for over a hundred years. On May 31st, 2013, chunx added the following:
I promised myself that I would never order anything from these bozos again after my last couple of experiences with them. However, I love the Bio Dome seed starters and needed refills. I placed my order in Dec. I finally got them in late January. They were moldy and misshapen. I called customer service and they said they would replace them if I sent them back at my expense. I did but I wasn't happy about it. Weeks went by and no replacements. I knew Parks received them because I had USPS delivery confirmation. So I called again and waited on hold forever. They are now on backorder. Not happy, I need to get my seeds started. I finally used Jiffy pellets for most of my seeds and waited for the Bio Dome refills.
So April arrives and no replacements. I call again and they tell me they're ready to ship. I wait, I finally get them about 3 weeks later and I swear they're the ones I sent back. This time I'm angry and I don't even mess with calling, I sent an email. No response. Fortunately I charged them and called AMEX. They did a charge back, I kept the moldy Bio Domes (don't forget, I paid the postage so I feel justified) and boiled them in the microwave to kill the mold. They seem to be OK.
Parks, you stink! Customer service is terrible, you have no quality control, your products are poor, and I swear that this is the last time I'll ever use your company. I feel sorry for the employees that have worked there for years and are now screwed. Too bad the company was sold and you've turned into another Direct Gardening, Burgess Seed, and Gardens Alive type of operation.
One more thing, I ordered the Little Chief red crape myrtlette seeds a few years ago and they aren't red. They turned out to be all purple. Thanks a lot!
mb7644 Anderson, SC (Zone 7a) (1 review) May 27, 2013
Many of the seed I purchased this year failed to germinate. Some of the packets had none that I saw. I was suprised, I thought Park was one of the best.
Yesterday evening I emailed this company asking about an order I had not yet received. First thing this morning I received a very polite and helpful response from a member of their customer contact team. She was very apologetic and explained that my plants were being shipped from their Michigan facility in a few days. She said that if the plants arrived too late for me, they would gladly issue a full refund for the items. With that kind of customer support, I'll certainly continue to order from Park Seed Company in the future.
brigidlily Lumberton, TX (Zone 8b) (6 reviews) April 30, 2013
Posted on February 11, 2013, updated April 30, 2013
Posted on January 10, 2013, updated February 11, 2013
Posted on March 31, 2006, updated January 10, 2013
I have ordered from Parks several times this year and will continue to do so. I ordered bareroot roses and was amazed at the care taken in packaging. I was concerned about keeping them a while before planting so I emailed, and got a prompt, professional response -- and the advice turned out to be 100% correct. They may as well go ahead and put me on the top of the loyal customer list.On February 2nd, 2009, brigidlily changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
I placed an order in NOVEMBER 2008. I called about it December 8 and was told the trays I'd ordered were delayed from the supplier and it would be January before they arrived; the seeds were also delayed and it would be ten days, and the asparagus sets would be delayed until January. Dandy. I emailed them on December 30; I was given the runaround. I called them again on January 8 and was told my credit card would be refunded. I got my statement last week and guess what? NOTHING. I called this morning and the representative said she'd expedite the refund. I told her I would believe it when I see it.
I will say the representatives I have talked with have been very polite and positive. But that does not cut the mustard. I do hope they refund my money. If they do, I will change this to neutral. But I will believe it when I see it. They've gotten too big for their britches, and I don't see any reason to shop with them when there are far better companies out there.On January 10th, 2013, brigidlily added the following:
Double that negative! I ordered seeds on December 17, 2012. It is now January 10, 2013, and although they did tell me on January 2 that they had shipped them, there is no sign of the seeds and I am missing my optimum time to plant seeds. I do not know why I trusted them again.On February 11th, 2013, brigidlily added the following:
I went ahead and ordered seeds from Johnny's the day I emailed Park's telling them to refund my money. The Johnny's seeds got there the same day as the Park's seeds. I sent back the Park's seeds, and have emailed them at least twice more, and they have not bothered to respond AT ALL and of course have not refunded my money. I cannot believe a company that so disregards their customers is still in business. So, not just negative, double-dog negative.On April 30th, 2013, brigidlily added the following:
In the interest of credit where credit is due, Park's put in a partial refund. My order was $26.25, and they credited me $17.35 even though I sent back everything they sent me unopened. I will NOT deal with this company again. Period.
I placed an order with Park seed on March 30th 2013.Three packs of seed ..Simple.. postage was high BUT I wanted these seeds..They arrived on April 29th.. Sorta late for planting indoors in Ga.When I called the company after 2 weeks had past ,they said oh gosh those are on back order .. I asked why they could email me with all their promotions but not able to send email with the back order info .?? well sorry she said but they would ship part of the order now and the back order later .. well that didn't happen either.. then praise the garden gods the order shipped and i could follow it with a tracking # yada yada !!Took 5 days to ship usps via ups from S.C. to Ga. I will never order anything from Park again and will tell all I can of their poor customer service and shipping. Go sit in some manure Park, if its not on back order!
I only ordered two varieties from Park seed company. Purple Hyacinth bean and Imperial Star artichoke. The Purple Hyacinth bean took a few tries (over 2 years) to germinate. The Imperial Star artichokes never germinated, no matter what I did. I used the exact same techniques that I had used to germinate plenty of globe artichokes in the past to no avail.
One order was enough for me. Park Seed may have been around for a while, but if Park has what you want you may try another seed company first. No package of seed worth the price you pay for it if it none of the seeds germinate.
I ordered luffa,moon and stars watermelon,peanuts and sweet potatoes. They sent the first three items and back ordered the sweet potato slips. One watermelon sprouted, 3 luffa sprouted and so far no peanuts. I have still not received my sweet potato slips. Bad co avoid. It is too much work to put a garden in and plant bad seed.
I ordered geranium seeds from Parks. 100% germination in pots by a wood stove in January 2012. The Red is spectacular...vibrant...blooming by March 2012. It was cold at night after the fire went out but the little plants made it fine. The plants are compact and have bloomed continuously..I never thought I could grow geraniums but with these treated seeds..it is easier than tomatoes
Looks like I'm bucking the trend here, but I have had nothing but very positive results from Parks, and I have bought many plants from them over the past 3-4 years. I admit, I buy very few seeds; my patience isn't great. I do LOVE their SunPatiens, though! Every time I plant them I get loads of compliments and questions about finding impatiens that grow in the sun. They are expensive, probably too expensive, but they arrive very healthy and each plant is full and close to blooming. This year I added petunias, bacopa, & a few other items. They haven't arrived yet so I promise to update this if they arrive in anything other than stellar condition or if their customer service suddenly turns into a bunch of ogres.
I ordered many seeds and plants from parkseed this year.
Some of the seeds arrived several weeks after ordering them. I was not contacted by the company to let me know there were any problems. I received 1 pack of begonia seeds 5 weeks before frost (and 10 weeks or so after I had ordered them) which was useless. They also replaced one packet of seeds with another kind without asking me. The average time it took to receive seeds I ordered was about 3 weeks. That is too long.
I had very few germination problems.
I canceled part of one order with no problems. Lovely. They told me, however, some of the order had shipped out already and couldn't be canceled. I had assumed those plants were not coming, and so made a different order based on that assumption. So I wanted to cancel that.
I tried to cancel that part of the other order. I contacted them twice by email, sending to two email addresses, over the course of a week. No response. I received the plants I didn't want, and now I suppose I have to pay for them.
I called someone to cancel my future orders with them. She could not have been kinder and was very helpful. She asked me to forward her my attempts to contact the company asking to cancel. I did. I have not heard from the company with an apology or an offer of a refund of the plants I didn't want.
Most of the plants I did receive were in fine, albeit not excellent condition. Lavender is struggling, but it has been cold. I received three Arkansas Blue Star Amsonia hubrichtii plants, two from Park Seed, one from Wayside. The two from Park Seed are dead in the ground. No green, no nothing. The one from Wayside is doing well. All other plants seem to be doing reasonably well.
Given their lack of responsiveness, however, I will not be using them again. Another seed company I used sent me all seeds within a week. Obviously, I prefer that sort of service. I'm mostly upset about the lack of responses to my emails.
Has anyone else had trouble with germination of their Park Seeds during the past couple of years? I became suspicious before it actually happened when I noticed the seed packets had started to use a removable "packed for" label. I thought they used to have the date printed right on the gold packaging. Last year I noticed the small removable label and found it odd. Then, last year I have much lower germination rates on seeds I had grown 2 year and 1 year earlier from the same company-same seeds. Now this year, it's a bit early yet but I'm wondering if it's happening again. I ordered every type of Canna seed available. The first year almost every seed germinated, last year it was about 75 percent of them. This year they had a new Canna and oddly THAT one germinated just fine and all of them sprouted. Meanwhile, the others that would have sprouted by now have not. I may be a bit premature in my concern and I will follow this up in a week. I know what some will say, oh maybe they froze in the mail etc. Well, no, it was very mild during the week of both deliveries and they did not sit outside. I have a really nice grow tent with expensive 200 watt grow lights which I tend to like a mother hen, as I think we all do. ANOTHER ISSUE that I absolutely HATE about Park Seed-When you go onto their website, even if you just look and don't buy, their website dumps strong tracking cookies on your computer and if you visit Ebay and other sites, all of a sudden you notice that the same items you looked at on Park Seed are now advertised on your Ebay page and others !!!! I've had to go into Control Panel, Internet Options and DELETE COOKIES and TEMPORARY FILES. This is part of the reason why I'm wondering if they are selling old seeds, because a company that has to tag these cookies on your computer isn't exactly above-board with their intentions. One more thing-if you order something and they don't have it I assumed that's the end of it. However, all of a sudden your bank account is debited much later when they get the item in stock which can throw your bank account out of whack, and they do it with no notification. Do you suspect they are re-selling outdated seeds with new date labels added to the packets? Thanks for reading.
Isvlives2 Huntersville, NC (3 reviews) March 21, 2013
I placed two seperate orders in early in March. One I cancelled and was handled well by customer service. The order status on their web page was helpful. The second order arrived in about three weeks. Both plants were packaged well and the plants looked healthy, watered, and undamaged. I would order again.
Posted on February 23, 2011, updated March 21, 2013
I don't understand why there are so many negatives on Park Seed. I have been ordering from them for years (literally for the past thirty years!), and have never had a complaint about service, speed, or quality. Everything I've ordered from them has germinated and grown beyond expectations, and never have I received a 'bum order' with seeds that didn't germinate or perform as described. I recently placed my annual spring seed order with them, and the entire order was filled and shipped to me within a week. No substitutions, no backorders. While, in the past, there have been occasions where my order was separated into several shipments with backorders (I'll add that there was never an extra shipping charge), this was not the case this year. Overall, dealing with Park Seed has always been a pleasurable and reliable experience, their products have proven to be of quality, and I'll continue to shop with them in the future.On March 20th, 2013, jimbarg added the following:
Again, here in 2013, and I have NO complaints about Park Seed. I placed a large order and it was shipped, complete, in a reasonable amount of time, Much of the "early indoors" starts are doing great. Excellent germination. I have no complaints with Park at all.
Ordered seeds on a Wednesday, and because I needed them quickly, I ordered them with two day shipping. This was an extra fifteen dollars. When they had not arrived by Monday morning I called and spoke to customer rep LaToya in customer service who explained that two day shipping" means you get them within TWO DAYS of PROCESSING the order." she then put me on hold for five minutes, and came back and told me they would be in my mailbox today. Okay, Latoya! Sounds great. Except they weren't in the mail, so I called back hours later. Got LaToya again, and after a reexplanation about the timing of events, she put me on hold for ten minutes, only to come back and tell me that ACTUALLY my order still hadn't left the warehouse, but when it did, I would get the order in two days! OH JOY! Of course, there is no explanation on their website or catalog that their shipping department is absurdly, calling things expedited shipping when it is anything but. BUYER BEWARE, you may or may not get your order, now or ever.
Posted on April 27, 2012, updated March 16, 2013
I have given Park seed many many many chances to improve itself. The catalog offers "unique" seeds but planting instructions are marked generically and poorly with gold foil envelopes that loose the seed and are hard or impossible to read. THE SEED GERMINATION IS 40-50% AT BEST. And most importantly, IF you choose to do business with this seed company, you better give yourself 2-3 months to receive your seeds. Customer service is full of broken promises such as "I apologize for the 4 week back order in sending out THE REST of your order but they were on back order. I will rush your order out today." 4 weeks later, still never received my order. B E W A R E with Park Seed. Bad, bad, bad, bad! On March 16th, 2013, excellentjohn changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I swore I would never do business with this company again but they do offer some unique seeds that you can't find anywhere else. I broke down and gave them another try. I was surprised to receive my seed in a timely fashion. Everything was smooth. Not sure of the germination but I'm thinking they are trying to get there act together and I'm glad I gave them another chance. Thanks Park Seed. You have a lot of history out there. I hope you are turning the corner.
stanftw North Richland Hills, TX (2 reviews) March 14, 2013
Placed an order Jan. 24.
Contacted them Mar. 1 because it hadn't arrived.
Was told that the *entire* order had been held because ONE item was backordered, but should be coming a week later and would ship as soon as it gets there.
March 14, and nothing yet...
That's the last time I let this company delay my spring sowing!