I have made several orders with Josh in the past and have also purchased from him at Hosta Conventions. Always has large quality plants and terrific customer service! A bid selection is always nice too.
He helped secure a large order of the hosta 'Frank Lloyd Wright' for out local Hosta Society to donate to The Allen House (a premiere FLW Prairie Style home) here in Wichita KS. They were thrilled to receive them and even mentioned them on a local news broadcast.
You can't go wrong dealing with these fine folks from Iowa!
Although service was a bit slow I was delighted when I did receive my order. The hosta a was in great shape. A beautiful full plant. I've ordered from other places and received small barely alive plants. Not so here.
Posted on May 27, 2011, updated June 2, 2017
Normally I purchase from my local nursery, but have found when I need to find plant material that is different and unique I have to expand my horizons. I have been watching the \"In the Country Garden\" site for quite awhile and liked the variety of plant material. When I finally decided to place my order, I asked if it was possible to get them delivered during the last week in May, since my order was placed on the 17th of May..I thought I might be pushing it. My plants arrived on the 25th of May! The plants looked in great shape, with a nice root ball attached. Additionally when I asked a question of Josh, he responded promptly and accurately. I will be placing more orders in the future.On June 2nd, 2017, iceman49 added the following:
I had been looking for a Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty,' for a fe years, but wanted a reasonable price and from a nursery that I knew would ship the plant ready to go out of the box so to speak.
Returned to my favorite Hosta place, "In the Country Garden and Gifts.
Josh the proprietor and his staff have always been friendly and efficient.
I ordered the Podophyllum, "One Last Dance" hosta and 2 Thailand Giants.
Josh and his team send an acknowledgment email of purchase, an email letting you know the package has been shipped and when it should arrive.
The plants were very well packed, with great root system, I put them in the ground and containers and they look like they have not missed a day being out of the soil. Great plants in great condition. Cannot say enough good things about In the Country Garden and Gifts!
I've ordered from Josh for the past two years and will continue to be a loyal customer. Service is outstanding and any questions I've had have been answered very promptly. The plants tend to be healthier than my own (argh!) and have had nary a problem during shipping or after planting. Simply beautiful!
This was the first time I have ordered from Josh but it won't be the last. When I ordered a certain host Josh quickly communicated they were out of stock and ask whether I wanted my money refunded or a different plant. I chose a different plant. All the plants arrived in mint condition. Thank you Josh.
Posted on August 22, 2014, updated April 10, 2016
Posted on July 16, 2012, updated August 22, 2014
Posted on May 13, 2011, updated July 16, 2012
Josh provides excellent customer service. He answers emails promptly. My plants arrived in perfect condition with great roots. I was pleased to get hard to find plants at good prices. I will buy again from this nursery.On July 16th, 2012, ycn4chin added the following:
I ordered three recent introduction hostas from In the Country and when they arrived I was so pleased. Nice healthy plants with good root systems. The box had been crushed by the carrier, but the plants were packaged so well there wasn\\\'t a problem. Highly recommend this company.On August 22nd, 2014, ycn4chin added the following:
I ordered five Hostas and a Carex. Friday Josh sent a note that they were shipped and when I got home from work Monday they were there! I was very pleased with the plants I received. Most were hard to find varieties that were in stock at In the Country Garden and Gifts. I feel I always get the best customer service from them. Their plants always do well in my garden. On April 10th, 2016, ycn4chin added the following:
I just received three Itoh/intersectional peonies from Josh. The plants were a great size and in great shape. As always, great communication with Josh, quick shipping with a tracking number, and great packaging. Thanks!
joanrae New Wilmington, PA (3 reviews) October 13, 2015
Today my plant arrived from In The Country Garden and Gifts.
I have known Josh Spece for quite a few years, and I have bought plants from him at conventions, but this was my first experience buying a plant from him through the mail.
I love the plant!! It is beautiful and large. I was surprised how nice it is for so late in the season!!
I ordered the plant on Saturday and it was shipped the very same day, in spite of it being a holiday weekend. It arrived on Tuesday which was wonderful. I have already planted it.
I will buy from Josh again and again. This company is wonderful!! Thanks, Josh!!
I ordered the Wedding Party Hellebore set of 6 different hellebore plants. They arrived quickly, well packed and very nice plants with nice roots. They looked like they were just dug out of his garden and given to me. Great communications as he answers emails very quickly. Very pleased and I plan on buying from Josh again (which I already did).
Just recieved my plants today, first time ordering from this nursery. I was browsing for something else when I noticed they had Spilt Milk in stock. I've been looking for this variety for years. It's hard to find, and when you do the nursery is often sold out from back orders before they even list it. The first indication I was going to be happy was the 'do it yourself' recycled shipping box- don't know why, but that always seems to be an indication of 'good things inside'! My babies were well-wrapped in newspaper, with the generous sized rootballs in damp paper and protective plastic bags. The hostas were all very well leafed out, with multiple crowns, except for the Sum and Substance. That had only 1 crown as you would expect for such a huge variety, but it was heavy and wide, with 9 good-sized leaves! 2 of the 3 dwarf solomon's seals had multiple crowns. The 3rd only had 1 crown but when I checked the rootball it was loaded with new runners all the way around! By the end of this season it should be even fuller than the other multiple crowned ones! Everything about this order, from plant selection to packing, indicated thoughtful attention. I thought I had already found my ultimate hosta source; now I have two!
poplarcreek Baltimore, OH (Zone 6a) (1 review) June 6, 2015
Nice plants - very fresh - I would order from them again.
Ordered several hostas and they were quite lovely upon arrival. The hostas were quite large - much like I would expect when purchasing at my local greenhouse store. I have ordered from a couple other places and in comparison, those hostas were extremely small.
I will be ordering from "In the Country" again.
Great selection and Josh was very friendly, helpful and kept me up to speed on my order. The Hostas were packaged with great care and arrived in excellent health and in a timely manner. I'm very pleased with both their Hostas and their service.
I received a gift from this nursery and was very pleased! Nicely rooted plants, one was even in full bloom. They were so well packed that a large dent in the package that happened in transit didn't even affect the contents of the box. My gift was ordered at their busiest shipping time but arrived super quick.
indianajim Parker City, IN (1 review) May 14, 2015
WOW! Great plants were sent to us. The Heuchera "Berry Timeless" were big and healthy with blooms already on the plants. We have been gardening for over 30 years and I was pleasantly surprised. An excellent place to order plants from. Liked the way they were packed with no damage to the plants.
I've purchased beautiful hostas from In the Country Gardens, both from the nursery and via mail order. They are extremely helpful, friendly, and have a great selection of classic and new varieties. I also really enjoy their website which is easy to navigate and is filled with a wealth of helpful information about hosta growing. My recent order arrived in 2 days, after a notification of when it was shipped so I could be ready, very carefully packed with the generous sized plants, some with several eyes, in perfect condition, very abundant roots, ready to thrive! I couldn't recommend them any more highly!
I've set up this login just so I can comment on In the Country. I saw a plant called Albuca spiralis Frizzle Sizzle at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden here in Massachusetts, and I had to have one. Google found just a couple of vendors, and I liked In the Country's web site, so that's who I ordered from. Almost immediately, I got a polite inquiry from Josh thanking me for the order and asking how I had happened to find him. That impressed me. The plant came today, and wow, now I'm really impressed! Beautifully packed, in perfect condition, larger than I expected and with a large spike, ready to flower. I am really happy, and I'll continue to rely on In the Country for new plants (and will tell my friends the same).
lrpetrilli Highland Mills, NY (1 review) June 3, 2014
Very nice plants, arrived in good condition, look great on their first day planted.
Posted on May 28, 2014, updated June 2, 2014
Posted on May 23, 2014, updated May 28, 2014
I placed my first order on Wednesday, May 14th. Though I was told today (May 23rd) when I called that they usually ship on Fridays and Mondays (I believe that's what she said), my order had still not shipped - 'processing' is what my account still showed.
It's the holiday weekend now, so I was told my order would have to wait until this coming Tuesday to ship, so May 27th it would finally be on its way to me, almost 2 weeks after my order was first placed - unless I wanted the plants to sit an extra day and have her ship Saturday over the holiday weekend.
When I asked why my order hadn't shipped sooner since my order had been placed on Wednesday over a week ago, the woman got a little snappy with me explaining that they had 60 orders they had to get out. She was very impatient with me as I tried to decide whether she should ship now or wait, and from all these glowing reviews I'm still scratching my head?
I'm giving them a 'neutral' in hopes that at least their plants are nice. They'll have to be REALLY nice though or hard-to-find for me to consider ordering from this nursery again. Santa Rosa Gardens is still the best online nursery out there - nice plants, timely shipping, great sales, and most importantly, courteous customer service. They never make me feel like I'm just a number amidst 59 others.On May 28th, 2014, tailzzz24 added the following:
The plants arrived carefully packaged and healthy, a good size, and very little trimming necessary. Very happy with the plants.On June 2nd, 2014, tailzzz24 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I just wanted to thank you for the gift certificate. I surely didn't expect that, thought I'd read something wrong, and I feel that was a wonderful gesture for you to have gone out of your way, above and beyond to apologize like that.
As I already said in my updated review, the plants I received from you were healthy, beautiful, and carefully packaged. That coupled with a VERY sincere apology means I will probably purchase from you again in the future, once I find room for all these plants. Thank you again! Excellent customer service - I stand corrected.Company representative comment on May 30, 2014: On May 30, 2014 9:46 PM, In The Country Garden & Gifts responded with:
I'm very sorry to hear your experience was less than wonderful. You certainly are not just a number to us. We value each and every customer, as we know you have many other options for fulfilling your plant needs! Spring is an incredibly busy and often stressful time. There is so much to do and never enough hours in the day. I certainly understand why you were wondering about your order and apologize that you happened to catch us on an "off" day. I'm glad you were pleased with your plants and I hope they do well for you. -Josh
Neysa La Puente, CA (Zone 10a) (1 review) May 8, 2014
My first time ordering from this company. My plant arrived today in great condition. Was surprised that the plant was so nice.
I ordered Albuca spiralis 'Frizzle Sizzle' I would order from this company again when I want something different. I am so glad I happend upon them from looking around on google. Thanks for a nice size plant.
Ispahan Chicago, IL (Zone 6a) (55 reviews) June 28, 2013
I ordered Athyrium 'Ghost' and was extremely pleased with both quality and price. Plants were gorgeous and healthy and were shipped at exactly the time I requested. I will definitely order from them again in the future, especially if they expand their selection of non-hostas!
plantgnome1 nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) (31 reviews) June 6, 2013
Posted on June 14, 2012, updated June 6, 2013
Received my first order today in a very timely fashion, I only ordered one Hosta as I never used them before and I am very satisfied with my purchase, I received a nice sized High Society packaged very well and was notified of the tracking number quickly. Very polite email correspondence. Will do business again as a matter of fact I already ordered a Heuchera and a trailing Heucherella from them.On June 6th, 2013, plantgnome1 added the following:
Ordered a hard to find Hosta called Humpback Whale from In the Country and received it today in excellent condition a nice size and healthy root system. Fast shipping and reasonable shipping cost, packaged very well. I check their website regularly as they carry some unusual other plants besides Hosta. Will continue to do business with this company. Great customer service also.
corgilady Hartford City, IN (1 review) May 28, 2013
Just received my order of 12 heucheras.....beautiful plants!!!
frankie1222 Lincoln Village, OH (2 reviews) May 24, 2013
I had a terrible experience with ordering plants though the mail and made the decision that I would never put myself in that position again however I am addicted to heuchera and the beautiful new varieties that I could only obtain by ordering online/ mail finally got the best of me!!! I searched forever looking for someone that I could count on and decided on josh from in the country garden and gifts. I could not have made a better decision and if there were a higher rating I would give it to him !
I order14 heuchera in December - I travel for work so I asked if I could be notified when my order was shipped- not only did I receive an email from josh when my order shipped but I received an email from" the package" every time it moved through the system( 10 in total!)
When the mail carrier approached my door with the package it was completely smashed- the top of the box was ripped open and the bottom almost torn off- he commented" I don't know what is this box but it doesn't look good!!!" before I opened the box I took several pictures knowing what I found inside would probably be a problem....when I opened the box I found fresh beautiful healthy plants( two that were on the crushed corner a little worse for wear) I was thrilled- so much time and effort had been put forth in wrapping these plants that they not only survived what must have been a very hectic trip from Iowa but even though the box they were in was so damaged they were still in excellent condition- but what impressed me most was I emailed josh pictures of the unopened box and mention the two plants that were a little crushed- just so he would know how the box had been handled( when I ordered a $200 +in the past from another company the box showed up late in the season even though I had ordered in midwinter full of not dying but dead scraps/ crap!- emails- phone calls-letters went unanswered- I never to this day two years later receive any response- I got not one live plant for my $200+ order!)
within minutes!! I received a phone call from
Josh !!! He was kind- helpful- offering to replace any plants that were damaged( the two in question were so healthy when they left Iowa that I am sure a little tlc will get them back to 100% in no time!)
I could tell you a million things wrong with the last company I used( in fact I did!!!)- I could tell you a million GOOD things about this company and I can assure you that this will be my go to company every time my heuchera addiction acts up!!!!
my faith has been restored that there are honest reliable people out there that can provide us with quality healthy plants!!!
Josh and in the country garden and gifts deserves an A++++ for not only there healthy beautiful plants but for their wonderful customer service!!!!!!
I will be a forever customer!!!!!
lazzieboy Martinez, CA (3 reviews) October 6, 2012
I have bought a lot of plants over the internet over the past years. I have almost always had a problem with some of the plants I received. Either dead ,almost dead or crushed and the soil dry. When I received my plants from this company(In The Country Garden & Gifts), I was very pleased to open the package and find the plants of a very nice size in excellent condition and all intact. Even the packaging was done well. So all I can say is this company produces a fine quality product for a very reasonable price and can deliver, hands down, the best company I have found to date.
I received very healthy plants, Athyrium 'Frizelliae', Hosta 'Curly Fries', H. Blue Mouse Ears, and H. Big John, from In The Country Gardens. They were very good sized and took right off growing. It's been two months, since I got them, and they look great. Josh was very accommodating, with a misunderstanding on my part, about the shipping. I will order from him again.
Joanne from the U.P. of Michigan
Posted on August 2, 2011, updated June 5, 2012
Posted on May 21, 2010, updated August 2, 2011
They offer good communication and friendly service. The hosta I received was perfect. Beautiful and very healthy looking. Another hosta that I ordered was not available and I was issued a refund along with the hosta I received. Thanks for the quick refund. I understand that this happens sometimes when ordering hostas and I have to be quicker with my order next time. :)
I am 100% happy with this company and will shop again.On August 2nd, 2011, rocknhostas added the following:
The hostas I ordered recently are beautiful, healthy plants and arrived in excellent condition. I love the great selection and friendly service. Would definitely order from them again!On June 5th, 2012, rocknhostas added the following:
I am a returning customer and am always happy with my orders and shopping experience from In The Country Garden and Gifts. Josh is super friendly and helpful, and is great with communication about your order. The plants have always been wonderful and this order is on par with previous orders from them. Nice healthy plants with good root systems. Thanks again!
The plants I received were way overpriced. No one would have bought those plants for that price had they seen them in person. I bought two hosta that were barely more than tissue cultures and were, with shipping, $25.00 each. Although the pots were removed, one was about 1.75 inches, the other was about 2.25 inches square. They were about 6" tall. They weren't new, exclusive varieties, either.
They were in good condition when they arrived.
I will not buy from them again. Company representative comment on June 2, 2012: On Jun 2, 2012 9:32 PM, In The Country Garden & Gifts responded with:
I'm very sorry to hear you are not happy with your plants. Please contact me with your order number so I can look up the plants you received. firstname.lastname@example.org
This was my first order with In the Country Garden and Gifts and I was very pleased. Several of the plants I ordered were relatively new introductions, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but they arrived both healthy and much bigger than I expected. Nice plants, excellent packaging, and good communication too. I would definitely do business with them again
This was my first order with Josh and In the Country Garden & Gifts. I was very satisfied with the plants, the customer service and shipping. I ordered 4 hostas - Bam Bam Blue, Fruit Punch, Mango Salsa, and Raspberry Sundae. They all arrived in great shape and are already taking off in my gardens. I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation. Thanks, James
I ordered an Empress Wu hosta from Josh. I found his prices to be competitive, and Josh's communications to be excellent. The plant arrived well packed, very healthy, and ready to plant. I will most certainly order from him again!
I am a repeat customer and received my Heuchera and Heucherella order of 6 yesterday and am VERY pleased with my order, again. The plants were well packed, a very nice size and healthy. They were still moist in all this heat and that is a plus, no wilting at all. There is great communication, a big plus. Thank you so much In the Country Garden and you too Josh.... Now if you guys would only open a branch down here in MS.... ;)
reeve1 Plano, TX (Zone 8b) (48 reviews) May 3, 2012
My first experience was great! Everything was well packed, nice sized and very healthy. Two thumbs up and I would order again! Thanks so much!
plantnutz Austell, GA (Zone 7a) (5 reviews) April 30, 2012
Just received my hosta order - I'm doing the happy hosta dance here. plantnutz - Atlanta, GA area
I ordered a nice, hard to find, hosts from Josh at "In The Country Garden Gifts" and it arrived in excellent condition with a very healthy root system. I especially enjoy his annual Hosta Exchange during the summer. This is a great opportunity to see all his plants, meet other enthusiasts, and get some great plants for the yard. Great friendly and knowledgable people to do business with. Check them out......
steve_mass Millbury, MA (8 reviews) October 6, 2011
i received my first order from In the Country Garden and Gifts and I was impressed with the plants and the customer service. Josh emailed me after my order to let me now when the plants would be shipped. I ordered an Intersectional Peony and it arrived with over a dozen eyes on the division. The Hosta I ordered with it had only one eye, but it is a rare cultivar that I couldn't find anywhere else, so I was pleased to be able to find it. Excellent service, great plants.
Bartell Rochester, MI (10 reviews) August 30, 2011
Posted on July 28, 2011, updated August 30, 2011
I ordered two plants from this company last week (during the heat wave - 7/20) and asked that they hold the order until the weather improved.
I received my order today (7/28) and was wonderfully surprised! Not only were the plants (a heuchera and heucherella) expertly packed (not a speck of soil out of place) but the plants were healthy and a great size for the price. I expected small starter plants, as I received from a couple other online growers (who charged a few dollars more, as well). But these were large enough for a medium-sized pot (rootballs were carefully wrapped in plastic and newspaper)...beautiful plants and great price.
I've bookmarked their website and highly recommend them. I would do business with them again in a heartbeat!
Thank you, Josh!On August 30th, 2011, Bartell added the following:
Ordered and received another heuchera and heucherella. Same great packaging, same good-sized and vigorous 'starter plants'. Great job!
Generally, I'd say my experience with ITCG&G has been pleasant. The owner, Josh, is knowledgeable and friendly and always willing to help. I ordered hosta and heuchera and generally they were fresh and healthy, however, they were small. Many were new varieties, and I'd expect them to be small, but it would have been nice if the website had stated something like: "Second Year TC" so that we know what we're getting. I will be ordering from them again.