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Positive lemurianne
(15 reviews)
On Jun 2, 2013, lemurianne Ida Grove, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Nichols have become one of my favorite sources for seeds. I like their selection and prices and on top of that they have a great newsletter and wonderful sales!! Explicit cultural information is printed right on the front of the seed packets, which I really like. I have never ordered plants or anything else from them, but I have no complaints about the seeds or the service I have received, everything has been great!! Highly recommended.

Positive gourmetgardens
(3 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2013, gourmetgardens Cookeville, TN wrote:

Great plants!!! I ordered 3 Yacon plants from Nichols Garden Nursery. They arrived on time and in perfect condition. I will definitely order from them again. Matter of fact - I will research this farm more just to see what other unique herbs and veggies that I want to experiment with. Thanks guys!

Positive janeholbrook
(1 review)
On Apr 9, 2013, janeholbrook Riggins, ID wrote:

EXCELLENT results. I have ordered for 2 yrs. Received products quickly and in great condition. 100% germination; at the time specified on the envelope. Prices are great, all heirloom unless otherwise marked. Elephant garlic was huge. Even plants with a reputation as difficult to start did awesome, eg., echinacea. I have so many tomato starts I will have to sell the extra at the Farmer's market!! I love their product and great customer service. They are very responsive to email feedback.

Positive kitchengarden
(6 reviews)
On Nov 19, 2012, kitchengarden Beltsville, MD wrote:

I ordered Du' Janski marbled purple stripe garlic this November from Nichols and received my order in two business days. The garlic heads were absolutely beautiful and in great shape, even at the end of the planting season. The shipping and handling charges were reasonable and the customer service was excellent.

Positive Eric_OH
(55 reviews)
On Oct 31, 2012, Eric_OH Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I recently ordered elephant garlic bulbs from this company (near the end of the fall planting season when it seemed as if everyone else was sold out). Bulbs were shipped promptly and looked to be good healthy stock.

Good experience.

Positive Flyingpiggs
(2 reviews)
On May 30, 2012, Flyingpiggs (Zone 5a) wrote:

Placed my online order of three live plants (two kinds) on Sunday, and on Monday, I got an email saying it was shipped out. Two days later, I received two of the three plants I ordered, along with a note saying the other kind of plant I ordered was not growing as well as they wanted so it would be sent when ready.

About another week later, I got the other plant I ordered.

I also just recently ordered some seeds with them. They have one of the cheapest seed shipping costs of any companies I've ordered from, and it took about a week to arrive. They also gave me an extra packet of squash seeds for no reason.

Positive Ispahan
(55 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2012, Ispahan Chicago, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

Posted on November 29, 2011, updated April 20, 2012
I can't believe I have waited so long to review this wonderful company. I have been ordering from them for years and years, off and on, in spite of changing gardening interests and sometimes even lack of gardening space. They always provide wonderful quality seed and plants at great prices, and always have some unique selections that are available nowhere else. Shipping has always been prompt and efficient. Nichols Garden Nursery is truly a national treasure.


On April 20th, 2012, Ispahan added the following:

Received an order for herb plants this week. Everything was healthy and well established in their pots. I love this nursery!
Positive WillysWoodPile
(12 reviews)
On Nov 18, 2011, WillysWoodPile Kalamazoo, MI wrote:

I ordered... and 2 1/2 days later, I received my order. Now that's fast! Your shipping department employees should get a raise.

Positive LilyLover_UT
(20 reviews)
On Jul 9, 2011, LilyLover_UT Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Nichols is one of my all-time favorite seed companies. I've been a customer for about 16 years. They are very generous with the number of seeds per packet, and the prices are quite reasonable.

I look forward to receiving the new catalog every year and spending many weeks planning my next vegetable garden. Thank you!

Positive seagardener
(32 reviews)
On May 6, 2011, seagardener Southport, ME wrote:

I have been quite satisfied with this company. I was able to order some out-of-the-ordinary seeds this year (corsican violet, golden hop vine, cardoons, an excellent mix of cabbages & a rare ruffled morning glory. All the seeds are sprouting as is the hop vine. Their prices are also quite competitive.

Positive crazyboutnonGMO
(2 reviews)
On Mar 12, 2011, crazyboutnonGMO Saint Joseph, MO wrote:

Just got my order delivered today, everything nice packed and in good condition with very clear descriptions. I'm convinced that I found an avenue for my needs to start planting things that I can't buy and miss so much. Talked on the phone in a way that I expect customer support should be. E-mails were answered almost immediately. Great Job! I'll give them a 10 out of 10!!!!

Positive summerwynde
(7 reviews)
On Jan 28, 2011, summerwynde Dublin, NH wrote:

I ordered for the first time this year, so cannot report on germination. I was pleased that I received my order in a week after placing it. I will report back later with more information.

Positive kk151200
(1 review)
On Jun 13, 2010, kk151200 Cleveland, OH wrote:

I placed my order on Sunday and received my seeds on Friday. Fast service considering the distance the seeds were shipped (Oregon to Ohio).

Seeds came in packet and with useful information for planting.

Positive anglibet
(4 reviews)
On May 8, 2010, anglibet Albany, OR wrote:

I have been ordering from Nichols for over 20 years. Always great germination and I love that they print the year that the seed was packaged right on the packet so I can reference it if there's seed left over for another planting. Also love the gummy envelope flap that opens and closes and reopens nicely for successive sowings. Bravo!

Positive pamsue
(2 reviews)
On Mar 9, 2010, pamsue Gresham, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have been buying seeds from this company for a long time and I usually walk in and buy seeds personally.. I placed an order through the relay service because I am hearing impaired and I got wonderful service from Helen who works there.. She was able to fill my order of seeds at the last minute on a weekend for my friend to pick up for me ( without hanging up on me as companies often do. )
High praise for the excellent customer service and the seeds were all in stock !
I get high germination rates from Nichols
pam sue

Positive Spinonitaliani
(5 reviews)
On Jan 23, 2010, Spinonitaliani Newington, CT wrote:

I ordered a few packets from them on Monday and received my seeds on Thursday of the same week. All the packets look great and I can't wait to try them. The packets are small and bland, but the service, prices, and planting have been great! Will order again!

Positive A12
(3 reviews)
On Apr 25, 2009, A12 Lexington, KY wrote:

I ordered several packs of seed. All arrived quickly although one variety was backordered. When I contacted them about six weeks later after not receiving the seed, I was quickly sent a replacement variety, as the seed I had originally ordered was still not available. I found the customer service to be friendly and the seeds that have been planted so far are sprouting quickly . I will order from them again in the future.

Positive Tabacum
(16 reviews)
On Feb 12, 2009, Tabacum Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

2/11/09.....Received my order this week....it was a small order of just seeds with a credit I had from last year....
Ordered two kinds of sunflower seeds, flower corn and
sweet pea seeds.....Half of the sunflower seeds were
curshed, along with a few of the flower corn seeds.....the
sweet peas are a large, hard seed, so they were not damaged......Seeds were packaged in a plain manila envelope.....Perhaps, if they had been sent in a bubble
wrap envelope, the seeds would not of been smashed
during its postage trip.....I hope the company reads this....
charge more postage if needed to protect the seeds that
are shipped....Maryanne, zone 5, Ohio


On February 18th, 2009, cannabinatea changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

2/18/09......Just a note to thank Nichols Nursery for replacing the crushed seeds....did not realize that your
staff would believe this happened...this time seeds were
sent in bubble wrap....they arrived in great condition....
thank you for your time to respond to this....Maryanne,zone5, Ohio
On March 23rd, 2009, cannabinatea added the following:

3/22/09......Received the Flower Corn Quadracolor seeds
as a replacement for those that were crushed during
shipping on my original order.......thank you very much
for your patience with this order.......Maryanne, zone 5.
Positive DarkEarth
(6 reviews)
On Jan 19, 2009, DarkEarth Hillsboro, OR wrote:

I placed a large order the first week of January, including both seeds and bareroot plants. The next day, a Nichols rep. called me to offer to ship the seeds to me directly, as I indicated I wanted to pick up the bareroots when they're available in springtime (I live within driving distance). The seeds arrived just a couple of days later, allowing the slower-growing perennials to get an extra-early start on their first season.

This isn't the first time I've purchased seed from Nichols (my father bought seed from them when I was a child), but their customer service and prompt shipping has impressed me yet again. They offer a broad range of seeds (both food and flower), and lots of heirloom varietys at reasonable prices.


On February 4th, 2009, DarkEarth added the following:

Update - The germination rates have been very good, I now have slightly more onion seedlings than I had planned on. :-)
Positive rosiebards
(1 review)
On Jun 11, 2008, rosiebards Hartford, AL wrote:

On March 15 I ordered two plants and three packets of seeds. The postage was $7.50 plus 3.95 handling. They shipped the seeds and one plant - not too much of a wait. They didn't charge me the $7.95 for the other plant, a stevia. A while later they notified me that the stevia was on back order because the plants were not strong enough to make the trip and that it would be shipped soon. By this time, I'd ordered it from another source, but didn't do anything to stop it until, on May 13, while checking my bank balance, I saw that they were charging me another shipping fee. I immediately wrote and told them that, if they were charging me shipping again, I did not want the plant. I never heard from them. A few days later, the plant arrived. I've written them again and still haven't heard from them. Each plant cost them less than three dollars shipping. I wound up paying $15.00 shipping plus the 3.95 handling. Even though the plants are beautiful and healthy, and they've always been good in the past, I won't order from them again. The cost was too high, and the service was not good.


On June 14th, 2008, rosiebards added the following:

On June 13 they credited $15.45 to my bank account.
On June 15th, 2008, rosiebards changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

This morning, I had a letter of apology from them. Since it took a negative review to get their attention, I really can't change it to positive, but they have finally corrected the problem very nicely. And since I've always gotten good service and good product from them in the past, my conscience tells me that I can't leave this negative. So it is being changed to neutral.
On June 17th, 2008, rosiebards changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I have to apologize to the people at Nichol's. When I went to my mailbox today, I had a letter and check (which is of course being returned) from them. It was written on the tenth. That's before I first wrote to Garden Watchdog. I wasn't expecting snail mail and I just didn't give it enough time to get here. I am sorry.
Positive karyn1
(18 reviews)
On May 22, 2008, karyn1 Silver Spring, MD wrote:

I was terribly disappointed with my order from Nichols Garden. I ordered a Bolivian Sunroot seedling and some Oxalis tuberosa bulbs. I was charged $11.45 S&H for these two items fully expecting the order to be shipped priority, especially because they are on the West coast and I am on the East coast. I received the order today. It was shipped USPS 1st class which was much too slow and the Bolivian Sunroot looks marginal at best. The bulbs appear fine. If it was just a bulb order 1st class shipping would have been appropriate but not for a live plant when we are several thousand miles apart. Not only that but the actual shipping charges were all of $2.87. That's a big difference from the $11.45 that I was charged. I have my doubts that the Bolivian Sunroot will survive. I will never buy from this nursery again and wouldn't recommend them to anyone.


On June 6th, 2008, karyn1 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I am changing my negative comment to a positive. I was contacted by someone from Nichols regarding my complaint and they seemed genuinely concerned about the bad product and offered to refund or replace the item. I chose to have them replace the plant and am happy to say it arrived today in very good condition.
Positive po_pazza
(2 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2008, po_pazza Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:

I've been ordering from Nichols for several decades. They always come through. Their herb selection is excellent. I've visited their nursery twice, and they offered a 10% discount to current Master Gardeners and lots of advice for the plants I picked up (2 huge Camellia sinensis which are thriving).

Positive glendalekid
(17 reviews)
On Jan 7, 2008, glendalekid Tuscaloosa, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

My order arrived today in very good time. I've ordered before from them and so has my daughter. We've both had good results with germination. They do carry some vegetable seeds that I was unable to find anywhere else.

Positive containergarden
(8 reviews)
On Dec 15, 2007, containergarden Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Over the last two years, I've ordered vegetable seeds 3 or 4 times from Nichols and it has become my favorite seed company. The selection is good, the germination rate is excellent, the seedlings are extremely vigorous, and the prices are good.

Positive adadia
(29 reviews)
On Oct 8, 2007, adadia Glenmoore, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I ordered garlic, saffron crocus, shallots, and Egyptian walking onions this fall, and the last of my order just arrived this morning. Although the prices are on the high end, these are some great bulbs! I feel they are worth the price. There were no duds at all, every bulb was perfectly fresh, and they are the first place I've been able to order a little late (beginning of september) that still had walking onions in stock (the main reason I ordered from here was availability late in the ordering season; I became aware of this place from their columns in Small Farm Today magazine, a great read.) Although a bit pricey, the quality is worth it, in my opinion; especially the saffron crocus, which are twice the size as the saffron I ordered last year from a flower bulb place. I can't wait to see what happens next spring (and fall, for the crocus)! Recommended.

Positive alinePoythress
(1 review)
On Sep 23, 2007, alinePoythress Port Republic, VA wrote:

I have been ordering from Nichols Garden Nursery for nearly 40 years. I have never once had any problems with seeds which grow well here in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, their root stock and bulbs are excellent and arrive here in perfect condition. If you are a newcomer to Nichols Garden Nursery catalogue you will be so pleased when your order arrives. I'd suggest you recommend the catalog to friends. I recommended the catalogue to Spotswood High School's agricultural teacher since we are a heavy farming community and he was delighted with it and the unusual seeds it had to offer. I'd like to say, also, that when I call the nursery I'm always treated very cordially and if there is a question, it's always answered for me.

Positive biggered
(2 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2007, biggered Casa Grande, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Last spring I ordered a few seeds from Nichols, among them was several packs of sunflower that was supposed to grow to 16 feet. I planted them in early spring and had good luck with germination and the flowers started to grow. the other day I noticed some of them along a 6 ft fence were blooming, which to m e means they are done growing. I sent Nichols an email and followewd it up with a phone call. after my explanation, a lady said they would gladly refund my money and 3 days later, BINGO, a check in the mail. they also said to cut the heads off and let them grow, which I did. mIf they make it to 16 ft, Im sending them the money back. a pleasure to do business with people like this.

Positive callipygian
(3 reviews)
On Apr 1, 2007, callipygian Fargo, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

I ordered from Nichols by mail, on March 15, & the order arrived March 24. Pretty good, I think. I was very happy with the packing and packaging. Other people have reported bad germination rates. I will report back when I know what mine are.

Positive valleygardener
(1 review)
On Aug 29, 2006, valleygardener Corvallis, OR wrote:

Nichols Garden Nursery is where I've been buying seeds and plants for over 20 years. They are located nearby so I like driving over to their lovely herb gardens and getting my seeds and supplies in their homey shop. When out of state guests arrive, this is often the place they most want to visit as they've been happily shopping by mail for many years. Great seeds, selection and knowledgeable friendly service. I think they have the most useful seed selection I've found.

Positive saanansandy
(9 reviews)
On Mar 31, 2006, saanansandy Sue, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I ordered several seeds from nichols in february 2006 and they came within a week of ordering(I ordered online). I started 8 each of jetsetter tomato and Pruden's purple organic tomato and every seed germinated. The plants are doing very well. I would definetly order from them again.

Positive Gabrielle
(28 reviews)
On Jan 18, 2006, Gabrielle (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've only ordered once from Nichols and I was okay with them. The germination rates were mostly good. I would have preferred more information on the seed packets; some had good information on a slip of paper inside, but others had nothing but the name of the seed.

Positive fwfarm
(18 reviews)
On Sep 27, 2005, fwfarm Lebanon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've been happy with their seeds, although there was one
tomato that was wonderful but very low germination. Their
selection of unusual greens is unequalled, and those have
germinated fine for me (turns out I don't actually like land
seaweed, but that's not their fault). I get a lot of winemaking
stuff from them. Prices on non-seed items are considerably
cheaper in their store, so I usually stop in.

Positive desertman888
(2 reviews)
On May 1, 2005, desertman888 San Jose, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have been dealing with Nichols for many years. I find them to be very good people to do business with.

Positive johnsonjrbm
(15 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2005, johnsonjrbm Olympia, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I ordered seeds, plants, and Mason bees from Nichols in 2003, and was very happy with everything. I didn't garden in 2004, but have ordered more seeds from them in 2005.

Positive LKautz
(2 reviews)
On Jul 15, 2004, LKautz wrote:

My family has ordered from Nichols several times and always had good luck. They have a great selection of seeds. I try to experiment with something new in the garden every year. With their selection, that task is easy. The prices are fair and shipping has been timely. We have also had great germination rate.

Positive NickiK
(6 reviews)
On May 24, 2004, NickiK Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Just got the Bolivian Sunroot that I ordered (also called Yacon) in the mail and the packaging was very well done, the plant itself was in excellent condition and immediately started thriving the moment I placed it in my garden. I haven't had the best germination rates from some of their seeds before (only had nine Borage plants germinate from an entire packet) but I am very happy with the plant I received.

Positive silkieweaver
(10 reviews)
On May 24, 2004, silkieweaver Salem, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I've ordered seeds and plants (as well as the owner's book on container gardening) this spring, and have been pleased with the quality of the merchandise and the service. Customer service was pleasant and helpful when one of the plants I'd ordered was accidentally left out of the shipment. Nichols is "just down the road a piece," and I look forward to doing business with them on a regular basis.

Positive devcat
(3 reviews)
On May 19, 2004, devcat wrote:

I ordered three plants from this company as well as a few packages of seed. One of my plants (stevia) arrived looking sick, with yellow/brown leaves. I immediately took it out of the box and gave it a little water and placed it in a partially sunny spot to air it out. My husband inspected the plant that evening and noticed tiny BUGS all over the plant. I carefully inspected my lavender and thyme plant and thank goodness no bugs on them although the lavender was so tiny (2 inches at best). Unfortunately despite our efforts the stevia did not make it. I emailed the company TWICE and basically was ignored.
I wanted a refund of my money because they had shipped me a sick and bug infested plant. For the price of this stevia plant from Nichols I could have purchased a quality organic plant from another nursery.
I am VERY disappointed in this company and will not order from them again. I wish I would have discovered this site before I ordered from them because from what I read I am not the only one who has had problems with them.


On June 2nd, 2004, devcat changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Rose Marie contacted me through email in regards to my trouble with Nichols and apologized for the Stevia plant that arrived in bad condition. She was very kind and immediately mailed a refund out ot me. Although I had an unfortunate situation I have changed my mind about the company and do feel they are honest and helpful. My other plants are doing well.
Positive gponder
(8 reviews)
On Apr 29, 2004, gponder Gold Hill, OR wrote:

I love Nichols!! Fabulous selection, fabulous germination, fabulous customer service. Hoping for more organic seed selection in the future!

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