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|On Dec 21, 2016, FLSunshineGal Lakeland, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered a dozen plants from this company earlier this year and most of the plants travelled well in shipping but one was clearly past the point of surviving. The leaves and most of the stem were all completely dried and the one leaf that wasn't dead was black (instead of green) and fell off the next day. The plant couldn't be revivied - I tried anyway, hoping some roots survived and would send up a little something. I suspect the plant was unhealthy when packaged because I don't know how it would arrive in such horrible condition otherwise. I contacted Glasshouse Works immediately after unpacking my plants and sent them a picture of the dead plant and asked their return policy. I got no response whatsoever and no attempt was made on their part to correct the problem. In addition, some of the plants I received were substitutions of the more common versions of the plants I actually ordered. They arrived healthy though, so I didn't complain to the company about it, but lesson learned: I won't be ordering from them again and I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.
|On Sep 15, 2016, Tidwellsgardens Cleveland, OH wrote:
After ordering 4 plants this spring and 1 was out of stock, I received 3 plants and a free bonus Hoya about a month after placing my order. Some of these plants were dormant (Sarracenia x 'Scarlet Belle') and others can't really be identified until they flower (Huernia, Asclepiads in general). It took 3 or 4 months for the plants to get to a mature size to correctly identify them. Out of the 3 plants I paid for, 1 of them was the correct plant. I ordered a Stapelia gigantea, Sarracenia x 'Scarlet Belle' and Huernia macrocarpa penzigii. I was sent the S. gigantea (with little to no roots and it's barely alive at the moment), a Huernia whose flowers look nothing like the one I ordered and the Sarracenia turned out to be a 'Judith Hindle' Luckily I did get a refund after multiple emails back and forth about the Sarracenia. (at first I was told I could get the Scarlet Belle sent to me when I placed another order, a freebie!) I'm not sure what will happen with the Huernia. Save your money and spend it elsewhere, other companies offer more established plants and even send you the correct plant when you order them
|On Jul 6, 2016, catherinecarney Mount Vernon, OH wrote:
Posted on December 7, 2012, updated July 6, 2016
On July 6th, 2016, catherinecarney added the following:
Just received my latest order. As always, the plants are superbly wrapped and packed, they are a great size for the price, and arrived when expected. Glasshouse Works also added a bonus plant (standard for them)--this time it was Begonia Cathedral Windows, a very unusual variety which is not always easy to find or propagate.
Yes, I had to wait a couple of weeks for them to root some of the more unusual begonias for me, but as always it was worth it! They cannot be beat for quality, selection, and service! They are always the first nursery I check when looking to add plants of any sort to my collection!
|On Apr 5, 2016, rddjgarden Bristol, FL wrote:
I received three healthy plants from Glasshouse Works plus one bonus plant. I could not find these plants in stock at any other nursery, and was very pleased with their service.
|On Jun 9, 2015, magnaastra Charleston, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
Quite possibly, this was the most unique buying experience I have ever had, plant- or non-plant-related. Never have I had a proprietor take such genuine concern with a planned purchase. I ordered three 'Superhardy' agave plants for my cactus garden. Almost immediately, I received an e-mail reply, asking if I was sure about my selections since they might not be cold- and/or moisture-tolerant enough for my location (zone 6a, 30 - 40 inches of precipitation annually). I assured them that, yes, I really did want the plants, so I was very promptly sent not three, but four beautiful agave, bursting with vitality, obviously lovingly cared for, and so well-packed that not a leaf or a root was harmed during their journey. AND, there was a handwritten note from the owner, containing planting and growing tips, and some much-appreciated words of encouragement. Glasshouseworks just made a customer for life.
|On Jun 8, 2015, twocatbliss Round Rock, TX wrote:
Plants ordered were beautiful and completely healthy. Delivery was timely and communication excellent. I wish there was a nursery near my location; I'd move in!
|On Jun 4, 2015, grik Saint Paul, MN wrote:
I have ordered from this company several times before and had good experiences. Today I received about $50 worth of various plants. They were well packed and in good condition.
|On May 15, 2015, Houseplantz New York City, NY wrote:
This was my second order from Glasshouse works. First order was in mid winter. The weather wasn't too great for shipping and they communicated that to me in a timely and friendly manner. when the weather permitted the plants shipped and arrived in AWESOME shape! I ordered again in April and what I ordered wasn't available, again they kept me in the loop. Second shipment arrived and again they were in great shape! Bursting with buds. Love Glasshouse! Oh and the prices are fantastic.
|On May 1, 2015, kleczynski Bayonne, NJ wrote:
My order was received in a timely fashion and was exactly what I expected. I must also commend the people/person who packed my order. I was the best packing job I had ever seen when ordering plants.
|On Apr 24, 2015, singla Memphis, TN wrote:
I have been searching for a tiger fern, or "nephrolepis exaltata variegata". No one here in Memphis seems to have them this year and after searching online I found them at Glasshouse Works. I ordered it and they sent it in a timely manner, along with an additional fern which I really like. The plants arrived in great shape. I'm very pleased with this company.
|On Apr 24, 2015, Gardener24 Temecula, CA wrote:
Plants arrived in great condition and beautifully packed in recycled paper so I could easily unpack order in the recycling container. Very quick reply to my concern about 1 tree.
|On Mar 23, 2015, RussRAB North Richland Hills, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Our weather in North Texas has been very erratic during the month of March 2015. My order was shipped from Glasshouse Works on a day in March when our weather was fine, but during the process of delivery, we had several cold fronts pass through and temperatures dropped to freezing. The plants I ordered were cold sensitive and after a couple delivery delays, they arrived showing damage from the cold. When I contacted Glasshouse Works and explained the situation, they immediately and without question replaced the order. The second shipment arrived with the plants looking great and they even included a bonus plant. I am very satisfied with my experience with Glasshouse Works. I will look forward to buying from them in the future.
|On Dec 6, 2014, plantnutfred Cambridge, MA wrote:
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Glasshouse Works. Twice I ordered some Hippeastrum Species, not only did they arrive quickly, but they were very healthy. To boot, they were nice enough to add a bonus plant!!! I highly recommend them and I encourage you to look through their extensive catalog. They showcase some real hard to find plants and their prices are very reasonable.
|On Dec 2, 2014, tdfallon Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
Posted on November 29, 2014, updated December 2, 2014
On December 2nd, 2014, tdfallon added the following:
The resolution to my disappointment.
I asked them to make things right.
If the problem was cold weather and shipping, and not dead dying and rotting plants before they were packed, to replace 4 of the plants, and send 1 that was missing from the original order, a total of 5 plants of the 11 plant order.
I did not want them to think I was out to defraud them like I am sure happens plenty of times to even the best businesses.
These 5 plants where not the rare or expensive plants of the order. These were ones commonly found at home centers. This would cost $45.00 “their retail price” of the $142.00 original order. I thought if they sent good quality plants I mark my experience as just another wonder of the world as to how these plants got in the box.
Instead since I did receive one good green plant out of the order, the plant was $32.50 they refunded $98.00 so this $32.50 plant cost me $44.00.
I am very happy to get $98.00 back from these guys.
$44.00 is cheap lesson to learn to check reviews on businesses before you buy.
On a happy note I placed an order with “ Secret Garden Rare Plants ” and could not be happier with what they sent. The best plants I have ever received, including plants I personally pick out myself.
|On Jul 10, 2014, MaxWest Terrebonne, OR wrote:
Posted on June 26, 2014, updated July 10, 2014
On June 19th, 2014, MaxWest added the following:
June 19'th seller emails me this
"The reason why some of the orders take longer to be shipped is because of the current stage of development of that particular crop. We propagate almost all of our plants, thus the vast variety that we can offer. We are a small company, we do not always have a large inventory per plant - and like I said, the plants are in various stages of development. Some of the plants that are not ordered often, we will propagate to order. We do not ship the plants until we feel that they are in a mature enough state to survive the transportation and arrive at your door with the best possible chances of flourishing. We assume that you want the same thing.
Our grower has been working on the Kalanchoe's that you ordered. Not all of them are ready, but he said that he will ship what he is ready this coming Monday. He may sub with other, interesting, rare Kalanchoe that matches the description you wrote in your comment section - he is very good with such things, the vast majority of people love the surprises that he sends.
I hope this answers your question. Plants do not always obey our desired schedules.
Your order will be shipped Monday or Tuesday. UPS will email the tracking number to you on the day the order goes out. We will also notify you.
This to me is totally crazy. 11 days later and they tell me that some of the plants are apparently still growing to meet the correct size and others are being propagated O_O Are you kidding me? That's like selling a tree and telling the customer you have to wait for it to grow from a seed. I didn't pay for that. Then he says this third party grower is going to send a partial order (I didn't agree to that) and/or whatever he wants to send me that he thinks I'll like. I didn't give anyone permission to "substitute my order with other interesting items". This is just crazy, poor customer service. Never sell things you can't instantly produce or tell them at the time of purchase it's going to take weeks for delivery. I wouldn't have ordered if I knew this was the case.
On June 26th, 2014, MaxWest added the following:
Recieved two voice mails over the weekend from the guy Ken. I didn't feel like calling back either as both of the voice mails did not even remotely address my concerns regarding the serious amount of time it was taking to receive the plants, nor any acknowledgement that they try to sell full plants depicted on the website and then when it takes weeks to get them you find out that they are trying to grow each one for your order. It's silly. I told them 3 times that I wanted to cancel the transaction and have my money refunded. No refund. I've put in a paypal claim and escalated it to a dispute. Sad that I have to do that and they can't just apologize and return my money seeing as they never shipped anything. So I'll have to wait a few more days for paypal to hopefully side with me so I can get my 70$ back. This is one of the worst companies I've ever dealt with in my entire life. His voice mail was condescending and totally made it seem like it was my fault I didn't understand that all these plants would take weeks upon weeks to grow and that I was being too demanding actually wanting what I paid for instead of substitutes they would just try to pawn off on me. What total lunacy. I would advocate everyone steering clear of this company. I should have known it was too good to be true for such a company to have all these rare succulents and it is, because they don't!! They have very little of any of it in stock and will try to propogate per order and make you wait weeks to try to send you something small or send you something totally different and hope that you'll be pleased enough to not complain. Don't shop Glasshouse works. What they are doing is selling things they don't have and can't produce in any kind of a timely manner. It's tantamount to fraud.
On July 10th, 2014, MaxWest added the following:
Finally got my paypal money refunded to me (3+ weeks later), no thanks to glasshouse works. Why they couldn't just accept that I was unhappy after several emails and didn't want them to ship the plants I had waited weeks for and just GIVE my money back is beyond me. These guys are con artists, that's why. They quickly take your money with little sincerity or commitment about ever delivering your order.
I implore everyone who thinks about ordering from glasshouse works to read every comment on this site before making a decision to purchase. As of this writing 68 of their feedback are negative/neutral and only 154 are positive. That means half of the time they are either outright screwing people or doing a poor job. Is that the kind of company you want to spend your money with?!?!
What I realized from reading everyone else's posts is that my experience is strikingly similar to what others have experienced.
*They list tons of items on the site that they do not have in stock and most likely can't produce.
*They immediately bill you but then expect you to wait (weeks, months, sometimes years) for items to be grown/propagated -which may or may not even be happening.
*They have millions of excuses as to why orders are not shipped in a timely manner or in many cases not at all.
*They will substitute all orders at any chance they can get, since they don't have most items. They hope sending you "something else interesting" will appease you. What kind of company does this!?!?
*Any complaint you have is your problem, something you don't understand about growing rare/exotic plants, or is not their fault because of some delay, weather, lack of sun, etc. -whatever they can dream up that day. They are adept at ignoring emails and paypal claims!
*You're unlikely to ever get a refund from this company and it will never be in full unless you've made a chargeback with your bank or filed an escalated claim with paypal.
Spending money with this company is risky and foolish. It's throwing money away with little to no expectation you're going to receive any success. If you've been scammed by this company I highly suggest filing a complaint with the better business bureau. Selling things you don't have, and can't produce within a claim dispute period is FRAUD! I hope this company goes out of business just so they can't steal from more new customers.
|On Jun 19, 2014, thezookeeper Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:
Posted on May 8, 2014, updated June 19, 2014
On June 19th, 2014, thezookeeper added the following:
Just wanted to add that I have ordered twice from Glasshouse since my first order in April and have had no problems. All the plants were in good shape and packaged well. Both orders were shipped in less than a week and the plants were exactly what I ordered and much larger than expected.
|On Jun 1, 2014, Windchyme Stockton, CA wrote:
Posted on May 25, 2014, updated June 1, 2014
On June 1st, 2014, Windchyme added the following:
Here is the words in the introduction of this page that I wish to draw your attention to.
"Recently, we have noticed a couple entries here from people who have never called or emailed us about a problem before they post a negative rating. Please notice that most of our ratings are almost always positive. I urge all customers (and potential customers) to always contact us first about an order or a concern; we will take care of any problems with your order...Our customer service is constant and timely...
Those who have posted negative reviews have always been contacted and their problems worked out."
Update: I still have not been contacted and it is 6/1/14 and I have emailed them through the paypal complaint process two days ago or so and told them that if they do not contact me by Monday 6/2/14 that I will escalate this to an official complaint and claim.
I no longer want the plants...I just want a complete refund at this point. I'm SO done.
|On May 28, 2014, Mauli Lake Helen, FL wrote:
I don't like to make negative comments about a company but I feel I need to share my experience with Glasshouse Works. I made a purchase on April 1, 2014, Four crotons Pele's Fire, three Tripogandra False Bromeliad and Sanchezia Nobilis Singapore Gold. I received a confirmation that my order would be shipped out last part of April. It was May and I haven't received my order so I decided to inquire about it. I was told it would be shipped out May 5th and that the Sanchezia was not available due to crop failure. If I wanted a refund for that there was a charge of $2.00 for PayPal charges. Or I can get substitute plants. I chose the substitute plants. They said okay order will be shipped out on the following Monday. By the end of the next week still no plants so I emailed back....plants will be shipped out the next Monday. I finally receive my order on the 22. The crotons sent were not Pele's Fire and the Tripogandra False Bromeliads were not all variegated, one was all green. All the plants arrived limp and crushed except for the crotons. I was most upset with the crotons not being Pele's Fire. Those were the plants I wanted the most. I emailed Glasshouse Works and never received a response. Luckily the next day I went to Home Depot and they had Pele's Fire there. The plants at Home Depot were properly identified and were large healthy plants. I will NEVER shop Glasshouse Works again and will not recommend them.
|On Apr 8, 2014, PCart1 Collingswood, NJ wrote:
They may be nice people but bought 4 ficus trees for $12 and when I got them they had given me 4 $ 2 cuttings. Sure they put in an extra little ivy plant but when I complained they ignored me. I asked for my money back and they ignored me. Finally I complained through pay pal and low and behold I got three emails that morning.
|On Jun 21, 2013, zeabird Applewood, CO wrote:
Posted on June 21, 2013, updated June 21, 2013
On June 21st, 2013, zeabird added the following:
My husband just informed me (as he's planting the plants) that two plants don't look like they will make it. Some of the roots appear to be molded/disintegrating. I feel I wasted a good deal of money, and should have spent it on the other site that is more costly but has excellent service and beautiful, health, LARGE, plants. : (
|On May 15, 2013, shakergardener Beachwood, OH wrote:
They shipped my order in the middle of April...when I asked them to ship in May. They said it would be 'NO PROBLEM'. The plants were very small and sickly. I even sent them pictures of some of them.so they could see how awful they were. Emailed them 4 times with no response. Totally not satisfied.
|On Feb 23, 2013, robert_milton Riverside, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
When I lived in Athens, Ohio (ten minutes from their greenhouse), my partner and I would visit Glasshouse Works regularly. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and helpful, and have no problem just sitting and chatting with you about anything. Though a small facility, their selection of rare and exotic tropicals is top-notch.
|On Dec 20, 2012, JoeyInOregon wrote:
I needed a variety of plants to use in creating a terrarium and Glasshouse Works offers an abundance of just what I was looking for. Their selection is fabulous, the packing is exceptional, and I was quite pleased with their customer service. In every way, I am happy with this company and plan to use them again in the future.
|On Dec 6, 2012, hoovman Spindale, NC wrote:
I placed an order with Glasshouse Works on Tues. am ~ within a couple of hours, I received an email stating the product was available, looked good and they would try to ship it that day. Wow! too good to be true. Later that day I got another email from UPS notifying me of a shipment from Glasshouse. Today (2 days later) my shipment arrived. The packing was superb, the plants are awesome ~ size & quality for the price unbeatable. This experience was as good as it gets. I called Tom and expressed this to him personally.
|On Oct 6, 2012, Toddott Kentwood, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:
Ordered three plants: Peperomia fraseri, Oxalis rubra, and Hoya cumingiana. Very nice, large, healthy plants, shipped within a couple days, along with a very nice bonus Oxalis variety, which actually was three plants in one pot. The Oxalis rubra bloomed a few day after arrival with many bright pink flowers. The Peperomia also arrived with a tiny flower spike which has grown into a giant mass of flowers.
|On Jun 5, 2012, MTVineman Helena, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:
Wow! I just went through the comments about these guys and it was a bit shocking I must say. Shocking in that I have been dealing with these guys for quite a number of years and I am a person who is into very odd and rare tropicals but also some very common plants too. I'm also extremely picky. To see people give these guys negative comments is really weird to me. These guys are just not like that at all. ALL emails are promptly answered and they are very nice to deal with. Ordering is easy and convenient. As far as the plants themselves go, I have never received such huge and beautiful specimens from a mail order nursery! Hands down, these guys are the best and they do know what they are doing. It's surprising what some people will complain about or what they expect sometimes. Glasshouse Works has been my main source for all my tropicals and weird plants that no one else carries. They also always add in one or two free plants and they are not "trash" or whatever some obviously bitter person wrote about them. If they run out of a certain plant they always ask before sending something different but I'm not too worried as they know what I like and I'm always excited and pleased with what they do send in case the plant I wanted is out of stock. Living where I do in very rural Montana, there are no nurseries or stores or anywhere that carry such exotic, tropical, desert, succulent, caudiciform, common annuals, common perennials as well as exotic annuals and perennials, tree's, shrubs, and the list goes on! These guys have been in business a long, long time and they know exactly what they are doing and they do a very excellent job of doing it. There is no one better in my very humble opinion. I have tried other mail order nurseries but I always return to Glasshouse Works because they just have the best plants out there as well as the best variety. Where else can you get a giant Fockea edulis or a giant Adenia or perhaps some rare, fruiting and heavenly smelling Passionflower for a VERY reasonable price? The pot sizes are generous and not in tiny little pots like some other nurseries I can think of that also charge an arm and a leg or two. If there are any in smaller pots from these guys, they are huge and totally rooted, usually with roots coming out of the bottom and the most healthy I have ever seen from a mail order nursery. I can't say enough good things about these folks. I absolutely love them and have never, ever been disappointed with anything except maybe a plant I wanted and it's out of stock! That's certainly not their fault! I'm a person who will give credit where credit is due and I will be brutally honest also if the product I buy isn't up to par. I have no problem telling a company they suck but these folks always go above and beyond what you expect. They will always be my number one plant source. I just put a new order in a day or so ago because I received my last order two weeks ago and it was so impressive and stupendous I thought I was going to swoon. Huge, healthy, well rooted and beautiful plants, shrubs, vines and desert succulents. I couldn't have asked for better. I'm a good customer and I always will be. Thanks for giving me the chance to rave about my favourite nursery, Dave's Garden! And thanks especially to the folks at Glasshouse Works in Ohio!!!! - MTVineMan
|On May 19, 2012, DenisBronxite Jamaica, NY wrote:
Beginning long ago (20 years) I've always been very satisfied with Glasshouse Works' fine service, robust plants, fine packing, and quick delivery. Just recently, I ordered some Sansevierias from them, and again I was just as satisfied. I've never had occasion to contact them with a problem, because I never had a problem with their service. What a great nursery this is!
|On May 17, 2012, gramkat Watertown, MN wrote:
First time with this company. the plants were packed beautifully for shipping and they all look well rooted and healthy.
|On Apr 4, 2012, Ispahan Chicago, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on May 23, 2004, updated April 4, 2012
On April 4th, 2012, Ispahan added the following:
Just received an order for a rare allium hybrid and tulbaghia. Plants were beautiful, healthy and well packed, and they arrived efficiently and with no fuss. I have now been placing orders periodically with Glasshouse Works for several years and I have never once been let down.
This is truly a great company with a wonderful and unique selection of plants.
|On Mar 28, 2012, MONSOON123 Kachina Village, AZ wrote:
Just received my first order from glasshouse , I ordered 3 terrarium collections ( 30 plants ) plus some individual ones.What a great company.Out of 30 plants , only 1 was duplicated. All arrived in excellent condition and was shipped when they said it would.I've been ordering plants by mail since I was 6 yrs old, I am now 54 and this is one of the best companies I've ordered from. Will be placing another order this week.
|On Feb 29, 2012, spinnerama Chicago, IL wrote:
Posted on July 15, 2010, updated February 29, 2012
On September 1st, 2006, spinnerama added the following:
This is a follow-up to my comments of last year. Another gardening season has come (and almost gone...) and once again I ordered over 100 plants from Glasshouse Works for my rooftop garden. As always, every one of them arrived in perfect condition, and the company sent me several freebies besides.
I have been reading through the comments and have noticed three trends on the negative side.
(1) Most negative comments come from "unknown", or "anonymous" sources that GHW is then unable to contact. And they have not contacted GHW either, before posting negative remarks. Rather cowardly and suspicious, I think.
(2) One of the main threads of complaint is that the plants are of a small size. It is true that GHW does not in general ship quarts or gallons. But if they did, we'd be paying for bigger, heavier plants, what is called in the trade "buying dirt". Have you ever gone into a big box store and pulled the larger plants out of their pots to check what they are selling, for three times the price of their cell packs? If you did, you'd see that what is in that larger pot is mostly soil, not roots. Not truth in packaging. Shipping charges are high enough (not GHW's fault, see UPS, Fedex, and USPS), without paying for pounds of soil. And unless you are skimping on the water, sun, and fertilizer, you should notice that those "little" plants turn into giants fast enough. In my experience, those little coleus and colocasia grow up to be three feet tall so quickly that it's almost scary.
(3) The other main trend of complaint is that GHW charges up front. Sorry, but that's not all that uncommon a practice in the garden world. Nurseries--especially rare plant specialists--cannot afford to grow out a multitude of unusual plants based on our January orders, only to find out in June that their customers have decided to cancel.
How do you think they pay their bills all year long, for electricity, water, payroll, property tax, etc? Do any of you disgruntled customers out there get paid once a year in June? Do you think you could live that way?
Some of the worst buying experiences I have ever had involved the celebrated Heronswood Nursery. They did not charge you upfront. However, I learned the hard way that they grew a discrete number of plants on a first come, first serve basis, and if you wanted X number of bromeliads or whatever, then you had to be willing to accept substitutions--their choice, their discretion. Since I tend to have very specific tastes and needs, I declined the substitution option, and each June I'd find out that 3/4 of my order could not be filled, because they hadn't grown enough of what I really wanted. Or maybe they had "preferred" customers who got special treatment, i.e. the plants I had ordered? (Heronswood was bought by Burpees then shut down this year, but I wasn't particularly dismayed since I stopped ordering from them long ago.)
Given a choice between paying up front for plants I know I'll receive, and not paying up front for a crap shoot, I'd rather do the former. Come on, folks--the interest you'd lose on thirty dollars worth of plants for 4 months is piddling. The concept is called Opportunity Cost.
On July 15th, 2010, spinnerama added the following:
Another gardening season, and I am still totally delighted with the plants and customer service I received from Glasshouse Works. I have now ordered from GW for at least 15 years straight.
Not only have I won Chicago's Mayor Daley Landscaping Award for best rooftop garden in the city with GW's plants, but this spring my garden was featured in Lowe's Creative Ideas magazine, and in the Chicago Tribune---thanks to GW's terrific selections. Right now we are having a heat wave and my GW Colocasias and Alocasias are already 5 feet tall, with some leaves as big as two feet across! And yes, those arrived just a few weeks ago in those so-called "tiny" pots that some people have complained about.
More puzzling to me are the odd complaints that "my order was placed in April and I had to wait two months for my plants". Excuse me, but do any of you folks who whined about that understand horticulture at all? Plants take time to grow into a size that can be transplanted; they just don't go from seed to one-foot tall overnight. Yes, that can take two months if it's springtime (more if it's winter!). Maybe you can expect to order and receive a plant in a week if you place your order in July, but that wasn't what you stated in your negative review.
This spring I started over 500 plants from seed in my workshop under professional plant lights, and none of them were ready to be planted out before my GW shipment arrived. I don't get it--do you think you can plant Caladium outside in April in Zone 5? If so, then reading a couple of good books on gardening is a better use of your time than complaining about GW. Once the weather turns hot and sultry, your "little" plants will grow exponentially like my GW elephant ears.
This is Nature, people. You can't force it. And you can't control it. You can't get blood out of turnip and you can't get a turnip until the weather complies. Last year, June was horrid and wet, which slowed down the growing process considerably, and was accompanied by a terrible epidemic of early blight which nearly wiped out all the tomato farmers on the East Coast. This year, May was a problem, again cold and wet and nasty. GW can't change the weather!
I mail-ordered from 16 different sources around the country this spring, and not a single one of them shipped earlier than GW did. (In past years, some other companies shipped heat-loving tropicals to me in Chicago in March! You can imagine how well that worked out...Not.) Those sources included 4 companies on the celebrated "Watchdog 30"--all of whom also charged me upfront, by the way. IMHO, GW certainly deserves a spot on that list!
As for substitutions, when you place your orders with any company, including GW, you can specify "no substitutions". They will all gladly accomodate you and credit you if a specific plant is not available. The fact that the folks who wrote the recent negative reviews did not contact GW FIRST before posting a negative review here tells me they knew they were at fault, not GW. Bet they didn't say "no substitutions, please" when they placed their orders. Very cowardly to complain anonymously, and also not very smart. GW--like all good companies--would be sure to correct any mistakes.
I have never met either of the owners but they have sent me emails over the years about shortages or suggesting subs, and have always included hand-written notes on the invoices telling me what's new and giving me recommendations on what to plant where, etc. If you look at the order form, you will note that GW actually asks for information, like where you intend to plant something, and they have saved me a bunch of money over the years by telling me that a particular plant I picked out won't work in my climate, or won't bloom until winter, or needs to be in a greenhouse.
And...they always send me a wonderful surprise or three along with my shipment. Bottom line, if you don't communicate with GW if you are dissatisfied with something, you will not get it fixed. And that's truly YOUR fault, not theirs! This applies to any company, anywhere--they don't have x-ray vision, don't know if you have a problem unless you tell them.
On February 29th, 2012, spinnerama added the following:
|On Jan 29, 2012, tussingteacher Canal Winchester, OH wrote:
I had a wonderful experience shopping to buy plants for terrariums for Christmas. I spent a delightful afternoon in the stocked-full greenhouses and, with help, chose some beautiful and healthy plants to create my tiny gardens. Thanks so much for your help and guidance!
|On Dec 28, 2011, jmgrammer Peoria, IL wrote:
Posted on November 14, 2011, updated December 28, 2011
On December 28th, 2011, jmgrammer changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I have an update which has caused me to upgrade my rating. I was contacted by Tom quickly after my original posting. He remembered our phone conversation when I had received the original order and said there had been a death in the family and he had left the replacement order in the hands of an employee who had not followed through. He said he would issue a refund to my credit card and apologized. He asked me to change my rating here and I said I would as soon as I received the refund. A few days later he contacted me again and said he was going to send a replacement order at no cost as an apology - a very thoughtful gesture. Unfortunately, he omitted my unit number and UPS could not deliver as there are over 100 condos in this complex - he contacted me again and asked me to contact UPS (he had used the info from my original order which did include the unit number) which I did. They told me he (as the sender) had to do it - so emails later he made the contact and eventually the package was delivered - a week later. I don't know how UPS stores packages - but 8 days in 30 degree weather took its toll and only 2 are left to try and make it - but I do appreciate the thought.
I have upgraded to neutral instead of positive because of the drama in the original post. My repeated contacts did not rectify the situation until I posted here at Dave's Garden (which, incidently, I found after going on a google search for Glasshouse Works complaints). Kudos to Dave because it did bring about resolution.
It took from July 27th until December 28th - 5 phone calls, 18 emails, contact with the credit card company, a google search and a post here. Tom did refund my credit card - based on past experience I waited until I had it in writing via my monthly bill which I just received. He did indeed follow through with a replacement which was very thoughtful - it just didn't work out well. Although I will not ever order from GHW again, Tom clearly rectified the situation.
Thank you Tom - I wish you well.
On Dec 28, 2011, Glasshouse Works responded with:
"On Nov 19, 2011 10:42 AM, Glasshouse Works responded with:
As soon as I found out that this lady was not pleased (from this Gardenwatchdog.com entry), I called her and apologized for the mess up. I gave her an immediate total refund on the order. I thought her order had been reshipped after her initial correspondance with us, but it had not. We are a small company which deals with a lot of plants and a lot of plant enthusiasts. Most of our feedback is good, so when something like this happens, we take care of it. I will update these notes in a few days. Tom Winn, Glasshouse Works."
|On Dec 24, 2011, carolemnr Morgan Hill, CA wrote:
I would like to thank you for sending what I consider to be absolutely beautiful plants. I have had such poor experiences with other venders that I was pleasantly surprised at how well these were packaged and how well they responded to their transplanting. I can not say enough good about your company. AND the prices were very reasonable. Thank you so much and I will be ordering all my future plants thru you site. Carolemnr...California
|On Dec 19, 2011, flitafolia Troy, OH wrote:
Posted on July 10, 2008, updated December 19, 2011
On December 19th, 2011, flitafolia added the following:
I got my order and was more than uber satisfied. It was nicely bundled and packaged and I could hardly contain myself as I unwrapped it to expose the treasure what lay within. I screeched with joy as I pulled out my succulent bonsai. It was in glorious shape after having been so nicely packaged. The girls at the Glasshouse Works really came through. I am a satiated customer until and plan to order from them again. You go girls!
|On Dec 2, 2011, lori2011 Ventura, CA wrote:
I am new to gardening and just planted my first enclosed terrarium this week. Much research and preparation went into this project, which I look forward to tending and nurturing for a long time to come. I truly considered all of the vendors with whom I had the privilege of working a part of my team, and Glasshouse Works certainly played a pivotal role in the successful implementation of my very own indoor garden. The experience could not have been more pleasant. Tom graciously took a call from me on a Sunday evening and doubled his efforts on my behalf. He took into account my terrarium dimensions and the enchanted forest theme I employed when making the final plant selections; the plants were shipped promptly and arrived in excellent condition; and the communication was superb. I have no doubt that Tom and GHW will be available to assist me with any questions or concerns that may arise, and I look forward to giving them my business in the future. I appreciated their personal touch as much as their professionalism. Once again, Tom, thanks so much! -Lori
|On Nov 5, 2011, Laaz North Charleston, SC wrote:
Posted on November 5, 2011, updated November 5, 2011
On November 1st, 2011, Laaz changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
They made good on my purchase. I would however recommend that they let their plants fruit before listing them, so they know they are selling the correct plant.
On November 5th, 2011, Laaz changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
I give up with this place, the guy sends a refund check unsigned & then doesn't respond to email. Total fail !
On November 5th, 2011, Laaz changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Cleared things up.
On Nov 5, 2011, Glasshouse Works responded with:
"On Nov 1, 2011 3:17 PM, Glasshouse Works responded with:
This plant was purchased in 2005 and we had never heard back from this person about any problem. As soon as I found out that he was displeased and that we had mailed him the wrong plant (it can happen but not very much with our greenhouse business--because we are plant fanatics) we refunded his money for this plant, even six years after he bought it. That is the kind of business we are! As you can see from all our reviews we have many very satisfied customers and good public relations. If something is wrong, we fix it. Tom Winn, Glasshouse Works."
|On Oct 16, 2011, MiJosD SOUDAN, MN wrote:
Posted on October 15, 2011, updated October 16, 2011
On October 16th, 2011, MiJosD changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I am one who will complain when I believe a business is treating me unfairly, is not providing products/services for which I paid money, or is unwilling to go about doing business in a responsible way that demonstrates an integrity a customer can trust. I am also one who will be the first to speak up when a business/company stands out from others with respect to the business practices I've listed above. If I find it possible to remove my comments above, I will do so. In the meantime, I will add these details. (Perhaps my two postings will make a more powerful statement as to how these gentlemen do business than simply removing the original post). I just spoke with one of the owners. He stepped up and did what he could to resolve my issue, and in doing so, he demonstrated that integrity about which I wrote above. I now must retract my statement/opinions and admit that I was mistaken. It is my impression that Glasshouse Works is run/managed in a conscientious manner and that they strive to provide their customers with the products for which they have paid. I know, first hand, that if there is an issue/dispute, Glasshouse Works maintains their integrity and demonstrates that they value their customers. Bottom line - they run an honest business, and in this age of online/internet shopping, this is an invaluable quality. It is also a rare quality. It is my opinion that if one is shopping for products and that Glasshouse Works offers those products, they would be the company/business that could be trusted to go the extra mile to provide what they say they will provide, and they will do so with integrity and honesty. In my experience, that is a rare thing. You'll find that with Glasshouse Works.
|On Oct 12, 2011, Toni05 Brookfield, IL wrote:
Posted on May 18, 2006, updated October 12, 2011
On March 7th, 2009, Toni05 added the following:
Received 4 plants, and a Bonus plant today. Like usual, plants arrived in excellent condition. The bonus plant is gorgeous, but I already have that particular species..:)
When I phoned in the order, outdoor temps were between 30-40F degrees. The person I spoke with explained it'd be best to wait instead of risking frost-bitten plants. I agreed.
Although our temps increased since ordering, a heat pack was placed in the box. My new plants arrived safe, so it was worth the wait.
After reading numerous feedbacks, I notice many negatives (for different nurseries) given because shipping takes 'too long.'
Weather is one problem. Shipping plants during winter months can kill plants, especially tender tropicals. It's better waiting, then receive dead plants.
In spring there are rush orders...everyone wants their plants, ASAP. I've learned after years of ordering, patience is the key. (there are some exceptions, of course, nurseries that take money but do not send plants.) One owner in particular, (since I almost ordered a citrus from him) should be in jail! I am grateful GardenWatchdog is around..
Plants were well-packed, secure. Every leaf in place. The owner, or whomever I spoke with was friendly and patient, since I couldn't make up my mind whether or not to purchase a couple types of plants.
GHW's has many rare species that are either hard to find or impossible locating. So, keep up the great work, and thanks, Toni
On October 12th, 2011, Toni05 added the following:
Received three healthy Begonias.
I phoned GHW's back in July to ask if they had B. bipinnatifida and B. aconitifolia. He told me they were on back-order but would be ready by Sept, 'since they're rare and sell fast when available.'
The Begonias arrived when he stated. Each have perfect foliage, and pest-free. All securely wrapped.
GHW's is a 5* Nursery. Thanks, Toni