I ordered and paid for a variety of plants in January. I asked for a ship date in early June since I live at 8000' in Colorado, and it's not uncommon to get frosts until mid June. So now, in mid-May, Gurney's just emailed to say that almost all of my order is out of stock! None of the other nurseries I have ordered from in past years, and this year, have pulled this on me. I'm particularly disappointed because a couple of the things I ordered, and was counting on planting, are now out of stock at all the other vendors I've checked. What a waste of time, and how frustrating! I cancelled the entire order now, since paying the shipping cost for just two plants makes no sense.
On Apr 23, 2015, Sunnygirl571 Beverly Hills, CA wrote:
I have purchased from Gurney's for years. Two years ago, I ordered grafted tomatoes and they didn't show up until middle of June and were dead. I called Gurney's and the credited me for the tomatoes. A year ago, I ordered again. Go figure, they back ordered my tomatoes and when I called to complain, the magically managed to find my tomatoes and sent them in time for me to plant. This year, guess what? They back ordered my $40.00 tomatoes and when I called, they said that all they could do, would be to give me a $9.99 credit. Never again, will I buy from Gurney's. Never.
I ordered several nut and fruit trees in January 2015. When building the order, all items showed that ordering one, I would get one free. Upon check out it offered a 20% discount with a code. I entered the code. When the first two trees arrived, there were no free units. I contacted them and was told that since I entered the code for 20%, it cancelled the free plant offer. It would have been nice if they would have stated this somewhere in the checkout system. I cancelled the remainder of the order. I do not like being deceived. They were rude and condescending when contacted. This is no way to treat a returning customer.
I am in absolute shock about my latest experience with Gurneys. First of all let me say not only am I a repeat customer of theirs, but my mother and grandmother ordered seeds from their company for 20 years. I ordered 2 seed starting kits, one was short 5 starter plug cells (there should have been 55 and there were only 50). I immediately called customer service and was shocked that it was an overseas call center, and of course I end up with a lady I can barely understand. I explained my problem to her, she pulled up my account, and starts explaining my charges to me (order total, coupon discount, sales tax, etc.) I said "yes, that is correct", and she rudely says "SO WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?" After what seemed like forever trying to break the language barrier and trying to get her to understand she says they will send me out 5 more cells ASAP. So one week later I go to Gurneys website and the estimated delivery date is ONE MONTH from now! I am ready to plant my seeds!
So I send an email to customer service (no way I'm calling India again) telling them the problem I had with Miss-can't-understand-English, and that I need my product now as it is seed planting time and one month is unacceptable to ship a product that is already pre-made sitting on a shelf somewhere. I get an email back giving me a half @$$ apology that says "if you could not understand the rep you were talking to you should have asked for someone different. However, we will go ahead and expedite your order." That was 2 days ago, I just checked my order status and it has not been expedited at all. Estimated delivery still 3 weeks away. Gurney's should not treat anybody this way, especially someone who is a third generation customer. RIDICULOUS!
Posted on February 10, 2015, updated February 13, 2015
Posted on February 7, 2015, updated February 10, 2015
Posted on February 6, 2015, updated February 7, 2015
I have been a customer of Gurney\\\\\\\'s for years, but their sluggish shipping is making me reconsider. I got a message that they had shipped my order January 30, and I could expect it 2/1 - 2/3. It is now the 6th, and no one can tell me where the order is. Just \\\\\\\"wait until February 12\\\\\\\" and we will reship if you have not received it.
It should not take a week or more to get 4 packets of seeds! And this \\\\\\\"wait another week\\\\\\\" is unacceptable.
On February 7th, 2015, Lilyhazen added the following:
I have been contacted and told it was shipped and should arrive within the next 1-2 business days. We will see.On February 10th, 2015, Lilyhazen added the following:
I got an email in response to my further complaint asking for 1-2 more business days. I have waited three, then called. Now the supervisor has asked for three more days, then they will \"fill it at no cost to me\" (no duh) and send it expedited (Heaven knows what that means, in this case.) But I will be optimistic. The supervisor says the PO says give 10-14 business days--rediculous for less than 3 ounces. And why did the company send an email saying Feb 1-3?
They are losing me....On February 13th, 2015, Lilyhazen added the following:
I have spoken with yet another agent who has agreed to resend the seeds, expedited (means maybe in a week!), so we will see. It may come USPS or it may come UPS, she was not sure.
So, perhaps this tale has an ending, although I remain far from happy.
On Jan 8, 2015, Jenniferemily Palenville, NY wrote:
I have ordered from this company before and never had a problem. I was going to place a seed order with their discount coupon. The total of the order was $54 and I was going to be charged $21.99 for shipping. I called the company to see if it was a mistake and they told me the shipping price is calculated off of the original merchandise price. I have ordered seeds for years and never have paid anything near $22 for shipping . They come in an envelope in the mailbox . I have ordered merchandise totaling way more then that and have never come close to paying that shipping g price. I might understand if it was plants. No longer a customer.
On Nov 12, 2014, isaakdinesen Port Washington, NY wrote:
Posted on November 9, 2014, updated November 12, 2014
How Gurney\'s lost a longtime customer with TERRIBLE service and failure to ship items for almost three months:
I have been purchasing from Gurney\'s for many years and had mostly positive experiences. This year, they lost me. I placed an order for many different bearded iris and clematis in the very beginning of September. I did not receive anything for over a month. Then, one iris at a time would arrive by itself in an envelope about three weeks apart. In November, the majority of my items had still not shipped. When I called customer service, I was told that one of the items was not available and thus, they could not ship the others!!! This is after mailing me one iris at a time for weeks. I agreed to \"drop\" the so-called unavailable item so that the others could ship. Of course, they had been holding on to my money since Sept. 9 without ever contacting me. Supposedly, now all my items would ship. As I write this, on Nov. 9, several items have still not shipped and each week, the order status on their site pushes back delivery by several weeks. My phone calls to their customer service resulted in nonsensical explanations. My clematis are no where in sight, and we are expecting a hard freeze. The customer service rep told me, don\'t worry, they are guaranteed! What an absurd explanation. I lost the ability to purchase and plant at the right time, from a company that actually ships what it promises, instead I have only the prospect of some dead plants to request a refund for. I still do not have a complete order with several items missing, and each time I check order status, it now says shipping will be in DECEMBER. What a pathetic joke. I guess they expect me to chip a hole in the ice and plant then. Well, my days as a Gurney\'s customer are over, and I strongly caution you to buy elsewhere. I have neither my plants nor the money they have been holding since Sept. 9.
On November 12th, 2014, isaakdinesen added the following:
Here's an update, and it only gets worse. After holding my money since Sept 9, then telling me they could not ship my items because one of many was unavailable, I finally received an email yesterday telling me the item was "out of stock" and would not be sent. It took them over two months to figure that out? This is the worst service I have ever received from a garden supplier, and I have done a lot of internet purchasing. I will never be a customer of theirs again, what a horrible way to treat a long time purchaser, and what a scam to charge you, hold your money for over two months, and then send nothing! Beware
On Jul 15, 2014, ScottKaelyn Saint Charles, MO wrote:
Ordered seeds from this company and in the first shipment they got my order wrong. I e-mailed asking for assistance & received no reply. I send the seeds back with a letter & received the correct seeds a few weeks later. I planted the seeds in the spring but found that the seed packets (though properly labelled) contained the wrong seeds. I will not be ordering from Gurneys again.
I have been a satisfied customer of Gurney's for about 15 years. I received a one day e-mail offer from them for 50% off my order. I placed the order for seeds and fruit trees and made sure I was receiving the 50% discount on the $200 plus order when I hit the confirm button. I did not print the order as I assumed they would send an e-mail confirmation. The order confirmation contained no prices or info on the discount given. I received the seeds soon after and the discount shown on the invoice was exactly 50% off the total for the seeds, $22 and change. In March I got my credit card statement showing 2 charges from Gurney's, one correct and one wrong. I immediately phoned Gurney's
about the discreptancy and was informed that my original discount was for only $25. I asked to cancel the 2nd part of the order but was informed that it was too late as it had just been shipped. They told me if I could supply the original discount coupon code they would give me my discount. I did not have it and it was not on the e-mail order confirmation. That is when I rembered that they had made that error before but that time I had the original coupon code and received the correct discount. I will never do business with them again.
I ordered some tomato plants and tomato food in April, they sent the plants, almost dead, lost 4 of them. The tomato food never arrived and Gurney's has changed the delivery date today for the 3rd time for July. I am not sure what good the fertilizer is when half the growing season is over but I guess they ship it when they have some even if they have promised to get it out 3 times now.
Even better, I called about 3 weeks ago to order some pepper and tomato cages, I asked if they had them on hand and how soon they would shoip, the rep stated they are on hand and will shoip within 48 hours of your order. Well, the pepper cages did ship but no tomato cages, called today, now on BO till July. I guess I should have explained to them I wanted them for this years growing season.
The tomato plants took 6 days to ship from Michigan to Mn. They were in very poor shapr when recieved. 5 of the 9 will live and the others died. I did not bother to contact them in regards to a refund as that would be a larger pain that it woiuld be worth.
I ordered some giant radishes from them and they were also BOerd, now it shows will ship at the end of June, third time they have changed that delivery date to a later date.
NEVER again will I order anything from them, they lie about the shipping dates and lie if they have the product on hand.
I would not believe one word they tell you as you have no idea if it is the truth or not.
Very sad when a company has a customer service dept like they do even when they say they have world class CS, boy is that a stretch unless they have the worst CS in the world.
Gurney's does offer some quality product if you can get it and then get it even close to no time.
On May 26, 2014, ifthetruthhurts South Bend, IN wrote:
This was the first and last time we will ever be ordering from Gurney's. Our order was to be shipped on 5/02/2014 and still today 5/26/2014, we have not received the order. When the order status has been checked the shipping date has changed on a daily basis. The flowering bushes that we order have definitely passed the time of our being able to enjoy them this year...that is, if we even receive them this year to plant. Buyer BEWARE!
I ordered 3 blueberry bushes from Gurney's early last fall. they were pathetically small, spindly sticks of "bushes" and they arrived in early December (I live in the Northeast so by early December gardening is really over). The bushes appear to be alive, but I would guesstimate I will be lucky to have berries on them 5 years from now, if then. They are maybe 10" tall at best and have about 3 stems each. I would never buy from them again. Very disappointed, both in the timing of the shipping, and in what I received.
I don't even know where to start. Horrible. I have ordered 3 plants, all arrived dead. Contacted the company, they sent me dead replacements twice.. The flowering crimson arrived with dry dead leaves twice. It is really hard to believe. I am not sure what is going on with this company but I have a feeling they are playing jokes on me. I will not bother to contact them again for a replacement. Please do not buy from this company, it is waste of money.
PLEASE.....ALL AMERICANS.....NEVER BUY FROM GURNEY'S. THEY ARE USING OVERSEAS WORKERS FOR THEIR OVERFLOW CALL CENTER!!!! INDIA TO BE EXACT!!! WE NEED OUR MONEY TO PAY OUR AMERICANS. REFUSE TO DO BUSINESS WITH THEM OR ANY COMPANY THAT WILL NOT PAY AMERICANS. OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS SKY HIGH BECAUSE OF COMPANIES LIKE THIS!!!! BOYCOTT GURNEY'S SEED AND NURSERY....PLEASE PASS IT ON!!!!
A gift order is shipping to my zone 5 garden NOW, expected to arrive March 20. Our last average frost date is MAY 15.
In contacting Gurney's my question as to why they were shipping out of season was NOT answered, it was ignored - completely unaddressed. Only the boilerplate "put your bare root plants in a bucket of water and plant within 10 days" information was regurgitated at me.
They guarantee their plants will arrive alive. I believe they will freeze on the truck and stay frozen on my porch (it was 2 degrees out there yesterday morning). Gurney's is giving UPS some exercise but that seems to be the only thing they will achieve.
We'll see how effective their plant "guarantee as long as you garden" turns out to be.
Will also be posting this complaint to other social media as a warning against doing business with Gurney's.
Posted on February 25, 2014, updated March 4, 2014
I've purchased seed from Gurneys for a long time. For the last few years I've watched their seed prices go up and up along with the shipping charges. I've tolerated it though as I've always gotten my orders quickly and they've done well in my garden. This year however the shipping is getting so ridiculous that I almost didnt order from them. Unfortunately for me they are the only company I can find that sell a certain sweet corn seed that is a family favorite. I ordered 2 packets and, as always, within 10 days they arrived. These particular seeds were advertised in their catalog to contain 250 seeds and the seed packets themselves also said 250 seeds. When I counted them though I had 177 in one package and 182 in the other. 25% less seed than I bought + the outrageous shipping charges = one very unhappy customer. I emailed them to voice my complaint and the next day received a reply that they would resend 2 additional packets at no charge to me. This response was appreciated, and the only reason this review is neutral instead of negative, but the whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth. Afterall if I hadn't counted the seeds I never would have known I was shorted. Just seemed like a sneaky way for them to make more money. Regardless our family is just going to have to find a new favorite sweet corn variety. I just cant defend paying those ridiculous shipping charges any longer. I've researched alot of other seed companies this year and none of them even come close to what Gurneys charges for shipping. Its unfortunate for them....I've bought a couple hundred dollars worth of seed every year from them. I've recommended them to family and friends. Now I'll stop ordering and will recommend others do as well. There are just too many other good seed companies out there to deal with as opposed to putting up with this silliness.
On March 4th, 2014, coonhound62301 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
I received the 2 additional packets that Gurneys sent to make up for the 2 that were short seeds. Both packets advertised 250 seeds. One packet contained 193 and the other contained 213. So in all 4 packages the packets were short an average of 60 seeds. That seems like a ridiculous amount to me.
I have been a Gurney's customer for over 35 years. For the most part have received good service and acceptable plants. I bought some additional acreage late in 2011. That winter I order a bunch (over $1000) or plants and trees. They arrived and were planted withing a few day. That summer it did not rain, but I watered faithfully. The plants did not do well and were very stressed, but I hoped my efforts were enough. That fall I was diagnosed with cancer. The next spring only a handful can back. I was busy fighting for my life, so although I watered as needed, I did not contact the company. Now I feel better and want to garden again. I have missed one full gardening year :-( I was looking through my catalog and filling out my order and saw this "We want you to be satisfied. If not happy with one of our products, we'll replace it, give you a credit or refund your money for the full amount of your purchase price. All nursery stock, trees and plants are guaranteed for as long as you garden. All seeds and merchandise are guaranteed for one full year". So with order in hand I called and explained (not really thinking they would do anything) how excited I was to be back to gardening and the sorrow of all the dead plants. The representative offered to issue a refund and suggested I wait to put in my order until after I receive the refund. I received a check for $16.41 and a letter stating "We will not be able to process any further orders you may have submitted".
So to summarize, if you even talk about their guarantee, they will not allow you to order from them again. Bad form Gurney's.
Posted on February 14, 2014, updated February 17, 2014
Posted on February 1, 2014, updated February 14, 2014
Posted on January 14, 2014, updated February 1, 2014
So far I am not a happy camper. I ordered a number of packets of seeds on Dec 23. We are in zone 10, so I can plant and was hoping to plant the seeds for these plants (carrots, mainly) out immediately. I have strawberry plants ~blooming~ in the ground right now. My order status indicated it'd be here by Dec 27-29th, if memory serves. I got a few order updates, and finally one saying it shipped out Jan 7. Ok, my order from Territorial, placed after this one, has already arrived. I tried to check the tracking on the Gurney's order with UPS and was told UPS couldn't track that shipment, and that if it'd been more than 3 days since the item was shipped, to check with the vendor. I did, and was told it was shipped on Jan 7 and to give the package up to 10 business days (i.e., over two more weeks) to arrive. (They are using smart-post, where UPS hands off to the postal service. This service is notoriously bad.) I just chatted with UPS and was told that the tracking number Gurneys gave me was not a valid number. Thank goodness it was a small, test order. They have another 10 days to deliver my order or I'll be reporting them to my credit card company as a charge back for non-delivered items. Thankfully also, I contacted them in advance to ask if they could ship strawberry plants now, as we are needing to plant them NOW, as our others are in bloom. The response was a canned "we'll send them when it's right for your area." Obviously, reading comprehension isn't something in great supply at Gurneys. How sad, they just lost what could have been repeat business.
On February 1st, 2014, Nannersone added the following:
I received an email through Dave's Garden from the company on Jan 22 offering to "check on my order". I explained why I was not thrilled with the company - moving "ship" deadlines, lack of appropriate response from customer service, unwillingness to provide an accurate tracking number, etc. and it is now Feb1. I have heard nothing back from them at all. There are still two items that we have not received which they say they will ship in February. We could very easily plant them now, and have been waiting to do so since we ordered, but I can't seem to get past their canned "we ship according to zones". We're in zone 10, my strawberries are now fruiting, our other flowers are blooming--- I'm not waiting for the frost or cold to pass. And that seems to fall on deaf ears. If they do not have plants READY to ship, because they simply aren't grown enough to ship, that would be one thing - just say that. But to keep moving the "ship" dates back, especially on packets of seeds, was just.... unfathomable. There are plenty of other companies who ship promptly. Territorial is good, Heirloom, Renees, Seed Savers, and my favorite, Baker Creek. If our plants are not here by March 1, it'll be a charge-back.On February 14th, 2014, Nannersone added the following:
Feb 3 Donna from Gurneys posted (using my actual name, rather than my screen name) saying we could expect our shipment of the two remaining plants in mid-February.
Today (Feb 14) I received an automated message from Gurneys that our plants would ship out mid to late March.
I have sent via DG private mail and my regular email account a request to cancel the remaining order, as it is now going to be at least two months late, and that we expect a refund to show on my credit card within 10 working days or I will be requesting a charge-back due to non-delivery of products ordered before Christmas.On February 17th, 2014, Nannersone added the following:
Received an email from Gurneys:
"Thank you for your email. I apologize for the inconvenience. Your order is currently being processed, as soon as it shipped, we will be happy to issue you a refund. If we can be of further assistance, feel free to contact us."
As in, are they kidding? You're going to ship in mid-March and THEN issue me a refund? I'll be contacting the bank tomorrow.On Feb 17, 2014, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problems with your order. I would be happy to check into this for you. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information."
After being sold out from the old s.d. co. Its not the same operation anymore. Very high prices and of all anti American OUT SOURCING JOBS in ordering dept to India.I will not do buz with them anymore. For all we know they may be doing china thing later.No thank you gurneys any more.There catalogs will go in the garbage.With other junk mail.
Posted on January 22, 2014, updated January 25, 2014
Our Gurney's Account Number: 50392550
Our Order Number: 40100319000
Order Date: 01/10/14
I spent an hour at this site.....liking what I was seeing...and adding to my shopping cart.
I found this site with an 50% coupon that was mailed to us ...attached to their catalog's front page.
We order vast amount of needs from the web. Cab Cadet parts to hundreds of fruits trees from Cooke Company. All have reasonable handling and postage fees. This "joint" Gurney's had the gall to charge us a straight up fee of $25.00 for "shipping" from In. to Ca. A two pound box for $25.00!!!! I'll add that it took nearly 9 days to get here.
My gripe is this.....I spent an hour of my life at their site....and then they rip me for $25.00 as I check out. That coupon....50% off......smells of a scam.
Yes...I did email the company that same day to let them know that a USPS or UPS charges only $5.00 and that I felt ripped off. THERE WAS ZERO RESPONSE.
Over priced on their so called postage (there was no handling fees expressed), 9 days to ship that should had been only 4 days. The package was not delayed due to the blizzards going on. Our tracking showed that the box was in a West Sacramento UPS for four days....our farm is 7 miles from their warehouse.
I strongly suggest NOT to use this company.
On January 25th, 2014, mcfez added the following:
1.25.2014 supplement commentary :
Well......we just opened a partial of our seeds that we ordered. The first three packages ( 3 of sweet pepper) were short! Now we paid dearly for these 20ct seed packages. Unbelievable!
Today we open the rest of the packages and I am not looking forward to the deceptions of this company.
Account Number: 50392550
Order Number: 40100319000
Order Date: 01/10/14
Out out a $100.00 + order.....I got three packages of sweet pepper of 20 seed count.
First pack - 18 seeds
Second pack - 18 seeds
Third pack - 15 seeds
Posted on November 12, 2013, updated November 12, 2013
NEGATIVE TO THE MAX!
My Names Cathy Guzman! I am furious at Gurneys. I honestly think they shouldn't have a website up. I was excited at first, always wanted to order from them but now I see how much [expletive deleted] they tell you. I waited two ina half months for my plants ( WHICH THEY SAID THEY HAVE AND ARE IN STOCK) Its ridiculous. Obviously they don't care about your garden blooms as much as you do.
Their customer service lies to you a [expletive deleted] load! They will always tell you.." You'll get what you ordered on the 6 or 10 of November." Never showed, so I called them!" I asked when will they be coming...I need them. They said " Oh, Nov 28!" WOW ( SWITCHED DATES ON ME!!!!" I have to wait till the end of the month after I been waiting for almost 3 months! Complete [expletive deleted]. Now I have to sound likea [expletive deleted] bcuz they wont take me seriously if I dont. ITS CALLED RESPECT, They dont have it for the customers! Just Fake comments.
Please do not order from them no matter what. They treat you like nothing and what your paying for nothing!! I Love my flowers and they do not give you what you paid for. That company only cares for getting their payment! I WILL NEVER BE ORDERING FROM THEM AGAIN!!! AND YOU SHOULDN'T EITHER. I don't want anybody to be bummed as I was when I recieved my plants. =( Packaging is so bad too! Now I have to call and [expletive deleted] at them. Yes it makes me look bad, but not as bad as their company does! I deserve to get what I paid for to garden.
P.S. I thought some people on here were over exaggerating, but now I see what they ment by, DO NOT ORDER FROM THEM B/C OF MY BAD EXPERIENCE! I totally agree.
GURNEYS Can say sorry but whats the use. They still [expletive deleted] me for my money. And all I wanted were flowers and vegetables. Couldnt even give me what they sponser on their website. SO I HAVE NOTHING POSITIVE TO SAY ABOUT GURNEYS!!!! AT ALL!
Cathrine Guzman (Phoenix AZ)
On November 12th, 2013, CathysPeace added the following:
I just spoke with them, they told me I wont be getting my RED ONIONS, AND YELLOW ONIONS. They said last day for fall shipment was friday! Wow, nobody told me that! THEY NEED TO FIX THEIR WEBSITE INSTEAD OF [expletive deleted] EACH CUSTOMER SAYING THEY HAVE A PLANT THAT ARE READY TO BE SHIPPED. COMPLETE BULLSHIT I TELL YOU. I SPOKE TO THE MANAGER TOO AND TOLD HER THEY NEED TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. She said, we can refund you your money. [expletive deleted] NO, I WANT WHAT I PAID FOR DONT YOU UNDERSTAND.
SO HOPEFULLY THE WILL FIX UP THEIR WEBSITE OR CAN JUST GIVEA [expletive deleted] LESS AND TAKE IT OFF THE INTERNET. US GARDENERS DON'T LIKE TO BE [expletive deleted] ABOUT OUR FLOWERS. Especially say OH WE HAVE THEM IN GREAT CONDITION AND THEY ARE READY TO SHIP ASAP.
WHOEVER WORKS WITH SHIPMENT IS HORRIBLE AT IT. WHOEVER WORKS HERE MUST HATE IT BCUZ SHES LIKE ONE FAKE CUSTOMER SERVICE WHO
DOESNT CARE ABOUT YOUR BLOOMS
AS MUCH AS WE DO.
LAZY STAFF AND SLOW MANAGER. CANT HANDLE THIS WEBSITE & BUSINESS AT ALL. Im just speaking the truth...because it really needs to be heard instead of through the scumbags that lie about this website and growing their plants on their own.On Nov 12, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
It is clear that Gurney's is an Online Fulfillment company with perhaps overseas customer service reps. ALL orders are delayed. All orders are misrepresented. Like others, I ordered mid-sized trees and shrubs and received saplings and seedlings of poor vitality. I am guessing that they out source orders to foreign and domestic wholesalers. They actually charge your credit card months after taking the order just before they ship and without any notice. I had to force them to ship as their understanding of planting time is bogus and their business model is dubious.
On Oct 7, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
We appreciate you letting us know and apologize for any inconvenience. We so ship according to the USDA and try to make sure our orders ship on time. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information."
In April 2013 I ordered 20 roots of asparagus from Gurney's, Jersey Supreme Giant Grade at a cost of $49, supposed to be extra-large at least 2 year roots all-male hybrid. Although all were planted in a prepared raised bed in the same way on the same day, they emerged weeks apart, and appeared to be at least three distinct varieties. Most plants are quite small and frail, some are three times larger and huge - my heart sank when a third of the plants began flowering and producing berries, obviously female plants. At least two different kinds of berries! I don't know what plants I have, but they are obviously not the extra-large all-male hybrid asparagus roots I ordered. Anyone who plants asparagus knows that this is a long term investment, with significant prep and devotion. I called Gurney's Customer Service and was connected to a very pleasant man in India at a call center who had no idea what I was talking about. He offered to mail me a company credit voucher after confirming what I had ordered ...this has not been a satisfying response to an extremely maddening and frustrating experience given all of the effort I have put into this asparagus bed this year. I ordered from Gurney's because I believed them to be trustworthy. Now I realize they are not reputable and I recommend that NO ONE order from them. I plan to pull out my entire bed of mystery asparagus and try again next year with roots from a more dependable source, delaying any harvest now for another entire season at least.
On Jul 11, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
I apologize you were sent the wrong asparagus. I would be happy to reship the correct asparagus to you. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this."
Posted on May 23, 2013, updated July 3, 2013
Posted on May 20, 2013, updated May 23, 2013
I am a patient gardener. I bought a Primrose Lilac from Gurneys about 8 years ago. I waited 4 years for it to bloom and instead of yellow flowers, I got light purple! So they sent me a replacement in 2009. Again, I have waited 4 years and again it has finally bloomed and again it is light purple!
At this point I am wondering if they actually have yellow lilacs. When I went to their website to post a negative review, it never showed up! So I am posting here to warn people Buyer Beware! The other reviews about the lilac only talk about a healthy looking plant that is growing well, none mention how lovely the flowers look and smell. [I wonder if any one actually has a blooming yellow lilac and if so, can I get a sucker off of it? :) ]
I called the company to complain last week on Wednesday and was told that they could see that I was shipped a replacement in 2009, but since they did not have record of the orginal order, they could not ship me a new one!
I asked them why they couldn't follow the train of logic that if I was shipped a replacement, there had to have been an orignal order. I was told that I would get a telephone call within 24 hours from someone who could resolve the problem. Now it's Monday and I finally called them myself.
Ending up in the same conversation loop with maybe the same person and finally demanded to talk to someone else.
He said he would send me a refund and asked me how much I paid for the bush 8 years ago. I don't know, so I guess he is going to send me a check for the current price of the bush. Though after reading all these reviews, I can't say I have a lot of confidence in this company.
On May 23rd, 2013, iamaguna added the following:
Dealing with this so called customer service company is so full of redundancy, yet I still feel no confidence in receiving a refund check. After making the phone call on Monday and being promised the refund check, I thought I was done wasting my time talking to these people.
Then yesterday, I get a phone call from a woman who says she was calling to resolve my problem. Oddly, she identified herself as being with Spring Hill in the conversation, so are they the same company? I told her how ridiculous this whole situation is and mentioned that even though I placed an order last year and lost everything due to the drought, I did not call to make a claim on that order.
That would have given her an opportunity to truly be a customer service person and encourage me to get new products shipped, since everything is supposed to be guaranteed.
I did not make a claim on that order because, I have lost confidence in the company and their products and do not want to go through all the labor of replanting everything, when I am not convinced they are selling good stock. Also it is just too exasperating to deal with them on a claim.
I also got an email here from Donna in customer service who asked me to give her my account information so she could take care of the problem with the lilac.
Why would I have to go through her now when I was already promised a chack was being sent? Also, why do I get a response when I post on this website, but my negative review that I tried to put on their own website never was posted and I was never contacted about it?
I have worked in customer service and was trained to listen to the customer and to repeat what they stated the problem was and even go so far as to ask them what we could do to make them have a better experience. I didn't find any professional protocols in the conversation that I recognized as being good practices in dealing with a customer. If I was taking the call, I would have bent over backwards to try to retain my customer, including making the suggestion that last years order could be reshipped. As it stands now, I will never order from them again.On July 3rd, 2013, iamaguna added the following:
Now it's July 3rd and still no refund! On Jul 3, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
I ordered Blueberry Chippewa and Dwarf Northsky Blueberry on April 10. The confirmation email I received said the plants would come between 4/24 - 5/15. If I would have known when I placed my order that I might not receive my plants for over a month, I never would have ordered them...I would have bought them locally.
THEN, the delivery window was pushed back 5/15 - 6/5.
THEN, 5/19 - 6/09.
THEN, 6/5 - 6/26.
It is now over two months since I placed my order, and I have no blueberries.
When I checked the order status today, it says the Blueberry Chippewa was cancelled and the Northsky delivered back on May 11!!
I never received any blueberries from them. I received some dead mixed columbines on May 11 that were part of a free promotion. I WILL NEVER use Gurney's again....ever.
On Jun 27, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
On Jun 14, 2013, WorkNmygarden Green River, WY wrote:
I wish I would have read customer reviews before ordering live plants from Gurney's. I planned my garden and ordered heirloom seeds and plants from gurney's in February of 2013. I got the seeds but had to wait for the plants. My experience was much like others that have posted in the reviews. My heirloom tomatoes came later that the latest date on the delivery table and when they came, they were pretty much dead. Wilted leaves, yellow... and what's worse is that my over 12" plants were packed bent over in a box less than half they're height. Needless to say, the branches and stocks were broken. I was so discouraged, and disappointed. I had saved space in my garden anxiously waiting for these heirloom tomatoes. In calling customer service and explaining, they said this is not the norm, which I see is not true by other reviews, but they kindly granted me reimbursement on my credit card, as they were out of stock on those tomatoes and could not replace them. Now, mid-June, I am sure that I will not be able to find the same heirloom plants that I had ordered from Gurney's. We live in a rural area and nurseries run out of tomatoes by the end of May, and usually don't carry heirloom plants. I will never order from Gurney's again.
On Jun 14, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
I ordered compost pail bags and filters and 9 tomato plants from gurneys on May 1 2013. The bags and filters arrived 2-3 days later but not the plants. The order status guide listed I would get the plants in between 5/18 and 06/08. This order status was updated 4 times by email from gurneys. I was later told by a rep that 3 of the 9 plants were out of stock,I was disappointed but figured at least I'll get 6 plants. Well after waiting and waiting and calling and calling finally the 6 plants arrived on 06/11/13. But they were all long, leggy, stems snapped, had bugs in them, were tangled in the box AND the shipping list included in the box had what appeared to be blood on it. I took pictures and called gurneys I had to speak to 3 people Cindy,Sonia and Tracy in order to get a refund. Tracy then told me they were having trouble with the tomato supplier this year. I will NEVER again waste my time and money on this company. They could have told me when I first inquired that they had problems with the supplier on tomatoes this year and maybe I could have done business elsewhere. Poor customer service.
On Jun 11, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
On Jun 10, 2013, siteobserver Phoenixville, PA wrote:
I took advantage of the winter discount at Gurney's to order a full garden worth of tomato and pepper plants, then waited patiently. I received one packet of seeds then I received several emails saying my plants would be sent when the zone/weather permitted. Now it is June 10 and my garden is tilled and ready to go - I had to send an inquiry to the customer service department asking where my plants are. I received a polite email indicating that none of the plants are in stock and my credit card is being refunded. But I waited for my special plants more than a month past planting time! Now I have to go to Lowe's and buy the plants.
I will never order anything from Gurney's again and I will never believe the hype when they offer a winter sale and discounts on plants. This has totally soured my relationship with the company and I've been ordering from Gurney's for more than 20 years. Next year I will order from Henry Fields.
On Jun 10, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
On May 29, 2013, farmerbean2013 Fairgrove, MI wrote:
Posted on May 28, 2013, updated May 29, 2013
Posted on May 22, 2013, updated May 28, 2013
We ordered strawberries, asparagus and 2 bi color butterfly bushes on 4/17. While we received the strawberries and asparagus we are still awaiting the butterfly bushes. No communication from gurneys other than the 2 times that I have called and been told that I will have them soon. It really seems like poor customer service to not relay to the customers when there is going to be a long delay in shipping.
On May 28th, 2013, farmerbean2013 added the following:
2 days after I posted this I received a private message asking for my account info from a gurneys rep. They said they would be in contact with me. I provided them with it one day after that. That was Friday. It is now tuesday. Still no plants and still no info from them. I will just stick to ordering from the competitors from now on.On May 29th, 2013, farmerbean2013 added the following:
Finally received an order update from Gurneys. It states that my ship dates will be 06/12/13-07/03/13. what a joke! Never again!On May 29, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. I apologize for the delay with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information so we can have your order shipped right away."
I ordered 2 pea fences (item # 12826) from these clowns on April 29, 2013. As of today, May 23, they have STILL not shipped. When I called their customer service line, I was huffily told that *perhaps* they had run out while placing the orders. Did I ever receive a phone call, and e-mail, ANYTHING informing me that my item was delayed? NO. I skeptically told them that a true BUSINESS would ensure that they invested in an inventory control system that would keep amounts on hand aligned with what is being sold through the website. I was unable to get any update, or even a firm ETA on shipping the fences, so I cancelled. This was my 1st and last experience with these people. No other seed company I've ever dealt with has been this bad....Gurney's deserves to go out of business, and they probably will, if it keeps up the shoddy and dishonest business practices that I've experienced and that I've been reading about on here. Buyer Beware!!!!
Got half my order and then waited for the remainder, finally I called to find out what was going on. Was bluntly almost rudely told that they had sold out. Saying "what"? Was told that when it came time to fill my order they were sold out, I turned my order in back in Feb, but because of my climate they would not ship till much later so thus they are sold out because I am not an early ship to. So then I asked why I was not notified about this. Again, bluntly almost rudely was told that is not Gurney's policy. So now would you like to guess what my policy is towards Gurney. Too bad I can not rate them worse than negative.
On May 16, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your order. I apologize you were not notified that we were out of stock and for all your inconvenience. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and see what we can do.."
On May 9, 2013, yrralrellim Staunton, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I ordered over $50 worth of plants and very common gardening supplies on April 27. I finally received my two blackberry plants on May 8 but I have yet to receive the normal gardening supplies! Poor, poor service! Apparently they do not stock all of the items that they advertise for sale. After ordering from this company numerous times prior to 2000 I have decided to scratch this company off of my list of sources and I would very highly recommend that everyone duplicate that procedure unless you want to be disappointed. After contacting their customer service they supposedly have put a rush on my order. Unfortunately the items will not arrive in time to help me this year! Maybe I can save the items for next year's garden.
On May 9, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
We appreciate your posting. I apologize for the problems you are having with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check on your order.
After contacting customer service several times over the past few weeks I still have yet to receive all the seeds ordered. They have offered no explanation to why they have not shipped. I am now over 3 weeks behind on where I should be with seedlings in my greenhouse for my gardens. I am so frustrated with the service at this point I will never use them again .
On May 6, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
We appreciate your posting. I apologize for the problems you are having with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check on your order.
I found this website during an online search for comments about Gurney's and when I read the negative comments, I felt a thud in my gut of buyer's remorse of wondering if I made the right choice to order from them. I have placed two orders with Gurney's, and have only received some of the seed packets I requested. I have gone online to their website several times to enter my order numbers to get a status on the remaining items, and there are no changes to the order pages. After several weeks, I decided to call the customer service today and spoke to someone name Leticia, who answered the phone, 'Leticia speaking.' What happened to identifying the company you work for and then stating your name?
I asked her to provide a shipping update on the items I have been expecting, and she told me that one of the them is out of stock, another one won't ship until later this Fall, and the others can be expected to arrive towards the end of May. I asked her why I didn't receive any email updates from Gurney's about the out of stock and late arrival items, and she stated that there didn't appear to be an email address on file. I asked her how was it possible then for me to get order confirmations to my email address after I pay for an order through the website, but couldn't get email confirmations about changes to my order unless I call the customer service number? There was no answer from her to that question, yet I provided my email address to her to update whatever screen she saw was missing it.
She stated that when an order is cancelled or out of stock, they just 'submit the credit' and the customer isn't notified beforehand. I was stunned. After having gone to the website to check on my remaining order items for several weeks, I wasn't going to get any updates through Gurneys website at all, and I was wasting my time. So, what I got from the call was, if you haven't gotten what you ordered, don't expect Gurneys to email, write, or call you about what happened. You will have to call them and be told that your items, that you've been waiting to plant, won't be delivered to you at all, or will be shipped out several weeks to months after you were expecting them to arrive.
One more thing, one of the items I ordered were a couple of lavender plants, and she told me that I wouldn't expect to receive those until October. I told her that I went to Orchard Supply recently and they have lavender plants in pots available for purchase. She told me that she isn't aware of what other merchants have available. I asked her to cancel the lavender plants from my order, process the credit for these and another plant that was out of stock that I was suppose to get this month, and please communicate to her customer service management to improve their order status communications to their customers.
By the way, I'm still waiting on the broccoli, cauliflower, watermelon, corn, squash, and spinach seeds that I planted weeks ago to germinate, and I really hope that I didn't get bad seeds from Gurneys as well. If anything, I feel more inclined to support my local gardening merchants and just buy directly from them.
I am a first time customer with this company and so far, I'm more displeased than pleased, but patience is a virtue and I'm holding out hope that things work out.
On May 3, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
Thank you for your posting. I apologize for the problems you are having with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and make sure things are taken care of for you."
On May 1, 2013, jandkc NORTHFIELD FALLS, VT wrote:
I am really disappointed with this company. I have been a customer for a few years now, but what happened to my order this year has changed my opinion of them completely. When I received my confirmation e-mail, all things looked correct... correct billing, correct shipping, etc. All things looked good, as I kept getting updates for order processing and shipment notifications as my zone came up for shipping.
I noticed my strawberries were taking an exceptionally long time to ship, so I checked the tracking info, only to find that 12 days ago, they had been returned by my local Post Office (I had it shipped to my house address and NOT my PO) sent it back because of an incorrect address. I e-mailed Gurney's as soon as I noticed this, and heard nothing back, so I decided to call them. The woman whom I spoke with was pleasant enough, and even accepted fault on behalf of Gurney's. I don't know how, with today's technology, and the fact that my confirmation e-mails had the correct shipping address, they messed this up... But she was able to determine that my stuff went to a completely different town and zipcode.
Was hoping for an easy fix, but noooooo. Everything in that shipment was now out of stock. In fact, there was only ONE type of strawberry plant left on their whole site. I asked for my money back, which she assured would happen in 3-5 days. I still can't help but wonder when they were going to fix this, since 12 days seems like more than enough time for them to receive the returned items, and somehow reach out to me or refund my money.
And wait, there's more... My order was two shipments, and the second one has yet to go out. Of course this also has the incorrect address on it, but she claims she can't stop it in this part of the process to correct it, and all three of the items are also out of stock. So basically I have to wait for it to ship to the address they made up out of thin air, get returned, and THEN I can get my refund. At this time of year, EVERY site is out of the stuff I initially ordered in March, so there goes my entire fruit portion of my garden.
This mistake cost me a lot, and is so baffling as to how it even happened... I could NEVER recommend this company to anyone, let alone ever give them my business again.
On May 1, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
We appreciate your post and I apologize for the problems you had with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and find out what is happening with your order and refund."
On May 1, 2013, LADYBUGLADY31 Erving, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I wish I would have found DG before I ordered from this company. I ordered a bunch of stuff that was delivered in the fall, mostly small bushes, a cool hosta, and some smaller little perrenial items. I planted as instructed (I garden a lot, so I know it's not my fault), and every single bush is dead, with no signs of node growth or anything. Completely dry and petrified. I'm so dissapointed, I had to at least warn others of this problem. Even my hosta died. Which I believe because it was one little leaf of a piece. My Periwinkle and a little perrenials seem okay though.
You cannot get a replacement without keeping your shipping label. I doubt I still have that. But I'll check, cause this is BS!
On May 1, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
Thank you for the feedback, this is not accurate. We can locate your account with your last name and zip code to reship to you. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
This company is a joke. I ordered from them years ago. I bought some honeysuckle. The plant was fine, but the company is just the worst to deal with. After all the years, I don't remember what my problem was, just that they were very unhelpful, and rude. I tried to get myself removed from their mailing lists, and spam lists, but to no avail. So I got a catalogue in the mail this year from them with a "free $25" coupon, with "no catch" right next to it, so I was thinking I would give this a shot, to see what happens.
I call in, tell the lady I have this coupon on my catalogue, and she said she would have to talk to a supervisor about it since she had no knowledge of this deal. After about 5 minutes on hold, she said ok, and I ordered a dogwood. I did not have high hopes, and I have yet to see the bush. Planting here in Montana has started, and I know they've been shipping their plants for awhile.
This company is a joke, if you want to risk it with them, go ahead. Buy local, not from some mail order customer service nightmare like Gurneys.
On Apr 27, 2013, Gurney's Seed & Nursery responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem you had with our company. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check into when you should receive your order."