This is one of my favorite places to shop for plants, particulary rare and hard to find items. They carry every conceivable herb, as well as hard to find hydranges, trees, and shrubbery. I came across them when attending the Philadelphia Flower Show, and have never regretted a purchase since. Today, I called about purchasing perennials I will need to plant for a May wedding, and they were gracious, helpful, and actually went out to peruse their huge inventory to check on availability. In the summer, one of their salespersons walked me around their grounds, showing me rare historical items.Will shop with them again
On Jun 27, 2010, davidrt28 Columbia, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
All of the plants I have ordered from them were well grown, bushy specimens, and have performed beyond my expectations. I'm particularly happy with the Gardenias I bought here. Overall a great place to get hardy subtropicals.
On Jan 22, 2009, The_Hillers Monroeville, NJ wrote:
We have gone to Triple Oaks for over five years now and got nothing but the highest quality plants with, more importantly, the most knowledgeable staff of anywhere else we have visited.
Our property is full of a variety of (their) grasses, flowers, herbs, shrubs, hollies, evergreens, and our latest addition this past fall - a beautiful >10' Ginko tree (male, of course) at an unbeatable price. Lorraine Kiefer gave us reference material on the trees that we were looking at and spent alot of time sharing her extensive knowledge to help us plant wisely. Joe delivered it personally and offered great advice on care and planting as always.
This place is second to none in knowledge and plant quality - we haven't lost one and look forward to the spring every year as all of the plants come out bigger and better. They have immediate access to BIG trees, too.
The nursery is full, unique, and well kept. Highly recommend just visiting and walking back to the pond if you are nearby.
On Sep 7, 2008, wind Mount Laurel, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:
As an avid gardener, I rank Triple Oaks among my top 5 favorite nurseries. Over the years we have purchased (in person and via mail order) native plants, herbs, roses, trees, concrete statues, lovely glassware, pottery and other items in their gift shop, and have always received excellent customer service.
On Jan 20, 2008, RonDEZone7a Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:
Triple Oaks is a great resource for hard-to-find plants and subtropicals like palms and bananas, as well as native and other common cultivated plants from the mid-Atlantic region. It is one of the few nurseries around that actually propagates some of their plants. Triple Oaks seems to have healthy larger plants, with superior root systems, that transplant well. I've had better luck planting their crape myrtles, camellias, and magnolias than those from some other sources where the plants are rootbound and too large for their pots.
One of the owners, Joe Keifer, is extremely knowledgeable about plants in general, but especially in growing and wintering marginally-hardy plants in southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Joe has extensive test gardens behinds the nursery where he grows hardier palms, bananas, yuccas, cactus, numerous subtropical bulb plants, camellias, and a wide variety of broad-leaved evergreens and crape myrtles. He holds plants swaps and garden tours several times a year, to those interested in growing exotic plants. Well worth a visit. !!! Triple Oaks is about a 45-minute drive from Wilmington (Delaware) or Philadelphia.
On Sep 12, 2007, asturnut Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:
I live near Triple Oaks and used to stop there frequently. I've never mail ordered from them since I live nearby, but I've always had a good experience when I've gone there. In addition to having a really nice selection of common and unusual plants (I love their herb selection) they have interesting classes and a nice gift shop. Staff is always helpful and knowledgeable.
On Feb 15, 2007, Francymae Williamstown, NJ wrote:
I have lived in this area for 15 years and frequently shop with this company. They are knowledgeable, friendly and devoted to their craft. If you can't find it here, you can't find it anywhere. We not only buy plants here, but my husband frequently purchases rose bouquets for me and they are always beautiful. A recent purchase of Venus Fly Traps for my grandchildren came with detailed information from the staff about how to pot them, and, after following directions, the children have enjoyed them immensely. They also provided information on what to do with them over the winter season so we can restart them in the Spring. They are ALWAYS friendly and willing to take whatever time is needed to assist you with whatever your growing needs might be. I recommend Triple Oaks to anyone I know who might have gardening needs.
On Oct 12, 2006, BenGurnee Gurnee, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
I was very happy with my Triple Oaks' experience. I live in the Chicago area and I was looking for a reasonably sized American Holly. Unfortunately American Holly is rare around here (due to, I believe, our typically alkaline soils). Most of the American Hollies that I found online were smaller than I wanted. I stumbled across Triple Oak's online inventory (their offerings are not linked in PlantFiles) and found they had good sized American Hollies of a nice cultivar. I called and ended up speaking in length with Joe. Not only was he willing to ship me a large specimen, he rushed the order out the same day because I was eager to get it planted before it got too late in the season. He also provided a wealth of information and caring tips for hollies. The holly arrived very well packed and in excellent condition. Joe went well beyond my expectations on this order. I will be giving them future business!
At the end of last season, I called this company, spoke with Joe, and was delighted to get personalized attention about what items I could add to my garden that are fragrant. I ordered the following plants and each of them arrived packaged beautifully, each survived the winter and are really thriving: (1) five lily of the valleys; (2) five violas, including Konigin Charlotte; (3) one Fothergilla bush (the dwarf kind); (4) one Edgeworthia (Chinese paper plant); and (5) one Korean Spice bush (Viburnum Carlesi). These are such healthy plants - the foliage on my violas even stayed evergreen over the winter and the unusual Edgeworthia was somewhat mature with a real strong root system when it arrived from this nursery. When Spring arrived, I phoned the nursery to ask about fertilizing and got wonderful input from Joe's Mom. Nice place. Will most definitely order from them again (or do the road trip to them).
On June 13th, 2006, charlenenj added the following:
Maybe it would be nice to include pics of how some of the plants look now:
On Oct 20, 2005, snapple45 Holland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
When ordering, the person who took my order arranged to have the plant shipped so that it would arrive on my day off. Thus the plant spent the minimum time in a shipping container. The best part however was the excellent quality of the plant. I have ordered over the years from many mail order nurserys and this was about the very best quality plant I have ever received, large, vigorous and well packed. Overall, a very good company to deal with.
On May 22, 2005, c2garden Virginia Beach, VA wrote:
I placed an order with another nursery for the new Double Knockout Roses but was told a couple times that it would be "a couple more weeks before we can ship them". I found Triple Oaks on DG and decided to place an order with them. I talked to Lorraine and was told that they had them but to ship them out would take someone all day long to get them ready. I was also told that they would have to cut them down and it would cost more than the plants were worth to ship them to me. The nursery here that had them priced them at 39.99 each. Triple Oaks priced theirs at 24.99 each. I told her I wanted them and would come get them. I ordered 10. I live 5 hours away from them. Lorraine emailed me several times with information and pictures of the Double Knockouts. She offered to take me on a tour of the display gardens. When I got there she was busy with customers but did find time to show me how to get back to the gardens. My daughter and I met the only dog in the world that will fetch a rock but not a stick! Lorraine gave my daughter some corn to feed the chickens that wonder around the nursery. I was stopped by one of the customers there. She said "you must be the lady they were talking about". We chatted for a few minutes about the five hour trip and then she said she had to shake my hand for being such a "plants person". I gathered up my roses and left there without saying goodbye because Lorraine was busy.
Thank you for all the information you sent to me and thank you for the wonderful roses that I just had to have. I would make the trip again tomorrow if you had something I just had to have. You have a wonderful staff and great plants. I can tell you love what you do!!!
I ordered two "Chuck Hayes" gardenias and received big, beautiful plants. These are hard-to-find, extra-hardy gardenias which every nursery should sell, but doesn't. I guess most nurseries prefer you replace your gardenias every year after they die from the cold. (I'm in zone 7b.) I received the plants quickly. The roots in dirt were wrapped in plastic bags--no pots. I'm not sure of the purpose of not sending a pot; were they dug up from the ground? If so, I would worry about root loss. But so far (2 weeks), they seem to be doing fine. They were free of bugs and disease and the leaves were a healthy dark green. I can't rate customer service since I haven't had any complaint yet. They are more expensive than average, but they do give you your money's worth and have rare plants. I will be ordering from them again.
I was doing a search for a very specific plant when I found this NJ nursery website, which is equipped with it's own search engine. They do not sell online but will ship plants mail-order style (thru email/phone). What I like is they are very up front about what they have and don't have, and they also have a wealth of articles about plants,written by the owner. I called them to place an order, and they shipped me some gorgeous shrubs I had been looking for and couldn't find in my area. They were very helpful and knowledgeable on the phone, and I got the order in a reasonable amount of time, packed very carefully. You just have to keep in mind that they are a teaching plant nursery first and a mail-order business second, so you may have to wait longer for plants to arrive, but I think it's worth it to get the best quality.