I have placed 2 orders through this website. Both Companies sponsered by Davis. I do not have the name of the first Co., but the raspberry plants that I received were dried out and took over 5 weeks from the order date to arrive. They arrived after the 25th of April 2010, and 75% of them never made it through the summer. Later that summer I ordered 3 Wisteria plants that were 1 year stock. 2 of the plants grew, but did not bloom in the spring of 2011, and i ASSUMED that they were just too young. 3 weeks ago they bloomed, and they were orange Trumpet vine. You can imagine my distress, I called, then sent a letter requesting a refund. Now I have spent just over a year taking care of plants that were not what I had ordered, and that I could have gotten from any wild fence row if I had wanted Trumpet vine. Today I received a response to my letter giving me a credit of $4.99 toward a future purchase. With their track record I never would recomend any purchase through Davis again. They do not support your purchases, and do not do thorough research on the companies they represent. Lots of money, time, energy wasted.
On Jul 15, 2011, briannao Oak Park Heights, MN wrote:
Very dissappointed with this company. Plants came late, they were not in very good shape, I tryed to get a replacement and they could not find my shipping label that I sent back to try and get a credit on a plant they sent that I did not order. I would not do business with them again.
On Jul 15, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 9, 2012 8:13 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
We are sorry to hear of the customer’s disappointment. We tried to contact this customer via dmail to look into their situation further. We did not receive a response, so hopefully the situation was resolved.
Posted on June 1, 2011, updated July 7, 2011
I ordered my plants on May 11, 2011 and received them today, June 1st. I am in Wisconsin and they are in Illinois and it shouldn't take so long to receive an order. The four plants I ordered were in pots but very stressed-I am hoping they will take. 3 bleeding hearts were bare root but looked like not much life to them-one looked like it was dead. 2 hostas were bare root also but didn't look too bad. The free climbing tomato were seeds as was the climbing peach-way to late to plant this year. Didn't receive the Anemore bulbs but received Blue Poppy Bulbs instead. Did receive the Shamrock plant bulbs. I know that the items are very low cost and it is true that you get what you pay for. I will not order from this company again.
On July 7th, 2011, ibwhoz added the following:
Update-Everything I ordered is growing I'm happy to say. I did receive one dead climbing shell plant that was just 2 sticks in soil. I contacted customer service and worked with a gal, Faith and she had a very healthy new plant shipped out to me. The plant arrived on June 7th and was in beautiful, healthy condition. I would like to THANK Faith very much for all her help.On Jul 7, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 4, 2012 10:15 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
We are happy to hear that the replacement was received in good condition! Happy Gardening!"
I received a 4Seasons Nursery catalog in the mail, and after thoroughly reading through it, I was very anxious about ordering at least half the catalog. After placing my first order, I began to get eager about recieving my plants. I read some negative feedback on the shipping process; however, my experience was excellent. I received my plants in a timely manor. It actually states in the catalog that these plants will be shipped according to hardiness zone. I look forward to ordering from Dave's Garden. If it's anything like 4Seasons, I know I won't be dissappointed.
On Jun 15, 2011, LadyRoseWinters Pikeville, KY wrote:
I have thoroughly enjoyed shopping with Four Seasons Nursery. Their prices are reasonable any time, but when they have a sale--watch out, yaard!
Good variety of quality plants, including some very unique offerings. Great customer service as well--very knowledgable, friendly, helpful & quick.
I've shopped a few online nurseries & they are surely my favorite so far. Wonderful job, 4S!
SHIPPING TAKES OVER A MONTH!
I had never ordered plants online, but attempted it this year and won't do it again. I ordered from Four Seasons Nursery and after a month and never hearing or seeing anything I contacted the customer service via email and they of course said my shipment was in the shipping house waiting to be shipped. I waited a few more days and didn't see anything, so I emailed again and threatened to cancel my order, but of course they convienently got back to me stating my order went out THAT day....hmmmmm!
Once I got the plants some of them looked pretty puny, others okay. All of the LILY BULBS seem to be doing great right now. I'm still waiting for the DAHLIA'S to sprout through the ground. 1 BLEEDING HEART is doing awesome, the other one has died. HYDRANGEA is questionable, right now it just looks like a stick in the ground, no green. DWARF FLOWERING CHERRIES are doing well. I don't expect much from the HOLLYHOCKS this year, maybe next year since they are perennials.
OVERALL I WOULD NOT ORDER FROM THIS COMPANY AGAIN. For the little amount of money that you save by ordering them, you will have more of a gaurantee that the plants will survive by just buying them at a local nursery.
They do offer a one year replacement and I"m not sure how that will pan out yet. I made a chart of my entire 1/4 acre property and marked where I put every flower, as I read on other reviews that they require you to send back the dead plant for your replacement.
I hope this review was helpful!
I placed my order with this company on May 3 and was very anxious to receive the plants that were promised in the catalog. After hearing nothing for 3 weeks, I called and was told my order had been sent to shipping and I would be receiving it soon. It is now June 6 and I have been told again that my order has been shipped and I should be receiving it any day now. My credit card was billed for this order when I placed it over a month ago!! I was not billed when it was "shipped" but instead when I placed the order, which I did not realize until I received my credit card bill. When I called today, I explained that I was very disappointed in my experience with this company and stated that I just wanted my money back. I was told that I would have to pay to ship the order back to them before my money would be refunded! I told them I would just refuse the package and she told me it would cost me more in the long run because I would still have to pay shipping both ways! I asked for a manager and was told "good luck" when I was transferred to her. She was no more helpful......so now I've lost $100 for plants, that if they do ever arrive, will probably be "less than healthy". I never doubted this company, with their catalog of beautiful plants and reasonable prices, but boy how I wish I had checked them out first! The negative comments posted here would have certainly changed my mind. I am very disappointed with my experience with 4 Seasons Nursery and would advise everyone to reconsider ordering anything from them!
Posted on May 21, 2011, updated June 4, 2011
I place a order with this company on Feb 14 2011, when I received my order around the middle of April I was missing my angel trumpet plants (4of them) and some of my supposedly free gifts. On the very top of the shipping label. It said Partial Order it said 1 of 2 . so I waited a little longer for them giving them the benefit of the doubt. NO LUCK! I e-mail them several times and finally they said it was all shipped already, They said it was all shipped in 1 order, BUT I AM STILL MISSING MY PLANTS I PAID FOR .THEY FINALLY ASK ME SEND THEM THE SHIPPING LABEL , SO I DID AND STILL NO ANSWER , I E-MAIL THE AGAIN , AND NOW THEY SAID IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS FOR THEM TO GET THE MAIL SHIPPING LABEL AND ABOUT 2 WEEKS FOR THEM TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I DON'T EXPECT THEM TO SEND ME THE PLANTS, I HAVE GIVEN UP ON THIS COMPANY. I WILL NEVER ORDER ANYTHING FROM THIS COMPANY AGAIN OR THERE SISTER COMPANY'S AGAIN, SO BEWARE OF THERE OTHER COMPANY'S AS WELL.THERE OTHER COMPANY'S ARE
HOUSE OF WESLEY
Burgess Seed & Plant Co.
Richard Owen Nursery
Farmer Seed & Nursery
SO BEWARE OF ANY OF THESE COMPANY'S , I WOULD JUST SHOP ELSE WHERE, EVEN IF IT COSTS A LITTLE MORE MONEY, BECAUSE WHAT YOU DO NOT GET OR PLANTS DIE YOU WILL HAVE BETTER SEVER US
On June 4th, 2011, Cabosawman added the following:
Well to my surprise,I got a return post from Faith from 4 seasons she would check out my story and said I do show that a replacement order is currently in processing and should ship very soon.this was on May 27 2011, today is June 4 2011. I check my mail box and almost had a heart attack. there was a box from 4 seasons nursery and had my 4 plants inside. WOW What a surprise. SO I did finally get ALL OF MY ORDER that I paid for.The bad thing about this company's is that They are always right and just figure that the customer will just give up and they will win by default and it a win win for them. I have order from Gurneys, Stark Brothers and Willis nursery and these company's are far better and more dedicated to there customers
BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK FAITH FOR AT LEAST CHECKING ON MY PROBLEM AND GETTING BACK TO ME
On Jun 4, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 9, 2012 8:13 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
We are sorry to hear that there was an error in shipping. Try as we may sometimes mistakes do occur. We do show that we processed a replacement order of the missing items which was shipped immediately. "
terrible terrible mail order company. DO NOT order from here! They send dead plants and the customer service reps give conflicting solutions. I called to complain that several of my plants arrived dead. I was told by (a miserable) rep #1 to wait 6 weeks to see if they would 'revive'. I told her dead was dead. I sent a letter, did not get a response. I called and was told by rep #2, if I returned the dead plants I would get a refund as the replacement plants ( that I did not ask for) had not been shipped out. I sent out the dead plants, with a letter the following day. That evening I received an email stating that my replacement plants had been shipped. I sent a scathing email, and was told that I had not requested a refund in the initial call (6 weeks prior) so the replacements had been shipped (conveniently RIGHT after I called the second time). Save your money, read reviews BEFORE you spend your money on rip off, thieving mail order nurseries like this.
Recieved plants on 6/2/11 that were ordered in Middle of May... the miniature pussy willow tree, was placed in a tall green bag with no form of protection and so quite understandably when it arrived at my house it was broken in two. The butterfly bush looked as if it had been soaked in water and then nuked in a microwave (completely rotten). The other two orders are in bad shape but not dead.... yet and so will have to wait to claim reimbursement. I did speak with the company customer service which displayed a "could care less attitude", send the plants back (at my cost) and we will send you a refund. I will never again deal with this company and will be contacting the bbb to ask them to investigate this company as well.
On Jun 3, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 4, 2012 10:15 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
The items received in this order were are all shipped bare root and dormant as this allows them to be transplanted with much higher degrees of success. Since they are dormant, and not leafed out, they may be mistaken for dead. We do not ask that the items be returned when requesting replacement and do hope that this customer takes advantage of this offer. We have tried contacting the customer via Dmail but have received no response."
Omg.....can't say enough bad things about this snail mail company. If you wanna call it a company probably two idiots and a bunch of rotten stuff they call plants. Wish I had read up on the company before I ordered. There catalog kept coming and everything looks so good you wanna order one of everything then the games begin.... Calls to find out which pigeon had my order but I found out my pigeon was shot down in Philly .. Ok so I hope u see my anger has turned me to humor wanna throw my order in the garbage but I'm afraid the garbagemen will tag it for unacceptable. I will never order from 4seasons jerk me around nursery. Signed unhappy in
On May 30, 2011, obsensical Green Forest, AR wrote:
I ordered despite reading most of the negative feedback on this site. I had first placed an order with another company, but after seeing how much cheaper I could get the same items from Four Seasons, I decided to give them a try. Heck, even if half of my order died, I was still going to have more plant for my dollar. Hard to resist that.
I went in knowing that my order would take forever to arrive. I was not disappointed when I made my order early in the year (I think Feb? March?) and I received my plants in May.
Much of my order has survived, and I'm happy with that! I ordered some butterfly bushes that I don't think made the journey, but the lilacs are producing leaves like mad! Almost all the lilies have sprouted, and the other bush plants are starting to leaf (they're a little slow, it seems, but they are green and growing - you can see how terribly picky I am).
If you have low expectations starting out with, I think this is a great company to order from.
These items were received on 05/21/2011! Just over two months after I paid for them. Customer service was incompetent in every way. For two months they kept claiming that the order was just shipped. I started to cancel the order, and they said it would take two weeks to do that!
Some of the trees were split in the middle, lengthways. Customer service claims it was normal, but if I wasn’t happy, I could pay to ship them back for a replacement.
Most of the pep start pills were crushed. The handbook was water logged.
I will never order from this place again. The quality is poor and their customer service is worse.
I’d like to see their company representative respond to this, and try to explain how it was all my fault or they would’ve or could’ve done something to help in some way. If they are reading this, I will be contacting the BBB.
The following items were requested on 3/19/2011 10:09:25 AM:
On May 24, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 4, 2012 10:14 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
Our website does state to allow up to 2 weeks for processing and the order is then scheduled to ship based upon availability. We do not require that the items be returned when requesting replacement. We did try to contact this customer via dmail and have received no response. We do hope that the customer takes advantage of the replacement guarantee. "
This company has the WORST customer service I have ever seen. I started responding with them in March stating that I didn't get the free gifts that they claim to give you. I was told to return my shipping label and the gifts I received along with a letter explaining what I was supposed to receive. Well, I did everything that was ask, and no reply. I then sent them another email in April, was told to give it a couple of weeks longer. Well, this is May and still no response. I again emailed them. This time I was told that they weren't going to do anything, and that they had the right to change the offer without notification. I responded to them that they have the worst customer service I have ever seen, and that I would be filing a complaint with the BBB. I have also tried to call them, but only received a rude response to my questions. This company STINKS. By the way, the plants I received were horrible, and it is totally useless at getting them replaced since they had me to send back my shipping label. Save your money, and shop with another company. I will only be using Michigan Bulb from this point forward. I have placed numerous orders with them, and NEVER had any problems!
On May 20, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 4, 2012 10:11 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
This order was placed in the fall to be shipped in the spring. Free gifts were included in the order, but the customer wanted the free gifts that were available in the fall catalog. Those free gifts were not available to ship, nor could they all be planted, in the spring. We did not request the customer return the free gifts that they received. We do show that we did receive the customers shipping label and shipped additional fall free items in the fall as soon as they were available. Regarding the items that have died, we do keep the shipping label on file for the duration of the guarantee and do hope that the customer takes advantage of this offer."
Oh how I wish I had come here before ordering from this company. After waiting a month for my order, I decided to call and cancel. The said they can't cancel orders of the phone (what???) and that I would have to email them. The next day I get an email saying the request had been "forwarded" to the appropriate department. Well ten days later, guess what...they show up at my house, and I wasn't there to refuse the order. They said the only way to get my money back is to return the trees (and guess who has to pay for the return postage.....)
Worst service ever had. I have been told "the order being shipped and you will receive them in next week" more than 3 times.
On May 19, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 4, 2012 10:17 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
Our website does state to allow up to 2 weeks for processing and the order is then scheduled to ship based upon availability. At the time of this posting, the order had already shipped. We do hope that the customer received this package in good condition as we received no response to our Dmail."
On May 16, 2011, spanknjenn Newport, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:
I ordered 3 red double knock out roses bushes and one hydrangea around the last week in April took just a little over 2 weeks just like was stated at the top of their website, Every one of my plants were alive with very good clean root balls, I am very happy with this company and now will continue to shop with them, This was my first time shopping a plant catologe
This is the worst company I have ever dealt with, bar none. Most of the plants were pitiful beyond description. And the trees were just ridiculous. The weeds in my field are bigger than those Dwarf Cherry Trees. The fruit cocktail tree arrived broken and dead and I had to pay the shipping to return it! I went ahead and planted everything else and most of those plants died within a week. But in order to get a refund, I have to dig them up and send them back. So how do you dig up a plant that died so completely that there is nothing to send back? Send a spoonful of dirt back for each plant, wasting money on postage in the process?
I tried calling and was told to send an email to find out how to get my shipping back for the dead tree and what to do about the dead plants I can't even find. The reply I received was that I had already been refunded for the product (the tree, not the other dead plants and not my postage). Reading comprehension is right down there with their customer service and plant quality.
I will use 4 Season's Nurseries catalogs to start my fire pit BBQ with. That's all they're good for. Run, don't walk, away from this company.
On May 12, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 4, 2012 10:12 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
We are sorry to hear of the problems with the tree. Our guarantee is clearly posted on the website as well as in all catalogs, and we do stand behind this guarantee. We were able to contact this customer via dmail concerning her $120.00+ order. The customer had taken advantage of our guarantee and received a refund for the tree totaling $19.95. As requested, a replacement order was also issued for the remaining $19.18 worth of plants that died.
Posted on May 9, 2011, updated May 9, 2011
Irresponsible company, worst customer service ever. Never got my order after almost a month, now it's too late to plant. PLEASE AVOID 4SEASONSNURSERIES!!! Prices seem great (too god to be true!), but this is a scam company, please read other comments from other users. Avoid this company at all costs! They'll charge your card and you wait and wait and wait (I'm still waiting.)
I just requested my order to be cancelled and my money to be refunded after the horror stories I've read here and in other blogs and websites.
DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR AND AVOID 4SEASONSNURSERIES!
Due to them, I missed my spring planting, do you want that to happen to you?
Now I have to wait 'till next year! And this is from someone who was happy to be able to finally have enough land and happens to be disabled!
They ruined my chance for this spring!
On May 8th, 2011, jgonz79 added the following:
I DIDN'T STRESS ENOUGH, I'M DISABLED! Shame on this company! My first chance to start a garden, RUINED! I'm so mad. Some of the stuff I ordered I can't seem to find it locally, so I ordered it online ;(On May 8, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 4, 2012 10:14 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
As stated on our website, at that time of the year, orders were taking up to two weeks for processing and then scheduled to ship based on availability and weather. This order was placed on 4/18 and canceled/refunded per customer’s request. We would like to point out that the postings on this site have been accumulated during the last 16 years, and represent an extremely small portion of our customers. The majority of our customers are happy as our business thrives on repeat customers.
Posted on May 2, 2011, updated May 6, 2011
I routinely place orders with online and brick-and-mortar nurseries throughout the country and naturally get a ton of catalogs. Well, decided to give 4seasonsnurseries a try and ordered about 70.00 worth of bulbs, shrubs and flowers at the end of March. Three weeks later gave them a call to see if the order has shipped and was told no and the reason was the cold night temps of my locale - mid to upper 40s a month ago. I told them that my HZ was 6 and most plants on order are zones 4-9. They told me to call back in a week. I did, and the same run around. Called again in two weeks - it hasn't shipped yet. By this time my orders with 3 other nurseries (placed at the same time as 4SN) all came in and were planted. After three weeks I was told my order is in shipping dept., but won't ship for another 2-3 weeks. WHAT?? I asked to cancel my order, but you apparently can't do that over the phone - you need to email them. Your email then gets sent to wherever and takes up to 2 weeks to process. This has got to be most idiotic way to handle customer correspondence in this day and age, unless of course it's to their benefit. I filed a claim with CC and will never deal with them again. I'd rather be gardening than wasting my time on this nonsense.
On May 6th, 2011, argoquest changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
A quick update:
Well, the order arrived and I must say I was pleasantly surprised - especially when I had zero expectations. The good: a fern had soil around its roots an looked very healthy, 2 bags of lily bulbs looked fine, a few seeds (in plastic bags) looked fine; creeping sedum looked pretty good. Angel Trumpets - looked like second year's new growth on 1/2" diameter stem with very good root ball (I potted it immediately), the leaves where a little off in color (but try spending 5 days in a dark box, lol). The total height of AT was about 7". The lemon tree looked like a clump of 5 leafs on 1" stalk - leafs looked OK. The only disappointing item was Japanese forest grass - it was potted, but looked miserable. I must say everything was well packed - I'd use a little less water (everything arrived in a stapled plastic bag). So the bottom line – you get what you pay for. It'll be a while before they'll become show-worthy specimen. But getting there is half the fun (for some).
P.S. I still would prefer to know just what exactly I am getting – is it a seedling size plant, 2-year or just seeds. Their catalog’s pictures show fully grown plants and in retrospect I was crazy to believe that I’ll be getting something similar for that low price.
My order included about 10 items. The plants and bulbs arrived at the correct planting time in Chicago, looking good. By the day after their arrival they were all perking up their heads in a late April rain. Very pleased with my 1st order.
On Apr 28, 2011, hsfgarden Newton Center, MA wrote:
The order was late to arrive, but, I received potted plants, not bare rooted. The plant looked healthy, much better then the barerooted I received from another nursery last year. Thank you FOUR SEASONS
On Apr 20, 2011, patticakemoyers Delano, TN wrote:
Im not one to drag a company through the mud but my experience was so bad that I feel obligated to share. I ordered $160 worth of stuff from these people in Feb. It is nearly May and I still havent gotten it. I keep getting the run around from them saying its too cold here to ship. Hello? Its almost too hot here in TN to plant it. They also say that they will ship it out and a week later they still havent. This is the worst nursery I have ever dealt with. They act totally clueless and do not help their customers. So I finally decided to request a total refund and they said they needed it in writing. So we will see what happens,
On Apr 20, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 4, 2012 10:16 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
We did receive this order on 02-23-11. The order did contain tender perennials that do not typically begin shipping until April due to the cold weather. At the time of this posting the order had already been shipped. We are assuming the order was received in good condition as we have tried to contact this customer via Dmail but have received no response. "
On Apr 18, 2011, moosetracks924 Albuquerque, NM wrote:
On 3/20/2011 I placed a order for almost $200.00 I was told at that time it would take 1-2 weeks for them to ship, its now been almost a month and I have still not received my order. I emailed customer service and was told that it would take 1-2 weeks. I have called and was told it would take 2-4 weeks and I would receive them by the end of the month. Called today and was told still not shipped and they dont know when it will. I advised I wanted to cancel they advised there is no guarantee it will cancel. They sure didn't take their time in getting paid, that was done immediately. I will be filing with BBB, and contacting the attorney general. I would not recommend to any one.
On Apr 18, 2011, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Jan 4, 2012 10:13 AM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
We did receive an order from this customer on 03-21-11. Our website does state to allow up to 2 weeks for processing and the order is then scheduled to ship based upon availability. We were able to cancel the order before shipping occurred and a refund was issued.
On Apr 4, 2011, theaceofspades Brentwood, NY wrote:
Four Seasons catalog sells low priced plants and it is expected that you get small size. I returned the label when plants didn't grow and they were replace no charge. I take advantage of sales and I am very pleased with the $2.50 each 2 yr old Mulberry(Alba) which I am using as root stocks. The roots were long, thick and uncut. The grafts are all now pushing buds.
Posted on May 8, 2010, updated March 16, 2011
I received a confirmation email from this company upon completing my online order, but no other communication, even when they shipped. After 3 weeks, I called for an update and got a busy signal all afternoon before a man answered. He said processing takes 1-2 weeks and shipping takes another 1-2 weeks. I asked if my order had therefore been shipped and he said no.
I then discovered DG’s not-so-happy review page on 4 Seasons and felt certain that I’d never see my plants! I decided I’d call again on day 30, and if my order still hadn’t shipped, I’d request a refund.
Well, on day 27, I received my 20 dry root Hybrid Willow trees, and I must say I’m very pleased. The price was so phenomenal at less than $1.50 each with free shipping, that after discovering what a disaster this company can be, I was expecting just sticks with no roots. Not so. All 20 trees arrived with well established roots, were beginning to bud, and were within the promised 2-3’ height.
So, my first experience with 4 Seasons was worrisome for a couple of weeks but ended with a bag of plants that would be a steal at twice the price (I also got some ground cover which look healthy too). In fact, I plan to order more willows this weekend, despite knowing now that this company is very slow to ship.
Of interest may be a list of 4 Season’s “affiliates” as it appeared in one of their partner company’s spam emails to me: Direct Gardening, House Of Wesley, Burgess Seed & Plant Co., Richard Owen Nursery, Farmer Seed & Nursery, Inter-State Nurseries, Kelly Nurseries, Royal Dutch, and Honeycreek Nurseries.
On March 16th, 2011, farmlife changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
UPDATE ONE YEAR LATER: I originally left Neutral feedback last year due to lack of communication and slow shipping even though my trees and ground cover plants were fine.
But I'm now upgrading to Positive because I just ordered 60 more bare root Hybrid Willows and, once again, I'm very pleased with their condition and size, especially for less than $1.50 each. And this year, they arrived in just two weeks.
Last Spring, I first ordered bare root Hybrid Willows from fastgrowingtrees.com at ten times the price - yes, $15 each plus an outrageous $73 for regular delivery time via FedEx of a lightweight, little 8x8x48 box. The trees had great roots and the shipping and customer service was wonderful, but one of the trees arrived dead (I planted it just in case, but, alas, it was truly deceased).
Not willing to spend that kind of money again, I then gambled on 4seasons with an order of twenty 2-3' trees at one tenth the price. They all survived and grew so vigorously (in the same spot and growing conditions) that by Winter, many of them were indistinguishable from the 3-4' expensive trees.
Granted, the packaging by fastgrowingtrees.com was superior to the mere plastic bag that 4seasons uses (they don't even wrap the roots in moist paper towels), but the roots were not dry, perhaps because I only live a couple states away from IL, so shipping time was probably just a day or two.
Anyway, at least for Hybrid Willows, I have to say that 4seasons can be an excellent source!
On Mar 5, 2011, SilverMoon1980 Locust Grove, OK wrote:
The first mishap was a couple of years ago when I received trees and plants other than what I had ordered. The most aggrevating of which was receiving a Bradford pear instead of Bartlett. I know they "reserve the right to substitute..." but an ornamental for a fruit, REALLY??!! Not only were they the wrong plants, but every single plant had some sort of fungus on their woody parts.
The second was this year. I figured I would give them a chance with a non-living order. I ordered 200 pep start pills because I have 100 fine berry plants to plant and must saving the composted cow and chicken manure for the garden. I figure by the time the plants bear fully it will all be gone. Well, they ran my card and took my money the day I ordered, which was last week. I called them today and they informed me that it may be four weeks before I receive my order.
They should be called More Treasons Nursery, because obviously I am not among the minority with my complaint.
Four Seasons nursery is the worst nursery i have ever dealt with. bought 6 fruit trees that looked like twigs someone picked up in their yard. Only one lived and after 10 years it has not produced a single apple. I am going to cut it down this year because it is a waste of time and space. I have bought other trees at Walmart that produce fruit in less time. Also the tree that survived was grafted upside down so the branches grow downward. This nursery is garbage!
The plants that I ordered were not even close to being what I expected. Everything arrived looking quite dead. I did not have any success with any of the plants. Nothing survived and I will not order from this company again. I did not send the plants back because I had a feeling that it was going to be a huge waste of time and now after reading reviews on this company, I'm glad I didn't waste additional money on shipping. I will stick with my neighborhood nurseries from now on.
I have to admit that when I saw their prices that I didn't expect much. I figured if half my plants survived, I would be doing better that with the last mail order company I used (SpringHill...same plants, higher prices). EVERY single plant survived and grew - 74 of them. Yes, they were small and some looked like they were dead, but I planted them anyway. Gave everybody a handful of good soil in each hole and finished them off with MiracleGro Quick Start. WOW!!! The rhubarb has caught up with the nursery-grown one I bought at triple the price, the trumpet vines went from 6 inch sticks to 18 and multi-branched, and the carpet phlox (which were maybe 2 inch long pieces) are now 8 inch circles which bloomed both spring and fall. Several things were very slow, but my husband wouldn't let me dig them up...and he was right.....they grew,too. Yes, I will order from them again....at those prices I can get a lot of ground covered as long as I give the plants a little TLC.
Ordered 40 privets and 1 Dawn Redwood. Package arrived and I immediately started to plant them out. (I'm a professional tree farmer and have authored a book on the topic).
The condition of the plants were terrible. A few were so under sized that I didn't even find all of them until I rinsed out the shipping bag.
All of the plants had a white mold growing on them. Most all of the privets had the bark/cambian layer completely missing on the main stems thus making it impossible for the the plant to grow.
I contacted the "service" department and informed them of the problems. They did reply after a couple of tries and even agreed that if the bark was "girdled/ringed" that the plants would not grow.
To document my claim, I took several close-up pictures of the plants and put a description on the pictures and emailed them to the customer service department... they replied that "THEY DON'T OPEN ATTACHMENTS"............ what BS!!!!!!!! I requested a refund and they require me to return the plants... but I have to pay the return postage...
This is the last time I will ever order from Four Seasons or from any of the Plantron companies.
A company that treats their customer base like they do, does not deserve to be in business.
On Aug 3, 2010, blueshawk1 Gloversville, NY wrote:
Posted on July 13, 2010, updated August 3, 2010
Well, like many people here, we've also been scammed by this shifty company.
My girlfriend ordered from them, the order wasn't coming, a month later, she canceled the order.
Two weeks later, she calls again because the credit still wasn't on her account so she calls again - the person she talks to claims they were shipped - after the order was canceled.
And of course they do not pay for return shipping.
I plan to 1). refuse to accept delivery if I can, then they will have to pay for the return shipping and 2). call the bank and dispute the charge. I may lose, but at least they will have to work for it.
Total scam operation.
Actually, even though they're not from my state (NY), doing business here, and doing this kind of shady business here, makes it something I can complain to state agencies about - and I will!
It wasn't a lot of money - only 40., but it is just SO wrong what they are doing.
On August 3rd, 2010, blueshawk1 added the following:
Update: We did call the bank and dispute the charge, haven't heard yet if they are going to fight it.
The order was shipped a day or two after that phone call - I found that out because it came USPS and had a tracking number. I wrote "return to sender" on the package and put it back in the mailbox, so I guess they ended up paying return shipping after all. :)
Posted on July 19, 2010, updated July 19, 2010
Ordered some plants about May 10; after 3 weeks I tried--several times--to cancel the order. They refused to cancel, and as of today, July 19, the plants have arrived.
This nursery seems to be a scam operation. There are plenty of good ones around, so stay away from 4 Seasons.
On July 19th, 2010, jwilcox added the following:
BTW, many of the plants were rotting when they arrived, and the order was shorted; some plants came in small lumps of peat, but 3 of these were just that--peat-- and had no plants in them.
How strange that a place like this can stay in business.
Occasionally I will receive a bare root plant that doesn't survive, but I have never received an order like this. 9 blue spruces looked like they were bagged two years ago, covered with mold. Within a couple of days all of the needles fell off, and they are all dead. Some not inexpensive groundcover I ordered arrived dry, It never recovered. Their "guarantee" requires that you write to them within a year and include the orginal shipping label. not a copy. What is with that? Once you exercise the guarantee, you can no longer use it if something else dies?
Do NOT BUY from Four Seasons. Their products are awful, take the time to go to local greenhouse and buy from them instead of thinking your getting a deal with this company. There products do not arrive like you think they will, they are all shrivled and dry. We purchased our plants on April 21 and were charged the next day. Our purchase did not start arriving until May 20th when we received a 2x2x6 inch box with two of the plants ordered in it. On June 4 we received the rest of the order that smelled rotten and thus far have not produced.
The pictures in their magazine make the product look great, but you will be sorry when you receive the plants. DO NOT BUY from this company.
On Jun 10, 2010, wildpinkthyme Georgetown, ME wrote:
Sorry I didn't check the internet before purchasing from Four Seasons Nursery! Ordered on April 27, 2010, they charged $60 to my card that day. I called on May 27 to find out about my order which had NOT arrived in 1-2 wks. They said they were waiting for one of the plants to be added, huh? 6 wks later, June 9,2010, with the exception of a raspberry and a blackberry plant, the rest of of the plants, in plastic bags, were mush.
Now I am returning the mush and hoping to get a refund in 1-2 wks as stated by a phone agent at 4 Seasons.
I can not believe the horror stories I have read. And that the company which operates under 11 different names is still allowed to do business. I will be writing letters.
Hopefully I will not have to return here and say I can't get a refund.
My story is the same as many others, Ordered, 6 weeks later still no plants, so i called to cancel my order was was told I could not. I would never do business with these guys again. Please stay away from them, and their parent company plantronics.
On Jun 9, 2010, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
These people are liars and idiots. I bought some trees and plants on 5-9-10. I got tired of waiting for my order and called 6-4-10. They said they didnt have the order in their system, so i asked for a refund to my credit card. All of the sudden they found it had been shipped 5-28-10. I told person on phone i had already bought the items at a local nursery and i didnt need them. She insisted that i had to wait for order and then send them back and get my refund then. i reminded her of the 7-14day shipping that had expired but no resulls...I hung up on her. These people take orders for stuff they dont have and expexct you to wait months untill they trade there stock back and forth with the many greenhouses in area states. They are liars and crooks. Now i have to pay for the plants to be shipped back IF they show up and will never be reinburssed.
On Jun 4, 2010, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
"On Oct 4, 2010 12:34 PM, Four Seasons Nursery responded with:
Our website (on the home page and order confirmation) stated at the time this customer's order was placed to allow 1-2 weeks for processing and then orders would be shipped according to plant availability and weather. As the cusotmer states, this order was placed 5/9 and shipped 5/28 which was within the correct tiem frame. Since the order had already shipped, we would not have been able to cancel it. However, we do have a refund guarantee by which the customer could return the product within 14 days of receipt for a refund."