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|On Aug 19, 2010, katococo Mandan, ND wrote:
Posted on August 2, 2010, updated August 19, 2010
On August 19th, 2010, katococo added the following:
Update. Closer to 70-75% of plants didn't come up (maybe they will next year?). Ordered "orange velvet" climbing rose. Not sure if it will climb, but at least it's growing. Two blooms - light to medium pink. I planted the 2 duplicate plants they sent (label said Purple D'oro daylilies) - both actually grew & bloomed, but neither is a Purple D'oro. They aren't even the same kind of daylily - one is pink/peach w/red & other has thin petals and is red w/yellow center. Still haven't seen anything blooming from the original 2 Purple D'oros they sent, although the plants seem to at least be growing. I've concluded that they count on people not fighting them, especially when you don't spend a lot of money. Of course, that wasn't the case with me - I did see that my credit card company credited me for the items I didn't receive.
|On Aug 12, 2010, nutz4plts Stoystown, PA wrote:
I've ordered from Richard Owens Nurseries for years because the offers are cheap cheap cheap. I would never order more than $30.00 worth at a time, though, because I didn't want to be out a lot of bucks if the stuff didn't grow. Yes some of the stuff comes bareroot and dormant even in the middle of summer. Some plants I got looked dead but planted them anyway and they grew and are still alive today. Other stuff looked dead because it was dead and never took off. No biggie though, since I only ordered a couple of things a season. That's my advice to people. If the stuff looks too cheap to be true, just order one of something you'd love to have to give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised to have it actually grow and thrive, but if it craps out, your bank account won't take a big hit. I never bothered with asking for replacement plants either. I figured that if I wanted a leafed out five to eight foot tree like in their catalog pictures, I'd have to be willing to plop down $50 minimum plus labor to get a landscaper to come in and put it in my yard. Geez , some of the catalog pictures are just drawings of the plants in bloom. What does that tell you? It definitely should say don't blow $500 on that. Sorry if I sound abrasive, just trying to save people some money. I know what dreaming of a beautiful garden can do to a person's common sense.
|On Jul 28, 2010, almostinflorida Apopka, FL wrote:
Thanks to everyone who posted about this nursery. I recently received one of their catalogs and have been thumbing thru it for a about a week now. I had a list of items circled but then I decided to further investigate this company, as my Father always said 'if it seems to good to be true, it probably is'.
|On Jul 15, 2010, Monatopia Castro Valley, CA wrote:
They are NOTHING if not consistent.
|On Jun 3, 2010, tooner2 Charlotte, NC wrote:
Stay far away from these people. My plants were simply thrown in a plastic bag and mailed. The roots were not wrapped in any moisture-retaining material. Two roses, which had begun to leaf out, were dried up and DOA. The horseradish root was miniscule and moldy. I wrote to the company and they refused to do anything unless the original packing was returned, but unfortunately, my husband had thrown it away. No attempt was made to offer any kind of replacement or refund. They kept my money and sent me dead plants. Simple as that.
|On May 7, 2010, pingpong2 Tarpon Springs, FL wrote:
On 4/1/2010 I placed an order for over 132.00. My card was charged within a few days. I tried to reach them by phone, but only got a "busy" signal. Then I tried to e-mail them asking when I would be getting my plants. Have not been able to get anyone there to communicate with me. So then I decide to cancel my order since no one will tell me anything about my order.
|On May 5, 2010, alittlet Hyattsville, MD wrote:
I placed an order with Exciting Gardens on April 17th. By April 21st, they'd charged my credit card for the full amount of the order. However, as of May 5th they cannot give me any estimate for shipping, continue to tell me my order is still processing and are generally quite unhelpful (and borderline rude) when I call to ask for more information. Each time I call they simply say that it takes 2-4 weeks for the order to process....or 7-14 days for the order to process...or 7-14 days for the order to process and 2-4 weeks for the order to deliver....I receive wholly inconsistent timeframes each time I call. I do not believe its consistent with most companies policy (and in fact credit card policies) to charge prior to shipment of items. Certainly, I've never worked with any other nurseries that do business this way. Pretty soon it will be plast optimal planting time for many of the items that I ordered and after reading other negative comments, I see that I should be worried about quality of the products as well. I will not order from this company again.
|On Apr 20, 2010, TheBones Boise, ID wrote:
In Feb 2010 I placed a order for a large assortment of bulbs and plants.According to their order form they process your order in 5-7 days.I waited and in March I received notice that my order was reviewed for shipping and few weeks later still no order.I finally called on the 12th of April .I was told that some of what I ordered was coming directly from Holland and that they were shipping out later than usual this year so I said fine please ship what you have in stock of my order then the remainder can be shipped at a later time .This was in agreement with them.Today I received the items that I guess they had in stock which was 2 3inch pots with stem only no leaves and a little tab that identified them as Purple Dragons I could not believe my eyes.I have sent them a letter demanding all monies returned to my credit card including the shipping charges.These people are thieves and liars and I guess they feel that since it's being shipped 1/2 across the US then who cares well I care and I will fight back
On Apr 20, 2010, Richard Owen Nursery / Exciting Gardens responded with:
"On Oct 4, 2010 12:04 PM, Richard Owen Nursery / Exciting Gardens responded with:
We do care about our customers! Nowhere on our order form or anywhere else, do we state that we process/ship an order in 5-7 days. We do not begin shipping nursery stock until March. We start shipping to the Southern/warmest climates first, and then work our way North. The purple dragon lamiums are grown in our greenhouse and are therefore not shipped until April. The second part of the order did contain some items that were coming from Holland and this package shipped 4/22 and tracing shows delivered 4/29/10. Since that time, the customer has received a refund for her order."
|On Oct 2, 2009, yvonnezemotel Brookline, NH wrote:
Back in the beginning of August I ordered bulbs from this company and unlike any other company I have dealt with was charged immediately. I started checking the comments people left and say that there were an overwhelming number of negative comments so in September I called to cancel my order. I was told that it had already been processed but NOT shipped yet and they would stop the shipment. I was also requested to send a written request. I also contacted them by email and was told the same thing. A couple of weeks later the shipment arrived. I contacted Richard Owen immediately to find out what happened and it takes days for them to respond. They told me to ship it back at my cost. I told them that I thought they should pay for the return shipping since they were the onces who'd screwed up. Several emails later and I just got a "we're waiting for the returned package before we issue you a refund...if that's what you still want." I have just told them again that I want a prepaid mailing label. This should take a week to get a response. I will never deal with them again. Buyer beware.
|On Jun 30, 2009, eddebm Springfield, OR wrote:
I ordered almost $200 worth of plants. They all came "dormant" I followed instruction and none sprouted out. I sent in the label with a letter asking for replacement. They mailed back, "which plants do you want replaced?" (I had told them all in the letter). I replied, "all of them." They sent almost all of them. I called and they said they (the other plants) would be there in a week. I get a letter from them, (not the plants) with the original order sheet listing all the plants I had purchased. They now said they needed "proof of purchase", which they already had (I sent it the first time). What a scam.... I am tired of dealing with them, I am a year into the fiasco and now I need to go and buy different plants. By the way they are generally rude every time I call (I probably would be too if I had to support these policies on the phone with unhappy customers). I WILL NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH THEM AGAIN AND WOULD NOT ENCOURAGE ANYONE ELSE EITHER. Should have read reviews prior to ordering
|On May 20, 2009, thegladiator Pottstown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
On 4/14/09 I ordered 2 Pink pussy willow plants thinking they would arrive shortly after the 1-2 week processing time. So, I called on 4/29 and asked when will they ship? I was told it takes 2-4 weeks. I assumed that is 2-4 weeks to get it from the time I order it, however we all know what happens when you assume. I was told at that time it MAY ship the week of 5/6-5/13. That's 5 weeks by my calendar. I called back on 5/15 and was told they shipped my plants on 5/8 by US Mail. I asked the rep (Janet) on the phone if she thought it was wise to ship perishable items by the slowest way possible. She said it doesn't matter what she thinks and they don't have time to E-mail everyone about their orders. That is what the company does and she has no control over it. That's funny, the other nurseries that I ordered from have time to send e-mails. At least I know she is telling the truth as I too have worked as a customer service rep. At this point I know I will be returning them since it is now 5/19/09 and still no plants and since everyone knows that plants that are left in the dark, without water, light or air, for over a week in a hot processing building/delivery truck, is guaranteed to DIE. I really don't understand how a company that deals with perishable items can have no common sense and the audacity to ONLY use THEE slowest shipping method on the market today. I have ordered from other catalog/mail order nurseries and was shipped my items by UPS or Fed-EX. They also have no tracking method to see where my items are since the postal system doesn't use a tracking system for snail mail. The website claims they have a 1 year guarantee. I guess that is to cover up the fact that they spend most of their companies profit shipping out more plants for all the dead one originally sent by snail mail. I don't recommend using this company. They should do everyone a favor and sell off their product to a real nursery and close their doors for good. IF my pants do show up, I'll respond on their condition at that time.
On May 27th, 2009, thegladiator added the following:
Well, On 5/20/09 I finally got my pussy willows. They were bare root pants and shipped ONLY in a green colored garbage bag. The bag had no marks or labels of any kind stating it was a live plant and therefore perishable. It only had one small line stating the contents were 2 pussy willow. Since they weren't decent sized plants and just bare root twigs, there was nothing stopping the US mail person from folding the bag to get it inside my mailbox thereby breaking the twigs and destroying the product. Granted, my mail person had the sense not to fold the package. I planted them immediately but I'm not sure if they will survive as the damage was done in the long shipping time. This company should be told about UPS and Fed-Ex. the cost would be the same or cheaper for shipping and the customers would get live plants instead of dead or half dead. I am still keeping the rating a negative, and I still won't be doing business with them again.
|On May 15, 2009, DJNewportWA Newport, WA wrote:
Recived a catolog from Richard Owen Nursery, don't know how but I read there catolog and ordered two items; on 4-03-09 ,Veggie/Tomato Cage X 4 = $33.99 and 5 Victoria Rhubarb plants @ $2.99, with S & P of $9.99 = $46.97. Recived the veggie/tomato cages and nothing else on 4-29-09, week later wrote a letter asking when my rhubarb plants should arive. Recieved the so called rhubarb plants on 5-13-09, bare root and were in very bad condition, three are a maby and the other two were dead and had been dead long before they were sent. I sent a complant that very day. After reading up on Richard Owen Nursery, I will NOT order again......We will see if they replace the dead rhubarb plants.
|On May 11, 2009, emptypots Hurley, NY wrote:
I made this order from their Burgess Division with all contact with them BUT the stuff was shipped from the OWEN NURSERY so I'm posting here too.
On May 14th, 2009, emptypots added the following:
On 05/11/09 late afternoon the Financial adviser with my credit card company called Burgess because I contested the recharge of the original charges and I was told that they got nowhere with them on this matter so again the charge was reversed again and they were going to contact the Merchants Bank about this matter.
On May 31st, 2009, emptypots added the following:
I got a letter from a Susan Phelps from Burgess Customer service which was pre dated on 5/5/09 but had a company postal metered stamp dated 5/8/09 claiming I owe them the money because they say they could not cancel the order and also they did not get the stuff returned so they were going to hit my credit card again in which they did for the second time noted here on this board on the 14th. Again a fowl practice of trying to rip off the consumer after they acknowledged the notice of return of their stuff on 05/05/09 which they had the tracking number to verify that indeed it was refused and on its way back. ( sad that they need to falsely date letters in a effort to scam you)
I sent a reply e-mail to Customer service to; Susan Phelps in regards to her postal letter with facts and the package tracking # 420124439102901000428016273162 of their package they sent after I canceled and in turn REFUSED proving the product was REFUSED and returned to them as I stated I would do.
I received a reply to the e-mail on 05/14/09 and I got "Thank you for your email. Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate department. Thank you, Customer Care Department"
I filed a BBB complaint on them about their billing and other related events. The BBB filed it under Business Name: House of Wesley, Inc. ( must be their parent DBA) and I recommend all who had problems or was ripped off by Burgess or any of their sub company listings file a complaint also. The last section of the complaint form which is very fast to file ask you what you would like them to do. I said I would like them to be investigated for fraudulent practices and either have their business license revoked and or fined as well as action to stop trying to charge my credit card.
I heard or received nothing from Burgess sense the last letter from a Susan Phelps and Burgess as of this date and no further attempt to charge my card.
|On May 8, 2009, StellysPapa Dothan, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:
I can't give a negative review here, because I ordered a cedar tree from them and got it within a reasonable time span plus the tree was larger than I thought it would be and in very good condition.
|On May 7, 2009, scamed Dandridge, TN wrote:
When I placed my order, they charged my credit card immediately. However, after four weeks, they still have not shipped my order.
|On Apr 27, 2009, llgaither Richford, NY wrote:
I recently received 19 Robin Hood hedge roses (1 extra), 2 Hansen bush cherries, 2 flowering almond, and 2 cliimbing roses. Everything arrived budded up and ready to grow. Some were held for a short tiime in my healing -in bed. Now everything is planted and leafing out quickly. I'll order again.
|On Apr 25, 2009, rukiddingme Holden, MA wrote:
I received dirt in a small pot within a plastic mailing envelope. This is what they called a butterfly bush. They refused to replace until I can prove that I ordered?? Without the shipping label they want my credit card statement. This outfit is not one I want to deal with again. They ship dead plants and then ask you to prove you ordered.
|On Apr 19, 2009, DT607 Odell, IL wrote:
I bought 4 pecan trees and 10 blackberry plants from the store last year. I live 45 minutes north of the store, and I questioned whether they would grow as far north as I live (both the store and I are in north central Illinois. They assured me they would grow up here, so I bought them. Also, I figured that if they were selling them in the store, they must grow in this latitude. Not a one of them survived! Shame on me for not researching further. On the other hand, I won't set foot in that store again.
|On Apr 16, 2009, rohde1972 Portland, OR wrote:
I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED IN MY LAVANDER ANGEL TRUMPET :< IT WAS MOLDING,DRY, AND DEAD WHEN I OPENED IT. I WAITED ALMOST 2+ MONTHS FOR A DEAD PLANT, THAT COST MORE THAN I SHOULD EVER HAVE TO PAY FOR A DEAD PLANT. I WILL NOT BE BUYING ANYMORE PLANTS FROM RICHARD OWENS AGAIN....SORRY..
|On Feb 5, 2009, wibby Manchester, NH wrote:
My experience is that they are a sham! I also received many dead and rotted plants. Saved the label, and had them replaced with more dead plants. They did not respond to my returned label for over 2 months. So what did I do? I filed a complaint with the Illinois better business bureau and only then did I get my replacement plants. I waited 2 months to get dead plants. What a scam!!!! NEVER EVER ORDER FROM THEM!!!!!!!! they trick you with low prices, but you dont even get what you pay for. you pay for live plants, not rotted disease ridden failures. Their packaging is awful and they sent my first order in February! What am I to do with plants in new england in February with 9 feet of snow?!?!?!?
On February 5th, 2009, wibby added the following:
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|On Jan 28, 2009, dragonjr De Land, IL wrote:
I would not hesitate to order again from Owen Nursery or any of their many other companies. I ordered 20 hybrid willows and actually received 21. I bought the cheaper, smaller willows, which all measured about 18" in height and arrived bareroot as expected. They took right off, reaching four and five feet in height by the end of the first year. I also purchased three of the "surprise overstock bargain" trees, which all turned out to be roses of sharon--not too bad of deal for 97 cents apiece. All three of these roses of sharon also took right off, growing well the first year. The second year, the bargain roses of sharon bloomed all season long, and definitely looked much better than another rose of sharon purchased the same time from a non-profit organization that also sells bareroot plants. We are ordering a number of trees and supplies from them this year based upon our highly positive experience with our order from them two years ago.
|On Jan 14, 2009, justmeiniowa Algona, IA (Zone 4a) wrote:
DO NOT ORDER FROM THEM!!!! They are nothing but a scam. They take your money and send you dead items. Sure they sent me replacements after I complained for months, because they never got the shipping lable. So I had to copy the bank statement to prove I ordered from them. I have had nothing but trouble with this company. Then when they did send a replacement they too were almost dead. Better yet they came at the end of October. Sure living in Iowa I am to plant new plants outside and they are to live, ya right. Just beware alot of these companies are all the same company just different names..I could go on and on about them but hopefully you will understand to be carefull of them.....
|On Sep 4, 2008, BML333 Des Moines, IA wrote:
DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY OR AFFILIATES! THEY HAVE SOLD ME NOTHING BUT JUNK THAT ARRIVES HALF DEAD & MOLDY, DRIED OUT WITH BUGS, OR DIES SOON AFTER. THE WORST REFUND / REPLACEMENT POLICY! THE WORST COMPANIES I HAVE EVER DEALT WITH! BUY FROM REPUTABLE COMPANYS : Gurneys, Springhill, Parkseed, WaysideGardens...ETC...
|On Aug 1, 2008, joy112854 Crestview, FL wrote:
I love canna lilies and was doing a goggle search on them, most companies would not sell the Rhizomes this time of the year; but, Richard Owens did, I ordered 12 of them which is reasonably priced and they arrived on time and I just planted them a few days ago in pots, I live in Florida and should see soon enough if they will grow, they looked fine, I'm a beginner gardener, but have had good luck with canna lilies, I also ordered some canna lily seeds from Park's nursery of which I planted 53 seeds in Jiffy's Greenhouse with dome and peat pellets. I'm a little apprehensive now, as I was looking for shrubs to put down the sides of my yard. I had ordered some Hydrangea Bushes from Michigan bulb which will show up sometime in September or October; but, I ordered Pink Honeysuckles and Purple Leaf Hedge plants along with a Dwarf June Berry bush. I also have a cultivator coming about the same time and lots of help in planting them. I am one who plants my plants the day I get them. I thought the prices were outstanding on the items ordered, I did order some roses also, not that I like them, but have sisters who love them. Will keep you posted as to their arrival time, which I'm hoping will be a little late as I want to have the holes predug before they get here and I'm running behind schedule. Has anyone ordered or received Pink Honeysuckles or Purple Leaf Plum Hedges from them?
On August 15th, 2008, joy112854 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
I have changed my comment from neutral to negative; due to the fact that the 12 canna lilies I planted, back in July have not done anything to substantiate a flower in bloom at all. Alas, I had also ordered over $84 worth of other things from them. Due to my foot surgery I called to cancel the order, they claimed was on the way and thus far have received only 2 of the 3 pkgs, both arrived on the same day, both were sent out the 31st of July and today is the 14th of August, so it is doubtful they are still alive, how can they even breathe in the pkgs they were sent in, waiting for tomorrow and hopefully the 3rd one will arrive so I can then mail all 3 back to them intact just as I received them from them with a note explaining I want my credit card refunded for the amount charged, they informed me on the phone that would be all that is needed, we shall see right? I was told 30 days from when they receive my note and pkg my credit card will have the $84 put back on it. Will keep everyone posted.
On September 14th, 2008, joy112854 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I decided to change my rating to positive on this company as I explained that I did not need the bushes they had not sent yet; and called them and followed up with a letter. No my canna lilies did not grow; but, the free seeds they had sent with my order for Shamrocks and Windflowers have done well, I only canceled part of the order, which was the honeysuckle bushes and the purple plum hedges and dwarf June Berry bush, I kept the strawberry plants which I planted and are thriving. They promptly deposited the money back into my account within the 30 day period, and were polite on the phone. Would I order from them again in the future? Probably. Although I would not order Canna Lilies from them I would probably order bushes if I got the prices they offered this last time. I just don't plan on getting bushes for a few years, as I'm too much into my veggie gardening and canna plants right now; but, eventually I will want that honeysuckle privacy fence and a dwarf June berry bush I just know that.
|On Jun 27, 2008, cosmicgarden Edwardsville, IL wrote:
My experience only echoes what many others have said. The plants were dead, arriving in almost rotted condition. They promised replacements if we made copies, provided a bank statements, etc. Each time I did this, the letter was returned with another excuse as to why they wouldn't ship the replacements. The staff would hang up on us and I basically consider them a "bottom feeder" of the gardening world. I was so appalled at their treatment that I wrote an editorial in every newspaper in the St. Louis metro area and turned the charges over to my credit card company. AN ABSOLUTELY AWFUL EXPERIENCE.
|On Jun 10, 2008, tgray41 New Brockton, AL wrote:
WHAT A RIP-OFF!. After dealing with this company for nearly three months and jumping through every hoop they put up I still cannot get replacement plants. We sent a letter, sent the bank statement (per their request) and sent pictures of the dead plants. The mail was sent certified but still they deny they have a record of us. One supervisor even used the term "get away with it" to describe his companies policies after I informed him that I was handing it over to the credit card company. I'm through. I'll let MasterCard deal with these clowns.
|On May 29, 2008, seadreamer Washington, DC wrote:
If there was a "below, below, below negative" rating that would not begin to compare with my experience. I spent almost $200 on plants for my mom's garden --- she's 85 and has a greenhouse, doesn't speak much english (she's polish) --- and from the website they tell you how careful they are in packing their plants, etc. Firstly, it took more than a month for my orders to be processed --- the first shipment was the wrong plant --- 2 people at customer service admitted that it was an error --- subsequently everyone else told me that I was, more or less, a liar...
|On May 17, 2008, CCulpepper Charlotte, NC wrote:
Since this was my first order I wasn't sure what I would receive as far as quality since the prices were so low, but I decided to take a chance and placed a rather large order (over $500). I became worried when a month past and I had not received even a partial shipment. I checked here and saw all the negative comments and was prepared to chaulk this up to my own stupidity for not having researched BEFORE I ordered, and was about to contact my credit card company to charge back and cancel the order.
|On May 11, 2008, splitdog Wood River, IL wrote:
I have ordered some plants, vines, and other items from Richard Owen Nursery/ Exciting Gardens and overall I was not satisfied with their product. I planted them like their directions stated since I am a beginner-novice and had horrible results. I have finally given up on them and have placed them on my list that I keep in my Hotmail account that states of Places where I DO NOT SHOP WITH ANYMORE!! Heed my advice please go elsewhere before it's too late.
|On Sep 11, 2007, OutlawDJ Middleburg, PA wrote:
I have ordered plants, shrubs, and trees from Richard Owens Nursery in the past, and I really have no complaints. Yes, their packaging methods could be better. What a lot of these people fail to realize is that they get that great low price because they are ordering bare root plants. These take a bit of work compared to growing plants from a local nursery. I was very happy with the quality of the trees and shrubs that I have ordered. Give them a try with a small order. You may be pleasantly surprised.
|On Jun 29, 2007, lyellowcat Athens, GA wrote:
Original shipping label was returned on 4/21/07 in requesting 2 replacement items with notation that if other problems arose I would be sending a photocopy of the label. Today (6/29/07) my 6/12/07 request for additional items that died came back say they needed the original shipping label. Do they not have people who can read? I think they are just trying to rip people off because of 6 other nurseries I did business with this Spring none required a returned shipping label. And any problems were handled satisfactorily over the phone.
|On Jun 19, 2007, PeggyOregon Florence, OR wrote:
When will I learn to check this site first?!! I just ordered a rose from them this morning. Luckily it's just one item. I'll keep you posted.
On August 17th, 2007, PeggyOregon changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Well, I got my rose after about 4-6 weeks & an attempt to cancel my order. They said it was too late to cancel as the order had already been sent to "their suppliers". I knew I was in trouble. I received the rose, a very dead looking, one-cane bareroot. I soaked it, planted it in a pot, & am still nuturing it hoping for signs of life. I didn't bother keeping the shipping label as I already knew about their game.
DON'T ORDER FROM THIS COMPANY !!!!
|On Jun 5, 2007, hoodwinked De Pere, WI wrote:
It was NO consolation that I see so many others who were ripped off by Richard Owen Nursery. I ordered a dozen Jumbo Blue Spruce in the summer of 2006 for fall planting. They arrived suffocated in a "Full" sealed plastic bag which was then enclosed in the plastic shipping bag. They were all brown on arrival and the roots were dry due to NO compost materials to keep moisture in. In spite of my better judgement, I expended almost 13 hours carefully planting them according to their instructions. Within a week the needles had all fallen and that was that. I contacted them
|On Jun 4, 2007, dogmother01 Genoa City, WI wrote:
I recently had a bad experience with Richard Owen Nursery, Inc AKA Exciting Gardens. I am very aware of dormant bare-root stock. If you don't know better, you would say the plants arrived dry and dead. This was not my issue with them. My order took almost 2 months to arrive. Half of my order were substitutes. These plants had been growing in their plastic bags for sometime and arrived a moldy mush. The other plants were fine. Three weeks with a good rainfall and every one pushed it's way through the soil. I sent back the dead plants with the OH, SO IMPORTANT LABEL! I have been waiting for my refund for a month with no telephone answers, nor e-mail replies. After reading many complaints from this web-site, I wondered if anyone contacted the Better Business Bureau. I sure did! It was easy on-line if you want to take the time. The company is located in Bloomington, IL so you contact that department. Try this link: [HYPERLINK@odr.bbb.org] Copy and paste if it does not work.
On June 11th, 2007, dogmother01 added the following:
That web site link will not take you there, I tried. Try http://www.bbb.org to start a complant for Richard Owen's company. They are Richard Owen Nursery, Exciting Gardens, or House of Wesley, all located in Bloomington. I openned a case with the BBB, but Richard Owen has not responded to it. He has, however, finally responded to my e-mails. He says that he has not received my returned order. How did I guess! I did everything they required of me, paid for shipping, included the package label. They did not say to pay extra money to track my shipment so I could tell them the exact date they received my return of dead plants. I admit, the other plants I purchased from them were fine, but they refuse to stand behind the ones that arrived dead. Warning, for a few good plants, and many dead plants, you would be better off spending more money elsewhere!
|On May 31, 2007, GardenD Onalaska, TX wrote:
After ordering 60 Hybrid Willows from Exciting Gardener I was worried about the order after my wife told me that a co-worker who is into gardening read bad things on the Internet about Exciting Garden. I looked up on the Internet and found this blog with all the negative comments.
|On May 31, 2007, Kandi7 Tekamah, NE wrote:
I ordered quite a few items from this company and their co-company Four Seasons - the items shipped were small and in bad shape. When they didn't live I requested they somehow correct the problem, they declined. They wanted a copy of the shipping label which they had irremovably glued to the packages when they were shipped without it they say the guarantee is void; however, they do have copies of my order and know it is a valid order and request.
|On May 22, 2007, Gloribe Jacksonville, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:
I'm still waiting for an order I placed about 6 weeks ago. The plants I ordered are to be planted now or in the spring and were in stock. On the order form it said plants would be shipped within 2-3 weeks. I've contacted them 4 times and they continually tell me my order has been shipped. There is no way to verify this on their website. I will NEVER deal with this company again. I just hope when the plants arrive they are viable. If not, I'll contact my credit card company and get a refund.
|On May 17, 2007, rablalock Lewis Center, OH wrote:
I must confess that I panicked when I saw all of the negative posts toward Richard Owens Nursery on this site while awaiting my shipment of plants. Much to my relief, the plants arrived today, about a week later than I had hoped. I can live with that. If I had not been familiar with dormant, bare-root plants, I would have gone into shock becuase they look pitiful. However, I have had great success with them in the past when I have ordered from other vendors. Quite frankly, my new bare-root plants look as pitiful as those I received from other vendors and they are doing beautifully in year 2. (I think Richard Owens would benefit from better warning customers in advance as to what bare-root plants are like.)
On July 4th, 2007, rablalock added the following:
Update - My bare root plants are doing beautifully, even the poor little clemantis that I thought I killed! (I planted the clematis in a container that wasn't getting water from the sprinkler system. When I returned from a 2-week trip, I thought the plant was dead. I moved it in hopes it would revive. It did about 3 weeks later!) The daylilies look great. I think some are actually going to bloom this first year -- I was not expecting this.
I ordered more plants approximately two weeks ago. They arrived yesterday. I anticipate that these will do well even though I'm planting them in July. As long as the customer service and the plant quality continues at this level, I will continue ordering from Richard Owen Nursery as I need (always!) more plants for my gardens.
|On May 14, 2007, buckpatsy Clear Brook, VA wrote:
I have ordered from Owens Nursery two years and was completely satisfied with products,prices and customer service.The three times I ordered from two other big companies were a nightmare.The plants were overpriced,looked sickly,took forever to get (some I never did)and talking to customer service over and over never resolved anything.I should have stuck with Owens and now I will.