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|On Oct 16, 2015, rdtjr05 Franklin, TN wrote:
I had a great experience this fall ordering from their email sale. Their every day prices are more than fair but the sale prices were outstanding. The quality was excellent. Everything appeared to be freshly dug for my order. Nothing looked like it had been knocked out a pot. So these bare root plants should be tough and ready to establish themselves quickly in my garden.
|On Aug 13, 2010, dave12122 East Haddam, CT wrote:
Posted on February 10, 2003, updated August 13, 2010
On August 13th, 2010, dave12122 added the following:
Many of you probably do not realize that Eastern Plant Specialties was devastated by a tornado/straight line winds on July 21st. At least 50 large pines and oaks were flattened, along with dozens of smaller trees, often crushing the Rhododendrons and choice plants beneath. This is doubly crippling because the nursery was planning as opening as an arboretum in a few weeks. On Youtube, there are 2 videos of the damage, just search for Easternplant.com I went to volunteer to clean up last week (the owner pays volunteers in free plants or firewood) and the damage is extensive. Fortunately, several wonderful people have made donations, all of which are going toward the cleanup.
|On May 16, 2009, paulkramer Lansing, MI wrote:
I am surprised at all the negative comments about this business, but everyone has a different experience - and apparently a lot of the negative comments were made around the time of a death in the family of the business owner.
|On Jun 2, 2008, CatskillDeb Oneonta, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:
I placed two orders this winter with Eastern Plant Specialties in response to emails received from them on great sale prices. I received the first order of wildflowers promptly, and everything was in great shape and well packed. It took me nearly 4 weeks to get everything planted, due to recovery from a broken ankle, but everything has thrived in spite of my delay. The trilliums in particular are much larger than I expected, with many blooming this year. The second order for a few small trees and shrubs also arrived promptly, but a couple of things were missing from the order. I emailed an inquiry a couple weeks ago and received a reply that those plants were not good enough quality to ship. I emailed again inquiring about a refund, and they replied that they will send it but are "backed up a bit" right now. I haven't received the refund yet, but do expect to. My impression is that this company has great plants and almost no administrative staff.
On June 12th, 2008, CatskillDeb added the following:
My refund arrived last week as promised.
|On Apr 21, 2007, englishgardens Ann Arbor, MI wrote:
I ordered 30 assorted ferns from this company on March 28th. I didn't receive an acknowledgement so I e-mailed them on April 4th regarding this. They responded the same day and said that my ferns would be sent the following week. On April 13th the package arrived but I did not open it as we had had frost for over a week, so I put them in the refridgerator, as directed. I finally opened up the box yesterday and was delighted. The ferns were very well packaged and in fantastic shape. There were four different types of ferns and each species were wrapped seperately and labeled. They all had started to "bud out" and are large enough to be planted in the garden immediately.
On April 25th, 2008, englishgardens added the following:
April 25, 2008
This year I ordered 30 assorted ferns (from Eastern Plant Specialties), and a number of Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells); Podophyll peltatum (Mayapples); Stylophorum diphyllum (Celandine Poppy); and Parnassus glauca (Grass of Parnassus), 10 of each.
They all arrived on the date that I requested and were all in good shape. However, there were 5 Virginia Bluebells shoots that didn't look the best: I e-mailed them straight away and they replaced them within a week. My garden is 80 percent part shade to shade, with many, many oak and understory trees. It will therefore take quite a few years to obtain a true 'woodland garden'
As I reported last year, I am very pleased with the company and will not hesitate to buy from them again next year.
|On Apr 1, 2007, pinsandthrums Bath, ME wrote:
I've bought from this company for over 10 years and have always had great success. If I think about it, I have more survivors long term with plants from Eastern than most other firms. My order is always well packed with good instructions. The prices are fair and my questions have always been answered promptly. They even have the decency to talk me out of things they dont think are right for my climate, they really care. Yes, sometimes they can be hard to reach on the phone, but they call back.
|On Jun 16, 2006, vetiver New York, NY wrote:
Maybe Eastern has been getting their act together -- I placed an order about a month ago and was very happy with the results. The plants arrived quickly, packed carefully and in good shape. I like that they stock native species, and I'm sure I'll be ordering from them again.
|On Feb 18, 2004, JOHN597 wrote:
I would highly recommend this company as my past nine years of buying a wide variety of herbaceous and woody plants has proven to me that they are the best value for the quality plants received. Their catalog certainly is the best information available in determining the growing requirements needed that would be the most beneficial in determining chances of sucess and or failure of a certain specie. One has to remember that not every plant will thrive no matter where it is obtained, but you will certainly have a better chance with their truthful information.I live outside of Chicago and have many species thriving from them that I am most happy with. Always think positive!!!!!
|On Jan 25, 2003, clairew Chestnut Hill, MA wrote:
I have not ordered recently from this nursery, but know that they moved within the last year to NJ. In the past I purchased some beautiful plants (umbrella pines, cryptomeria) that were good size, decently priced and in excellent condition - and ultimately prospered in my garden. I needed to contact them once and remember the machine said they were at work in the nursery much of the day - to the extent they have been unresponsive I would guess it is the move and the fact that they aren't staffed with admin. folks (or at least that's my impression). I am posting this note, because I was looking for the nursery and just found their change of address card.
|On Jan 5, 2002, DeeBlackburn wrote:
I've ordered from this company on a couple of occasions and found their selection of plants, particularly native plants, to be very good. Plants arrived healthy and generally survived. My only negative comment is that I think the prices are high for the size of the plant.
|On Jan 1, 2000, marktenney wrote:
Eastern now has an online catalog. It's not complete yet, but what is listed there is terrific!
|On Jan 1, 2000, skeeter567 wrote:
I have ordered several times from EPS over several years. The plants have always been larger and healthier than most from other places, lovingly packaged, too. The owner(s) definitely went an extra mile for me when I screwed up an order once. You could do whole lot worse than these guys. I have been really impressed and would recommend them.
|On Mar 1, 1999, srob101959 wrote:
I ordered from this company for the first time this year and was very pleased. The packaging was excellent, the tree was a good size and very healthy looking. Also, the nursery does say things are "nursery grown". (For the person who was wondering if they were collected from the wild.)
|On Jan 1, 1999, betseyhansell wrote:
Eastern Plant Specialties has an excellent selection of wildflowers. They came promptly, beautifully packaged with cultural directions. I will order from them again.
|On Mar 1, 1998, cherryfenton wrote:
The owner was very helpful on the telephone. It's a small operation so be patient with the phone calls. Packaging was great.