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Our local museum ordered several dozen Buck roses from Chamblees in April of 2010. They kindly donated a number of free roses, which were much appreciated. One of the roses, 'Griff's Red', didn't bloom the first year (2010) and when it did bloom in late August of 2011, it was pale yellow. A person had "adopted" this rose expecting it to be red, so I wrote to Chamblee's and asked for a replacement. Kathy said she would replace the rose and send three free roses for our trouble (one of the other roses had died), and the rose would ship on September 12th, 2011.
No rose arrived. A second request, and Kathy promised that the rose would ship on September 26th. Still no rose, and now no mention of the three free replacements.
I contacted the company this spring and Kathy again assured the rose would ship on May 7th. No rose had arrived by the 18th, so I called the company. They have assured me that a 'Griff's Red' will ship on Monday the 21st. No mention of the free replacements.
At this point, I'm not impressed with Chamblee's replacement system. The original rose is dead, and we hoped to replace it last fall so it could get a good start this spring. I'll wait and see what happens.
i received an order in early spring. order arrived on time w/ quality plants packed well. i had a failure and emailed them. i heard nothing. i revisited their site recently, planning on placing an additional order; but wanted to know their replacement policy and other info. as there was no info under terms and conditions, i again emailed. they did return my email this time, said to call them. i did so. i explained all of this to their customer service rep. the response i got was one of complete indifference, just short of rude. the explanation i got as to why they hadn't responded to my earlier email, 'website was down' this summer. i wasn't expecting a replacement, but an acknowledgement would have been nice. i may still place that order, as i said, nice roses. but i am miffed that a company of this calibre doesn't hire more professional and responsive customer service personnel.
bought 3 miniature rose plants by mail from Chamblee's Nursery in Texas. They arrived in good shape and the plants look hardy. However, when I phoned to ask for care information, which they encouraged in their literature, I spoke to a less-than-friendly person who answered my questions curtly--not exactly what I've come to expect from top-flight companies' customer service department.