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|On Jan 25, 2010, treehugggr New Port Richey, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on September 10, 2008, updated January 25, 2010
On December 30th, 2008, treehugggr added the following:
Today, I ordered several species of hard-to-find plant seeds, at quite reasonable prices. I met Rebecca (sp) on the phone today. She is sweet and patient, and graciously put up with my meticulous details.
As stated in my previous comment, Im an extatic fanatic! A Horizon fanatic, yes, and a Richo fanatic. As a child, I idolized Metallica and Motley Crue. Now, this 29-year-old kid puts activists like Richo on the pedestal.
Last week, I called for advice on a very picky, stubborn plant that few people have ever heard of, knowing that Horizon Herbs (and 99.9781% of all others) does not and will not carry it, yet knowing that Richo may have some experince with it. In all his busy-ness, he answered the phone! I recieved not what Id call advice (that's a boring, stiff word for lawyers), but ground-shaking Wisdom from the heart. You wont understand this but, because of Richo's wisdom and my new enlightened-ment, I hung up the phone as a changed man. No, really.
How do I illustrate the necessity of FAMILY-run business? Sena, his daughter, answers my calls and asks how my little boy is!
How do I express the need for more folks to get dirty in the garden with our children, and grandchildren? Will we get back to our roots, or self-destruct in the main stream? Richo says,"As a way of fueling the rising up of a green, self-sufficient and non-violent revolution, lets grow the seeds of our children's future in our gardens NOW and teach by example. Please join us, beautiful people, in planting diverse open-pollinated and organic seeds."
By patronizing Horizon, and sewing the seeds, and using the plants' products in your home, you too are activists!
With the existance of Horizon, and the Wise, kind words of Richo, I am not just a gardener, I am my family's own grocer, apothecary, and healer. And Im an activist.
ps, Horizon is not just Richo, it is a living entity that is a cooperative effort of kind, knowledgeable, and eco-responsible folks. They all make me happy!
ps again, I was not paid or prompted to write this :]
On January 25th, 2010, treehugggr added the following:
Hey, I just got my big box o' seeds from Horizon today. Like always, I am happy with everything.
After reading some dark entities' comments here, I wanna step in and say I am a-ok with the shipping price; even more-so this time. The Horizon kids pack everything in a sturdy box, and everything is well padded with recyclable/worm-feedable materials. This is more important today, than with any other shipment thus far. My local post office has a knack for shredding mail and smashing boxes, just like Ace Venture in that movie. Had they shipped in any less of a box, my roots would have been broken, and the seeds likely ground to dust.
I don't know what more to say. I guess there is nothing more to say, since their name and reputation, here, and everywhere, speaks for themselves.
To fulfill my vision of this year's gardens and crops, I will be make at least two more $100 seed orders, exclusively Horizon Herbs. Horizon is my first, second, and third choice for seed source.
Funny side-note: "Horizon" and "Richo" are literally household words here. I am never NOT talking plants, gardens and botany with people, and Horizon-subjects usually make their way into the conversation. Whenever presented with a plant question that I can't answer, some of my smart-azz friends will strike with, "Well, why don't you go ask Richo!"
|On Jan 19, 2010, kirsten13 Philo, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
Horizon Herbs is a worldly plant lover's first checked and oft browsed website. The company is the real deal when it comes to ethnobotanical medicinal plants- Richo, the head honcho of the company, makes trips to many different countries to learn their people's wisdom when it comes to traditional plant medicine. He does this work himself, and not only knows the tradition behind the plants, but also of the important task of how to go about growing them. Sometimes the seeds need special care, or growing conditions, so reading up on the plants before you place your order is a must. I don't know about you, but I do enjoy a challenge sometimes. Instructions are often included on each "product description" page, and if a person still is not clear on what to do with a seed, an email to the company will be returned with further instruction.
|On Jan 17, 2010, plcamp Benevento
A great company: kind and reliable people, always very attentive to providing high quality seeds. Their catalogue is one of the largest I've seen on the Internet. And, last but not least, they are really very patient :-))) Shipping seeds to Italy is not the easiest thing to do, so moving parcels back and forth is not that unusual...
|On Jan 17, 2010, jmnave Elverta, CA wrote:
Superb selection of herb seeds with reasonable prices. Website works well, shipping is fast and reasonably priced. Catalog and website include lots of interesting information about many plants.
|On Jan 16, 2010, Storm8650 Tonasket, WA wrote:
I have been using Horizon Herbs for many years. I recently have been trying to find Asitaba sees. And guess who had them....Rico at horizon. I am so very excited to find and get them. And I know with the help of Horizon I will be successful even considering where I live. Atta Boy to them for having and testing the seeds.
|On Jan 16, 2010, johnsonjrbm Olympia, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I've ordered from Richo at Horizon Herbs for several years, and have always gotten excellent seeds and excellent customer service.
|On Jan 15, 2010, urmysunshyn Dover, NH wrote:
I have been doing business with Horizon Herbs for many years now. I have always found the service to be extremely good. The orders are processed promptly and the items received are of the highest of quality. One of the other reasons I continue to shop with Horizon Herbs is the vast selection of herb seeds available. Some of the seeds are extremely hard to find on the market. For anyone wanting to start an herb garden I would highly recommend that they start by paying a visit to the Horizon Herb website.
|On Dec 13, 2009, BrujoMV Sedona, AZ wrote:
I've ordered seeds and books from Horizon Herbs, LLC. So far the quality of information and the cutting edge, up-to-date nature of their product descriptions, the exceptionally wide line of herbs available with very reasonable prices and responsive & competent customer service set them apart from run-of-the-mill seed & plant companies I've done business with over the years. Highly recommended.
|On Dec 10, 2009, girlgroupgirl wrote:
My Horizon order arrived last week, shortly after I had ordered it - this company has always been very timely in it's deliveries to me.
|On Dec 5, 2009, LindholmAZ Page, AZ wrote:
Completely professional and personable business.
|On Oct 15, 2009, The_Innkeeper Jacksonville, OR wrote:
I've ordered numerous times from Horizon Herbs, and have always been thoroughly happy with the quality of product I received. Their selection of seeds, plants, and literature is incredibly impressive, and I was hard-pressed to find a similar company elsewhere (thus my joy when I DID discover the wonder that is Horizon Herbs!). My husband and I visited the nursery one week day to pick up some seeds and take a tour, and the employees were all very friendly. I have heard people complain about their HH seeds not germinating, but I have to say that I have never had this experience. I have experienced LOW germination on one or two occasions, but at least some plants always came up (and generally I find HH seeds to be almost explosive in their germination within the first few days of planting!). I think many people don't understand that patience and a knowledge of a particular seed's quirks are necessary for successful germination. Most times, the germination hints are in the seed catalog, so you simply need to refer to that before planting!
|On Oct 6, 2009, meleabritt Albion, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:
i've ordered seeds from horizon several times now, and have purchased reading and resource materials from them as well. every interaction has been positive: i have enjoyed prompt receipt of seeds and books, kind & attentive customer service, a fantastic selection of extremely high quality seeds, excellent written material, and great plants sprouting all over my little home & garden, thanks to their top-notch growing & seed saving practices. this is the first place i go for medicinal and culinary herbs, and i look forward to ordering plants from them once i get some new beds made. i am deeply appreciative of horizon's socially & ecologically responsible practices, and know that i can trust them to provide me & my family with high quality, organic, responsibly sourced plant friends.
|On Oct 4, 2009, JGex Commerce, GA wrote:
Though I have ordered seeds and books from Horizon Herbs the last couple of years, I had never ordered live plants from them partially because of the distance the plants would have to travel to Georgia. Due to the difficulty in locating some plants locally or even in my region, I placed an order for 24 live plants with Horizon last month.
|On Sep 29, 2009, dirtgirl2 Rickreall, OR wrote:
Every time I receive a shipment from Horizon herbs I feel I am receiving a beloved member of their family. The live plants I ordered were obviously packed with the utmost care and arrived in great shape and with very specific planting instructions for each.
|On Sep 29, 2009, alrexrandra Vancouver, WA wrote:
Horizon Herbs is an excellent company! Each time I buy anything from them, I'm so excited. The seeds come really quickly and the prices are very very reasonable. I love that they propagate everything themselves and organically! I only use seeds from them, because I know exactly where everything is coming from and that everything is grown with loving and careful energy, which really makes a difference in how the plant grows. The website is really easy to use, too. They have so many different plants, it's impossible to just buy a few things. I love Horizon Herbs and I recommend it to every herb lover and gardener I know.
|On Sep 23, 2009, borged Thomasville, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I ordered a single pack of comfrey seeds on 9/17/09 and rec'd them on the east coast on 9/21/09. The seeds were packed well, sealed in a standard paper envelope which was sealed in a small plastic bag. The website stated 10 seeds per packet but there was at least double that in the pack. Also included was their catalog. I'll report later on germination rate. These seeds are being started indoors under grow lights.
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|On Sep 13, 2009, desertsage Rodeo, NM wrote:
I have ordered seeds from Horizon herbs for a couple of years and always had more than my expectations filled. In fact it was not unusual to have a free pack sent with your order with a thank you and smiley face. I wanted some plants they had available that I wanted. Being from the bootheel of New Mexico and shipping plants in September, I was a bit worried. But to no surprise I received my order in three days in perfect condition. I planted my plants and the root ball was firm, but not growing out the bottom. Thanks Horizon herbs.
|On Sep 8, 2009, pthomson wrote:
I'm absolutely thrilled with the customer service offered by Horizon Herbs. Richo Cech graciously answered a couple of emails before I purchased a packet of Western Skunk Cabbage seeds. After I mailed my request, the packet arrived quickly. I was surprised (and pleased) to discover that Mr. Cech had also included two (free) seedlings with my order.
On Sep 8, 2009, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
"On Sep 10, 2009 9:58 PM, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thanks. More info on germination of the slow and otherwise recalcitrant seeds of marsh, meadow, forest and plain is given in my new book "The Medicinal Herb Grower." Richo"
|On Aug 23, 2009, SambucusNigra wrote:
I have been dealing with Horizon Herbs now for many years. My experience with everyone on staff has been exceptional year after year. I grow many hard to find herbs and prepare my own tinctures. The support and assistance that I have received from Richo, Becca and Mayche demonstrates the true passion that we all share for our love of the land. I have spoken directly with Richo, and he has also answered detailed e-mails through the years, always supportive and passionate to share his insight.
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|On Aug 22, 2009, pinki_herbstuf Claxton, GA wrote:
I've always been interested in rare and unusual herbs, and always had a difficult time finding seed until I found Horizon Herbs a few years ago. What a fantastic selection! All of the orders I,ve placed were sent quickly, and the folks who took my phone orders were both pleasant and helpful. I couldn't ask for better service. My copy of the Horizon Herb catalog gets to looking pretty ragged by the end of the season, because I carry it with me as a constant reference. Horizon Herbs has helped me become a better herb grower, and I thank you for that. Richo,keep up all the good work you do, and many blessings to the Cech family. Pinki
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|On Aug 19, 2009, edieviolin Portland, OR wrote:
I know Horizon Herbs offers the highest quality medicinal herb seeds on the market, and their customer service is both efficient and friendly. I highly recommend their new book "The Medicinal Herb Grower" which the famous herbalist Christopher Hobbs has called "The best gardening book on the planet!"
On Aug 19, 2009, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
"On Aug 19, 2009 7:18 AM, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thanks e-violin we are very excited about this book, also, which has been a decade-long labor of love. Richo"
|On Aug 19, 2009, ecoherbs_com Talent, OR wrote:
I have had too many good experiences with Horizon Herbs that I would quickly run out of room to write them. But I will just share that the level of integrity and quality of plant and seed material you get from them is the best around. I think i first found out about horizon herbs from there seed rack at the Arcata, ca food -coop. Then i read making plant medicine and starting learning the art of growing your own. I module my small farm after many of the clever gardening techniques Richo creates.
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|On Aug 17, 2009, johncarver Bringhurst, IN wrote:
I have purchased several times from Horizon Herbs in the last couple of years. This year I was late ordering do to the terrible weather we had here and I only ordered some books and some American comfrey seeds. When I opened the package, which I received in a timely manner, the printed matter that I had ordered was there along with my seeds but there was an extra package of seeds. In a letter Mr. Cech said he was sending me my seeds that I had ordered and was also sending seeds from a different batch of American Comfrey as customers had mentioned having germination problems with the comfrey seeds and he asked me if I would plant both batches of seed and report back to him.
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|On Aug 17, 2009, flaherblady Stuart, FL wrote:
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|On Aug 17, 2009, osmosis Vancouver
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|On Aug 17, 2009, esmith10 Pascagoula, MS wrote:
I love Horizon Herbs! They have a beautiful selection of wonderful herbs and seeds and their customer service is excellent.
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|On Feb 28, 2009, JudyF Waukegan, IL wrote:
Horizon is one of my favorite sources for fun and unusual seeds. I have been ordering from them for several years, and with every order I have enjoyed fast, accurate service, and good germination as well.
|On Feb 26, 2009, fuchsiafreak Tualatin, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:
I have ordered from Horizon Herbs for several years now and have been happy with every transaction. They are always willing to help with any problem or question you may have. Because of them I have gone more into native plants and into growing more medicinal herbs. I highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in growing herbs and who is interested in preserving plants that once flourished here in N. America. I look forward to many years of ordering from them.
|On Feb 6, 2009, loydb Liberty Hill, TX wrote:
I'm a long-time culinary herb gardener new to medicinals (at least, medicinals that aren't also tasty...). I got a copy of R's book as well.
On Feb 6, 2009, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
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Thanks very much for the positive review and the kind words. These kinds of things help more than you can know. I encourage you to reserve a pre-publication copy of my new book "the medicinal herb grower." As for every seed germinating, that is an unusually good result. As for culinary herbs, my favorite is Summer Savory. I use it daily, and cannot grow tired of it. Thanks again for your kind words and I bet you'll have a great garden this year. Best regards, Richo"
|On Nov 20, 2008, Ficurinia Portland, OR wrote:
I am about to order seeds from this company again for only the second time and I wanted to rate them as "great" because every single thing I ordered last year had an amazing germination rate. (I ordered a lot.) In addition, they have a great selection of less common plants that should be planted in gardens by virtue of not only being great herbs, but because they are amazing plants. Cannot wait to grow their seeds again.
|On Sep 13, 2008, daveman Johnson City, TN wrote:
I placed an order last weekend and already received the seeds. They had more in the packet than what was printed on the label and the seeds look fresh and viable. I'll keep looking for more to order from this place.
|On Jul 1, 2008, Timor_Mortis Crescent City, CA wrote:
I purchased a few different varieties of seed from them last year, even including some which are supposed to have a low germination rate (specifically, a few varieties of sage, including white sage.) And I found the germination rate was actually much higher than they said, I dont know if I was just lucky and got some really good seeds,lol... or If it had to do with my particular skills or the advice from them... but I had an average 90% germination rate, easily...I was very happy with the results and their prices where very fair as well... the only issue I had with them was that it took nearly a month for me to receive my order, but that couldnt be helped, they where having some issues with a ton of backorders I think if I remember right it was because of a sickness or something in the family...so the long shipping was perfectly understandable under the circumstances.^_^
On Jul 1, 2008, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
On Jan 11, 2009 3:36 PM, Horizon Herbs, LLC added:
Luckily nobody in the family has been sick, at least not in the kind of way that it would be a good excuse for not sending seeds very rapidly. We generally do a 2-day turnaround on seed orders although we've certainly done our share of same-day shipping and also gotten behind from time to time. Certainly, if anybody needs their seeds by a certain date they should LET US KNOW! You know how it is--we try to do things on time but there are unforeseen circumstances like--somebody calls in sick (or their grandmother dies for the third time since last June) and somebody else "has to give a massage" instead of coming to work as expected. Meanwhile, we have to scramble because a customer in New Jersey is going to Nigeria on Tuesday (its Friday afternoon) and needs their seeds before the plane takes off. Also, the dog got its leg caught in the door and had to go to the vet to have it set, and the well mysteriously quit working, so we had to haul water up from the creek to flush the toilet. There are so many great excuses for delaying orders, like the credit card didn't work, the customer didn't answer their phone or their e-mail when we tried to contact, the address was wrong (the customer was speaking Russian so we sent the seeds to Siberia when actually he said Liberia--you get the idea). We're real people. When we get an order for roots, we go out and dig. When we get an order for seeds, half the time we go out and shake the plant (well, not half the time, but SOMEtimes...). Anyhow, thanks to you and others like you that have patience, we keep the hands on and the quality in. We wouldn't have it any other way. And we wouldn't sell to Monsanto, either. Not seeds, not the company, nothin. Richo"
|On May 10, 2008, herbalbetty Middleburgh, NY wrote:
Whether you want seeds or plants of herbs , Horizon Herbs is the place to go. Not only do they have a most interesting and complete selection, the quality cannot be surpassed. Seed packs are generous and viable. Plants are very healthy and of good size. They are a knowledgeable, friendly, family company. Packaging is the best I have seen anywhere and not a molecule of dirt was disturbed in my orders - even to the opposite side of the country. Email answers to questions are quick and courteous. Thanks!
|On Jan 6, 2008, jnbgregg Baltimore, MD wrote:
|On Nov 29, 2007, Luthercat Port Townsend, WA wrote:
I have purchased seeds, cuttings,live plants and books from this company over the past ten years and have found their quality of material and service to be consistantly excellent. As a Pacific Northwest gardener who grows herbal and medicinal plants in addition to traditional vegetables and ornamentals, having a regional supplier, with real regional experience and information is a huge benefit. I am constantly delighted by the unusual and hard to find seeds and plants that Horizon offers. They are a small, family owned and operated business that I believe deserves the continued support of the gardening community, especially in a day and age when small independent growers and nurseries are being absorbed by the big guys, often with negative results ( I live not far from what used to be Heronswood Nursery, a sad story in my opinion). I am pleased to be a customer and would recommend them highly.
|On Nov 3, 2007, nehketah Knoxville, TN wrote:
Great hard to find seeds and the seeds came within a couple of days after ordering
|On Oct 17, 2007, jabowman78 Pleasant Hill, CA wrote:
With outstanding variety and selection, Horizon Herbs is easily one of the better retailers on the web today. The superb quality of their seeds and courteousness of their staff makes this company one of my personal favorites.
|On Sep 11, 2007, herbdigger13 Santa Clara, CA wrote:
A great, great company. All the seeds and plants I have ordered have been of the highest quality, and they have so many amazing and rare medicinal plants you can't find anywhere else! Good service, wonderful friendly and informative staff. Richo's books are always excellent, my personal favorite is "Making Plant Medicine" -- I learned a lot from that book, and am now making my own herbal medicines. Highest recommendation! Thank you, everybody at Horizon Herbs, for being there.
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|On Aug 9, 2007, aphroditeslaugh Seattle, WA wrote:
I heard about Horizon from a dear friend. I was very impressed with the diversity and scope of their catalog, as well as the friendliness of the owners. I ordered two seed packets and a Skullcap plant. The package arrived promptly, with the plant well secured and thriving. I really didn't expect it to arrive with so much top growth. It looks great. Horizon is definitely on my favorites list.
On Aug 9, 2007, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
On Aug 9, 2007 1:58 PM, Horizon Herbs, LLC added:
Oh, thanks, that's good. The funny thing is, I hemmed and hawed for quite a few minutes, there in the greenhouse, trying to find the best plant for you. I have a policy to always ship the best plant first, but its often difficult to FIND the best plant. You look at the flat, and it seems like all the plants are so leafy, there with their friends, and then you pull one out, and it doesn't look so leafy, there by itself. Also, if we're shipping in the inexpensive priority mail box, we can't send the taller plants, so I end up trying to find a short, sturdy one. The one I finally found for you had a few stems, and some were falling off the edge of the flat, and all together it seemed pretty leafy, so I sent it to you. I'm really glad you liked it!"