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Positive rebecca101
(25 reviews)
On May 30, 2013, rebecca101 Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've placed several orders with Arrowhead and have been extremely pleased. They have an amazing selection (I got some rare epimediums and species peonies, among other things). The plants were all quite sizable for mail-order, well-rooted, healthy, and packaged well. Shipping was fast and not too expensive. They have become my go-to company for plants I can't find elsewhere.

Positive mboutet
(12 reviews)
On May 7, 2013, mboutet Rochester, NY wrote:

Beautiful, healthy plants carefully packed. I've ordered from Arrowhead several times and have never been disappointed.

Positive hairyjo
(18 reviews)
On Dec 2, 2012, hairyjo Danville, CA wrote:

I am very happy with the 4 varieties of Campanula and Adenophora that I got this fall. I put them in good sized pots and will get around to planting them in my zone 8b garden in the next few weeks, but they are healthy and have green on them. They were shipped quickly and looked very good when they arrived. Shipping was more reasonable then some of the other on-line nurseries.

Positive njjpl
(17 reviews)
On May 12, 2012, njjpl Pequannock, NJ wrote:

All my plants arrived healthy, and are doing great in my garden. They are actually thriving!!! Highly recommended for rare and unusual plants. Great job!!!

Positive Ispahan
(55 reviews)
On Apr 10, 2012, Ispahan Chicago, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

This company has an impeccably expansive selection of unusual plants. While researching unusual perennials for my new garden, there were several that I could only find from West Coast suppliers who wanted to charge an arm and a leg for shipping and others that I could find no where at all.

I was delighted to find Arrowhead Alpine's online plant listing which included almost all of the plants I had been searching for. I thought the prices and shipping to be very reasonable, as well as the fact that they offer quantity discounts for many of the plants in their catalogue. The latter aspect worked out very well for me since I needed at least 12 of each of the plants I was looking for.

Needless to say, I was expecting to receive very small seedlings in tiny pots given the rarity of many of the plants I ordered. I could not have been more wrong. All of the plants were very uniform, healthy and HUGE for the larger-than-expected pot sizes. All of them are bursting with growth and vitality.

I am extremely pleased and happy with my order and I would not hesitate to order from them again in the future if they have other plants I am looking for.

Thank you Arrowhead Alpines!

Positive SwimmingJewel
(6 reviews)
On Mar 24, 2012, SwimmingJewel Southold, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:

I agree. Seems like all the negative responses are from people expecting Brigitta to take care of the plants once they get to their destinations! And no, if you order a plant, YOU research it, get the proper care instructions and YOU take care of it. If you neglect it, or don't care for it properly and it dies, it's NOT Arrowheads fault!
*Very good point that mail order plants are notoriously small.*
That being said, I just recieved another order from Arrowhead, and the plants were huge for their pots size and in PERFECT condition. I took them out of the box, same day I got them and planted them in my gardens. I did not let them sit around for days. I TOOK CARE OF THEM RIGHT AWAY, and with proper, well researched care.
I wish people would be more responsible *for their own actions* and not blame others when they kill a plant. If you mail order a plant....BE PREPARED TO TAKE CARE OF IT when it arrives. That means to research the care it needs and have an area in your gardens prepared for it. AND DON'T BUY PLANTS THAT WONT DO WELL IN YOUR CLIMATE!

Another good idea is to instruct your mail carrier to place boxes in a designated area that get's no sunlight at all. Must be full shade. Because a box that sits in the sun, or sits in a mailbox in the sun, will cook just like it's in an oven. WHICH MEANS THE PLANTS INSIDE WILL COOK TO DEATH. To me, this is common sense, but seems like to some of you...probably rocket science.

Thank you Arrowhead Alpines for more beautiful, healthy, rare and unusual plants. :)

Positive dharbu
(1 review)
On Mar 23, 2012, dharbu Portland, TN wrote:

Have been ordering from Arrowhead Alpines for several years now & was able to make a live visit in the fall of 2010( while Bob was battling colon cancer). He & Brigitta were gracious hosts & spent considerable time with me.To the folks who gave AA a positive report I can say I totally agree with you. For the naysayers, I think that people have to realize that specialty mail order nurseries are not by necessity your local garden center or Lowes, etc. For one thing, plants are usually smaller & may just be taken from the greenhouse for shipping. Bob seldom listed zonal info which basically means that you had better do you homework to make sure you have some knowledge about the plant. And while you are at it check out the required growing conditions. I'm a plant collector & I know that many of the specialty plants that I collect will be small &may need a whole season to be bumped up in size before dropping them into the garden. Believe me I've had many die before I realized this. So buck up , do your research, learn some basic plant nomenclature & be prepared for a certain amount of failure. In other words become a serious gardener. I think you will realize what a treasure Arrowhed Alpines really is to gardeners. Bob ,I guess could be tought to deal with at times & I'm willing to bet that he had good reason at times. Sadly, he's gone from us now & will be missed by the many who knew him. Arrowhead Alpines is going forward. I just received two perfect orders from them this spring. Viva Arrowhead!!

Positive mdsimenc
(1 review)
On Mar 22, 2012, mdsimenc Fairmont, IL wrote:

First let me offer my most sincere condolences to Arrowhead Alpines (Brigitta and Ender) for the loss of a husband, father and great plantsman, Bob Stewart. I was greatful for many conversations (during non peak times naturally) The plant selection at Arrowhead is incomparable! I have several rare daphnes from their nursery that continue to thrive in my "daphentum". A couple more are on the way as of this writing. The staff is very gracious with their time and wisdom and I will continue to be a loyal customer.

Positive AphidsDontRock
(4 reviews)
On Feb 21, 2011, AphidsDontRock Grosse Pointe, MI wrote:

I began visiting Arrowhead several years ago. Years ago I got their catalog, but never ordered back then; Bob seemed like a pretty forbidding character, and I feared being raked over the coals for my ignorance if I had plant questions. Well, maybe he has mellowed, or perhaps I just have more courage than formerly, but three or four years ago I visited and ran into the man himself. He was initially a little crusty, but was very helpful and steered me away from a couple of appealing but difficult plants. Brigitta is always great. I have had mostly good experiences with their plants; some allowances have to be made for the fact that they stock many difficult plants. Their BAPs are, I feel, well worth the money. They are a small business and their time is at a premium, but generally someone always approaches me to offer help within a few minutes of my arrival. A great specialty nursery.

Positive stevenalabama
(3 reviews)
On Dec 16, 2010, stevenalabama Coker, AL wrote:

Have used them for years ! Always good quality plants!
I recently got a Arum, some Hawkweed and a Asarum from them. Awesome plants!
I wish I could buy more!!!!
I highly recommend them

Before ordering any plant know the conditions in which it grows! Educated yourself!

Positive Cheryl211
(1 review)
On Oct 29, 2010, Cheryl211 Ashland, NH wrote:

I just recently found Arrowhead Alpines and am so happy that I did. I ordered a difficult to find, abies balsamea nana, a dwarf balsam fir. It arrived quickly, in perfect condition and a very nice size. I will check with them first from now on when I need to new plants. Highly recommended.

Positive owllantern
(1 review)
On Sep 15, 2010, owllantern Birmingham, MI wrote:

If you live within driving distance of Arrowhead Alpines, go there. The plants are just amazing. As are the owners, Bob and Brigitta Stewart, and their staff - they are very generous with their time and advice. They have lots of plants - especially shrubs and trees - that aren't listed in the catalog because they are too big to ship. But, they know how to fit quite a few of these big plants in a car, so, go visit, if you can. If you can't, order from them, as I have over the years and have always gotten healthy plants in good condition.

Positive rkwright85
(4 reviews)
On Aug 13, 2010, rkwright85 Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I just made my first visit out there today and was very impressed. I have never seen a selection of daphne's that good anywhere. They offer plants at a lot of different sizes and prices. Compared to many nurseries I've visited (especially in Michigan) they had fair prices and excellent service. I've been to nurseries where the staff is obviously inexperienced and then tell you what you want to hear. Bob patiently and honestly answered my questions and even showed me how to grow and propagate some of them. Overall they have a great selection and the plants looked good too. I would recommend this nursery to anyone and look forward to going back myself.

Positive balberth
(18 reviews)
On May 3, 2009, balberth (Zone 9a) wrote:

These people have an amazing catalog that's now online, and when I discovered it over the winter I placed an order for about two dozen plants.

Being up in the cold north, they don't ship in the winter, so I had to wait until spring for my plants - they shipped exactly when they said they would, as far as I can tell.

The plants arrived in pots and well packed. Most of them filled out the pots very well - almost overgrown. A lot of them do come in 2.5" pots, but many of the plants are naturally small growing.

If I was to make one complaint it would be that the nursery containers they use are quite brittle, and I had to repot most of the plants received pretty much immediately because I tore some of the containers when I was unpacking the box.

Generally, I felt that the plants were more than worth what I paid for them, and I'd not hesitate to order from Arrowhead again.

Positive pollyk
(83 reviews)
On Apr 30, 2009, pollyk Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received my order today from Arrowhead for species irises. The irises were potted, well packed, and in great condition. Very nice. Thank you,

Polly @ Siberian Iris Gardens

Positive gringo
(4 reviews)
On Mar 18, 2009, gringo Hampton, VA wrote:

I purchased two cultivars of Eryngium, as potted plants from this company. Both, notoriously difficult to germinate...
Both plants were received in great condition & well packed, so they arrived completely undamaged.
They had already started spring growth & appear quite healthy.
These are good sized perennials, too.
Overall, it was an excellent experience.
I was called about an error I made, after entering an incorrect expiration date of the Visa, online. But that was quickly & easily resolved after Bob called me.
So I can honestly say, it was great, personal customer service too, instead of some non-human automated response.
Thanks Bob & Brigitta!

Positive abc55
(1 review)
On Jul 27, 2008, abc55 Grosse Pointe, MI wrote:

I was very happy with our recent visit to Arrowhead Alpines for their "Summer Rocks" sale. Even though they outwardly appear to be unfriendly to children, I found that not to be the case at all. We took our four small children and they were having such a great time visiting the tortoise and poking the frog pond that it was hard to get them to leave. Besides all of that, the selection of plants is excellent! The plants, especially the evergreens, were in excellent shape. They really know their stuff. There were tags on 95% of the plants and it was pretty easy to find where things were located. Add to that the friendly and helpful staff and we are going back next year.

Positive 6yellowpetals
(4 reviews)
On Apr 30, 2008, 6yellowpetals Dayton, OR wrote:

Last year I ordered many species Narcissus from Arrowhead that are very hard to find in the trade. The order arrived early fall, each bulb was potted individually which I thought a bit odd as I've never received spring blooming bulbs that way, but it was fine w/ me - I always pot or plant bulbs that have not bloomed for me either in separate containers or far apart enough in the ground that I can easily rogue the mis-named ones. So far 75% have bloomed and are correctly named and I am very happy! Really happy! I will order again. (These Narcissus were grown by Arrowhead from seed obtained through the Archibalds- at least most of them were, can't remember now.) Thank you, AA!

Positive nevadagdn
(117 reviews)
On Apr 4, 2008, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I received my order (my very first ever) from Arrowhead Alpines today. Everything is strong and healthy, and I'm quite pleased. In the interests of disclosure, I should point out that I am a hard-core plant nerd, a biologist and a very experienced gardener. I don't think that Arrowhead Alpines is a good supplier for "beginners"; the catalog and the selection of plants just aren't really meant for the Burpee crowd (nothing wrong with Burpee or its clients).

Even I found the catalog a little strange in spots, but I'll overlook a whole lot more strangeness than that to get the healthy, difficult-to-find plants I want. The plants came in pots ranging from 2 1/2" to one quart, and the plants appeared to have been in those pots for more than one growing season (none were rootbound or stressed, however). Even the smallest plant was worth what I paid for it.

What else could I want from this company? Bigger plants at lower prices, more selection, a free surprise plant or plants, a cute UPS deliveryman, a bar of chocolate with each purchase...in other words--Arrowhead fully met my high expectations, but I figured as long as I'm daydreaming...

Positive beauxbeaux
(2 reviews)
On Feb 25, 2008, beauxbeaux Harper Woods, MI wrote:

Arrowhead Alpines is without a doubt one of the best growers in the country. The diversity of species is perhaps unmatched anywhere. I would say, though, that it is best if you know what you are doing or at least are willing to learn.

Over the years, I've asked some "dumb" questions and have been responded to with snappy rejoinders. This only fed my eagerness to gain as much knowledge as possible before asking about "Cotton Easters" again. I appreciate being able to glean information from the people who actually have their fingers in the soil and not just a hired salesperson.

I hear the carping about USDA zone info lacking in the catalog. Good for them. I have perhaps 3 different zones in my yard that is considered zone 5. I was able to grow an Amorphophallus konjac outside next to the house last year with no protection, proving that you can create zones or simply find them with a little bit of study. Also, the weather is different every year in Michigan. A year ago, we had a zone 7 winter and perhaps a zone 6 this year, yet the maps remain unchanged from year to year.

Bob and Brigitta have always been approachable and willing to share their vast knowledge with me. Even with an enterprise the size of Arrowhead, either of them has always taken time to answer questions and point me in the correct direction. Bob just looks a bit imposing but he is really a nice guy and a gifted plantsman. Brigitta, seemingly as exotic as the plants she sells, is always matter-of-fact and "down to earth" regarding information about a plant in question. These are awesome people and I hold them in high regard.

Sure, I have had plants die "been there, killed that" but it was usually my own doing. For instance, the dionysia gravetye requires nearly impossible conditions, but I keep trying. The idea of reducing inventory, put forth in a previous response is ridiculous and so is the guy affronted by the Pink Lady's Slipper. The fact that the plant is being grown means that it also is being conserved. I think there was an idea about "reducing inventory" a few years back in Germany. The plants are always high quality, even when I don't pick them out myself and have them shipped.

Anyway, thank you Bob, Brigitta and the gang for providing the best and hardest to find plants at reasonable prices.

Positive dbertoncini
(1 review)
On Jun 13, 2007, dbertoncini Mishawaka, IN wrote:

Found a plant, Pinus leucodermis 'schmitii' that I couldn't find anywhere else in the country. Came well packed at a fair price and good size for the price. Tree is growing well. Probably the nursery is best for rare and hard to propagate plants.

Positive johnboy38
(1 review)
On Jun 11, 2007, johnboy38 Lansing, MI wrote:

What is wrong with the public? A 67% rating for a company that should have a 110%? I have been shopping at Arrowhead Alpines for years. I could wander around that place (and have!) for hours and hours. Greenhouse after greenhouse of healthy, well-cared for plants that you CANNOT find anywhere else. Reasonable prices and fantastic new plants. When I read comments that say they should downsize their catalog and only grow about 1000 plants, I could just explode!!! THEY should downsize because YOU cannot be bothered to educate yourself on the culture of a particular plant. Are you kidding me? All you have to do is ASK them! How about this, since you are on the web anyway, why not just type in the name and click? Google is a powerful tool, my friend. I have a yard full of the most interesting trees, shrubs and perennials that anyone could ask for. This is completely due to Arrowhead Alpines. I have a collection of hellebores that I challenge anyone to beat and a drift of cyclamen that would take your breath away. I've bought too much to list. Let's be clear about one thing here. These folks are passionate about what they do and it shows. I just hate when good people and businesses get a raw deal and that's why I just had to post something. Please give this company a shot. You will not be disappointed.

Positive judith
(3 reviews)
On Apr 26, 2007, judith Clarksville
United States wrote:

My best friend gave me gift certificates to two nurseries for Trillium. I chose Arrowhead Alpines and Paul Christian Rare Plants for the particular plants I needed. Both orders arrived and both sets of plants looked good. The big difference was that the AA plants bloomed!
When one, a picotee sulcatum broomed out a gorgeous purple red instead of picotee I photographed the plant and send a copy to the webmaster with a note. I did not complain, since I also own a nursery and I know all too well that in the Spring Rush S**t Happens. In a very short time a packaged arrived, a pot containing an absolutely lovely blooming picotee Trillium sulcatum. Thank you Arrowhead Alpines for excellent service. Judith Knott Tyler

Positive Chills
(20 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2007, Chills Saint Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

I went to the nursery this weekend and it was everything I expected. The selection was nothing short of phenominal and everything looked healthy and well tended. I met the owner and his wife and they were gracious and genuinely interested in making sure my visit was worthwhile and productive.

I would recommend waiting until their shipping season is over, and the weather warms up a little as there is too much to completely explore when you are being rushed along by numbing fingers and toes. I will be making another drive out later in the season and I can't wait to see how the nursery changes once they have put out all the material they keep in production areas while they fill all mail orders.

~Chills

Positive declfi
(30 reviews)
On Mar 18, 2007, declfi Fenton, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Great Service and fast shipping/ No Problems

Positive oncoiris
(1 review)
On May 22, 2006, oncoiris Jackson, MI wrote:

My wife affectionately calls me a 'plant geek'. This plant geek is here to tell the world that Arrowhead Alpines is a place like no other. I've benefitted so much from Bob & Brigetta's knowledge of plants I don't know where to begin and have nothing but praise for them. I've bought both from the catalog and from the greenhouse bench and have NEVER been disappointed. If you are ever in the area stop in and see for yourself. There's always something unique or 'cool' that will catch your eye. U might even get a chance to talk to a certifiable 'plant geek'. Cheers

Positive imacgreg
(2 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2006, imacgreg South Monroe, MI wrote:

Mail-ordered for the first time after visiting the nursery in person several times in the last few years and always coming away with something unusual and interesting. The plants were carefully packaged and arrived in great shape. Unmatched scope of offerings and refreshingly iconoclastic approach to conventional gardening wisdom.

Positive patlutal
(1 review)
On Jan 19, 2006, patlutal Ypsilanti, MI wrote:

I have been a customer of Arrowhead Alpines for over 6 years. I have to say that I have nothing but respect for Bob and Brigetta. They have far more knowledge about plants than I will ever have and it is great socializing with a business that doesn't tell me I can't grow something. I suffer from zone denial and I really need to try things for myself. I have always appreciated the candor about plants and the "learning" aspect of frequenting their nursery. While some are intimidated when visiting, if you share a true interest beyond the plants you find at Lowe's, Walmart, HD or that other 'Mart, this is the place to visit. I am familiar with their mail order plants and know that the small plants that are sent have the biggest and healthiest roots I have ever seen. I also know all of their stock to be exceptionally healthy. I can say that I have bought more than my fair share of plants at Arrowhead and they never disappoint. I am not talking about $100 a Spring, I am at multiple thousands per year and never disappointed. I have met other plantsmen over the years visiting Arrowhead and it is a lifestyle. Join the club it is fun to socialize; share experiences on plants; and really get to know your hobby. This is all possible at Arrowhead. For those that have had a bad experience I would say try it again. I have been at the nursery when it is 90+ degrees or -15 degrees and I don't smile much than either. I have a respect for people's business, gardens and plants much like my own home...they will never disappoint if you do the same. They have the largest collection of perennials, bulbs, shrubs, trees and conifers that I have ever seen in one place. I also get to find my less hardy interests such as camelias, rare magnolias, exotic vines, carnivorous plants, and the asiatic counterparts to our natives. I either croak them or feel sorry for them and put them in my greenhouse. Yes Bob gets a little miffed at me if I deliberately try something that he has told me won't live outside. While you won't get a zone rating they will tell you if they think it will survive outdoors and show you an example in their own garden if you are from Mossouri and need to verify the hardiness. I like having those choices in MI and that is rare at most nurseries. Relax a little with them and they will show you plants you have never seen. It is worth the trip out to their ever growing collection. Don't be afraid to bring some bagels, snacks or fire up a BBQ with them. It goes a long way.

Positive BonsaiMike
(1 review)
On Jul 30, 2005, BonsaiMike Lansing, MI wrote:

For me, Arrowhead Alpines is a short 20 minute drive on a freeway, so I have no experience with mail order and only on rare occasions have I ever purchased plants via the mail. Visiting this nursery is a real treat and while I know that some do not have this luxury Arrowhead Alpines should definitley not be overlooked for that special plant whether you visit or need to mail order. That being said, my experiences with Arrowhead Alpines over the past 4 years have been incredibly positive. I am usually on the hunt for the rare and unusual to satisfy my 'chorophyll addiction' and Arrowhead is one of the very few places where I can get my "fix". Bob and Brigitta, the owners, have been very helpful and necessarily so because as many have said their selection is vast. Without the combination of their knowledge, books and the Internet, the novice might be easily overwhelmed at a place like Arrowhead. It is not for the average beginner and the phrase "caveat emptor" should be everyone's mantra rather than a tool to shed personal responsibility and cast blame. My plant education has expanded exponentially since going to Arrowhead. I have acquired plants that have challenged me and rewarded me beyond anything that I could have purchased at most other nurseries. Have plants died? Of course, but the cause has always been the result of mismanagement on my part. Mid-Michigan is a difficult place to grow many things. Hot summers and often times extremely cold winters challenge even the most hardy of plants. I regularly ask for the advice of the Arrowhead Alpines owners regarding plant selection, but ultimately its up to me what I purchase. What can I say? I prefer the exotic and rare and I'm willing to experiment. Arrowhead Alpines is one of the few places I can satisfy that preference. One final word, if you are looking for the average "stuff" you can find it also at Arrowhead and from what I've seen it is big and healthy!

Positive hottubguys
(1 review)
On May 24, 2005, hottubguys Ferndale, MI wrote:

We have been going to Arrowhead Alpines for a few years now.
It's an hour drive, so we obviously consider it well-worth while.
They are one of the premier nurseries in the country-and we've been to several. The plants are always healthy, and well worth the money.
It's not a typical nursery, because they don't sell typical plants.
We always take the catalog and an encyclopedia, because we always encounter something new and exciting that we want to reference. We consider ourselves accomplished gardeners {by no means experts} but we have a broad enough knowledge to know the good stuff when we see it. We have always found the service the same as anywhere else of quality---if you are polite, you get treated politely.
We look forward to our trips, and our only complaint is that we don't live closer to visit more often.

Positive dangbert
(2 reviews)
On May 11, 2005, dangbert Hartville, OH wrote:

I visited arrowhead alpines in early may 2005. The first thing I saw was the staging area for their mail order plants. They all looked first rate - alive, blooming, and healthy. I wish all the plants I get via mail order looked that good!
The staff was attentive and friendly (even the nursery cats, they ride along with you in your cart!), they made numerous trips getting plants for me that hadn't been put outside yet. The owners were friendly, real people. They are incredibly knowledgeable and readily answered all my questions.
This nursery is amazing, but not necessarily for the novice. If you're looking for generic perennials, you might want to try someplace like Lowe's. Arrowhead offers a huge variety of specialty plants from all over the world that aren't available ANYWHERE else. It's like a horticultural candy store!
Was it worth the four hour trip there? YOU BET! I'll be back.

Positive pacegardens
(1 review)
On Apr 21, 2005, pacegardens Clio, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I went to Arrowhead Alpines today and spent a large amount of money. Both Bob and Brigitta were very helpful and more than happy to answer any questions I had about the plants I was looking for and/or buying. Their Nursery is layed out in multiple greenhouses that are full of healthy, well established plants potted in the typical 3, 4, and 6 inch pots as well as one gallon and larger continers for the larger trees and shrubs. When I was there I had four different people ask me if I was finding everything I was looking for. I wanted a Polygonatum "Passion Purple" which was in their propagation houses (off limits to the general public), Brigitta wasted no time in retrieving the plant for me. This is not the nursery for you if you are looking for a Petunia or Marigold, but if you are looking for the unusual, hard-to-find, or even a truly rare plant, this is the place to go. I have been buying plants from this nursery for six years and have never lost a plant purchased from them. I would gladly recommend Arrowhead Alpines to any experienced gardener who is serious about what the grow.

Positive Rachip
(2 reviews)
On Jan 28, 2005, Rachip Wheaton, IL wrote:

Have ordered twice in the last two years. Great variety and I have been disappointed on only a couple of plants (too small for $24 Calycanthus). The one thing that bothered me was I did not notice that there is a volume discount which I did not take when filling out the order form. They completed the order without telling me I overcharged myself. My mistake but I bet there are other places that would have corrected my total.

Positive Kevin_5
(5 reviews)
On Jan 27, 2005, Kevin_5 Elburn, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have ordered from Arrowhead several times over the years. The order process takes some time as you must do your research on the rarities in the catalog, but it's well worth it. I have found the owner extremely helpful on the phone, and more than willing to share what he knows about the plants he sells. I am working on this year's order at this very moment.

Positive bogman
(2 reviews)
On Oct 15, 2004, bogman Cleveland, OH wrote:

I've ordered from Arrowhead on several occasions. At times their plants are small, but I expect that from a (predominantly) mail order business especially one that offers as many different species as arrowhead does. The plants have always come in healthy and ready for the garden. I've also on occasion spoken with Bob who answered my questions politely and patiently.

I look forward to their catalog each year so I can pour over the entries AND read the comments they can be a scream! One of these days I'm gonna have to get up there to visit the nursery (it's 2 1/2 hours one way)

They get a big thumbs up from me!

Positive alwaysplanting
(2 reviews)
On Oct 14, 2004, alwaysplanting Northville, MI wrote:

I made several trips to Arrowhead this summer. I loved their selection, and enjoyed wandering through the greenhouses and gardens. Bob and Briggita were exceptionally helpful and nice, and I came home with some wonderful and unique additions to the garden.

Positive redwing48910
(4 reviews)
On Jun 23, 2004, redwing48910 Lansing, MI wrote:

i have been to arrowhead 3 times in the past month. my wife and i have purchased over $200 worth of plants in these trips. i have just returned from buying more plants today and had the opportunity to meet the owner. after reading some of the negative comments, i was a little reluctant about meeting Bob, but i have to say that he was very helpful. i could not locate some plants in the nursery, so he immediately went and personally gathered them up for me, he asked if he could assist further, and rang my sale up. i have never had a bad experience there, and all employees have offered assistance. the plants seem reasonably priced, and all have been grown well and are doing fine. i will return often and do reccommend them- also, i find the catalog to be helpful(and funny).

Positive bendrl
(9 reviews)
On Apr 8, 2004, bendrl Oakland, CA wrote:

Ordered 6 Thuja Occ. (Bowling ball), and a couple of other conifers. I received the order fairly quickly, and the packaging was good. The size of the Thuja Occ was a bit smaller than expected, but the roots were fine. The other 2 conifers were in good shape. Overall a good experience.

Positive m20361
(3 reviews)
On Jan 26, 2004, m20361 Fayetteville, NC wrote:

Excellent specialist nursery. Incredible selection, with many rare, challenging offerings not available elsewhere. Probably NOT a good choice for the beginner gardener, as the catalog assumes the reader has a certain amount of knowledge (which is okay in my book). Plants are often small (usually because they're small plants!), and many require special care to re-establish. Still, an amazing nursery and one of my absolute favorites.

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