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|On May 1, 2015, orb217 Draper, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:
I was sorry to see that others have not received good customer service from Brian as a result of his website's order system. This was my first time ordering from his website and I agree that he should update his website order system to let you know that your order was received and to send you a copy of what you ordered (I tend to forget what I've bought since I have multiple orders at a time on occasion). However, after emailing him on April 29th I got a response within 12 hours. I've ordered through his eBay shop a number of times, and his plants are top notch! With eBay, you get all of the order details of the sale. I think he's perhaps used to the eBay system more than his website order system (I'm guessing) because the only initial acknowledgement I received was from PayPal. Again, after I emailed him he did respond promptly. Please don't hesitate ordering from him, communication issues aside, the plants are incredible! Also, go check out his reviews on eBay, his positive ratings are 99.6% with 4,228 reviews. Ben
|On Mar 24, 2015, Steve_in_France Near Paris
We have been in the USA for seven years, so ignore the Steve in France bit, it's from when I was growing exotic plants near Paris.
|On Jul 30, 2014, BooBam378 San Antonio, TX wrote:
I've ordered from Brian's a couple of times. The first thing that anyone should know when first ordering from them is they deliver a good product. I've ordered the same plant from another vendor and Brians is always a little better, most notably, better root development than the other vendor. The one thing Brian's is not good at is communication. When placing an order you might not get confirmation except from your PayPal receipt. It might also take them a week or more to ship out. That is not a problem with me as I already expect that with them and know they will send a very good plant at a reasonable price. In short, I would always recommend them, and will be going back for repeat business. Just know that communication will not be up to par, but the product they deliver will more than make up for it.
|On Jun 5, 2014, riosamba Marlboro, NJ wrote:
Posted on June 5, 2014, updated June 5, 2014
On July 13th, 2013, riosamba added the following:
I have received many more cannas from Brian's Botanicals. There were a few plants that were iffy and they replaced them immediately. I have over 500 cannas currently growing and am extremely satisfied with this company. Their cannas fit right into my garden and in some instances outshine other plants. A very good vendor to buy from.
On June 5th, 2014, riosamba added the following:
I received over 35 tissue cultured cannas from Brian this year. The plants were among the best I have ever seen. He is a bit expensive but with the quality and size of what he ships the plants are worth it. I will buy from them again, and again
On June 5th, 2014, riosamba added the following:
I wanted to add I have never had a problem with their customer service and get very fast responses to my questions.
|On May 4, 2014, vorlonken Andover, CT wrote:
Posted on May 2, 2014, updated May 4, 2014
On May 2nd, 2014, vorlonken added the following:
Correction: There was a comment with the refund notice. It read, "Order is being refunded due to previous circumstances." I have no idea what that means. I don't think I've ever ordered from him before!
On May 4th, 2014, vorlonken changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
I made two attempts to contact Brian to ask him what he meant by "Order is being refunded due to previous circumstances." So far I have been ignored.
To the best of my recollection there has never been any unpleasantness between Brian and I. I have conversed with him in the past and had normal communications.
In my opinion Brian is being extremely unprofessional, and worse than that, he's being childish. Why ignore a sincere request for clarification?
If I were a potential new customer of Brian's I would wonder if he was going to cover his ears and say "la la la la la" if I ever wrote to him with a problem or a question about a plant. If he can't be more mature than this then maybe he should rethink a career that requires customer service and other forms of complex adult behavior.
|On Apr 16, 2014, LanfrancoLeo Harrisburg, PA wrote:
This year I ordered a Thai Giant colocasia and Stuttgart canna.
|On Feb 13, 2014, Combit Lindenhurst, NY wrote:
AAA+ rating. If I'm buying anything tropical and Brian has it, that's where I'm getting it from. Last year there was a screw up with an order and Brian had it corrected in a matter of days. Last year my Mekong Giants and Basjoo's arrived about 18" tall and by the end of the summer were anywhere from 10'-14' tall. Not bad for zone 6B. Hopefully I won't kill them over this monster winter. I have a dozen new plants I just order from him and one thing I know, if they die, I will be the murderer. Never got a bad one from him and he's great to deal with.
|On May 23, 2013, pghflowergirl Arnold, PA wrote:
This was my first time ordering from Brian's and it won't be my last. I ordered 3 different types of elephant ears 6 plants total. They all arrived and were packaged very nice. The paper in the top of the pots was still moist. I unpacked everything and have them in the kitchen window because its supposed to get cold here tonight. These were by far the nicest looking plants I have ever received in the mail. The Thailand Giant's were over 18 inches tall. Everything looked extremely healthy. I have never been so pleased.
|On Apr 24, 2013, Khadley Bolinas, CA wrote:
|On Oct 13, 2012, biggfurrydogz Auburn
United States wrote:
I found Brain on eBay before reading any reviews on Dave's Garden.
|On Apr 27, 2012, bingo2005 Providence, RI wrote:
Just received my order of aroids.They are large plants compared to others I purchased from other vendors.Look extremely healthy.Excellent packaging,very fast service.I'll be returning to this grower in the future.Great job Brian.
|On Apr 21, 2012, Toddott Kentwood, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:
Saw Brian's Botanicals on EBay. Ordered online. Good size, healthy plants, packaged well. Will order again.
|On Mar 24, 2012, elderberrypress Oakland, OR wrote:
Called Brian and he answered in person! The philodendron he sent me is gorgeous and healthy and packed well in paper. He's rooting two more for me. The order came Fedex and fast, too. Great site and a nice guy. I'll order again.
|On Oct 7, 2011, justalilrowdy Clearlake, CA wrote:
Great experience with this company. Very professional and quick service. Plants arrive healthy.
|On Jun 25, 2011, meplant kelso, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on March 10, 2011, updated June 25, 2011
On March 10th, 2011, meplant added the following:
Another great purchase from Brian's...Order arrived 5 days after ordering and plants in perfect shape...Thanks Brian!!!
On June 25th, 2011, meplant added the following:
I only need to use one word to describe Brians Botanicals: AWESOME!!...The plants he sends are outstanding...Of course I WILL order more :)
|On Jun 10, 2011, Toni05 Brookfield, IL wrote:
Posted on June 10, 2011, updated June 10, 2011
On June 10th, 2011, Toni05 added the following:
My second order from Brian's Botanicals
Brian's Botanicals has beautiful, healthy plants. Since I was happy with my first order, I decided to place a second: Two Musa Basjoo's, and one Musa Siam Ruby.
All three Musas are large. The Basjoo's, which are a little shorter than Siam are 18" tall, the Siam 24".
For a young Banana, the Siam's leaves are quite red.
I'm more than satified with my purchase.
Plants are wrapped with care, shipping, fast.
Keep up the good work, Toni
|On Jul 12, 2010, rjhatl Tucker, GA wrote:
I've made several purchases of colocasias and allocasias from Brian's Botanicals, and I've been extremely happy with all of them. They do a great job of packing plants for shipment, and all are healthy on arrival.
|On May 16, 2010, CherokeeGreg Fresno, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Posted on April 9, 2010, updated May 16, 2010
On September 8th, 2009, CherokeeGreg added the following:
My second order arrived the banana plant was great ,there was a canna missing from my order. I contacted the company. They sent the canna ASP ! Let me tell you I was even more satisfied. The canna was excelent. In fact there was more than one in there ! I would order from this guy again great service great plants. Thanks
On April 9th, 2010, CherokeeGreg added the following:
Well I keep coming back. I placed another order.I received the Musa Thialand Black and the Musa Saba. Again great plants. Thanks again. A happy California customer
On May 16th, 2010, CherokeeGreg added the following:
I just received another order from Brian. It was the pink sunburst cannas. Again a great plant great service. All my bananas cannas and elephant ears I received from Brian are growing great. Another great order. Thanks
|On Mar 28, 2010, Saltydoc Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have ordered from Brian for a number of years. I find the quality, size and variety of plants available to be quite positive. Shipping has been prompt and the plants all looked great on arrival and have survived and are doing nicely. Brian has also always responded to questions about the plants with knowledgeable expertise. A big positive from me!
|On Mar 4, 2010, Datura777 Old Lyme, CT wrote:
I have ordered from Brian for the past two years. His plants are very healthy and ship very fast. I have called him on the phone, and he takes the time to answer your questions. I have nothing but positive things to say about Brian.
|On Jul 20, 2009, DanKistner Winter Haven, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I purchased the A. Borneo Giant from Brian. Came quick and was very healthy. The plant is doing well, putting out a new leaf about every week 2 times the size of the last one. Although he never did leave me feedback on ebay... When I contacted him on how to care for the Borneo Giant, he quickly responded with his advice. I admired that. Knowledgeable person, does great work for what little help he has.
On August 10th, 2009, DanKistner added the following:
Got Feedback on Ebay... Not that it was a big deal but now I am even happier! My borneo Giant is doing well!
|On Mar 27, 2009, jimmy2 live oak, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
i order giant strian colocasia, came in today very healthy and boy it came fast to me in the mail, luv prompt service, great selection of rare plants, will recommend, and will order agian soon thanks jimmy2
On May 12th, 2009, jimmy2 added the following:
i reordered jacks giants ee, and another giant thialand ee, give a a+ great service
|On Mar 2, 2009, BobGoblin Vinton, LA wrote:
I started doing business with Brians Botanicals before I was a member of this site. For tropicals and aroids, Brians Botanicals is hands down my favorite online nursery.
|On Oct 15, 2008, blonddude Los Angeles, CA wrote:
Ordered and got a confirmation via PayPal. Sent email and a note in payment to ship to another address. This was confirmed in a return email from Brian.
On November 13th, 2008, blonddude changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
13 November 2008
After a few emails, Brian shipped me a replacement shipment. All the plants were fine specimens and in good shape. The communication took a long time-months!-but in the end, it all worked out. brian was good to his word.
|On Jul 12, 2008, jerrytate Lake Charles, LA wrote:
ALMOST NEUTRAL. THE THAILAND GIANT COLOCASIA WERE TOO SMALL TO SHIP. ONE ROTTED DURING SHIPMENT AND THE OTHER NINE SOON FOLLOWED. THEY WERE PACKAGED EXCELLENTLY. NO MORE TISSUE CULTURE PLUGS FOR ME.
|On Jul 4, 2008, Hemhostaholic Scranton, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered 3 different items from BB. 'Siam Red' Musa, and 2 different Colocasia, pink stemmed variety and a variegated/splotched one (can't remember the cultivars at this time.) I placed the order and with in 1 week of placing the order had the three items. I could have ordered the 'Siam Red' Musa from several other sources but chose to order from a fellow DG'er; also BB had the cheapest price for 'Siam Red!'
|On May 24, 2008, TropiSocal_dave Garden Grove, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
I received my banana plant in good condition and in good time.
|On Apr 10, 2008, msorchid Santa Fe, NM wrote:
I ordered some very rare peperomia plants from this company.
|On Feb 7, 2008, kathy_ann Judsonia, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:
I've bought several plants from Brian from his ebay auctions. He's always shipped large healthy plants and reasonable priced shippng . I've always been pleased. He's been helpful with all my questions as well.
|On Aug 26, 2007, jrozier Charleston, SC wrote:
I was happy with my purchase and will buy plants from Brian's Botanicals again. The plants I purchased were nicely packaged and quickly sent.
|On Jul 18, 2007, pheitmeyer Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
3/4 of my north tropical garden I ordered from Brian, including banana, philodendron, and alocasia. Some of the philodendron were speciality. He shipped quickly and the plants were delivered as promised and packaged to survive the AZ heat. I've never had a bad experience dealing with Brian, either thru his ebay store or @ briansbotanicals.net, and all the plants are doing great!
|On Jun 25, 2007, largosmom Newport News, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I purchased colocasia coffee cups this spring and received them quickly and well packaged. They are doing well in my zone 7b garden, and are about 3 feet tall at the moment and getting larger with each new leaf. I'm new to aroids, and had a couple of questions that were answered well.
|On May 18, 2007, GrowHappy Nottingham, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I placed an order for 2 philodendrons last Wed. night. On Monday evening I emailed Brian to ask when the order might be shipped. He responded almost immediately that the plants were packed earlier that day and would be shipped USPS the next. The plants arrived today! Both were healthy and VERY well packaged. One of them was much larger than I expected. I will do business with him again. Gorgeous Philos, Brian!
|On Apr 20, 2007, Carter Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have been happy with orders from Brian in the past. There was once a mix up, but it was handled quickly and I was pleased with the result. Nice healthy plants were sent and he was very communicative with me. Overall, I'd be happy to order from again.
|On Apr 20, 2007, rylaff Niceville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Very pleased. Communication was good. Shipping was quick and all items were packed with care. The plants were all a good size. One was much larger than I anticipated. I will definately be a return shopped to his website.
|On Apr 15, 2007, Roz Gulfport, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:
Plants arrived in ecellent condition, and I was surprised to see how large most of them were. Will order agin soon!
|On Feb 23, 2007, jpolk34 Hattiesburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:
I ordered (3) of the Musa 'Bordelon' banana's from Brian's and they arrived yesterday in great shape and even larger than I thought, about 2' tall. Brian's Botanical's kept me informed via email on the status of my order and let me know when they shipped out. I will definitely order from them again in the near future. This is truly a first class operation that sells beautiful, healthy plants.
|On Nov 10, 2006, GardenGuyKin Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:
I placed a simple order with Brian's Botanicals after viewing an Ad here on 'DG Classified Ads'. I received superb specimens well packaged and beyond what was described in the Ad. Very pleased and look forward to placing another order with this Vendor.
|On Sep 24, 2006, Hikaro_Takayama Fayetteville, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I decided to make the 8-hour trip from PA to Brian's store so that I could see his operation firsthand. I originally intended to just reserve some plants for next spring, but ended up buying about $120 worth of plants and making the trip back with a fully loaded car (Colocasias hardy gingers and Petasites on the back seat and a Tetrapanax, two Trachys and a few other plants on the passenger side floor).