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43 positives
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Negative Khadley
(1 review)
On Apr 24, 2013, Khadley Bolinas, CA wrote:

Dear Brian,
I placed this order almost a year ago. I have been a gardener for almost 50 years, so I don't tend to give up on plants. I can bring almost anything back to life, take cuttings, etc but I have to tell you that I have been really disappointed with the plants I ordered from you. I have several kinds of Musa in my yard before I ordered yours that do just fine. Yours, not so much. After a year, they are not even 18" tall. The gingers and cannas are the same, sad little things. Not sure what else to say except I will NEvER order from you again because I can't afford to make that expensive a mistake again.

Kathryn Hadley

Negative jerrytate
(11 reviews)
On Jul 12, 2008, jerrytate Lake Charles, LA wrote:


Negative fly_girl
(6 reviews)
On Sep 1, 2006, fly_girl The Woodlands, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I just received A. Robusta and A. Brian Williams in perfect condition. They are a nice size and very healthy. I definitely will be shopping there again.

On January 1st, 2008, fly_girl changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:

I placed an online order a few weeks ago and completed the transaction with the order going to a different shipping addy than the billing addy. The order seemed to go through okay but was sent to me not the gift recipient. I had to re-ship the order.
I called Brian and my complaint did not seem to be taken seriously and the only solution offered was to have the items re-shipped, at my expense.
I will not be ordering from this company again.
On January 1st, 2008, fly_girl added the following:

Negative madeintheshade
(1 review)
On Aug 10, 2006, madeintheshade Avondale Estates, GA wrote:

Unfortunately I have to add to the negative commentary. Good business is about communication and follow through. This company does not seem to know how to do either.

Like another posting here, I never recieved a confirmation other than a paypal charge. An initial E-mail inquiry went unanswered. I then received a box of plants that I did not order and one of the plants had no id. No packing slip was included. A second inquiry to Brian's still has gone unanswered. I never received the plant I ordered nor any explanation for the mistake.

Negative NorCalBrad
(2 reviews)
On Jul 13, 2006, NorCalBrad Berkeley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I may be a lone dissenting voice in the wilderness of favorable comments, but my experience was far from positive. An order that I placed on the 28th of one month didn't get shipped until the 10th of the following month. There was never a confirmation of my order (only a PayPal charge), and when, after a week of waiting, I emailed Brian seeking the status of the order, I never received a reply. When the plants finally arrived, the two of them that had been wrapped in aluminum foil were in poor condition: wilted, battered, and with badly broken roots. The other plants, which fortunately were in pots, were somewhat small, but well packed and protected.
I greatly respect Brian's knowledge of aroids, and his remarkable efforts at hybridizing unusual varieties and thereby broadening the range of plants available to gardeners, but I would like to have seen a comparable commitment to the practical matters of his mail order business.

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