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|On Jun 13, 2012, angelacm Deer Park, TX wrote:
The size of their plants are misrepresented. Attempts at secure packaging was there but several plants still arrived outside of their containers. Some that managed to stay in their containers were dry while others were moist (of same plant type). When I called to report the arrival situation - I had to provide pictures and file a claim with the shipping company. I held on to hope because they were all perennials and I had their guarantee to fall back on. Several plants passed away and the reship had to be delayed because of our summer’s heat. Greatgardenplants never told me that the reshipped plants would then be the final part of their guarantee. Several of the reshipped products also arrived outside the containers, some dry and some wet and only one of the three Echinacea survived the transport. Again I held on to hope because they were perennials and I thought I still had the guarantee. After spring I noticed several of the plants were not showing signs of survival. We had a very mild winter. In March I contacted them to announce the sad reality. They told me to take pictures and then wait 3-4 week to see if things improved. I did. I was then told to take more pictures and email them in so my claim could be processed. When it was all said and done they wouldn’t reship the Echinacea plants again nor offer a refund on those. Also I was told that I couldn’t exchange the value of the other lost plants towards hardier plants. I did receive a partial refund but with all the time invested it doesn’t balance.
|On Jun 4, 2012, Get_growing Dallas, TX wrote:
Shipping date delayed 2 or 3 times. Roots of most plants received are only moderately established, so some plants didn't make it. Bad value for the price. Advise purchasing elsewhere. Stick with Watchdog top-rated sellers.
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|On May 17, 2012, Philly Philadelphia, PA wrote:
I ordered a Meyer Lemon tree and was truly impressed. It was large and healthy. I would certainly buy from them again.
|On May 13, 2012, flutistgardener Perkasie, PA wrote:
I ordered numerous plants back in February for April shipment, after reading the review on the watchdog. The plants were all a generous, healthy size for mail-order plants. Packaging was excellent. One item was on backorder- I received an email explaining why 2 weeks prior to shipment of the rest of the order, and received exactly when promised 2 weeks after the original shipment. Very pleased with my order. For those not happy with the plant sizes they received, my assumption is that they are new to mail-order plants and were maybe used to the sizes that you would expect at your local nursery. BTW, it's now May, with a very hot spring, and EVERY plant has survived.
|On May 6, 2012, faithstep Nashville, IN wrote:
After reviewing Chris's videos at Great Garden Plants for about 2 months and reading their reviews on this site, I finally took the online plant buying plunge. My first order was $730, which I felt was a substantial order.
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|On May 3, 2012, katybanning Owasso, OK wrote:
I received my plants today. Pretty quick shipping, very pleasing!
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|On Apr 29, 2012, lsb000 Madison, NC wrote:
Good selection and they have good customer service. I have purchased many Hydrangeas and Echinaceas from them over the past few years and everything is doing great. Really good specials too. I will buy from them every year.
|On Apr 26, 2012, DexGarden Des Plaines, IL wrote:
I bought plants from several on-line companies this spring for my new house. Great Garden Plants' prices are competitive, though not the cheapest. When my first order arrived, I was surprised by the over-sized box. Inside were individual cardboard tubes for each quart-sized container. When I slid a Hosta Great Expectations out of its tube, the yellow and blue-green leaves sprang out like a magic trick. I actually said, "Wow!" I've ordered from them twice more, and the plants ship during the week selected on the web-site. I particularly liked the beautiful condition and color of the Dicentra Burning Hearts (blooms intact), and the large, healthy Pink Lemonade Blueberry plant (the stem is 3/8" thick!). My last order included a Brilliance fern that, a day after planting, has settled to nearly two feet wide, and has new fronds unfurling. I highly recommend Great Garden Plants for its large, high-quality plants and outstanding shipping methods.
|On Apr 15, 2012, morningloree Heathrow, FL wrote:
I ordered Hellebores and Heucheras, my order was mailed in a timely manner and the plants arrived healthy and were well packaged, I did not receive my bonus plants, though. Will order from Great Garden Plants again.
|On Feb 20, 2012, Albeachrealtor Orange Beach, AL (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered a Digitalis (foxglove) and got a free mum with my purchase. I was surprised when I got the package how small both plants were. Additionally, BOTH plants were covered in aphids. I sent them an email and they requested photos. I provided the photos and have been told that I will be receiving a refund. Customer service was prompt and polite via email. I don't know if I will order from them again or not.
|On Oct 7, 2011, awb_1 Pahrump, NV wrote:
Plants arrived as ordered - large and healthy.
|On Sep 20, 2011, JefferyLarry Chicago, IL wrote:
I ordered nearly $600 worth of plants. When I received the plants, I immediately opened the box and was surprised at the not so great condition of the plants. Because of their condition, I planted all of them that same day. Within a week, it became clear that a number of the plants would not survive. Nearly 2/3 of my order died during this season and the remaining plants do not give me a lot of confidence that they will survive.
|On Sep 9, 2011, echinaceamaniac (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:
I just received my Black Lace Elderberry in great condition. I know the leaves are probably lighter than normal because of it being shipped. Hopefully, they will get the dark color I've seen in photos. I was pleasantly surprised at how large my plant is! I am very impressed with the way my plant was packaged.
|On Sep 9, 2011, darwim Redding, CT wrote:
Posted on August 1, 2011, updated September 9, 2011
On September 9th, 2011, darwim changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I felt odd complaining. Mary of Great Garden Plants was very considerate and sent a duplicate order, even though the hosta from the first order was adequate.
The replacement order was what I had hoped the plants would be like. There wasn't one that I would not have picked for myself if I were choosing.
I promised to buy more from GGP in the futuer to make up for the problem order.
|On Jul 24, 2011, CTYankeegirl Mystic, CT wrote:
Posted on June 25, 2011, updated July 24, 2011
On July 24th, 2011, CTYankeegirl added the following:
I forgot to mention, the prices are very good. The lilac was about $12.00; a bargain price compared to other companies & local garden centers. I paid (stupidly) $10.50 for a tiny starter plant from Lilac Hill in NY. The hydrangea was also in that $12-$15 price range. It was very healthy but a bit small & delicate. Not bad though.... I just prefer a larger plant to start off with so it has a better chance of establishing faster.
|On Jul 22, 2011, Lokalia Breezy Point, NY wrote:
Posted on July 20, 2011, updated July 22, 2011
On July 14th, 2011, Lokalia added the following:
On July 20th, 2011, Lokalia changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Follow-up: I received the nicest email from Mary only 3 days after this posting saying "Your plants never should arrive in that kind of condition - and I want to make it right with you!" Good answer! Thanks Garden Watchdog for helping to get my point across!
On July 22nd, 2011, Lokalia changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I received more email from Mary saying "It is important to us that you are completely satisfied with your entire purchase!!" The peaky plants will be replaced in the fall, which is wonderful. Mary's commitment to standing by her company is admirable and I'm really pleased by her response. Thanks Garden Watchdog!
|On Jun 21, 2011, Bartell Rochester, MI wrote:
I recently ordered two coneflowers from Great Garden Plants (my first time doing business with them). One cultivar was on backorder - so I had to wait a week or two longer for them both to be sent at the same time. This wasn't a problem for me at all. They arrived in great condition...healthy and with buds! Thank you!
|On Jun 16, 2011, iots028 Omaha, NE wrote:
This is my second order from this company. I am so impressed with the quality of the plants and the care they take in packaging them. I was also very pleased with the help I got from Mary when I talked to her in person. She was so helpful and it was nice to be able to have human interaction with a knowledgeable person rather than someone only capable of reading something from a computer.
|On May 30, 2011, laurachippewa Sidney Center, NY wrote:
I ordered 42 Green Thuja giant plants from this company.
|On May 27, 2011, rurumi Jasper, AL wrote:
Hi, I'm ruby 3.3 from Jasper, Al. and I'm VERY pleased with Great Garden Plants.Only two things scared me a little about my order. The first was, they emailed me to tell me that my order would be late, but I liked that they took the time to email me to explain. The second was, I ran out of money on the card I used to order my plants, but I emailed them to explan and they were patient with me.They didn't instantly take the money from my card until they got my order ready. I liked that, but it was my own fault that I didn't prepare better. I liked that they emailed me every time something was happening about my order.We comunicated [ nicely, patiently, and professionly ] and that is what is needed when you are doing some kind of business, no matter how big or small. My plants were/are green and healthy, well packed, 99% of the dirt was still in the three little pots and still moist, the plants were staked with little canes and everything was just green, healthy, and in order. AND, the UPS driver was actually holding the box upright. The plants got here even a little earlier than I figured, after we both got our end of the deal straightened out. I like em.
|On May 17, 2011, marie_kap Williamstown, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on May 12, 2011, updated May 17, 2011
On May 9th, 2008, marie_kap changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I just received mine today also. I have to add that the plants are absolutley great. Big and healthy. I will order from them again. They just need to get there customer service department in order. I want to thank Chris and Mary for there wonderfull plants.
On April 17th, 2009, marie_kap added the following:
I just got my order from Mary and Chris. I must say they out did themselves again this year. The roses I ordered were fantastic. Great size and blooming already.
Thanks Mary and Chris.
On May 12th, 2011, marie_kap changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I have been ordering from Mary and Chris for years. But I don't know if the cost of shipping has been hard for them ,but the plants I got this year I was very disappointed in. All were very small for the price I paid.
On May 17th, 2011, marie_kap added the following:
Mary contacted me and she will be refunding me the money of the 3 shrubs I ordered. They were just way way to small for the cost.
|On May 16, 2011, sg02194864 Saint George, UT wrote:
This is the first time I have order plants on-line and I was a bit apprehensive but the experience was all positive. I ordered 6 Thuja Green Giant trees on March 26th with shipment scheduled for April 11th (a Monday). They shipped on the 11th and where delivered on Thursday, the 14th. The packaging was excellent. The soil was moist with no spillage. I ordered the 1 gallon size. The foilage was green and fairly lush and the size was exactly as indicated on the web site (between 30 and 36 inches measured from top of rootball). It is now about a month since I planted the trees and they are still looking very good. Our soil is very sandy, we get little rain and the winds have been blustery recently but the trees seem to be taking it all well so far. We enhanced the soil and are fertilizing and irrigating. Very pleased and would order from them again.
|On May 10, 2011, ginalove294 Youngstown, OH wrote:
I'm very disappointed with Great Garden Plants customer service, which is sad, because I have had great luck with their plants over the last several years. They tried to charge my cc twice two separate times, and never released my order. The Customer Service rep I spoke with was unapologetic, rude, and insisted that my CC was declined, even though my CC company confirmed in writing that on both occasions the error was made on the vendor side. They've lost my business for good.
|On Apr 18, 2011, FrogPrince Midlothian, VA wrote:
A couple of weeks ago I discovered the Great Garden Plants web page while searching for hellebores and ordered eight (8) plants. I requested an April 11, ship date and the order shipped as scheduled. Upon receipt of the order I was amazed at the quality of the plants - all were healthy and the sizes were as advertised. The plants were clearly labeled as to type & color. It was apparent they were careful to package the plants to stabilize them during shipping. I had the opportunity to contact the company after placing the order to add an item. I left a message and they returned my call within a couple of hours which I found acceptable. I will not hesitate to order from Green garden Plants again.
|On Apr 4, 2011, sseiber6 West End, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I ordered plants last year, and due to our hard Winter, two did not survive. I was in doubt about another one. I called them yesterday, which was a Sunday, left a message and also sent an email. Within a hour or so, they called me back, and I explained the problem. They said they would replace the two that had died, and if the other one did not survive, they would replace it also. They were VERY nice and courteous, more so than a lot of other ones I have had a die off, and had to call about. Prompt with the call back, which I appreciated, being as it was a Sunday. The plants that I ordered last year, were very nice and healthy. The day lily that was free, did come in a plastic bag, but was very nice. Big and healthy!
|On Sep 6, 2010, chanasolov Monsey, NY wrote:
09/06/2010 I just ordered from this company for the first time. My order #37108. Upon receiving the plants I opened the box right away and was shocked. The size of the pots were tiny and 10 out of 11 plants were looking sick with yellow and torn off leaves.The free offered white lily was not even placed in a pot -open roots were placed in a plastic bag. I felt tricked. For the money I paid I could go to the closest nursery and buy large and healthy plants. I called the company to hear:"We are sorry". The company probably bases their business on one time customers.
|On Jun 30, 2010, 2whitedogs Austin, TX wrote:
I have ordered several times from the Great Garden plants company. All 5 of the Thuja Green Giant plants were big and healthy. I was able to divide some of the Green Giant plants and made total of 10 plants from the initial 5 due to the size of the plants received. I also ordered 7 double knock out roses and 3 Asters. The knock out roses were a bit small, but the price was excellent for the size of the plants. All plants took off quickly, within one month, they were all heavy blooming and getting quite large. I was able to divide all the asters from the initial 3 plants to become 9 plants due to the size of the plants.
|On May 27, 2010, marieinMass Fitchburg, MA wrote:
Posted on May 11, 2010, updated May 27, 2010
On May 27th, 2010, marieinMass added the following:
I am sold. I received my order of three different varieties of Echinacea. Two were absolutely perfect and one looked really sad - missing leaves, and most of the ones that it did have were yellow. I decided to try planting it anyway since the root system looked healthy, and I figured I would contact them if it didn't do well. Well, within 2-3 days it perked right up and now a week later has grown some new leaves, and even has a couple of buds. And, they do come in soil and in pots, and are very well packaged. PLUS, they sent a free daylily - one of the healthiest I have ever received through the mail. Again, within days of planting it, it has grown a good 3 inches. I will be buying from them again, without hesitation.
|On May 8, 2010, Guardiner Cleveland, OH wrote:
Plants arrived as ordered - large and healthy.
|On May 8, 2010, cbarrett64 Meridian, ID (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on April 15, 2010, updated May 8, 2010
On May 8th, 2010, cbarrett64 added the following:
I placed another order with GGP, and received the order this week. The plants are even bigger than the first order, and in really good condition. The only complaint I have with this company is there billing practices, as the web site says they do not charge your order until it is shipped, which is not exactly correct. Twice the charge showed up before shipping, and when inquired, they indicated the bank sometimes places a hold on the money, but it does not actually post until the order is shipped. I did find this to be true, frustrating none the less. Unlike some other customers, I have received responses to all my email inquiries. One of the original coneflowers did not make it, and they are shipping another one to me at no charge. I am till impressed with the size and quality of their plants.
|On May 8, 2010, sharielia San Mateo, CA wrote:
I received my first order from Great Garden Plants today, and am thrilled with the results. The Hosta Sagaes and Helleborus are all very large and healthy...the largest I've ever seen for a comparable price from any mail order nursery. I was also impressed with their eco-friendly method of packing that ensures the plants arrive with no damage to leaves and stems but minimizes packing materials and waste. And no styrofoam peants! And the free day lily was a nice touch :) I will definitely order from them again.
|On May 4, 2010, lilacsrgr8 Campbellsport, WI wrote:
Received one of my two orders from this company, and I am very pleased. The 6 Green Giant Thujas I ordered were beautiful, healthy plants, the largest I have ever received through the mail.
|On Apr 30, 2010, ex_woodchuck Franklin, NC wrote:
I had ordered Hellebores in January for Spring delivery. I had been told of the ship date and to my dismay got called out of town the Friday before the Monday ship date. I was able to reach them and Great Garden Plants postponed shipping my potted plants one week per my request. The plants arrived in great shape and are doing nicely. My most recent order of Caryopteris and Echinicea has once again arrived with healthy and big plants. Don't hesitate to order from this company.
|On Apr 29, 2010, CJArsenault Mandeville, LA wrote:
I ordered 14 double pink knockout roses from Great Garden Plants this winter for Spring planting. I was given a delivery date of March 1. I dealt primarily with Mary, although I also spoke with Chris.
|On Apr 28, 2010, dansb Mishawaka, IN wrote:
Posted on April 28, 2010, updated April 28, 2010
On May 2nd, 2009, dansb changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Received an email today, 5-2-09 stating my order was canceled and I would be placed on a "want list". What I want is what I have been waiting for since Feb 23! I really do not believe they have a good sense of inventory-shipping. I have received several different excuses and ship times only to be canceled in the end. If you plan a garden and need to purchase, you may want to avoid this company unless you can wait for the unexpected to occur. All I got was a run around!
On April 19th, 2010, dansb changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I thought I would give them another chance and ordered some hostas for spring planting this year. I emailed to find out the shipping status and was informed that it would be a couple weeks away yet. I asked if they could possibly ship sooner and was told they could not. It was then that I took them up on their more than happy to cancel my order. I found another vendor that was cheaper and willing to ship.
On April 25th, 2010, dansb changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Received an email shipping notice today even thought they said they cancelled my order. Its clear they do not have a good idea on what goes on there. I do not want their plants so I guess I will refuse the shipment but I'm sure I am in for more hassles. They cancelled the order so they will have to take the responsibility to resolve this newest issue. If you order please be prepared for the unexpected!
On April 27th, 2010, dansb changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I received the order today as it was left at my door while I was away. Mary emailed me this morning and told me to keep the order and I would not be charged. They took quite a hit on this but then again they did not do what they said they would. Very sad way to end doing business with them but there were just too many issues.
On April 28th, 2010, dansb changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Well, I am going to have to eat crow on this one. I got a chance to open the order today and I found very healthy, good size, (even one blooming), well package hostas. I could not let them absorb the cost. Yes, they still have some stocking-shipping issues but the order I received was superior... I'm sending the money!
|On Apr 26, 2010, texas_guy Weatherford, TX wrote:
First plant order arrived. 3/25 Plants were a little smaller than expected, but overall in good shape.
|On Apr 24, 2010, bjplack Benton County, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:
3 times in the past 2 yrs. I have tried to order from this company, and 3 times I have had to cancel my orders because the shipping dates were bumped-up, not once, but twice each.Ordered from another company, and got them when scheduled, and long before GGP's est.dates. Enough is enough. They aren't worth the frustration to me.
|On Apr 9, 2010, ldy_gardenermd Highland, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
First order from them will not be my last! The prices were fantastic on the Burning Hearts and the Hellebore's that I ordered, the sizes and condition of the plants overall was above and beyond anything I've ever gotten via mail order before. Two of the Burning Hearts look a little rough and so I contacted them the day the order arrived. I told them about the condition and attached pictures so that they could see how the plants arrived. The promptly replied and said that if the plants did not recover they would get replacements out to me. I'm incredibly happy with this company!!!
|On Oct 19, 2009, vivvar Centralia, WA wrote:
I received an order of 12 Thuja "Green Giant", sent on the day I specified and received within four days...They were exceedingly well packed and very healthy, and were planted within a few days..I just am hoping they grow the three feet a year as indicated...but must wait!