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On May 3, 2013, mmercedes Houtzdale, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered almost $100 worth of seeds here this winter. At her inexpensive prices, that's quite a few packets of seed. This was my first order and it was easy and accurate. No problems. Everything arrived as it should. Although it is too early to report much more yet, so far I can happily report that her seeds are fresh... and the gerrmination rate is EXCELLENT... actually better I would say than many of the big megabrand companies.
It is a pleasure not to have to painfully shell out $4 and $5 for a packet of seeds. It's a no-frills website... no fancy pictures or foil packets... but THE place for the serious gardener who knows what they want. I am definitely a future customer for what she carries.
Great selection and fair prices. Seeds were shipped quickly to me even during the peak of the seed starting season. I now have 11 tomato varieties germinating from Sample Seed Shop - very high germination rate so far. Will do business with again.
On Apr 1, 2013, ponyexpress Lancaster, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have ordered from Sample Seed Shop a couple of times now. It was a pleasure doing business with her both times! One order had an item out of stock. I was refunded and sent a bonus pack of seeds! Great prices. It is one of my favorite seed sources.
Posted on March 22, 2013, updated March 23, 2013
I just got my order from The Sample Seed Shop. I was very disappointed with them.
Three of the items i ordered were no longer available. It was disappointing but understandable.
Here is where the order went wrong. I was not credited for the order nor was i asked if i would like something else or my money back. Instead, they sent me "bonus seeds". Normally i would enjoy bonus seeds, but not bonus seeds i have to pay for! As for the bonus seeds, they sent me one that's a weed where i live. Another that wont grow where I live, and snapdragons. The seeds i ordered were perennials, and the replacement seeds they sent are except for the invasive and the one that wont grow here were annuals.
They have really good reviews a great selection and amazing prices, but after my experience i probably wont order from them again.
On March 23rd, 2013, val32 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
It seems the whole thing was a mix-up. Remy quickly responded and let me know what happened. It seems that the bonuses were not meant to be substitution items and i was refunded for the seeds that were not available. Remy also offered to send me the seeds when they are available.
Thank you Remy! You are a very good business person. We are all humans and mistakes happen.
I have changed the rating with The Sample Seed Shop to positive. On Mar 23, 2013, The Sample Seed Shop responded with:
"On Mar 22, 2013 8:14 PM, The Sample Seed Shop responded with:
Oh dear, you should of received a credit for the missing items! I'm very sorry if I somehow did not give you one.It was a complete error! I will try to figure out who you are, and send you a the refund you should of of received.
Bonus seeds are bonuses. The are definitely not paid for. I send often send extra bonuses when items are missing, and again they are not replacements. I do not do substitutions. I refund the money for any missing items. I do try to match the bonuses with where people live. I'm not a southern western expert by any means, but I would never ever purposely send a weed.
Please forgive the error.
On Mar 22, 2013 8:21 PM, The Sample Seed Shop added:
I went and checked, found their name, and yes, I somehow skipped their name when giving refunds. Again I'm sorry for the error.
On Mar 23, 2013, pinusresinosa North Branch, MN wrote:
Posted on February 8, 2013, updated March 23, 2013
Posted on December 12, 2012, updated February 8, 2013
I've been shopping at Remy's shop for a couple of years. I keep going back because the service is fantastic, the selection is wonderful, and Remy is awesome.
I follow her shop on Facebook, and any time she announces some new additions, I can't help but zip over to her shop and check them out (and usually snap them up).
The Sample Seed Shop is one of the best places, if not the best, to frequent for great seeds.
On February 8th, 2013, pinusresinosa added the following:
Another order down, another great experience. Love Sample Seed Shop!On March 23rd, 2013, pinusresinosa added the following:
Remy, again... awesome service and a great bonus! Thank you!
Extremely, satisfied with my order! AMAZING prices, pretty quick shipping (a little more than a week), and such charming personalized packaging... really cheered me up. Can't wait to start planting my seeds!
Posted on May 29, 2012, updated January 24, 2013
Posted on March 18, 2011, updated May 29, 2012
Posted on February 18, 2011, updated March 18, 2011
My order came packaged well, the seeds look fresh, and they are VERY generous with their seed count (especially for the price). They have such a nice variety of items that it was hard for me to limit myself, but I did not hear of this company until I had placed large orders elsewhere. The shipping was very prompt. I received a much appreciated bonus seed pack.
On March 18th, 2011, judyinmound added the following:
Ordered a second time from them because I'm going to be going tomato crazy this year. =D Nearly all of the seeds have germinated, which includes vegetable, herb and flowers. I'm very pleased with the prices as well.On May 29th, 2012, judyinmound added the following:
2nd year, 3rd order - still happy and satisfied with the shipping time and germination of quality seeds. Thanks. =)On January 24th, 2013, judyinmound added the following:
This makes my third year of buying seeds from The Sample Seed shop - very pleased with the quality, service, and presence on facebook. =)
I placed my first order a week ago (primarily for tomato seed and pepper seed) during the holiday season and received everything today- including a thoughtful bonus pack of seeds. The Sample Seed Shop has great prices, fast shipping, and quick responses to emails. Thank you, Remy and Nina, for the wonderful customer service - it is most appreciated!
On Dec 9, 2012, legallyheidi East Griffin, GA wrote:
GREAT service...and quick, reasonably priced shipping. I love that their prices are nice, and the quantities are great for a smaller garden...at times I've ordered from other places and I've ended up with way more seeds than I could use.
I've ordered from The Sample Seed Shop several times and am always impressed with the quality of their seeds and the care with which they are packaged. Everything I ordered last year performed beautifully this summer. I just received my latest order and am drooling over the bonus sent (how did I miss THAT on the site?). I can't wait to get started on wintersowing and visions of annuals are dancing in my head :) As always, everything arrived within days of my order and was in excellent condition. Highly recommended!!
On Dec 8, 2012, MNWildflower Kasota, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
I was so excited to receive my seeds yesterday!! I plan on using some of them for winter sowing. They arrived promptly & I love the "bonus" pack of seeds (thank you!!). I also loved the the snowflake sticker on the outside of the shipping envelope & the colorful stamps on the receipt. Those special touches are so nice. I will update again when my seeds start to emerge this spring.
On Dec 7, 2012, adadia Glenmoore, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is my second year ordering from The Sample Seed Shop. I can't say enough good things about this place: awesome prices, great varieties (especially tomatoes and flowers), quick shipping, nice little seed envelopes, very helpful descriptions in the online catalog. The only down side may be that the seeds are so cheap and the varieties offered are so appealing that it's very easy to get carried away and order too much! I got excellent germination on everything I started last year (it's a little early to report on this year's seed). The bonus packs of seeds are fabulous: last year I got some Orange Minsk tomato seeds as a bonus, and now it's my favorite orange tomato of all time! I can't wait to try this year's bonus tomato seed. The best part is it seems like Remy chooses a bonus pack of seeds to compliment the rest of the order, which is a really nice touch. Highly recommended!!
On Nov 21, 2012, timdotconnel Oklahoma City, OK wrote:
You have to appreciate descriptions that sound like they come from a gardener and not a salesman. She has the biggest variety I've seen of odd colored and shaped tomatoes and at $1.25 a pack, I ordered more than I have room for as well as some peppers. I had to make a second order a few days later because the wife thought we should grow more than salsa ingredients. Both orders were shipped with bonus seeds that were hand picked based on what I had ordered and both were right on the money as far as matching my preferences.
On Nov 6, 2012, DonShirer Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:
Sample has a reasonable offering of both veggie and flower seeds at budget prices, so that one can experiment with new varieties without breaking the bank.
I ordered several flower and vegetable seeds from Sample last year and had mixed results, some very good but a few had disappointing germination. I didn't complain to the company since I didn't know if it was the seed or my planting practices that were to blame, but I did mention one problem in a discusion on a garden web site. Evidently the Sample people browsed that site, since they subsequently sent me a replacement packet on their own.
While I was going to order more seeds from them this spring anyway, their generous concern for their customers is very heartening.
Great selection of seeds and I really like the descriptions. The affordability of Remy's seeds allowed me to try out some new things this year, which I really appreciated! She sent extra seeds, which was a wonderful touch! I'm already planning on what I want to order next year and wondering what's she going to add! Thank you Remy for a great experience!!
Incredibly low prices, great selection, & prompt shipping. The website is minimal, but I don't need fancy pages. I bought perennial flower seeds for winter sowing. Can't wait to get them in the ground. Best prices I've found on the web, and I've looked.
On Jun 17, 2012, blumenlieber vancouver, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on June 20, 2011, updated June 17, 2012
Received my order within a week. Remy is very very generous with the seed and that is greatly appreciated--tomato seeds are officially 15 per pack but the ones I've counted so far are closer to 25. She has such an array of tomato seed varieties (and peppers, flowers, squash, etc.) with helpful descriptions of each one, that at $1 a package I can afford to experiment and discover. Thank you, Remy!
On June 17th, 2012, blumenlieber added the following:
Excellent germination for all seeds. Thank you again, Remy!
On Mar 8, 2012, taufgardner American Fork, UT wrote:
Fantastic experience. Nice personal touch. Great germination. Could not be happier and will use Remy's company every year. I almost hate to add to the avalanche of positive reviews, because I'd like to keep this well kept secret to myself.
On Jan 14, 2012, slackermom Williamsport, OH wrote:
I just received my third order from The Sample Seed Shop. Remy has a large selection of both uncommon and common annuals and perennials at very low prices and with reasonable shipping charges. She has expanded her selection of vegetables, too.
I had excellent germination on all of my seeds last year. The seed counts in all packs exceeded the listed count.
I would recommend The Sample Seed as a go to first seed source for any gardener .
On Dec 10, 2011, wufflespring Yoder, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:
I'm definitely going to be a repeat customer at The Sample Seed Shop. Amazing selection, wonderful prices, speedy speedy shipping, free seeds included in order, well packaged (loved the snowflake stickers on the envie), etc.... There is nothing they can do better.
I look forward to many years and many orders with The Sample Seed Shop.
On Nov 19, 2011, monkeymomr San Bernardino, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
The service was fantastic. I had put in two seperate orders and they caught that, verified that they were both my orders and then refunded the shipping for the second order. Most people I've worked with would not have gone the extra mile. They have earned a very loyal customer in me.
On Nov 13, 2011, GardenMom13 New York, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:
Have ordered several times over the last couple of months after reading all the positive reviews here on DG. Each time I've had a positive experience, with the number of seeds per packet far exceeding the "official" number listed, free packets included with each order, and pricing being very reasonable for everything on the site. Remy also answers questions quickly and in a very friendly manner. I'm just getting around to starting to plant everything I've ordered (spending way too much time browsing on the website), but I'm sure germination rates will be great as per everyone else's experience. Highly recommend.
On Oct 12, 2011, stormygace kure beach, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
Reliable germination, fast delivery, generous with gifts and very reasonable prices for seed & shipping. Wonderful! So glad I found this source or greeat tomato/herb seed! Have purchased 3 years in a row now & plan to continue!!!!