I ordered from Nearly Native Nursery for the first time this spring (2011). I was very impressed with their selection of native trees, and when I called to discuss what was available, they either knew or could readily check their stock.
They sent me three beautiful little trees, two over 2 feet tall from root to top, one over 4 feet tall from root to top ... all taller than I expected. I received excellent value for the price. The trees were all leafed out, healthy, had obviously been grown with love and care, and were carefully packed and arrived undamaged. Frankly, the little American Beech was so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes.
I find it so much easier to dig holes for smaller trees and to water smaller trees than to struggle with giant rootballs from the nurseries in my area. Plus, Nearly Native carries a number of native trees that are really difficult to find, and I think it is important to try to replenish trees native to north america that are being lost, for one reason or another. So, this company is a fantastic resource for tree-lovers.
Finally, these people are really pleasant to speak with, and they definitely aim to please. I was desperate for a bitternut hickory, and the one they had left had a little trunk wound ... they emailed me a photo before shipping it, to make certain I would not be unhappy. This kind of customer service and honesty is quite rare today.
On May 11, 2011, Jessica912 Saint Marys, GA wrote:
I'm a repeat customer, and impressed every time. Plants are gorgeous and healthy, packaging is careful, and last time I even scored a free garden spider - bonus! Customer service is also excellent. Nearly Native is my go-to place for native plants.
On May 9, 2011, ThouArtMonarch Douglasville, GA wrote:
Drove an hour to see nursery in person, it was worth my time and I'll be back for more plants. Indeed, the onsite botanical gardens is quite impressive but will have to visit again since I didn't finish the tour. the owners who operate this native nursery are passionate & knowledgeable about native shrubs, trees, vines, and perennials and the like. The owners are very eager to assist one in choosing native plants for the right location, right lighting, right function and right soil & watering requirements. Absolutely gorgeous! Looking forward to Fall to purchase my first Amelanchier arborea in place of the overused, lifeless, weakbranched, boring, short-lived non-native Bradford Pear trees I see dotting all the lawns & streets throughout GA and probably other states : ((
Angie, Douglasville, GA
I recently bought perennials for my daughter who lives in Atlanta. Debbi very graciously worked with me and gave me suggestions by email and phone. When my daughter and I arrived at ANNN, Debbi was welcoming and helpful, and she gladly answered all my questions The plants were reasonably priced and were in great shape! I plan to order my own perennials by mail. Definitely a "5 Star" company!
Nearly Native received order 25Apr. I received plants 28Apr. Impressed with plant quality; healthy, blooming, great color. Very impressed with how they were packed for shipment, (even though I am 'local'); not too wet, carefully taped to prevent shifting, carefully wrapped to conserve moisture. Also impressed by the root systems, very good root system for size of top. Don't be afraid to order 1 gal. plants because you think they will be tiny ! They won't be. I will be ordering again.
On Apr 24, 2011, Rowellles Peachtree City, GA wrote:
For native plants Nearly Native is the absolute best; selling plants, and sharing knowledge you will never ever find at the "big boxes." Friendly, helpful and so very knowledgeable. I'll be back in the Fall to purchase some more native plants.
On Apr 23, 2011, weswes77 Peachtree City, GA wrote:
Nearly Native Nursery is great. I have been a customer for several years. They have an excellent selection of very interesting plants. Every plant I have purchased from them has done great. Jim and Debi really know about plants. They spend a lot of time with you to make sure you are getting a plant that is right for your needs.
Worked with Debi to find a Chalk Maple - wanted this specific variety and they were the only Georgia nursery who had them - next closest were in Nashville. Debi showed me four specimens and recommended one - bought and planted in January - as of now, it is bursting out all over - very happy little tree. I will definitely be back...
On Apr 16, 2011, bustersbuddy Sharpsburg, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I am lucky enough to live near this nursery. The owners are great to help with perfect plant selection. They have also helped me identify those odd volunteers that creep up from time to time. The birds are fabulous to visit as well! I love this place and visit as often as I can!
A couple of weeks ago I ordered some bare-root spicebush seedlings. They arrived as promised, well packaged and in great shape. Dealing with the folks and especially Debbie at Daves Garden was a pleasure. "Tschuess!! I'll be back - Daves Garden is already book marked.
I recently ordered three plants from Nearly Native Nursery. I was completely satisfied with the helpfulness and responsiveness of the staff, as well as the quality of the plant material that was shipped to me.
I would recommend these folks highly and hope to do business with them again...
This was my first order from these folks, and if the rest of the world were as accessible and helpfully friendly as they are, then Life would really be Good.
If any reader is confused by my comments, allow me to offer total clarity: Yes, I am pleased with their service and would recommend them to any one.
On Mar 27, 2011, UprightK Crofton, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
Great experience. Personal phone contact in the Fall and this Spring very helpful in getting the right size of a hard to find plant at local nurseries- Kalmia Latifolia, mountain laurel. Packing of gallon plants (3 of them!) for shipment was superb. Very timely delivery.
I was finally able to visit these guys last week. What a treat! Jim was very informative and personable, after talking to him you really feel confident that whatever you buy is going to thrive in your yard. These two really know their stuff. Great tour of the gardens, great plants, lots of useful detail, great website. Bought a couple of very healthy native plants. Thank you Jim for all of your time helping me with a game plan for my backyard!
I went to Nearly Native Nursery's web site, http://nearlynativenursery.com, and obtained pricing information and an order form. I had the order in the mail in time for the 5 P.M. pickup Saturday, 11-27-2010. I then went to Nearly Native Nursery's web site and sent them a message to save a chalk maple tree for me, since the order was in the mail. The tree was picked up by UPS at 6 PM on Wednesday, 12-1-2010, from Peachtree City, GA. It was delivered to my home at 4 PM Friday, 12-3-2010. The tree was planted before 1:30 PM on Saturday, 12-4-2010. Less than a week, by hours, from the time the order was mailed from the New Orleans area until the tree was in the ground. WOW! The tree was in excellent condition when it arrived.
I recieved two Chickasaw plum trees last fall. They were packed so well it took me 30 minutes each to unwrap to where I could plant them. In good shape with strong looking trunks. Just started to sprout last week which is why I waited to comment. I'm excited
Our visit was great and we appreciated the time everyone took to help us find plants that would fit our conditions. These people really enjoy what they do and it shows in their ability to relate to customers. We'll certainly be back.
We had a wonderful experience!!! It is a beautiful nursery and everyone was extremely helpful. We spent most of the morning looking at plants and getting helpful sugesstions for our shade garden. We plan to go back often and will tell our gardening friends about Neary Native Nursery.
I called Jim Rogers at A Nearly Native Nursery today just for information. Even though I wasn't placing an order at this time, he stopped what he was doing to spend almost 15 minutes talking to me about the care of hardy palms in my area (Eastern Shore of MD). I am a designer and plan to use more hardy palms, as there are a lot of waterside residences and business that are interested in the tropical look. Jim and his nursery are a wealth of information and, from what I've read here, excellent plants. Thanks Jim!!! We'll be talking again!
Posted on September 26, 2009, updated January 20, 2011
I first learned about these guys while searching Daves Garden for native plants. I've been haunting their website all summer, waiting for fall to arrive so I could plant more trees/shrubs. Today, I made the 50+ mile trek (one way!) from Holly Springs to Fayetteville. I spent probably $50 more than I intended to, but I am totally jazzed about my purchases and can't wait for the rain to stop so I can get them in the ground.
These guys don't mess around. They know their stuff, they're friendly & helpful, and I got there on a non-busy Saturday (amazing!), so they were able to give me undivided attention and listen to all my gardening dreams. From what I can tell, their prices are comparable to the big box stores, but they have a MUCH better selection, and the added plus of mostly native plants, so I know they'll do well in my yard.
Honestly, the only negative thing I can think of is that Fayetteville is nowhere near Holly Springs. That said, they're *well* worth the trip. If you're in the area, treat yourself to a visit there. And don't forget to say hi to the Macaw.
On January 20th, 2011, fiwit added the following:
Jan 20, 2011
In 2010, I visited ANNN twice, both in the spring, and both times came away fully satisfied. I've had to create a spreadsheet to keep track of what I've already purchased from them, so I don't unintentionally duplicate anything.
When I added today's purchase, it brings me to a grand total of 30 plants I've bought from them in less than 2 years. All are thriving.
I needed a native replacement for a blue spruce that didn't survive our last summer. I got suggestions from friends, but nothing sang to me. So I emailed ANNN, and Debi got back to me with five suggestions. Three had been suggested by my friends, two were trees I'd never heard of before.
I fell in love with the Arizona Cypress (Cupressas Arizonica), Blue Sapphire. They said to give them a couple days notice before I came to get it. I decided to have them ship it instead (a round-trip visit for me is approx 110 miles). It came UPS Ground, picked up from their place last evening, and it was here before lunchtime. The packing amazed me, and thoroughly proected my new baby. It's now happily settled into its new resting place, and I have a sappy smile everytime I think about it.
Debi & Jim make the planning, buying, and planting process almost painless. The only point of pain I ever experience is when I have to stop myself before I overdraw my checking account.
Can't wait until spring when I can head down there again and come home with a car packed full of new "kids."
My husband and I visited before the holidays. We didn't purchase anything, but came away with tons of information and inspiration. We will be back. It is a wonderful place. We can't wait for spring to arrive.
They have a great variety of healthy native plants, many of which are not widely available in the nursery trade. The owners are friendly and patient and very knowledgeable and helpful. I definitely plan to be a repeat customer.
It's been a wonderful experience. Nearly Native Nursery worked hard for nearly a year to get me exactly the plant I was looking for. It arrived in perfect shape and I planted it today. I couldn't be more pleased.
Very helpful. I've ordered only trees from them (mostly oaks) which have been in excellent condition and perform much, much better than anything I've ordered from other sources. Plus, they are very quick to respond to questions.
A++. I ordered because they're the company with native crabapples. On the phone I was not rushed and all my questions were answered politely. The packaging and instructions were very thorough. A week later when I inquired as to the health of my plant, I was instructed as to what to check; how to perform the check; and that it there were a problem, I would be sent another crabapple, free of charge. I followed the instructions and my crabapple is fine. I'll be ordering again. Great service!
On Oct 24, 2010, dfwdennis Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on November 15, 2009, updated October 24, 2010
I received my first order from this company last week. They were very knowledgable and friendly on the phone, and the plants arrived in great shape with an excellent job of packing. They have a great selection of hard to find natives, and I will definitely order from them again.
On October 24th, 2010, dfwdennis added the following:
My second order was just as well wrapped as the first, with very high quality plants. A+
On Oct 24, 2010, connietn Brentwood, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
I just received my Chalk Bark Maple from Nearly Native Nursery, and have nothing but glowing reviews for them. They were so helpful on the phone, and even went out to look at the size and shape of the tree so they could describe it to me accurately. It was packed very well and in wonderful shape when I received it. I planted it this weekend and am looking forward to enjoying it for many years. Great nursery with a lot of unique selections, wonderful customer service, prompt shipping and careful packing. What more could you ask for? :)
Plants were extremely well packaged and arrived in excellent shape -- soil nicely moist, leaves undamaged, root ball undamaged. I'm very happy with the selection available to me, the good price, and the excellent communication.
On Oct 6, 2010, steveandconnie Travelers Rest, SC wrote:
We mail ordered plants last spring and were very pleased with the experience. When I couldn't find a plant locally, I found it on their website. We stopped this week at their nursery when we were in the area and found many plants that we are excited to try. Jim was very good at helping us chose plants for our soil, water, shade, and slope conditions. We had a great time seeing the plants in containers as well as in the ground after a few years of growth. We have had two positive experiences with this nursery. We will use their services again.
Excellent service and plant selection. I was able to order several plants that I had not found elsewhere. The telephone conversations were very helpful and I received very healthy plants, packaged very well, when they were expected. Thank you very much. I will be back.
On Sep 26, 2010, BenGurnee Gurnee, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on May 1, 2008, updated September 26, 2010
I purchased two osmanthus americanus (Devil's wood), which is a very difficult plant to find, from Nearly Native. The plants were nice size for the price and arrived healthy. Nearly Native sent the plants exactly when I asked them to. Communication was great, too: they sent an email a week before shipping to confirm the order and then they sent the UPS tracking number to me when the order shipped. I recommend this company.
On September 26th, 2010, BenGurnee added the following:
I was equally as pleased with my recent second order as I was with my first. I highly recommend.
Very positive first experience purchasing from this nursery. Customer service was great over the phone - very knowledgable and helpful. I ordered two native magnolias and they arrived two days after I placed my order looking amazing. The packing was superb. I will order again from them.