I visited Nearly Native Nursery for the first time on a cold and windy day in early March. Jim was more than happy to spend time with me on a tour of the grounds, and stopped to give backstories on many of the plants on the site. As most of the items were still in the 'dormant' stage, there was not much 'bling' to be had, but Jim made the visit both informative and productive. I learned a lot about how they made the plants ready for market, and the care that they took to ensure that the customer got the best possible product for their situation. I also got a strong sense of Jim's passion for maintaining the environment in as natural a state as possible. I left with a few groundcovers, and will be back in the near future for a few plants and a lot of knowledge.
On Mar 10, 2014, memays Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on June 16, 2013, updated March 10, 2014
I visited NNN yesterday, and it was a great experience - I was in search of butterfly host plants, and had read about NNN and was delighted to learn it was an easy drive from Atlanta. When I got there, Jim was very patient, answered all my questions, showed me each variety of plant I was interested in so that I could see what the plants would look like after growing in my garden, and even dug up a plant I was interested in, when it was not already in a pot. I plan to return in the fall - may take some friends along as well.
On March 10th, 2014, memays added the following:
I returned to NNN this weekend, and had another great experience - bought wild blue indigo, coral honeysuckle, red bottlebrush, and indian pink. The only damper on the experience was the husband who came along, and arbitrarily refused to allow my proposed tree purchases.
On Mar 2, 2014, Asteraceae Athens-Clarke, GA wrote:
A native plant grower and activist myself, I'd been planning to visit in Nearly Native person for over a year. What a surprise and treat to bump into the president of the Georgia Plant Society there shopping this weekend as well. She remarked "you drove here from Athens, two hours away?". All I could say, is Nearly Native is the Mecca for all Georgia native plant worshipers. The trip is a pilgrimage. It was a real treat. I've never seen so many species in one place, and the Rogers have encyclopedic plant knowledge. GO THERE!
I visited Nearly Native with visitors from Portland, OR. Dave gave us personalized service to help us choose plants native to our area for a permaculture project. He and his wife were very knowledgeable about the plants in their nursery, spending as much time as we needed, helping us pick out plants that would thrive in the Altanta area and give us unique bio-diversity.
This company was very good about letting me know exactly when to expect my order, and who the shipper would be. Also, they made sure I would receive my order before the weekend (when they would have languished in the PO. The plants (trees, shrubs) I received had a very impressive root system, so they should thrive. I will recommend this nursery and will order again.
Simply put NNN has the best selection of quality native material and the owners Jim and Debi are very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. I am restoring a property and looking to maximize plant diversity and NNN has many species I've not seen elsewhere in the trade.
On Dec 18, 2013, kincaidgarden Tampa, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I couldnít be happier with the 2 trees (a Black Gum and a Florida Maple) I recently ordered from A Nearly Native Nursery. Debi helped me greatly in the selection process, after a few emails and speaking to her on the phone I was left with the feeling that Nearly Native really cares about the customerís wants and needs which seems so rare nowadays. My trees arrived at my home in Florida 2 days later, in excellent condition; both the seven gallon and the 1 gallon were packed securely and looked very healthy. I look forward to seeing them leaf out in the spring and hope to place another order with them soon, I only wish I lived closer so that I could visit in person. If you are considering mail order, go for it. A great company and really nice people!
Debi and Jim are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. After losing a 100-year-old tree in October, we decided to seriously redo our front yard. My husband found Nearly Native and was so happy with their selection, help and service that he sent me there. Jim asked good questions about our needs and wants and then worked with us to draw up a new design for our front yard that uses all native plants to provide beauty, shade and food for local birds. When we ordered, everything was carefully and promptly shipped, and they were there to answer every question. When they ran out of a particular plant, they sent one from their own stock.
Now, all we have to do is not kill them (the plants) and wait for them to bloom in the spring.
Thank you, Jim and Debi.
I visited in person and learned so much. I bought the large, healthy shrubs I had intended to buy and received expert advice for the shrubs I need for another area. Jim gave me a great tour of the property and I got so many ideas for my own garden.
On Nov 19, 2013, postoak7 Statham, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Sent them an inquiry about a week ago to check availability. Received a quick response and ended up placing a small order. Very nice looking semi-bare root plants arrived quickly and in great condition. Set them out the next day, just ahead of a cool fall rain.
Found our Pignut Hickories that don't exist in nurseries in our area (MD, PA,VA,DE). Reasonable sizes and prices. Quick response with detailed info. Shipped on time and planted that day. Freight charges were less than anticipated.
Being a new resident of western North Carolina, I needed to find Chalk Bark Maple trees. A Nearly Native Nursery had them! Received my three trees perfectly packed and they were planted on the full moon! Excellent service and I will be buying from them again. Thanks Nearly Native! Arlene
After inquiring about plants via e-mail, which was answered promptly, I telephoned to order on a day they were closed, but I left my name and number. My call was returned, I placed my order and had a nice chat with Jim about some native plants I'm missing in my current location. He shipped the plants the very next morning, and they arrived via FedEx yesterday. Hubby and I got them into the ground, watered, and mulched, and I'm looking forward to new growth in the spring. The plants were actually taped to the inside of the shipping box so as not to shift around, but this did make for some work in getting them out. Now if I were living where I owned the land and had more space, you can bet I would be ordering more "goodies" from A Nearly Native Nursery. Highly recommended.
On Nov 17, 2013, oldpeepaw Jefferson City, MO wrote:
They had what I wanted, in abundance. Very polite communications, very knowledgeable answers and the feeling that they're there to help. I think I would call them first when I need a particular plant. Excellent service!
Well worth the drive (from Decatur). Were looking for a particular big leaf magnolia and ended up with it and one more to try plus a couple native azaleas we had not tried yet. Jim took much time showing off his trees and plants. Wonderful to see many of his full grown trees to get an idea of where to put them in our own space. Very knowledgable and passionate about native plants. We will be back with a longer list next time.
Note to anyone tempted to try to eat a whole ghost pepper fresh off the vine with Jim, don't do it! My husband did and was sorry :) Couldn't find enough sweet tea on the ride home to cut through that....
Posted on May 17, 2012, updated November 11, 2013
Debi was ready and waiting with my (somewhat unusual) order for a nature center garden renovation. NNN is the go-to place for native plants -- including the grasses I wanted for this renovation that will become a demonstration garden. Information, questions answered thoroughly and cheerfully, top-quality plant stock: these are the hallmarks of every experience I've had at NNN.
On November 11th, 2013, chassell added the following:
For a second project, Debi and Jim were truly helpful in providing information about selections that will work in an area of the garden that is in high shade and quite dry. Since it was a pretty good-sized order, they had assembled it beforehand. The quality of the plants, as always, was top notch. NNN is a wonderful source for native plants -- and the knowledge to go with them to make a better garden. Thank you, Debi and Jim!
I have dealt with nearly native twice now and the experiences have been great! They are very knowledgable and very professional. I have ordered trees from other online nurseries before and the quality from nearly native is above and beyond anything I have received before. I will be using nearly native any time I want good quality trees at a good price.
Two friends and I drove over an hour to visit the Nearly Native Nursery in Fayetteville, GA. We purchased three trees and some ground cover. We were all blown away by Jim's knowledge. He spent about an hour and a half with us. He showed us growing examples and discussed pro's and con's of each. I have already highly recommended his nursery to three friends and my entire HOA. My friends and I have discussed returning in the spring for more native goodies. If you don't visit this nursery you are missing out on some great plants and knowledge!
My husband and I were looking for "privacy plants", but wanted something a little more interesting than box hedges. The owner and his wife not only spent an hour educating us on the different options available and the care required for each; they made us feel as welcome as old friends. We went home with a trunk full of beautiful species, and they look amazing in our yard! We will definitely be regulars here!
Posted on June 16, 2011, updated October 25, 2013
Nearly Native has quite a variety of native plants. A walk around the grounds lets you see the plants growing in-ground and the owner was generous in sharing his considerable knowledge about the plants. A well-spent afternoon.
On October 25th, 2013, MGMellie added the following:
Jim has made some excellent suggestions for plants that will survive in the rooftop garden I design and maintain.
His experience and knowledge of native plants is appreciated, and he and Debi make a visit to Nearly Native Nursery a treat,
Posted on October 21, 2012, updated October 19, 2013
Posted on June 2, 2012, updated October 21, 2012
We visit the NNN year after year because the plants they have provided us with have thrived in our yard and their knowledge & joy in growing them is contageous. Their gardens are amazing and their plant selection is a welcome change from the big-box hardware store garden centers.
On October 21st, 2012, snadmus added the following:
We just made our fall trip to the NNN and came home with some really unusual, beautiful plants. Can't wait for them to thrive.On October 19th, 2013, snadmus added the following:
Went to Fayetteville for our annual fall visit to Nearly Native Nursery. Gina and I were there to pick out some trees to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. Visiting Jim & Debi feels like dropping in on old friends. We learn, talk and wander the garden picking up great ideas. We always come home with some really fantastic plants that we can't wait to get established in our own garden. Thanks for helping us go native and have a great time doing it!
I ordered two different dogwoods that I was unable to find anywhere else. The trees just arrived. First I received an email from Debi at Nearly Native confirming whether shipping now would suit me. Very friendly correspondence and I appreciated the heads-up the trees were coming. They were very well packed, & arrived via fedex. I assumed they'd be bare-root, but instead they came with a lot of soil around the roots. Everything looked very healthy and the trees are good size. Will definitely buy again from them! great selection!
I ordered five native trees from Nearly Native. I appreciated the email in advance letting me know when they were ready to ship. They arrived in really good condition & are in the ground, doing well :)
I came to this nursery to find a specific plant for a research project that no one else seemed to carry. I was so glad I found this place! Not only did I find my plant but I had a great time. Jim and Debi are absolutely wonderful! They really know their stuff and are the most helpful people you could ask for. I will definitely tell others about their nursery and I will make more trips in the future!
Jim was very helpful with the plant selection process. I was looking for a specific holly - Yaupon Holly - and he had it in stock! The price was good and Jim was able to advise us on the best planting location and soil characteristics. We also purchased an Oglethorpe Oak which was great considering that is our home county. My husband added a "George Peabody" Thuja to the mix! Debi also introduced us to their friendly Macaws. Thanks for being so helpful and flexible with the late night pickup as well! Debbie and Bill Cosgrove Arnoldsville, GA
Debi and Jim are fabulous! I'm a professional gardener in the foothills of the western Carolinas and I had a difficult project going. The site was uncompacted fill with a difficult exposure. The homeowners wanted native plants, including a devilwood tree, at the end of the season, literally. Not only did Debi stay in close contact concerning what stock was available, she also had great subsitutes ready to go. Since it was too late to ship, we had to drive to Fayetteville through Atlanta (don't rely on google maps)and became incredibly lost. Debi stayed with us on the phone while we backtracked, and when we arrived she had everything ready, including cold drinks for us. Jim potted plants for us as we loaded, and they even gave us a reemay blanket for transporting the plants home safely. I feel like I made new friends, and I recommend them highly.
On Aug 5, 2013, hothotpepper Great Falls, SC wrote:
Sent an email and called and talked to the folks about ordering a particular plant. They were helpful and worked in a last minute shipment for me which I really appreciated. Plant looks good and I will probably order from them again.
We purchased banana plants from Jim and Debi and it was wonderful. I loved talking with them and will be buying from them again in the future. Definitely go to them if you want something different and need good advice on plants.
They were very informative and helped us decide on the right plants for our lakeside lot. We learned so much from our visit and look forward to learning more in the future as we will be purchasing from them again!
I originally mail ordered plants and was pleased with the service and the products. Paid them a visit and bought some more. They have a surprising number of native trees as well as plants. Great people to deal with in every aspect!
I have been coming to Nearly Native for years and have always had a positive experience. Jim and Deb spend time listening and then discussing your specific needs. The plant selection is great and I never leave without a good idea of what to plant , how to care for it and where to plant it. I have been pleased with every plant I have purchased and look forward to moving to more Native plants on my property.
Posted on October 17, 2011, updated June 1, 2013
I ordered an Halesia diptera and it arrived about two days after it was sent. The tree was in fine condition, very tall (about 4 feet) with leaves on every branch (they were still green). When I finally got it out of the box I noticed that a certain amount of branches had been cut off along the skinny trunk probably to fit it into the box and to reduce the stress of trying to maintain its vigorous growth during the trip and transplantation. The box was clearly marked which side was up. I was easily able to open the top but could not figure out the easiest way to extract the tree from the box. Fortunately I did not try to tip it upside down, nor try to pull the top of the tree to get it out. I could sense that something was making it stick to the box, which was good because that is how it arrived undamaged by not shifting at all. There did not seem to be any obvious place to begin further opening the box, I was a little perplexed (anxious 'cause I did want to get it out and see my long-awaited prize). I basically had to rip and cut with a box cutter down a couple edges of the length of the box, thinking that once I got close to the bottom I could simply lift up the base , the root ball. Well, the root ball was covered with plastic tied up at the top of the stalk of the tree and inside the plastic cover the paper holding the root ball contents was stuck to the box by many strips of plastic adhesive tape. Okay, it was secure, yes ingeniously held firmly in place. Problem was by the time I got the tree separated from the box the paper holding the root ball opened up and the soil material and roots came falling out. Anyway, I had the planting site all ready so there was no time spent sitting exposed in the elements. I got it planted and decided to use a few bamboo stakes to firm-up the tree which was long and skinny. I am sure this is typical of its development. My receipt was included in the box as were instructions on planting, also written in hand was a note to stake the tree because of its brittle characteristics. The tree has been in the ground now for about four days, its lost some leaves which seems normal due to the unpacking, maybe birds landing on their twigs. I think it looks like it will make it. I'm being careful not to over water it but still don't want the root ball to dry out. Luckily this is the best time of year for it to be put in the ground so I have high hopes it will transition into its new environment.
I will not hesitate to order from Nearly Native in the future, I'll just find out from them how best to unwrap the box to protect the plant. The prices are fair, the shipping is short, you can get them on the phone, and they follow-up reasonably well by email. I think it is good to spread the business to a few well-respected nurseries of the internet, you've got to weigh the factors such as inventory, experience, service, quality of product, and certainly customer ratings. I have just finished using three of these companies listed in the top 30 of Dave's Garden all of whom are in about a 600 mile radius and I feel I succeeded in obtaining the specialized trees that I wanted that are in good condition and will adapt to my area (and my care). So, thank you to all vendors, users, web designers etc.
On June 1st, 2013, Rollandh added the following:
I recently purchased two plants, a styrax Americanus and an itea sandlewood. Both plants are doing great. I really lucked-out with the styrax, it is not a very easily obtainable plant and I had previous ordered a couple from Mail Order Nursery that were smallish, so I decide I'd get one more from Nearly Native as they were supposed to have a 3 gallon. Well it turned they had only 5 gallon specimens which they offered me at the same price as the three. The sandlewood itea intrigued me as I have a lot of the more commonly available iteas but wanted something different. The plants were in great shape and have adapted fine to their new surroundings.
I have only ordered 4 plants in total from Nearly Native but each plant is of the highest quality at a very reasonable price. The two trees I ordered a year and a half ago are very healthy and are ready to leap into fuller sizes.I think I have bias about be able to place orders online and just let the system do its thing and miraculously see the plants arrive in a few days. With Nearly Native, well you have to call order or send in a form by mail so this has been something of a drawback for me up until now. It has been a pleasure to speak to the owners who give you all the attention that you want. I would say also that their selection is truly the most "native" that I've seen and also very comprehensive. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is getting into planting native plants.
On May 19, 2013, butchadkins Peachtree City, GA wrote:
I had not been for a while to Nearly Native. They are just as helpful as I had remembered. Personal service in a very relaxed atmosphere and a wealth of knowledge. The location is a paradise in the spring with all of the happy plants showing their best colors. A must see if you are in the area.
On May 18, 2013, Kristinag3388 Columbus, GA wrote:
My fiance and I drove from Columbus, GA to visit the Nearly Native Nursery in search of Paw Paw trees and we were blown away. Their land is beautiful, their gardens are beautiful and all the plants for sale are in fantastic shape with fair pricing.
The customer service here is beyond excellent and everyone is friendly and extremely knowledgeable regarding their trade and very, very honest.
Needless to say, we will be back! This is definitely the place we've been looking for to buy our native greens from and I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone, these people know their stuff!
Great folks at "Nearly Native Nursery"!
I came upon the Nearly Native Nursery website while searching for information on trees native to the southeast. I gave them a call after seeing the tree I was looking for in their inventory list. The folks there were a joy to talk to. They understood my desire to go with native trees, and were helpful and spot on with their advice. The seedling trees I ordered were healthy and vibrant, reasonably priced (especially compared to my local nursery) and larger then I expected! And you would never know they were recently transplanted! They have taken to my yard like they sprouted here :) The shipping was a little costly, but to have them delivered as timely - in 2 days, exactly as was promised! - and as safely as they were - the packaging was fantastic - I'll definitely pay it again. 'Nearly Native Nursery' will be getting all my landscaping business from now on!