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!
I found Nearly Native Nursery in a search for native milkweed and was delighted by their extensive selection of many rare, important and hard-to-find natives. The customer experience was excellent--friendly, highly knowledgeable, and helpful. A real gem in Georgia!
Well, I'll be honest. I've ordered from several very good companies. This one was has surpassed them all. Best looking healthy plants I've received. Best root systems I've ever received. I'm tired from getting the 3 shrubs and 2 trees unpacked. They were in no danger of getting damaged during shipping. Very pleasant experience, just like one hopes for. Nice people to deal with. Now I'm excited to order again.
One of the best nursery I have ever visited. Incredible selection, helpful, detailed instructions. The owners are passionate about their plants and in teaching you about the plants, how to care for them and even how to propagate them. They cared about the garden I wanted to create and offered to find the varieties I was missing. I love that they are helping to re-populate endangered plants and native varieties. One of the best ways to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon is a visit to this nursery.
Posted on April 4, 2011, updated April 23, 2013
I received nine 3-gal. Brackens Brown Beauty Magnolia grandiflora. Beautiful plants in excellent condition. Plants arrived fast w/best packing job I have ever seen. Not a leaf was out of place. Definitely will be a repeat customer.
On April 23rd, 2013, crhuffaker added the following:
Ordered 6 more magnolias this year, and just as pleased as ever with the plants, the service and delivery. The entire process is seamless. It is a pleasure doing business with Debi and Jim.
Posted on January 16, 2009, updated April 21, 2013
I have always had great service when I order from them.They have a great selection of plants and they are packed so good that I have never lost a plant in five years of ordering.A five star company!!!!
On April 21st, 2013, cowpea123 added the following:
Another order arived yesterday from A Nearly Native Nursery and what plants they are! Healthy and well packed is an under statement! The plants did not even move in the box while they were in transit they were so well packed. The quality was excellent! Always a pleasure opening a box from A Nearly Native Nursery.I am never disapointed!!
Nearly Native Nursery went beyond my expectations in providing great advice and guidance in plant selection. Jim and Debi were very knowledgable and spent a lot of time helping me find the right plants.
Just wanted you to know that my order of agarista populifolia arrived yesterday afternoon and it was in excellent shape.
Your packaging showed such care and the size of the plants was wonderful. Thank you - D. Smith
On Apr 12, 2013, louisplantgeek Hopkinton, RI wrote:
A terrific experience start to finish. Unusual plants, some completely unavailable elsewhere. Such cordial and capable assistance with the order, both by phone and email. Excellent packing, with the plants arriving in perfect condition. All in all, a great pleasure.
Ordered a group of trees........recieved them in a flash, HAPPY, FRIENDLY, folks.........Packaged better than I would have done, and they had ALL the roots, and are currently thriving well......The people at "TY TY" should order something from them to learn how to do mail order plant business. I will certainly order again from "Nearly Native Nursery" !!!
Debi Rodgers was very pleasant and helpful in answering my emails and taking my order. I ordered a Ash Magnolia, Magnolia ashei and received it 3 days later. It was packaged very carefully and the roots were still in their dirt and moist. My family is very pleased. Now, I just wish I had lots more money to buy more and more space to plant. It is so wonderful to deal with honest people.
I would like to join the common refrain here. Nearly Native Nursery has provided great service to me for more than a decade. Communication has always been very friendly and detailed. The prices are very reasonable, and the plants I've purchased from them have always arrived in perfect condition. I'm grateful for their many hard-to-find offerings and for their work of promoting knowledge of -- and love for -- our beautiful native species. May they prosper for many years to come.
Posted on November 9, 2009, updated January 31, 2013
I have ordered many times from this nursery. The plants are top quality, delivery is fast and excellent customer service. Will not hesitate to order again.
On January 31st, 2013, mdmarz added the following:
Have continued to order from this company with great success. The plants are large and full, delivery is fast and customer service is top notch. Will continue to populate my garden with their creations.
I recently ordered 11 plants from Nearly Native and have been very pleased with the nursery and the plants. I mailed the order on Thursday and the plants arrived the following Monday. The nursery is approximately a 5 hour drive from my house, not next door. The plants arrived in excellent condition. The packing was good and did its job. The plants are already showing new growth. I am very pleased. And there was a handwritten thank you for the order.
I placed an order for a variety of native shrubs and plants. I made a few changes via e-mail, all without a problem. When the plants were sent, I was told that they shipped me a less-expensive 1-gal Red Bay instead of the 3-gallon I had ordered because the 1-gallon was just about the same size - great service and a savings to me. Plants arrived within 2 days and were well-wrapped and in great condition. The bare root plants in particular were very full. Their web page is very informative and shows what they have in stock.
For my first order in Nov. 2012, I was very pleased with the size and quality of plants. An amazing listing of native trees, shrubs and plants that I have found nowhere else; and they are not 10 inch tree "starts".
Posted on December 6, 2011, updated November 19, 2012
I ordered for the first time from Nearly Native this fall. Was very impressed with the quality of the plants when they arrived. More mature than I thought they would be and packed very carefully. They have a laundry list of perennials that are native to the GA area and a wonderful variety of ferns. Love this place. Only wish you could order and pay online.
On November 19th, 2012, USMC2136994 added the following:
I ordered for the second time from Nearly Native Nursery and was very pleased with the plants I received. They were mature and packed very well. I really like ordering from Nearly Native and will continue to do so as I plant my GA woodland and rock gardens.
What a fantastic nursery! Jim & Debi are passionate about their plants and the preservation of our natural habitats. They're equally friendly and helpful. Highly recommend to the novice gardener and expert alike! Botany and biology teachers will find this place a rare jewel on the south side of Atlanta.
I spend about $500 in plants every year and I can tell for sure that nobody in Georgia has a native plant inventory like Nearly Native. Their plants are healthy and the prices are very fair. But the best part is the customer service. These guys walk way out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Jim, has an enormous encyclopedic knowledge and he provides great advice, he truly wants you to be happy with your purchase. I give them a 10 out of 10!
I've ordered three times from NNN, the most recent one my largest order yet. Each time has been a great experience, from the incredible personalized customer care from Jim and Debi, to the excellent condition in which the plants arrive (thanks to outstanding packaging, which protects both the plants and the roots). Although I'm a regular at the NC Botanical Garden, it has limited selections and sizes, so this is my go-to place for native plants!
On Oct 26, 2012, Dyerdigger Tyrone, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I went to Nearly Native Nursery with three plants on my want list and a few questions. I was assisted very quickly and my three plants were located and very good information about how to plant and how to use them was freely given. I also had some questions about some palms I was trying to grow and got a very much appreciated tour of the palms growing on site and lots of helpful instruction on how to deal with my baby palms. I throughly enjoyable and educational experience.
1. Nearly Native had many native shrubs that I was having trouble finding elsewhere at prices I could afford.
2. When there was one shrub I wanted, which they did not have, they tracked it down for me and sent it with the rest of my order.
3. When I caught a mistake on the invoice, they took responsibility for it and corrected it.
4. The plants arrived in great shape. I was impressed with their wrapping & packing procedure which kept the roots wet and the plants stable in their packages.
I would definitely order from them again.
On Sep 30, 2012, alicef PHILADELPHIA United States wrote:
Nearly Native had the difficult to find (almost impossible to find!) plants that we needed for a job. They sent gorgeous plants quickly and beautifully packed. Not a broken leaf in the bunch. They were delightful to work with- rounding up some plants we needed from a nearby grower, answering my questions and shipping immediately. I wish they were closer to my Pennsylvania location... so we could shop there all the time.
When we lost an apple tree to Fireblight 2 years ago we wanted to replace it with a native tree. We found Nearly Native Nursery on-line and visited. It was such a delight! We saw various trees we were considering, and finally selected a lovely Georgia Oak. Jim is extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and one of the friendliest people we have ever met. We have been back several times adding to our host of native species, most recently last Saturday. The nursery is one of the loveliest, most tranquil and satisfying places I know to visit. You feel you are visiting a garden rather than a commercial nursery. I just like visiting even when we don't buy anything! This is a must see place for anyone in the Atlanta area and probably the best source anywhere of Southeastern US regional native plants.
I was very pleased with my order from A Nearly Native Nursery. The customer service was fabulous, answering all of my questions over the phone and finding me exactly the plant I wanted. When it arrived, it was extremely well packaged and in excellent condition! I look forward to ordering from them again.
On Jun 7, 2012, midimartin3 Fayetteville, GA wrote:
Took my second journey through NNN today and once again walked away with a smile on my face and knowledge in my brain. The owners are incredibly nice and can answer any question that you may have about your plants and probably know the history of them as well. They are just full of amazing knowledge. Their plants are native to the area and they have plants that you don't see at other nurseries. It's worth going just to walk the grounds and explore their beautiful, healthy and bountiful garden. You won't want to leave! And then, they have a little store inside where they also sell various snakes. It's just such a creative, serene and beautiful place to be. Thanks!