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.
I looked at the Nearly Native Nursery catalog and saw the plants I was looking for were at the nursery, so I took a drive up there. It was worth the trip. I enjoyed talking to Jim and looking around the nursery. I even found some plants I will get on my next visit.
I can't attest to mail order plants because I am lucky enough to live about two miles down the road from Nearly Native. I can tell you the owners are very nice people with very nice plants. Jim will talk to you as long as you want about any plant you want to talk about. Comparing them to other nurseries in the area I can honestly say their prices are lower (sometimes even when their plants are bigger than the competitors) about 99.9% of the time.
After learning about A Nearly Native Nursery on davesgarden.com, we drove 200 miles to visit it. Jim Rodgers greeted us and gave us an informative tour. He and Debi are interested in conservation of rare plants and protection of the local fauna. There were butterflies, hummingbirds & a talking parrot outdoors - and even a few caged reptiles inside. We plan to return there this Fall.
Last week I lost three mature oaks to a passing storm. Today Jim and Debi helped me find plants to fill in some of the empty spaces so some of the lost backyard habitat can begin to recover. They looked at my list of possible plants and added suggestions to what I had thought of, and patiently showed them to me. I purchased hawthornes, azaleas and dogwood. At the peak of a Georgia July, their stock was healthy and beautiful!
Jim also walked around the nursery with me for over an hour so that I could see examples of native trees I can use to replant in the fall. He really listened to what I want to accomplish in the garden and gave excellent advice. I will be ordering the trees this November from this nursery.
I made my first order with Nearly Native Nursery last week. The order was filled promptly and I was notified about problems shipping plants in the summer months and was given the option of not filling the order. I went ahead. The plants arrived in good condition and appear to be doing well in my garden. I was impressed with how well they were packed. Much better than other mail order nurseries. There are many rare SE US natives in their catalogue that are not available. I will be following the website because there are a number of species I would like to get. I will certainly order from them again. RM
Debi and her husband and their staff are experts on all types of vegetation. I was looking online for a "Harry Lauder's Walking Stick" and lo-and-behold, Nearly Native Nursery had one in stock...and, it was a quite well-established tree for the price. I am VERY happy with the purchase and look forward to years of enjoyment from my very interesting addition to my garden. Thanks, Nearly Native Nursery.
On Jun 21, 2010, dsignorelli Saint Peters, MO wrote:
They were so helpful regarding a particular plant I was interested in and the risks of shipping/planting in my area at this particular time. I received the plant very quickly and it looked great. I planted it right away and love it!
Recieved plants in good condition.I called a couple of weeks later with a question about a cactus I had not planted and recieved a detailed voicemail one day later answering my question.Would not hesitate to use them again.
Not just positive, SUPER positive! Debi & Jim were GREAT both through email and on the phone. They had the Magnolia Ashei I wanted and shipped it to me in no time flat! Jim packages plants so you do NOT have to worry about them! "She" arrived safe and sound and was in the ground before the week was out! She is a nice healthy specimen that I will enjoy for many years!
I tell everyone that asks where I was able to find this hard to locate plant and the GREAT service they provide! I will definitely order from them AGAIN!
~Marge B. from Chesterfield, VA
I have ordered by mail from Nearly Native a dozen times or more and the plant material is always well packaged and of the highest quality. I always look forward to the arrival of my order. I haven't found anyone better for hard to find, native plant material.
On May 23, 2010, Kathy_Thompson Atlanta, GA wrote:
My experience with Jim and Debi at NNN was wonderful! I arrived, armed with a list of numerous species of wildflowers and shrubs for wildlife, and left satisfied with a car full of plants and a head full of new plant knowledge. Jim walked around with me for over 3 hours, past closing, discussing the plants I wanted, what would be appropriate for my yard, the best ways of transplanting, amongst many other topics. They have an enormous variety of plants, both rare and commonly found out in nature (but usually not found in nurseries). I am so glad I live so close to them, and I am definitely going back for the Fall planting season!!
What a great company! I didn't find their website until after their last shipping date. I live in zone 5 and am now just planting due to cold weather. I contacted them to see if I would still be able to order. They not only let me order, but I had my plants within a week! Their communication is excellent, the plants were HUGE, and well packaged. I can see why they are in the top rated companies on watchdog. It was the greatest experience buying mail order that I've ever had and I've been gardening for over 20 years! I will definitely order again next year!!! A++++++
On May 21, 2010, annoney Long Beach, MS (Zone 9a) wrote:
I have been communicating with Jim for the last 5 years. I am in Long Beach, MS but visit relatives in Atlanta often. I tell Jim what I want and pick it up on my way home. His knowledge and advice have helped me to recover from Katrina and build a study collection of native trees and shrubs to share with friends, neighbors and scout troupes. I have let Jim know what I want for next year and he said he will have some ready by them. How can you do better than that! Thanks.
I had been looking for the spider lilly (sorry Jim don't remember that long REAL name you told me many times) for my yard makeover. I finally found the GREATEST nursery and Jim who was a great help. Jim talked with me way after closeing time and helped me find the right growing spot in my yard for my flowers. I was very happy with the shipping service and how my plants arrived at new home in Florida. They are growing well and happy. Thank you to Jim for your time and help. I would use them again if needed.
On May 15, 2010, sparkyserene Villa Rica, GA wrote:
Jim took us on a garden tour and educated us about soooo many plants. We asked lots of questions about native species and how they would work in our location and shady yard. Left with great species and anxious to return soon for more.
I went down there to get a couple of native perenials for my wife that would bloom around mother's day. I got a good tour of the garden and a lot of help picking out two good ones. Worth the drive for anyone in the piedmont or anywhere else!
Ordered a magnolia macrophylla. Very nice plant, came in at a time I was very busy at work and didn't have an opportunity to plant it right away. My wife just stuck it in a 3 gallon pot for the time being. After a lot of heavy rain during the following week after arrival, I was surprised to see the plant has 6 inches of new growth on it that popped up since we got it. It's only supposed to grow 18 inches a year!
This was NOT a mail order transaction, but an on-site purchase. At least one of the owners has always been there when I have, and both are familiar with their stock. I enjoy browsing the location, as well as their plant catalog, but the opportunity to see things in a naturalized setting is invaluable, thus even if there's a long drive involved, you won't make a mistake coming. I found Iris Cristata that I've only seen in a catalog as well as some heirloom tomatoes - a combo that can't be beat. Prices are consistent with the quality of the plants and advice that you get from Jim and Debbie, the owners - local nurseries with the selection of plants that Nearly Native has are almost impossible to find, but worth their weight in compost.
Recieved my Tree ( Zanthoxyllum Clava-Herculis) tooth ache tree in wounderful condition and timing. I've been looking for this tree for many years. Hard to come by in the city. Thank you again for a wounderful experience.
I looked everywhere for callicarpa americana bushes found them at Nearly Native. They shipped me some beautiful bushes, well packed and in great shape when I received them. recommend unconditionally. marjorie
I ordered a very rare tree- Stewartia malacodendron. I have been looking for it for several years. The tree came very well packed, and is a very healthy looking plant. I am extremely pleased with the entire experience.
Visited them yesterday looking for sweet shrub not only did they have them the information was more than i could have ever asked for. so nice to speak with such wonderful people that care about the customer and the plants they sell. a definite place to visit and buy. look foward to my next trip
Last week I was looking at the Nearly Native website and was going to order a few plants due to the good reviews here on GW. As it turns out, I had a meeting I had to attend in Atlanta over the weekend and decided to go by instead of ordering online.
I was very impressed with the nursery and the plants. As I walked through, every plant I saw looked healthy. They have a beautiful woodland garden to the side of the nursery as well. It is not as big as some nurseries I have been to, but their knowledge and selection impressed me. I was able to get the plants that I was looking for although I did make some last minute changes to my list. In all I got a fringe tree, florida flame azalea, orange flowering tea olive, and a redbud tree. (of course my 7 year old daughter had to buy some annuals as well). The root systems were perfect, sufficient healthy roots that were not root bound.
I haven't dealt with their mail/internet ordering system as of yet, but I would feel confident in ordering from them after seeing the offerings at the nursery.
The only suggestion I would have for them would be to redesign their website. It is somewhat hard to navigate, and doesn't give an overall polished appearance. That could scare away some potential customers.