I found Nearly Native Nursery when searching to find a source of seed or bulbs of a very hard to find plant, Lilium catesbaei. This plant has a reputation of being difficult, and I could not find anyone else who even offers it. I got the plants I was looking for and the plants were well packed for shipping and arrived in great shape. I could not be happier. Jim and Debi were extremely helpful in all regards and answered all my questions, and provided general information on other native lilies of the south which was much appreciated. Communication was great.
I visit family in Fayetteville Ga which ALWAYS includes a stop at the Nearly Native Nursery. Jim & Debi are knowledgable & show true Southern hospitality. They are never too busy to answer questions, give advice & listen to your gardening experiences. They have an extensive collection of plants & have a large native planting area so you can see how the plants for sale will look when matured or maturing. Jim & Debi are an asset Fayetteville! See you two in a few months.
Excellent service over the phone with locating plants. Nursery offered an incredible selection of so many native species, all in excellent condition and very robustly growing. I went to the nursery to get native azaleas, hydrangeas, and Calycanthus, but was surprised to find Franklinia, a tree I've been interesting in growing for some time. Jim and all the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful with information about the plants. This nursery offers a valuable resource, as a source of so many great native species, that I haven't found anywhere else.
I have visited Nearly Native Nursery two times--once in the fall (2007) and again in May (2008). Both times, Jim & Debi were extremely helpful and very knowledgeable about the native plant specimens that they offer for sale.
Nearly Native Nursery has a large offering of southeastern native plants and all plants that I purchased were healthy & have transplanted well.
I highly recommend Nearly Native Nursery!
I drove to Nearly Native Nursery yesterday and had a great experience shopping on site. Both Jim and Debi were extremely helpful. Jim provided very good advice on planting palms, even advising against buying one plant that might not succeed in the Atlanta area. All of the plants available for purchase were well-developed and thoroughly marked with planting information. The palms in particular had markers showing the date of propagation. They also had a well-constructed demonstration garden, making Nearly Native a place well worth visiting if you live in the area. This is one mom and pop operation where the owners are intensely focused on customer satisfaction and their attention to detail is spot on.
Was looking for Lindera benzoin and found it online at Nearly Native Nursery. Gave them a call and ordered three plants. They were very congenial and very helpful. The plants arrived in great condition from Georgia to Ohio in just two days.
I am developing a wildlife habitat as part of a Conservation Reserve Program. Nearly Native Nursery has a valuable on-line catalog to help in the selection of trees and shrubs that are important for food and habitation sources for wildlife. I enjoyed reading the catalog as much as I did in the selection of plants.
My plants arrived in great condition for the packing was excellent.
On Mar 29, 2008, littlerockgm Little Rock, AR wrote:
I have been trying to find a Franklinia tree in Arkansas for a couple of years now.....I had one in Pennsylvania several decades ago and loved it. No nursery locally knew of the tree nor would they order me one, so I went on line and called a few nurseries in the southeast US. Several were not that knowledgable about the tree and some of the nurseries I called were quite informed. Jim Rodgers at Nearly Native took all the time I wanted and needed to answer all my questions about the tree and to get a good feel for the location (shade/sun/soil/drainage/etc) where I anticipated planting my purchase. We discussed, at length the problems of growning the tree in the heat of the south. Finally, we discussed the shape of the tree that I wanted (many Franklinia are multi trunked) and Jim assured me that he would pick the creame of the crop single trunked 4-5 ft. tree he could find.
I felt reasured and placed the order on a Friday night. The order was filled and shipped on the following Tuesday, Monday being a holiday, and I received it on Friday. I immediately unpacked the container, not an easy chore because of the great care taken to keep the tree from being damaged in shipping. Because the weather here was still in the high 30's at night I waited a week to plant the new tree. Now, two weeks later it is shooting leaves and I am smiling at the number 13 Franklinia tree registered in the state of Arkansas.
The only concern I had regarding my order was the final price charged on my card was $9.00 more that what was quoted when I ordered the tree. After looking at the enclosed bill I found there was a $9.00 surcharge added by UPS for the oversized shipping container. Since I work for UPS I knew this to be their/our custom.
One of the many great things about this company is their website. They have an "advanced search" option that allows users to select their soil, light, pH and water conditions and search for plants that meet some or all of those criteria. Users can also narrow searches by type: evergreen versus deciduous, or vine, tree, shrub, etc.
Another great thing is the nursery itself. Every time I go, Jim and his wife have made some great improvement(s). They work tirelessly, not only in providing a growing inventory of (mostly) native plants, including endangered and extinct-in-the-wild plants, but in ensuring the health and robustness of their specimens.
After dealing with these guys, it's become extremely difficult to consider using any other nursery!
On Mar 21, 2008, hello85 Erie, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:
I was very pleased with the service from Nearly Native Nursery - I wrote an email inquiring about an item that was listed as sold out until the fall, and they actually went and checked for me, and found that they were able to send a couple very small plants, which they did at a quite reasonable price! Plants arrived quickly, and with good instructions! Thanks very much, Jim and Debi!
I have looked at plants on this website for 2 years. I finally placed an order in December and received the order February 29th.(The weather was terrible so I wanted a later delivery). The plants were MORE than I could have anticipated...the packing kept them safe (I couldn't have done what they did...a fortune in clear sticky tape) The sizes were generous and the plants were vigorous and ready to bloom ( the native azaleas and rhodedendrons) I got them in the ground and the roots were full. If the a plant fails; it's on me not them. I will DEFINITELY order from NNN this fall. If you like native plants (and you should) order from these folks.
On Mar 4, 2008, annason Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
When I called to place the order, the owner of the company answered. He talked to me for over 20 minutes about my choices, as well as some plants i was considering for the future. If you want someone passionate about natives and Southeastern Gardenning, this is your guy.
when my plants came (two days later) they were very securely wrapped and moist. They were listed as 1 gallon sized and all had extensive root systems and were 2.5 - 3 ft tall and well branched.
I will definitely order again, or better yet drive down for a visit in person.
On Nov 19, 2007, Buckeyegator Newberry, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
I found the company's website about a year ago, and have been using it as a research tool to investigate native plants to use in re-landscaping my yard. I planned my vacation this November to be able to visit the nursery and view the plants in person. On the day of my visit, the temperature dropped below 50 and the wind was whipping across the landscape. Never the less, Jim spent several hours showing me his prize plants, and explained their needs, and how his offerings differed from the more commonly-available specimens of their species. He and his wife were so helpful and obviously cared that I found the right plants for me. I wasn't sure if I wanted the Chinquapin Oak or the Chinkapin shrub, and Jim was honest and advised me to avoid the oak due to the disease problem the species is suffering and of which I was unaware. I've got business cards for the nursery, and plan to hand them out to my friends at our next FL Native Plant Society meeting. Jim is incredibly knowledgeable about his plants, and I think he can tell some of the professors here in Gainesville a few things about them. I strongly recommend this company to anyone considering mail order or pick up of the varieties they sell.
On Nov 15, 2007, MtCuba_Gardener Wilmington, DE wrote:
I have ordered from Nearly Native Nursery several times and have been very impressed with the quality, condition, and packaging of the plants. Jim and Debi could not be nicer and they are always going out of their way to make sure I found every plant I was searching for. I appreciate their friendly yet professional approach. Jim is very knowledgable about the natives of the Southeast and always has great information to share. Thank you!
As part of a research medicinal plant garden, I needed to procure 2 kg. of Franklinia tree leaves. They went out of their way to select the leafiest trees, sent a digital photo to make sure we thought we could harvest enough leaves, did a beautiful job of packaging the trees (we bought 5) and called to check up on the order. The items were shipped promptly to the correct address. I could tell they were personally invested in this plant and in this sale. We gave out their business card at our recent Mississippi Native Plant Society annual meeting!
I have known Jim and Debi, owners of Nearly Native Nursery forever. And I honestly have never met anyone who knows more about plant species than these 2. And they give the absolute best customer service. They care about you and they want to educate you about plants. They know their stuff but they don't overwhelm you or try to get you out the door. They take their time with you and try to help you find the best plants for your needs. You won't be disappointed at Nearly Native Nursery!
I recently visited their new nursery site and bought several plants. All plants were in excellent condition and the staff were very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Jim even gave me a free Nearly Native T-shirt!! I had priviously purchased plants from them online; I will definitely buy from them again. This is a classy operation.
I just received three individual plants of two different rare native conifers from Nearly Native Nursery. All three appear healthy with good root systems. They were well extremely well packaged. The receipt inside the package included a hand written message for the correct type of soil and exposure.
The nursery went above and beyond in providing service. I had ordered two male Torreya taxifolias from via traditional mail. Debi contacted me on the phone to let me know they also had female plants available and if I would like a female one too. I adjusted my order to have one male and one female plant.
Would definitely recommend using Nearly Native Nursery.
I'm working with Nearly Native to relandscape my lot with native species. Should take me 5 years to do it all because I'm doing it myself. I've been dealing with them for the past year, and plan to continue working with them for the entire project. They listen, ask all the right questions (soil type, drainage, etc.), and have recommended gorgeous, hardy plants I would not otherwise have considered, and which the chain stores don't carry. While the yards around me will all have the "developer treatment", mine will be a real Southern habitat with year-round color, wildlife, and low maintenance -- like the home I grew up in at the edge of an old Georgia woods. Honest, fair, knowledgable, and just pain nice folks. What more could you ask?
On Dec 6, 2006, theras_garden Fairburn, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Visited the nursery recently at their new location on at 776 McBride Road, Fayetteville, Ga. Large selection of plants to choose from and they will keep expanding as the owners fill up the new acreage. I printed off the pics of plants that I wanted from their excellent website and they were very helpful in locating and selecting the best plants for me. I'll be very excited to see my new azaleas blooming next year. The owners were very helpful in helping me come up with the plants for next year for different sun, shade, and moisure areas in my yard. An added bonus were the snakes they keep on site for educational purposes (for snake-o-phobes, the room is separate and you don't have to go near them if you don't want to). We got a nice tour and learned about the various venomous and non-venomous snakes in our region.
On Oct 19, 2006, parrot22 Pensacola, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
An excellent nursery that specializes in native plants for the Southeast. They have many rare species. My plants arrived well packaged, very healthy and clearly labeled. While I had paid for just one division or 1 rooted cutting of a plant several plants were included of each type. I contacted the nursery with various questions and received prompt polite responses. One of the irises I ordered had new growth but the bulb was mushy. The nursery told me that the iris was OK, to go ahead and plant it anyway and assured me if there is no growth in the spring they will replace it or give me a credtit. I will definitely order from this nursery again.
On May 16th, 2008, parrot22 added the following:
I just placed my second order with this company and am very pleased. All the plants from my first order a year ago have done well. This new order arrived today and the plants look great. Packing was wonderful too. I am very pleased with Nearly Native Nursery and will continue to order from them. Since the plants are native to the Souteast they have outperformed most of my fancier hybrids with a whole lot less effort on my part.
Excellent company! Jim and Debi Rodgers are incredible sources of information on native plants. I have never found the selection they have at any other nursery. They will get back with you promptly if you leave a message, and packing and shipping are both excellent. If I need something, I always call Nearly Native first. If they don't have it, they will try to find it. Very reasonably priced too!
On Mar 22, 2006, msimo219 Lutherville Timonium, MD wrote:
I ordered a Callicarpa for $6, which I thought was a pretty good price. Because their shipping charge is _very_ high ($15 min for up to $10 order), they added three more plants at $1 each to give me the most for my shipping money. The plants arrived in good shape in the 10 days they quoted.
Also, I was talked out of ordering a Franklin tree that would have died through neglect and lack of know-how on my part. Other places would probably have just taken my money, sent it on, and let me kill it.
I like that they sell native and endangered plants.
An absolutely superb source of native trees, shrubs, and perennials, including some hard-to-find species. I ordered from them in December 2001 and received the plants about a week later. Very well packed, bare-rooted shrubs with extremely well-developed root systems. All seem still to be OK and some are now (early April 2002) breaking dormancy. I e-mailed first to check availability and received prompt and helpful advice. Thoroughly recommended.
From now on this will be among the very first mail-order places I'll check whenever I want native shrubs, small trees, or perennials. Do ASK about plants you want -- especially the natives -- even if you don't see them listed on the website; the nursery often does have more besides that. Plants arrived here in VA bare-root but large healthy well-developed roots indeed, carefully wrapped for moisture & protection. From the size of the box used for my good-sized plants, I'd say they can ship a plant or plants up to 3-4' high without pruning or without seriously bending or breaking off anything. Via email & phone, these friendly knowledgeable folks Jim and Debi went to great lengths to give me additional info and advice on a number of the native plants they sell.
I have ordered several times from Adams nursery. All the plants arrived healthy and superbly packaged. The longleaf pine, fringe tree, Alabama crotons, sweet shrubs, dwarf palmetto, Hypericum frondosum and Aster georgianus are all doing quite well. Last year I drove down to the nursery to pick up some plants as it was past their last date for shipping. Really nice folks. If you like Southeastern U.S. natives, their site is worth checking out.