I am a botanist specializing in Georgia native habitats. I am learning how to grow what I study. Jim and Debi are knowledgeable about ecologically sound production of natives and care about the local environment. In addition, they have always taken the time to give me thorough advice about how to plant and care for my purchases. Everything I have bought, while paying the appropriate attention to it, has done very well. The selection of natives is excellent.
I was looking for a special plant as a gift to someone. I found Nearly Native Nursery on the internet but was a little apprehensive about ordering plants through the mail. Jim and Debi were both extremely nice and helpful every time I called them. Probably some of the best service I have ever received! Thanks. I would definitely order from them again and hope to visit the nursery one day if I am ever up that way.
My partner and I recently moved from Fort Lauderdale to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Of course, gardening in Tennessee is a world of difference from south Florida and we've had to learn new gardening skills and get used to an entire new palette of plants, trees and shrubs. We were looking for a large leaf Magnolia and none of the nurseries in the Chattanooga carried this tree, or even heard of it. After an online search led us to the Nearly Native Nursery, we decided to make the 2 and 1/2 hour trip down to Fayettville to pick up the trees ourselves. What a treat that was. The owners Jim and Debi walked around the nursery with us for nearly 2 hours, showing us plants that would work well in the Chattanooga area and gave us a ton of information, as well as a cutting off of a cactus we really liked. Jim is a walking encylopedia of plant information and was eager and able to help us with the ton of plant questions we had. We ended up buying quite a few items and drove back to Chattanooga. It was well worth the trip, and I'm sure we will go back again next fall and spring to see what other goodies they have in stock. They have plants and trees that I have never seen in any other nurseries in the area and it's plain to see that the owners really like to stock native and unusual plants that you cannot find anywhere else. They also ship from their website, so you don't have to drive there if you don't want to. However, if you are close enough to drive there, I suggest you do as you will be pleasantly surprised.
Nearly Native Nursery has been wonderful. They had a great selection of rare plants, and worked with me to try to locate any unusual plants they did not have. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful. I would recommend their nursery for a fantastic gardening experience.
We received the 4 honeysuckle plants Friday 6/5/2009, 2 crimson and 2 yellow. They were in beautiful condition. I will go on to say they were the best packaged plants I have ever seen. I planted them yesterday 6/7/2009 . Great service, expert advice, fast shipping
Again thank you for the beautiful plants (they’re for the little hummers)
Contacted NNN to locate plants I could not find in Atlanta. I received a quick and positive reply from Debi and the next day I was on my way to Fayetteville. Jim and Debi had the plants I was looking for and more; I drove away with beautiful, healthy and reasonably priced plants plus good advice. It is truly a pleasure to shop in such a serene and lovely setting. Nearly Native Nursery, in my mind, is everything a nursery should be.
Our Beauty Berry arrived today and we're so happy with them - the plants look fantastic! You really exceeded our expectations with the packaging, and the size and condition of the plants - which is a pleasant surprise in these days of reduced service!
The packaging was a bonus!. When I emptied the box and turned it over and saw 'BOTTOM' written with a frowny face on one side and another frowny face saying 'NO!' on the other - I laughed so hard, the tea I was drinking almost came out of my nose!!
I have found Jim and Debi Rodgers of Nearly Native Nursery to be extremely knowledgeable horticulturalists and true native plant enthusiasts. They offer a vast array of native species - much of which they propagate thenselves - at affordable prices. Their nursery stock is always in excellent condition and both are eager to provide cultural requirements of species offered. I have also personally witnessed their professionalism in handeling and shipping nursery stock. Nearly Native is much more than a retail outlet. If you are seeking a rare or hard to find species or interested in developing a lifelong partnership in growing native plant material do not hesitate to contact Jim or Debi.
I have made the drive from Atlanta down to NNN more times than I can count during the past few years, and have gotten to know Jim and Debi Rogers. My respect and admiration for them continues to grow. They are both extremely knowledgeable and committed to making certain the buyer's experience is positive. I like the blend of truly native plants and a few exotics (particularly their palms). I give NNN my highest recommendation. If you're able to make the drive to visit them in person, that is ideal. They have many of the plants they sell planted in natural settings so that you can see what the plants look like when established. Jim and Debi are in the process of setting up a botanical garden on their property that showcases native plants of the sandhill regions of Central and Southern Georgia, a fascinating and little known region. The Rogers have created several large sand-dunes (for lack of a better word) with an amazing array of rare, native flowers, shrubs and trees -- possibly the only showcase garden of its kind in the country. The Rogers' prices are not inexpensive, but they are fair, given that they sell things that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Again, visit if you can. Their home and gardens are a small paradise. You can meet their parrots, which often roam the property, and entertain visitors, and see Jim's collection of captive Southern snakes.
I live in Savannah and am interested in the environmental benefits of utilizing native plants in my landscape. We don't have a native nursery near us so when I was in the Atlanta area for a baseball tournament I stopped in the check them out.
I had a great experience. The most impressive thing is the great customer service and knowledge of both Jim and Debbie.
I will definately be mail ordering more plants from them and coming back to the nursery whenever I am in the area.
I called Nearly Native to see if they had a Yellow Wood tree, and they did and shipped it to me, and it was perfectly packaged in the box. Their price was lower than the two other businesses I checked.
They were extremely helpful and friendly when we spoke.
I would go by to see their business when I am in the area.
They are in south Atlanta and I am in Alabama.
I was searching for a specific magnolia for my daughter and only a few websites had it. I was lucky enough to have contacted A Nearly Native Nursery. Below are the comments I sent to them about my experience which by the way was great.
Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 18:32:19 -0400
Debi & Jim,
Thanks for Magnolia Tripetalas. I received them safe and sound on Friday and they are already in the ground (looking great). I appreciate your great service. Debi, thanks for your email and phone call to me to let me know that larger ones were available. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and the extra effort. Jim, thank you for changing the order and your note, when you folks realized that some plants did not meet your standards. I don't order many plants, shrubs and trees over the internet but you can be sure that in the future that I will check your website first.
Thanks for the great customer service and have a terrific summer.
We recently learned about these guys while attending the Marietta Master Gardener's Tour. After researching their EXCELLENT web page, we drove down to shop. They offer a wonderful selection of native plants at very reasonable pricing. The owners are extremely knowledgeable, patient & helpful. What a great experience - we'll definitely be back!
Our Master Gardener group has a butterfly garden and were looking for spicebush and dutchman's pipe for host plant. After searching the internet I found Nearly Native Nursery and they delivered our plants in great shape and in just days. There was a problem with UPS and they cleared it up quickly. I will be a repeat customer and reccomend them to all my friends.
On May 15, 2009, garden63 Lincoln University, PA wrote:
Great experience, very helpful on the phone with good customer service. My package arrived on time and plants in good shape. Professional operation! I first ordered with Katz kuntry kuttins, beware that was not good. This vendor is good and delivered healthly living plant.
A couple of plants I bought last year did not grow once planted. I called Jim this year and he replaced them at no cost with no questions asked. In the past I have bought plants and Jim has spent a great deal of time giving me tips over the phone. He even sent me some free seeds to try. He is very helpful and kind, how refreshing to be treated so well as a customer by a business.
I was looking for a very specific plant and I found it at Nearly Native. It was shipped very fast and arrived in good condition. The price was very reasonable and I am excited to see it in bloom. I would check this website again.
I made my biennial prilgrimage and to get my fix of plants I cannot come up with anywhere else in West GA. The Indian pinks and fringe campions are both surviving in spite of being drowned during our spring rains. I look forward to this trip because of the wide variety of native plants. It ranks right up there with going to the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Gardens for Connoisseurs tour. It is highly recommended.
On Apr 27, 2009, jdoncochran Sharpsburg, GA wrote:
Jim and Debi of Nearly Native Nursery are very kind and helpful. Their property is just beautiful. If you live in the Atlanta area you must stop by one day and see them and the wonderful habitat they have created. They provide personal service and top quality native plants.
I am beginning to plant native (drought tolerant) plants/bushes in my yard and found Jim and Deb Rodgers of Nearly Native Nursery on the internet. Their knowledge, friendly personalities, and customer service have made me a customer for life!
I ordered several palm and Yucca plants from this nursery last month. Jim took the time to talk to me on the phone and take the order. The plants arrived the next week in great shape. These plants were packaged with great care. I will order from this nursery in the future growing seasons.
After many many months of searching in the internet, I finally located Nearly Native Nursery that offers me a chance at acquiring the Silene polypetela. I emailed the company and received a quick response back saying they have the plants. I also had the chance to speak to Jim personally with regard to planting instructions. He was very informative and helpful. The company is also very responsible - when the delivery date drew near, they contacted me to inquire if they could hold the plants 2-3 weeks longer because of the unforseen cold spell they had recently and that it would be best if they let the plants regain their vigor before shipping them. Three weeks later, I received an email saying the plants are ready for shipment. They all made it - good job packing. I will certainly return to this nursery looking for other native plants.
I have been getting plants from A Nearly Native Nursery for many years now. I rely on their expertise and knowledge along with the selection of plants. Their display gardens are fantastic, and their website and search options are useful as I plan my gardens. Their plants have consistently done better in my gardens than plants from other nurseries.
Beautiful native plants reasonably priced, interesting & extremely knowledgable owners and an abundance of inspiration for plant combinations, wildlife friendly settings and conversation-provoking yard art. I'm pleased to recommend Nearly Native Nurseries, owners Jim & Debi Rodgers and their encyclopedic website. The plants I bought from them are thriving, thanks to the wonderful condition of the plants when I purchased them as well as their helpful instructions.
On Mar 31, 2009, brickyard23 North Wilkesboro, NC wrote:
Truly an exceptional experience dealing with Jim. The customer service was remarkable with Jim calling to confirm my order and let me know if it was okay to accept a freshly dug up plant. My email inquiry was returned promptly and the manner in which my plant was packed was first rate. The Alabama Croton that I received was the most healthy and vigorous plant I have ever obtained over the internet. I look forward to many more purchases for years to come. Highly recommend this nursery for future purchases. First class in every aspect!!! Thanks, Leigh
On Jan 17, 2009, TheAngelGirl Coushatta, LA wrote:
My husband gets lots of plants from them and they are wonderful plants and very well packed in custom boxs.Even delicate plants like trilliums arrive in great shape.If you like native plants they have a very wide selection.A great nursery!!!
Jim and Debi Rodgers own and operate one of the best native plant nurseries in Georgia. If they don't grow the plant that you desire, they will help you find it. They are wonderful people with whom to just visit and look around and are very generous. Check them out!!
On Jan 16, 2009, rlewandowski Hockessin, DE wrote:
We recently worked with Jim and Debi to created gift packs of native plants for Christmas holiday gifts. They did an outstanding job of creating an attractive and cost-effective gift variety pack that was very special. Needless to say, we were thrilled with their efforts, the quality of the plants and quick response. Thanks!
I found Nearly Native when looking for a supplier of native plants with Loblolly Bay trees. The plants that I received were healthy, well packaged and reasonably priced with no mark up for the fact that they are native, rare etc. The owners were kind and helpful where any issue of plant availability or difficulties with payment options occurred. I could not have been more lovingly cared for if they were my relatives. Their plants are well loved and carefully packaged to arrive at their new homes in great shape.