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.
What a pleasant surprise finding Nearly Native Nursery - walking onto the grounds for the first time Saturday was like nothing else we had ever experienced. Jim and Debi were like meeting old high school friends and the nursery was amazing. Jim walked us thru the gardens explaining the different plants, and where most nurseries we have visited sometimes made us feel "not plant smart and overwhelmed" - Jim made us feel quite enlightened and patiently answered every one of our questions, even if we asked it several times during the garden tour. Can't wait to get back to Fayetteville for another visit - Tony and Karrie Crow, Carrollton, GA
I just received the plant I ordered, and I have to mention how beautiful it is. The Cyrilla racemiflora is just a gallon size, but the plant itself must be close to two feet tall already, and is well-branched, and full. I am very happy with the surprisingly large, and healthy plant I received.
Great source for hard to find native plants...I picked up 8 plants on new year's eve and planted them right before temps dropped below freezing for 10 straight days. All plants survived the cold fine and are now growing great. Best selection of native plants I could find anywhere around.
These guys have a FABULOUS selection of hard to find plants! I was very impressed with not only the healthy top growth but especially the care taken of the roots. these roots were full but not the least bit bound! I usually have to tear roots apart, despite the shock, to ensure long term health. Not so with this company. The plants I ordered took off like a marathon winner with the jump start Nearly Native Nursery gave there roots. I have tried many mail order companies; this one takes the cake!
Visited on March 24, and came away with lots of plants and a head full of information. Jim knows a tremendous amount and shares it freely. The selection is stunning, with dozens and dozens of things you just don't find in other places.
It's well worth the trip, and we'll be back over and over....
Great experience with this company and will gladly do business with them again! I ordered three flowering shrubs from them: a Maple Leaf Viburnum, Oakleaf Hydrangea, and an Oconee Azalea. The package arrived quickly and all plants were in great shape. They have an excellent variety of plants, many of which are extremely difficult to find. Highly recommended to everyone.
Nearly Native Nursery is a pleasure to do business with. Communication prior to and during the shipping process of the plants was exemplary, as was the packaging of the plants (in fact, one of the trees had sprouted during shipment). They were extremely helpful in deciding which plants and trees would do well in my growing zone in south central Florida. I cannot say enough good things about these people, and will do business with them in the future (will be ordering some dogwoods in a year or two when the current shipment of trees can provide shade).
What a fantastic experience at a local nursery. Both Jim and Debi went out of their way to make us feel welcome and valued as customers. As I was making some plant selections, Jim spent time with me to make sure that what I thought I wanted was, in fact, the correct plant for me. I will return to this nursery as often as I can.
Quick, friendly service. A good source for hard to find native plants. I have placed two orders with this company and I am positively impressed with the quality of the plants. The plants were packed so they arrived with no damage.
On Mar 7, 2010, NativeNeil McDonough, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I am lucky enough to live within driving distance of Nearly Native. If you are ever that way it is a must see. Jim took the time to explain the different Native Azaleas and which ones would work best in my area. If you do make it by, take your time and look at every plant that he has on the property. I find something new everytime I go there. Thanks for the knowledge and the great natives.
On Feb 21, 2010, ladybug_pc Mcdonough, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Nearly Native is great. They were kind enough to spend two hours talking to me (on and off) about various native plants and butterfly host plants when I visisted their nursery this week. They are VERY knowledgeable and helpful. They have a great variety of native plants and their prices are reasonable as well.
On Dec 28, 2009, fitzgeoff Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:
This is one of the finest mail-order nurseries in the US. I spoke with the owner who couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. The plants I ordered were reasonably priced and they arrived on time. I was also impressed with how well packaged the plants were, and they were also in excellent condition.
Don't hesitate to buy plants from A Nearly Native Nursery.
Nearly Native has become my favorite plant nursery. They offer a large and varied selection of native plants, many unusual and hard to find. In addition, the various planting areas throughout the nursery offer ideas for new ways of gardening in Georgia. The enthusiastic and delightful owners make a trip to the nursery a real treat.
Nearly Native was a fantastic find, thanks to Dave's Top Thirty for the lead. Their website is extremely helpful. A huge selection, plus lots of information to aid in selection. (I placed an order by mail and am just finding out I could have recieved personal help by phone; Nearly Native is sounding better and better.) The trees arrived well packaged and labeled. They seemed to have been field grown, then root pruned and placed in a container to condition them for shipment.
On Dec 17, 2009, Karyl7b Dawsonville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Nearly Natives has been a great experience. Their customer service is the best, I was a pain by changing my order and being generally confusing but they handled it fine. Plants arrived well packed and quite healthy. They were also not pot bound or strangled in any way. Their selection is outstanding including hard to find plants I have been looking for to use in my habitat garden. In the future when I am shopping for specific plants I will consider Nearly Natives a first choice of nurseries to buy from.
I just received my first order from Nearly Native just a few weeks ago. They were very friendly both on the phone and by e-mail, and the plants arrived in great shape with a great job of packing. They have a very good selection of hard-to-find native trees, shrubs and perennials, and I hope to order with them again in the future!
With the friendly greeting from the owners, Debbie and Jim and their macaw, Buddy, I knew I’d hit "pay dirt." Never had a plant shopping expedition been as pleasant as the experience I had a Nearly Native Nursery. The owners are knowledgeable about the hardiness of their plants and have a large selection of healthy stock from which to choose. The two native trees (American Olive and Red Bay) and one native shrub (Yellow Anise) I purchased transplanted well and now are thriving at my home.
If you have an opportunity to visit in person, I must share - not only will you enjoy meeting Debbie and Jim and strolling around the beautifully groomed grounds but also take time to talk to Buddy, a most intelligent macaw, who plays catch with special dexterity. Stop and visit for awhile. You will leave feeling refreshed and satisfied with your purchase. I guarantee it!
I forgot how I found their website but I'm sure glad I did! Got some selections that I had not been able to find for my wildlife garden. Will keep checking back for more! And their customer service can't be beat.
On Nov 18, 2009, wegrowit Marietta United States wrote:
Over the years I have purchased rare plants from Nearly Native Nursery like Florida Yew and Alabama Phlox. Every time I visit Nearly Native Nursery I have to give myself extra time. I like to wander their garden and see the plants in different stages of their growth. It you are plant person like me. Roaming their nursery and garden and seeing their collection of plants stirs some primordial instinct in me to want to plant something. You can tell Jim and Debbie are passionate about their nursery and garden. In their garden you can smell the fragrant foliage of the Stinking Cedar and buy one. You can see the different species of native phlox and trilliums in bloom and buy them. You can see in one acre more rare and beautiful native plants than any botanical garden. Even if you order on line, this place you have to come and visit.
I made the 30 mile drive to NNN from my home in Atlanta for the first time this weekend & am so glad that I did! The selection of plants was amazing & I feel grateful to have access to such a great resource, especially in this day when independent nurseries are closing or drastically cutting back on their offerings.
Brian & Jim were incredibly helpful & knowledgeable & spent the time to help me get the right plants. My excitement at discovering such a great new nursery was only surpassed by that of my 6 year old son, who loved Jim's collection of snakes & the time he got to spend holding them & learning about them. NNN is the antithesis of the big box experience -- a very special place for those who love plants.
On Nov 16, 2009, BlueJay32 Havre De Grace, MD wrote:
Nearly Native Nursery is everything the big box stores are not. An outstanding list of plant material. Ordered and received a native Stewartia from Jim. A totally wonderful experience from start to finish. You will not find friendlier service. I am now a customer for life!
Posted on March 23, 2009, updated October 26, 2009
I've ordered from Nearly Native Nursery several times over the past few years and always been happy with their selection and service. My latest shipment arrived in perfect condition a couple weeks ago. The plants are big and healthy. It's a great place to locate hard-to-find natives.
On October 26th, 2009, JiminRingoes added the following:
I ordered three Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. harperii (Callaway Ginger) ... and received four. It seems I had miscalculated the shipping and slightly overpaid. I'm very happy with the way Deb handled this. This is one of my favorite nurseries for native plants; I'll certainly be ordering again.
On Oct 23, 2009, sherranbar White Bluff, TN wrote:
These people are the real deal: (1) knowledgeable, (2) helpful, (3) wonderfully pleasant. I ordered by phone (they have no online purchasing protocol on the site), and I learned a lot just chatting. Because they specialize in native plants, I got a lot of useful info just chatting during the ordering process. The plants (3 small trees, 4 ft. or less in height) arrived in perfect condition and so well packaged that even if UPS had ignored all the arrows and smiley faces and "this end up" postings, the plants would have been fine. The cardboard box was obviously built around the 3 trees, and each plant was carefully taped to the interior of the box! The prices for my trees were more than fair. I'm a fan!
I ordered some needle palms (rhapidophyllum hystrix) from Nearly Native Nursery this fall. The palms were very healthy and large (especially considering that rhapidophyllum is a slow growing plant). The communication was also very pleasant. I would definitely order from Nearly Native Nursery again.
I received my plants in a very short time. I was even told when they would arrive so that I was ready for them.
They looked very good to begin with, (I liked their original way of packing them), and they appear to be doing well in the locations that I set them. I had ordered four Calycanthus.
I would highly recommend this nursery, even though my experience is limited, they delivered a great product.
NNN is an outstanding profesional nursery, i have purchased from them, two years now, their packaging is really great, plants are protected from rough handling and tossing around, the plants are great specimens that for me, have frozen greenry off and they still comeback in a few weeks, great job, jim and debi, i wish you a great year, carl j brewster, brockton, ma.
* they were informative and took a lot of time explaining things
* comprehensive selection of plants
* when talking about our school garden, the owners were interested, helpful and even donated seeds! Thanks.
* the lay-out of the nursery, the many paths that lead through the area make it a place one wants to spend time in
* the three parrots that live on the premises during day time are worth a visit, too!
After working in my yard for 4 hours, I decided to make a Sunday afternoon drive down to Fayetteville, about 45 miles away. I am so glad I did. I had my heart set on buying a bigleaf magnolia. Jim greeted me in the garden and started showing me around. When I told him where I wanted to plant this magnolia, he gently steered me in a slightly different direction. I listened to his advice and bought a magnolia ashei instead. Jim made a few suggestions about some plantings in other parts of my yard, spending over an hour with me. I am pleased with my purchases, thrilled with the customer assistance and service, and looking forward to my next trip.
What a delightful experience when my friend and I drove over from Barnesville. Jim Rodgers made us feel as if we had known him for years. He was so helpful and knowledgeable answering our questions and offering advice about plants we already had. It was a treat just to walk around looking at the plants.
I can assure you we shall return soon with other gardening friends.