As a first-time customer, I have only great things to say about this company. To begin with, the selection of plants offered is incredible. I found things I had been looking for, for years - and other things I didn't even know about before visiting their site. When I called with a slew of questions, they could not have been more helpful and friendly. It was immediately evident that their customers truly matter to them. After placing my order, my plants quickly arrived (I couldn't believe how quick) and I was astounded by the quality of them all. I've been gardening for years and I've never purchased such beautiful, healthy-looking plants - they took my breath away! All the way around, it was an excellent experience. So without a doubt, I would recommend Nearly Native, just as they were recommended to me.
Debi was ready and waiting with my (somewhat unusual) order for a nature center garden renovation. NNN is the go-to place for native plants -- including the grasses I wanted for this renovation that will become a demonstration garden. Information, questions answered thoroughly and cheerfully, top-quality plant stock: these are the hallmarks of every experience I've had at NNN.
Posted on March 16, 2012, updated May 9, 2012
I've been purchasing native bushes, trees etc. for some time and have bought from several different nurseries. Nearly Native certainly ranks as my #1 or #2 choice depending on what plant I'm looking for and if they carry it. Their customer service was fantastic, the lead times were short and the manner in which they package their plants is extremely well thought out. The method by which they protect there plants during shipping enables the plants to get to your location with nothing more than a bud or 2 missing, if that. From a person who's been shipping products for many years, kudos to Nearly Native in this regard. This first time customer will most definitely be making further purchases in the future. My plants look healthy, are popping out nicely and were in great condition when received.
On May 9th, 2012, FlyPoison added the following:
Update - 5/9/12: Since planting 1 Silky Dogwood, 1 Spicebush and 1 Painted Buckeye, all 3 have come out nicely w/ good growth. All 3 have also done so during the worst Spring drought in decades. Although I've watered them due to the extreme dryness, none have shown any sign of stress. Keep up the great work you all! I already have a list of plants for 2013:)
The azalea that I ordered from Nearly Native Nursery (Rhododendrum flammeum) arrived in excellent condition. The leaves were all healthy and the rootball was loose and ready to plant. The plant has adjusted to the somewhat dry ground under a gum tree beautifully. The person on the phone at the company was very friendly and answered all my new buyer questions. I am grateful for their service and will buy from them again!
A great place just to visit and learn about native plants from Jim and and Debi who are very helpful and knowledgeable. I took my daughter the first time I visited and she was really entertained by the macaws hanging out in the garden. They have a good selection of native plants that are well cared for and I left with a few plants I had forgotten I wanted to add to my collection. I highly recommend a visit there. It's a little out of the way for me but worth the trip.
A native plant mecca that is all about the plants. Primarily plants of the South Eastern United States. I am lucky enough to pass by the nursery on a semi-regular basis, and have purchased a considerable number of plants over the years. I always find something that has to follow me home. Good people with a true interest in the preservation of our native flora and fauna. I strongly recommend this business, for both the selection and quality of the plants.
These guys have a wonderful selection of native plants for the southeast. They have excellent customer service. The plants arrive in perfect condition, in better shape than if I had bought them just a few blocks away and drove them home myself. I am so glad to have found the Nearly Native Nursery!
A Nearly Native Nursery is more than a nursery, it is also a garden. You are able to see how a plant will look at its mature best in a garden setting. It is wonderful how full of wildlife the garden is, from monarch caterpillars to tree lizards, it really points out the message that planting natives is important. Being good stewards of the land isn't just about the land, it is also about being good stewards for the other living creatures that share the land with us. At A Nearly Native Nursery, they understand and practice truly good stewardship while providing others the opportunity to do the same. To them, I want to say, "Thank you, your hard work is appreciated". Karan
On Apr 12, 2012, dreamgreen Weaverville, NC wrote:
Very helpful. Quick response to questions. Received super beautiful needle palm packed with great care. Arrived in perfect condition and bigger than expected. Will absolutely order from this company again.
Plants arrived intact quite unlike other companies I have ordered from. They look great and are planted for years of enjoyment. I have wanted a Sweet Betsy (sweet shrub/carolina allspice) for a while now and wasn't able to find locally. Now I have one to bring back childhood memories!
I ordered two pipevines from Nearly Native Nursery. They responded to an e-mail inquiry quickly, shipped the items very fast, and the plants arrived in wonderful condition. In fact, I have only had them a week & they are already growing. I am extremely pleased with the quality, and would definitely order from them again. Highly recommended!!
What a grand experience! Found NNN via search engine, asked for help in native plant selection, and Debi very graciously went above and beyond. Ordered and was pleasantly surprised with time of delivery and with quality of the plants received. Hope to drive 135 miles to visit one day soon.
Natives are now dear to me, after realizing that (1) insects very heavily favor native species, (2) they lay eggs, which turn into larvae, almost exclusively on natives, (3) parent birds carry those larvae to feed their nestlings, (4) who grow into adults that we enjoy and count, and (5) who repeat the life cycle.
Concern for bird and butterfly populations is best served by raising native plants -- not by simply counting adults or birdwatching.
Posted on October 20, 2011, updated March 9, 2012
Posted on March 20, 2011, updated October 20, 2011
Posted on April 15, 2010, updated March 20, 2011
Plants arrived very quickly and in excellent condition. Really nice size and healthy. Packaging was excellent and super-friendly service. I will order from again. A+
On March 20th, 2011, agroff added the following:
This is my second year ordering from NNN and as before their online catalog is wonderful, the service is extremely friendly, and plants arrived quickly and are beautiful. They even called to offer me a peach-colored selection of their red buckeye that I didn't see on the website. All plants arrived healthy and their sizes were either as presented on the website or in many cases much larger than expected. As before, the packaging is excellent--there is no way those plants could shift around in those boxes! Needless to say I will order from NNN again. Thanks!On October 20th, 2011, agroff added the following:
I placed another order this fall, and again had a great experience. The quality of the plants is top-notch. If you are debating between a 1 gallon and a 3 gallon I recommend the 3 gallons--they are worth the extra cost and I am always surprised at what a nice size they are.
The staff is always very helpful and will share exactly how the plant was propagated, what region the seed or cutting came from, and their experiences with growing the plant. They have given me good advice on growing some of the ones that are marginally hardy to my region.
Highly recommended and now I have the winter months to plan what my spring order will be! :)On March 9th, 2012, agroff added the following:
Once again I am very happy with the plants and customer service. Delivery was fast, plants arrived in great condition. Online catalog is extensive and descriptions are very helpful. Lookin' forward to my next order with them! A+
On Mar 5, 2012, compost2day Suwanee, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
If you are into southeastern native plants, Spring ephemeral's, or just unique garden plants/shrubs/trees in general, this is the nursery for you. Great, down home, super knowledgeable customer service is the rule here. Excellent prices also. I visited this nursery with a group of Master Gardeners. They were impressed and you will be too! Make sure you introduce yourself to Buster. And be prepared to spend some time. Once you start looking around you will be at this nursery for a while.
We had a great experience visiting A Nearly Native Nursery. We stopped by there on a recent trip to Georgia because we were looking for a Carolina Allspice plant. Not only did we find our plant, but we spend a wonderful hour talking to the owner who is extremely knowledgeable. We made friends with the macaw "Buster" who was very social and friendly and we learned a lot about snakes and got to hold some of them. Even my 15 year old son thought it was a very fun and educational visit. We would recommend this place strongly and will definitely be back whenever we happen to be in Georgia again.
What a Nursery! At the dawn of our Independence our identity as a Nation started to form. With that, National pride, and with that, Civic pride. One of the first ways we as a nation began to celebrate in our own backyards was in the field of Horticulture, and most specifically through gardens and gardening. It wasn't long until plants and trees from all over began popping up in our own backyards... China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and even the middle-east. Over the years less and less attention was being paid to the by-products of all of these imported plants. We had them in our yards to express our own individual personalities as Gardeners. Once plants from hither and yon started identifying themselves as members of our society (naturalizing themselves) it became apparent that something needed to be done. Ever hear of Kudzu? How about Privet? Nandina? Elea(Ugly)gnus? Yep... They're all from somewhere else... Not here! Guess where they are now? In our forests... Oh yes, let's not forget Euonymous alata (Burning Bush) and Hedera helix (English ivy)... They too are in our woodlands-- Thanks to whomever, but let's not dwell on blame, or the past... Jim and Debi at Nearly Native Nursery in Fayetteville, Georgia have an oh so effervescent take on all of this.. Theirs? NEARLY native. What does that mean? It means NOT from hither and yon, but from places like Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, and SOUTHERN Georgia... That's right: Our own backyard! Why am I making a big deal of this? BECAUSE! These plants too, MANY of them-- are giving us the same BANG in our gardens and backyards just as the plants from hither and yon did, but without ALL of the problems ecologically!! HOW COOL is that, and HOW RESPONSIBLE is that? Besides, we are now supporting our own LOCAL economy! It couldn't get any better! And what a selection! What knowledge between the two of them-- Check them out for yourselves! You want something unusual for your backyard garden? Look no further than our own shores! Look to Nearly Native Nursery here in Georgia!! And to think I have a Stewartia monadelpha from Japan in my own backyard! How could that have happened? Simple, I fell in love with the genus Stewartia, and found it was not a likely candidate to be jumping over my fence and into my neighbors yard (like kudzu and many of the plants from hither and yon)...And I was much younger. A suitable local replacement from the same Genus? Yep, Stewartia malacodendron and if you are in northern Georgia, Stewartia ovata... Wonderful 'nearly natives'... the former you can purchase from NNN. The latter, since it doesn't thrive here in the Atlanta area is something they do not offer. Jim and Debi do not want to sell you something that is not able to thrive in our own backyards!! ...What a concept! I love 'em and have been a loyal customer since 2008.
I'm close enough that I could visit in person, and have done so more than once (and no doubt will again). This company is outstanding. In addition to the very large selection of native material (if not unmatched, then not surpassed), the owner is a true enthusiast for what he does (encourage the use of native plants) and he really knows his stuff. If you've got a question, you'll get an answer. I've talked to his wife on the phone and she is very helpful and friendly as well. All in all, a top shelf company. I love this place!!
Received my order today and am so very excited. The plants are huge and healthy looking! I know they get really good reviews here on DG, but I never dreamed the plants would look this good. The help with order selection was wonderful too - I spoke with someone very nice when trying to make my selections. Then today spoke with Jim as I had a couple of questions concerning planting. Super people!!! I'll definitely be ordering again :-)
On Nov 27, 2011, lgsinmccalla Birmingham, AL wrote:
Ordered by mail last winter and was pleased with quality of plants and careful packing. Recently visited nursery. Owners very informative. Good selection of plants. Was very pleased with purchases from the nursery.
On Nov 23, 2011, ohioseymour Greenhills, OH wrote:
We visited Nearly Native Nursery with our Georgia family recently and were very pleased with the layout of the nursery and with the knowledge of the folks who helped us and answered our numerous questions. We look forward to making a repeat visit in the future.
On Nov 16, 2011, J_Ander1560 GLEN MILLS, PA wrote:
It was a delight to do business with this company. This is my 5th year ordering from them and they have always had what I was looking for. The plants came when they said they would...quickly after they received my payment. Shipping and handling costs were fair for the size of the plants they sent. They were 4’ tall BIG healthy plants with large well developed root systems and well packaged with planting instructions. They gave me some free advice and took the time to explain to me how to improve the quality of my planting soil.
The mail order plant business probably can't be done much better than they do it. Without question, I give them a high marks and a salute for a job well done. Great customer service. High quality product.
The plants I have received have always been of the best quality that I would expect. The orders were handled quickly,professionally,and packaged well.I would not hesitate to order from them again or recommend them to others.
I purchased a Magnolia macrophylla from these nice people recently. I received the plant yesterday. It was in great condition. It was fresh, packaged securely, (no p'nuts also), and arrived in rapid order. UPS shipping was great, too.
I will surely tell all of my friends about this nursery.
On Oct 29, 2011, JerseyPiney Medford Lakes, NJ wrote:
We live on the edge of the pinelands in New Jersey and love using native plants in our landscaping. Jim & Debi provided us 3 hard-to-find specimens of dwarf chestnut oak at a reasonable price. The trees arrived in the mail in great shape on exactly the day forecasted. The Rodgers gave us lots of great advice and kept us fully informed of availability, shipping schedule, etc. via e-mail. It was very pleasant to work with nice people who obviously care about their work. We'll certainly order again by mail some time soon and look forward to visiting their garden in Georgia one day.
Posted on April 19, 2010, updated October 29, 2011
Posted on March 7, 2010, updated April 19, 2010
I am a fan of native plants, and was happy to find Nearly Native. I printed their entire catalog from their website. The first order was good, so I ordered again last December for January shipment. Our weather was unusually rainy, so I only got the Itea planted in timely fashion. They are thriving and most of the Georgia Savory are, too, although they had to wait in the packing much too long. I wish I were capable of driving there, but will mailorder again soon, as they are a pleasure to deal with.
On April 19th, 2010, 3catladybird added the following:
I ordered again, two Dusty Zenobia and a replacement plant for one of the Georgia Savory from the previous order. I told them it died because I was so tardy planting them due to constant rain. They didn't charge me for this replacement plant! I was so pleased. All the little shrubs from the three orders are now thriving.On October 29th, 2011, 3catladybird added the following:
I decided to extend the row of Georgia Savory and ordered 5 more plants. They are in the ground now and look good. They arrived so well packed this old lady had difficulty getting them unwrapped! I'm so pleased with the plants I have received from Nearly Native Nursery.
This is like a Toy Store for plant lovers, If you want to turn your Northern Georgia Garden into a Exotic Oasis, you will love this place... They are experts in Cold Hardy Exotic Plants/Palms...I was shocked that they knew every detail regarding the origin and maintenance of the plants.
This is the only place I could find my Magnolia macrophylla (Big leaf Magnolia). I also got a Live Oak from here which had done extremely well in Atlanta, the past two winters were very cold, everything is growing like crazy!!!
On Oct 21, 2011, alafia Jefferson, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
It was a delight to do business with Nearly Native Nursery. They had what I was looking for. The plants came when they said they would. They were healthy and well packaged. They gave me some free seeds of something that they did not have the size I asked for, and explained how to plant them. The mail order garden business probably can't be done much better than this. I give them a positive plus.
On Oct 21, 2011, BZaLes Grandview Heights, OH wrote:
For those interested in native plants, I strongly recommend Nearly Native Nursery. I have had the good fortune to both visit the nursery and receive mail order plants. Each time the experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I was particularly interested in species and cultivars of Phlox, of which the one of the owners is an expert. Not only was I able to obtain rare cultivars not offered elsewhere, but I was also able to obtain responsibly wild collected selections that are both botanically and horticulturally interesting. Their selection of other native plant taxa is also astounding, and if you don't see exactly what your looking for, it's a good idea to send them an email because you never know hat they might have in limited numbers.
It would be hard to find better customer service elsewhere, and I have visited many mail order, general retail, and wholesale nurseries across the country. For example, when I visited on busy Saturday during spring, one of the owners gave me a detailed tour of their extensive display gardens and nursery. It was a memorable experience. This attention to detail carries over into their shipping and handling process, and anyone ordering plants mail order are assured of receiving properly labeled plants in prime condition.
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 Aug 1, 2011, plntsrok Detroit, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on November 9, 2010, updated August 1, 2011
So far so good. However the real test will be next year when the lilies hopefully come up and bloom, (the bulbs looked good). Other than the fact that the whole place apparently closes up for a month in summer, (or at least they did this year I gather), and I therefore got no response to inquiries for a while, I found them very friendly and receptive over the phone. Also the shipping charge was not inflated, which is nice.
On August 1st, 2011, plntsrok added the following:
(8/1/2011) Well I was a bit disappointed in the plants this summer but I cannot say that it was the nursery's fault. we had a VERY rainy spring. Perhaps the bulbs will produce flowers next year.