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I placed an order for a variety of native shrubs and plants. I made a few changes via e-mail, all without a problem. When the plants were sent, I was told that they shipped me a less-expensive 1-gal Red Bay instead of the 3-gallon I had ordered because the 1-gallon was just about the same size - great service and a savings to me. Plants arrived within 2 days and were well-wrapped and in great condition. The bare root plants in particular were very full. Their web page is very informative and shows what they have in stock.
For my first order in Nov. 2012, I was very pleased with the size and quality of plants. An amazing listing of native trees, shrubs and plants that I have found nowhere else; and they are not 10 inch tree "starts".
Posted on December 6, 2011, updated November 19, 2012
I ordered for the first time from Nearly Native this fall. Was very impressed with the quality of the plants when they arrived. More mature than I thought they would be and packed very carefully. They have a laundry list of perennials that are native to the GA area and a wonderful variety of ferns. Love this place. Only wish you could order and pay online.
On November 19th, 2012, USMC2136994 added the following:
I ordered for the second time from Nearly Native Nursery and was very pleased with the plants I received. They were mature and packed very well. I really like ordering from Nearly Native and will continue to do so as I plant my GA woodland and rock gardens.
What a fantastic nursery! Jim & Debi are passionate about their plants and the preservation of our natural habitats. They're equally friendly and helpful. Highly recommend to the novice gardener and expert alike! Botany and biology teachers will find this place a rare jewel on the south side of Atlanta.
I spend about $500 in plants every year and I can tell for sure that nobody in Georgia has a native plant inventory like Nearly Native. Their plants are healthy and the prices are very fair. But the best part is the customer service. These guys walk way out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Jim, has an enormous encyclopedic knowledge and he provides great advice, he truly wants you to be happy with your purchase. I give them a 10 out of 10!
I've ordered three times from NNN, the most recent one my largest order yet. Each time has been a great experience, from the incredible personalized customer care from Jim and Debi, to the excellent condition in which the plants arrive (thanks to outstanding packaging, which protects both the plants and the roots). Although I'm a regular at the NC Botanical Garden, it has limited selections and sizes, so this is my go-to place for native plants!
On Oct 26, 2012, Dyerdigger Tyrone, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I went to Nearly Native Nursery with three plants on my want list and a few questions. I was assisted very quickly and my three plants were located and very good information about how to plant and how to use them was freely given. I also had some questions about some palms I was trying to grow and got a very much appreciated tour of the palms growing on site and lots of helpful instruction on how to deal with my baby palms. I throughly enjoyable and educational experience.
1. Nearly Native had many native shrubs that I was having trouble finding elsewhere at prices I could afford.
2. When there was one shrub I wanted, which they did not have, they tracked it down for me and sent it with the rest of my order.
3. When I caught a mistake on the invoice, they took responsibility for it and corrected it.
4. The plants arrived in great shape. I was impressed with their wrapping & packing procedure which kept the roots wet and the plants stable in their packages.
I would definitely order from them again.
On Sep 30, 2012, alicef PHILADELPHIA United States wrote:
Nearly Native had the difficult to find (almost impossible to find!) plants that we needed for a job. They sent gorgeous plants quickly and beautifully packed. Not a broken leaf in the bunch. They were delightful to work with- rounding up some plants we needed from a nearby grower, answering my questions and shipping immediately. I wish they were closer to my Pennsylvania location... so we could shop there all the time.
When we lost an apple tree to Fireblight 2 years ago we wanted to replace it with a native tree. We found Nearly Native Nursery on-line and visited. It was such a delight! We saw various trees we were considering, and finally selected a lovely Georgia Oak. Jim is extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and one of the friendliest people we have ever met. We have been back several times adding to our host of native species, most recently last Saturday. The nursery is one of the loveliest, most tranquil and satisfying places I know to visit. You feel you are visiting a garden rather than a commercial nursery. I just like visiting even when we don't buy anything! This is a must see place for anyone in the Atlanta area and probably the best source anywhere of Southeastern US regional native plants.
I was very pleased with my order from A Nearly Native Nursery. The customer service was fabulous, answering all of my questions over the phone and finding me exactly the plant I wanted. When it arrived, it was extremely well packaged and in excellent condition! I look forward to ordering from them again.
On Jun 7, 2012, midimartin3 Fayetteville, GA wrote:
Took my second journey through NNN today and once again walked away with a smile on my face and knowledge in my brain. The owners are incredibly nice and can answer any question that you may have about your plants and probably know the history of them as well. They are just full of amazing knowledge. Their plants are native to the area and they have plants that you don't see at other nurseries. It's worth going just to walk the grounds and explore their beautiful, healthy and bountiful garden. You won't want to leave! And then, they have a little store inside where they also sell various snakes. It's just such a creative, serene and beautiful place to be. Thanks!
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.
On May 9, 2012, FlyPoison Rock Hill, SC (Zone 7a) wrote:
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!!