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|On Jun 16, 2015, streborem New Richmond, WI wrote:
I ordered for the first time this year. When my plants came I got 3 of the 4 that I ordered. He never once emailed me to tell me one was not available. Then he sends me one of the cone flowers that is only 4" at the tallest. Yep $12.33 for something that is barely alive. I wrote him and never a response. Pete does not care about his customers only his pocket book!
|On May 30, 2015, vano915 Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:
I ordered $160 worth of plants from this company. They looked iffy when they arrived, but I waited to see if they'd recover. They didn't. I'm an experienced gardener, and I did not kill the plants. I emailed the company twice, but got no response for over a week. I was then told that the plants were only guaranteed at the time of delivery. So if they were damaged during the delivery process, but were not yet dead when they arrived, they weren't guaranteed!
On May 30, 2015, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On May 30, 2015 5:45 PM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
Plants delivered were of very good quality and according to your email arrived in good condition.
|On May 15, 2015, Canarykeeper Menlo, IA wrote:
I have to give this company a negative. I read that they try to please their customers and give a 100% guarantee. And yet, they totally ignored my email. I purchased a few plants from them last year, and 2 plants rated to my zone died in the winter. Yet another company that does not rate planting zones properly. How rude for them to just ignore my question.....100% no guarantee. Buy at your own risk.
|On May 13, 2015, livingJazzy Eagle, WI wrote:
Posted on May 7, 2014, updated May 13, 2015
On May 13th, 2015, livingJazzy changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
I have been meaning to update my rating for a long time now. I wouldn't want people to be mislead by my comments.
There are alot of things I really do like about this company like selection prices and website. However, I will not be purchasing plants from here ever again.
As I stated, I have shopped at Alot of places for plants, including places that ship plants in bags with tiny seedlings for plants. I have had a much much better out come with All of these companies at the end of the day.
For whatever reason the plants at this company didn't make it. Most of them died. They were lovely and big when they arrived but most died. It is a mystery what the problem was with these perrenials.
All of the shrubs I bought did not die. So getting shrubs here is Not a bad idea.
This company does not offer a guarantee for this circumstance thats why I will not longer shop here or recommend it.
I was so so thrilled with this company but at the end of the day I'm out alot of money and effort.
|On May 5, 2015, ytram Kalamazoo, MI wrote:
I ordered "18" Echinacea plants @ $13.00 each. When the carton arrived it had NO packing to hold the plants, and some plants were laying on top of others. Only THREE were about 12 to 15 inches high. The rest of them were tiny little just started growing plants 2-3" high.
On May 5, 2015, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On May 8, 2015 9:33 AM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
I did send you an email stating we would not offer you a refund or replacements because it has been 2 years since we delivered your plants. Your plants were delivered 4/29/2013. It is now May 8, 2015."
|On Jun 18, 2014, jennwv11 FALLING WATERS, WV wrote:
I ordered 6 Red Supertunias, 6 Royal Velvet Supertunias, and some perennials for my garden. At the time of order, they asked me when I wanted them shipped so I highlighted the next week(meaning immediately/sometime within the next week). It took over two weeks, close to 3 weeks for me to receive them. I really think that it would probably have taken longer but I emailed Pete and asked when I could expect my order. I got my order at the end of that week. The problem that I have is with 6 Red Supertunias and Coreopsis Star Cluster. 4 out of the 6 Red Supertunias were wavy or another kind of petunias. I have planted Red and Royal Velvets since I moved into my house so after 10 years, I think I could tell the difference!!! I ordered from Pete because my local nurseries didn't have them for some reason or they already sold them out. I took pictures and sent them to Pete and he told me they were Supertunias and he would not refund or replace them. About a week ago, my Coreopsis flowered...and it was not Star Cluster but a yellow Coreopsis which I don't know the name of. Because of my experience with first order from them, I don't think I will order from newgardenplants.com again. I will continue to order from Romence Gardens who offer better service all around.
|On Apr 29, 2014, Sequoiadendron4 Lititz, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I placed an order for 4 plants. They sent me 4 plants plus a bonus plant. One of the plants I ordered has promptly died and another wasn't something I even ordered but 'subbed' since what I ordered was now unavailable. I don't appreciate being 'subbed' a plant without prior knowledge. They never contacted me saying it was unavailable and I still haven't heard from them after emailing them my displeasure about this. Another of the plants I ordered has a NOID plant growing in the middle of it. I'm not sure if it's a weed or not but I'm letting it grow to find out. Packaging was terrible as all the plants were in the bottom of the box but there was no padding or protection if the box had been turned upside down in shipping. I'm certain I would never buy from this company again.
|On Sep 8, 2013, prismperfect Silver Lake, OH wrote:
I ordered two hibiscus plants from them on Jul 14th ($32 shipped). They arrived on 7/23. They were packed well and smaller than I expected, I was hoping for them to be a little more mature, but we planted them the same day. Within a few days we noticed something was definitely wrong. The leaves started dropping off both, and the plants started to shrivel and droop. We made sure we were watering them correctly, they got the sun they required, we're in the right hardiness zone.
On Sep 8, 2013, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On Jan 19, 2014 11:27 PM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
Sorry, I had to put the business on the back burner last summer and fall. After 18 months I have finally completed building a new home for my family in which I decided to do some of the work myself, including the general contractor. It was quite overwhelming and a lot more work than I had imagined.
|On Jul 27, 2013, iykim Hillsborough, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
Posted on July 27, 2013, updated July 27, 2013
On July 27th, 2013, iykim added the following:
I read more reviews for New Garden Plants, and I have to agree with other reviewers who gave Pete a negative review in that there is absolutely ZERO communication if there is anything wrong with your order. Most positive reviews were from those who had received all live and healthy plants. My first order experience with them was fine because all plants from that order came alive. That's why I decided to order from them again. With the dead nemsias and no customer service, I will not order from them again. If you are OK receiving some dead plants and not getting any customer service for that issue, they are an OK nursery to order from. But if you expect customer service, no way no how.
On Jul 27, 2013, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On Jan 19, 2014 11:31 PM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
Sorry, I had to put the business on the back burner last summer and fall. After 18 Months I have finally completed building a new home for my family in which I decided to do some of the work myself, including the general contractor. It was quite overwhelming and a lot more work than I had imagined.
|On Jun 28, 2013, jvfnyc New York, NY wrote:
Upon receiving my plants, I noticed right away that one of them looked sickly (yellow and limp). I flagged it up to them via email and was told I ought to fertilize - which I did. The third plant is dead now and the company didn't respond to my email or a phone call. Only after I said I would dispute the charge through my credit card company did I get a response. There are too many good nurseries out there to put up with this poor customer service.
|On May 17, 2013, Thumperbuni Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I am not the sort to give anyone a negative review but my dealings with New Garden Plants had to be told to warn others of making the same mistake I made. I had ordered or received quite a few items from NGP none of which were in impeccable shape upon receipt. The ones that really concerned me were the three (3) Silene Druett's Variegated Campion that were subpar to say the least but one was a little worse than the others. I figured with a little tlc they would all pull through and went ahead and planted them in the same garden bed. It has only been about a week and the worse plant received has completely rotted away while the others are doing fine. I contacted Pete via phone message and via e-mail twice regarding this matter, I would have left him another phone message but his mailbox was actually full! Needless to say I have not received any contact back from him at all. This is completely unacceptable if you are running your own business. His website states "100% guarantee, a 100% NO HASSLE GUARANTEE", which means 100% absolutely nothing to me since it has been a complete hassle and I am extremely dissatisfied. I will NEVER buy from him again and I pursuade others on This site to think twice before doing so! And if anyone of my gardening friends asks me to recommend an on-line mail order nursery, the first thing I would tell them is to go to Romence Gardens because they are absolutely wonderful in every way. And the second thing I would tell them is to avoid New Garden Plants like powdery mildew!!
|On Jan 9, 2013, Owliphant wrote:
Everything customer CarlaSue said is ditto from me. Pete only answered one of my emails, but subsequently didn't honor what that email promised, a replacement of an indistinguishable moldy plant. The packing is a little haphazard, and I've been able to live with that for the most part, but one thing I canNOT live with, aside from broken promises and failure to respond to emails, is to be served a substitution plant after clearly specifying I didn't want any substitutions. Too much lack of communication going on with Pete, and when in his only reply to me he said his family had taken an impromptu vacation and that's why he hadn't gotten back to me earlier, how could I help but wonder if that was true? Even if it was true, shouldn't he have contacted customers about it?
On Jan 9, 2013, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On Jan 19, 2013 8:47 PM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
Owliphant, my apologies i am tring to locate who you are. I was unaware you did not get the replacements. I did not take care of your issues and that is my mistake. I would like to make this right with you, please contact me. Pete VanDer Kolk (NewGardenPlants.com)"
|On Jun 28, 2011, lorang Mount Vernon, SD wrote:
I placed my order early in March to make sure I would get the plants in case they would run out. I emailed them back to move my order up 15 days to the 15 of May. I replyed severals times to them to see if they got my email, and they never returned with a answer,I finally called them and they were not even sure about my order even though they had already run payment on my credit card. When they found my order I was told I would receive extra flower for the mistake, And I did and it was probably the best looking flower in the bunch. When I opened the box I was very disappointed in the flowers. Alot of them were broken, some were very small plants nothing like the picture they show with the tape measure, Dried out plants just not good looking plants at all. I will not order from them again.
|On Jun 5, 2011, carlasue Plainfield, IN wrote:
On Jun 5, 2011, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
"On Apr 3, 2012 11:52 PM, NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants) responded with:
I am disappointed that carlasue had a bad experience with NewGardenPlants. We do our best to please all of our customers. I'm not sure why she would go out of her way to personally attack me. As she stated, I did offer to totally refund her. "