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Free trees and plants?

Mount Prospect, IL(Zone 5a)

Free trees and Anyone hear of this? It was posted "somewhere" else. I went in on it and it said the things are free for postage, that they get discarded plants from nurseries and disabled people pack them and send them for postage only?????

Montezuma, NM(Zone 5b)

Looked interesting. Don't know anything about it personally but here's the link:

Hughesville, MO(Zone 5a)

Never heard of them before either and I'd check with the Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau before sending any money. If you happen to have a sheltered workshop near you they may know about it. We do, so I'll contact them soon. If it is on the up and up I'll order from them. I just hate to see anything go to waste if someone can use it.

The Dalles, OR(Zone 8b)

The shipping and handling seems a bit high for the number of perennials offered. You can buy those plants at a local nursery for the price they are charging for shipping... and you will be guaranteed of the quality if you pick them out yourself. It doesn't look like a good deal to me.

Shenandoah Valley, VA

You may want to do a search at gardenweb for posts on this place. Several people there posted about how disappointed they were in what they got.

I'm rather skeptic about this myself. If these are items that other nurseries are throwing away, then they must be partically dead or completely dead plants, otherwise, why would they be thrown out? What's wrong with em? Are they diseased? Questions to think about before purchasing plants from this company or any other companies along this line. Postage seems rather high as well, for what you get.

Hughesville, MO(Zone 5a)

I don't have a problem with the postage & HANDLING but I concerned about the condition of the plants/bulbs because they must be getting end of the season items or items not in good enough condition to sell so they give them away. I have purchased plants at Lowe's, etc. for nearly give away prices and most of the time they don't make it. That is why they were that cheap. Especially if they don't look very good in the first place.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Here is an article which originally was published in a May 2004 issue of the Chicago Tribune:

There's more threads asking about this business now -- those of you who have actually bought from them, please go to the Garden Watchdog and log your experience(s).

Woodridge, IL

Hi there. I'm new to DG, so I'm hoping that this post doesn't slip into cyberspace. I just wanted to tell you that there are other ways to get free trees. In fact I just got a free 10' Japanese White Clump Birch today. I was soooo happy to receive this, since I had to remove two mature trees from my lot a couple of weeks ago and was still mourning my loss. :( All I had to do was show up with a shovel and couple of extra-nice friends with a truck.

Anyway, there is a website called Craigslist and you can Google to see if you have on in your area. I'm in the Chicago area & my sister is in Bakersfield, CA, and she has access to one also. Craigslist serves several areas. CL has a link called "free stuff" and frequently people must get rid of trees, shrubs, etc. when they remodel, tear down a home, or put in a swimming pool. You must respond quicky however, because, as you would expect, lots of people are sometimes interested.

We frugalites have to stick together & spur one another on, so I thought I'd pass on this tip. Happy gardening... and tree planting!

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Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Great suggestion about Craig's List. I often check the Columbus, Ohio one. Another is where you can locate local lists. I've both given and received plants on it.

Crosbyton, TX(Zone 7a)

i agree with the postage being too high....did you look at the sale on parkwholesale....i ordered from them this weekend....i got 2 climbing roses, 4 guara,; 4 hardy geranium and the shippping was only 4.50 and the total for all was 31.00....that included shipping which i found very cheap....their sale was for up to 80% off....

Olympia, WA(Zone 8b)

My SCAM ALARM is going off LOUD and strong over this. Run, do NOT walk AWAY from this, IMHO.


San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

I ordered some hostas last year and they arrived just fine. Some part of the postage /handling fee supposedly goes as a stipend to the disabled workers.
This is not a terrific bargain place because the selection is always limited. Overall, I'm neutral.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

They are listed in the Garden Watchdog at -- If you've ordered from them, please be sure to add your rating to their page.

Ventura, United States(Zone 10b)

Nevermind -- the thread referred to was removed.

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I agree with the earlier mention of . I placed a FREE ad there and offered to trade, dig up and divide perennials. I got BOXES of free plants for the same amount of work I would have put into digging up and trading my own with the benefit of NO POSTAGE!!! There are some great stuff being given away, but like mentioned, you do need to check frequently and contact them FAST!!!

St. Louis County, MO(Zone 5a)

Make sure you supervise if you let someone dig, I listed a bed of old fashioned orange day lilies on our parking lot - free for the digging, CLEARLY marked off what shouldn't be dug, and darned if someone didn't dig up all the hibiscus, too. Grrrr.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Cathy, that would stink! I read a post in the "best of" section of last night that puts me in mind of your dilemma:


(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Oh man!!! that would be funny if it weren't so darn true. Certainly we have to be careful to monitor our gifts of freebies unfortunately.

Rockaway, NJ(Zone 6a)

ehm... 7.95 per plant isn't free. I can get trees and other plants for that elsewhere - from nurseries. This has got to be a scam.

Unfortunate, too, as they list 'giving disabled people jobs' as one of the reasons to shop with them.

West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

They still have a decent rating in the watchdog:

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

I wouldn't say it's a scam...It's not free or even good pricing when shipping's factored in, but it's not really a scam. It's a case of caveat emptor since there's a mixed bag of reviews at Garden Watchdog.

Dothan, AL(Zone 8b)

The Arborday Foundation has free trees with a $10 membership and no shipping or anything else to pay.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

Not everyone's been real happy with their Arbor Day experience:

Dothan, AL(Zone 8b)

I'v had very good luck with them.

Bay City, MI(Zone 6a)

I had great luck and have several trees growing around here from them!(arbor foundation that is)

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