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Positive LuvinNascar3
(5 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2002, LuvinNascar3 wrote:

I have ordered from many companies over the Internet and find Dutch Garden one of my favorite.

Neutral MaryArneson
(14 reviews)
On Jan 1, 2002, MaryArneson Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I've been ordering from Dutch Gardens for years and have been impressed with the good prices and the nice size of the bulbs. In the Fall of 2001, though, the catalog suddenly reverted to erroneous hardiness listings that they had corrected many years ago. All the tulips were listed optimistically as Zone 3, no daffodil or narcissus was listed at higher than Zone 4, Eranthis, oxalis, English bluebells, and Grecian Windflowers (certainly Zone 5 or 6) were listed as Zone 3. Anemone coronaria, ranunculus, calochortus, cyclamen, and ixia, which are very tender, were listed as Zone 4. I decided not to order anything, since that sort of sloppiness, when the previous year's catalog had given correct information, suggested a big fall-off in quality.

Positive orionfarms
(7 reviews)
On Dec 30, 2001, orionfarms Linden, VA wrote:

Based on my sister's glowing recommendation, we ordered and planted 50 Daffodils, 55 Tulips, 300 Grape Hyacinths, 20 Bronze Beauty Irises, 25 Guinea Hen Flowers, 100 Ixia, 5 Milano Lilies, and a Glory of the Snow Collection from Dutch Gardens. They were all received in a timely manner, well-packed, and in excellent condition. Dutch Gardens has the best catalogue around, and their prices are very low for the quality of items offered. We couldn't be happier with these bulbs and intend to place more orders with them in the future!

(8 reviews)
On Dec 8, 2001, MORNINGGLORY Montrose, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:


Neutral mikepiper
(20 reviews)
On Nov 29, 2001, mikepiper Circleville, OH (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have ordered in the pass, didn't have great sucess with the tulips. Daffodils did great. A little pricey I think for what you get.

Negative psthorpe
(1 review)
On Oct 1, 2001, psthorpe wrote:

Our state-wide association has ordered bulbs from this company for years. Since the change in company personnel and policy we have had a terrible time dealing with them. It took their accounting department over 6 months to straighten our bill out. What a mess! I am afraid they have taken a turn for the worse.

Positive jeanettepryor
(9 reviews)
On Sep 1, 2001, jeanettepryor Lone Tree, CO wrote:

This year I ordered my spring flowering bulbs from Dutch Gardens. My Dutch Garden order came two weeks ago and I was able to take advantage of the great warm weather to dig up places for the HUMONGOUS bulbs that came for the tiny, blooming daffodil collections. The bulbs were larger than expected for the daffodils; all the others looked very healthy and of good size. Each pack came with a colorful picture of the flower on the sack, complete with great planting instructions, that when combined with the wonderful catalog, gives more than adequate information for the placement, bloom times, and moisture requirements of the different bulbs. If I have any more space, I would definitely order from them again. The biggest savings is in time and travel. You don't have to go all over town checking out nurseries or other suppliers like the Big Box stores. So you can design your garden additions and then just order. And Dutch Gardens sends you a confirmation card so you recheck your order.

Negative rosemarysmith
(3 reviews)
On Jul 1, 2001, rosemarysmith wrote:

I think Dutch Gardens has gone way downhill. Our garden club has ordered from them for many years and the last two orders (and my last) were poor quality. One box even had some insects I could not identify and I sent them an email - no response whatsoever. I was disappointed with the last two orders and I'll not order from them again. Their catalog, however, is a great reference tool.

Positive tducharme
(2 reviews)
On Mar 1, 2001, tducharme wrote:

I placed a large order with them and received healthy and good sizes bulbs and tubers. I will order from them again.

Positive marciedlowe
(2 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2001, marciedlowe Philadelphia, PA wrote:

…Dutch Gardens products were wonderful and I will definitely order from them in 2001.

Positive martyjuliecole
(1 review)
On Jan 1, 2001, martyjuliecole wrote:

I am a landscaper and order from this company. They are great. The quality of bulbs is unsurpassed along with the price. I can buy wholesale at a fraction cheaper than them but I like the way the catalog and packaging comes. I even recommend at my seminars people look no farther than Dutch Gardens for bulbs.

Positive JaneSnellman
(3 reviews)
On Sep 1, 2000, JaneSnellman wrote:

I got bulbs from them with some friends from work, to get a large combined order. I was very pleased. Bulbs were of good size, fresh and firm.

Negative clwiesinger
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 2000, clwiesinger wrote:

I was very disappointed with the perennials I received. One out of six Siberian Iris grew, the Solomon's Seal was a bust, so was the hosta. White Bleeding Heart was blooming within two weeks. I think the biggest problem was the amount of time it took for my order to get to me, by the time it arrived the plants were mostly moldy. And the Siberians were the smallest things I have ever planted. I currently have a credit and I am going to purchase bulbs ONLY. I was very disappointed as their catalog is great.

Negative bryanberger
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 2000, bryanberger wrote:

Guess I'm the only one with bad luck from Dutch Gardens. Ordered large amount of bulbs approx 5 years ago - was almost a complete failure, whileTulips, daffodils, and crocuses bought locally were a spectacular sight.Company was excellent on giving complete refund. Two years ago sent in another large order along with a friend (who can resist the pictures in a beautifully illustrated catalog?), some tulip bulbs showed signs of mold but were firm and planted anyway. A friend received two bags of mush, which were replaced so late in the season our ground had already frozen. Next spring had 5 out of 30 fringed tulips bloom, only half of mywhite and pink tulips came up and bloomed and not one of 60 yellow tulips showed an appearance. And yet again the locally bought tulips which were planted in nearby beds of the exact same composition and relative location were beautiful. Other bulbs were again a disaster and my friend fared worse than I with hers. Yes we live in a high mountain valley, but when cheap local varieties outdo dutch gardens we won't be ordering from them again soon. Still love looking through their catalog if only…

Negative Anonymous
(22 reviews)
On Apr 1, 2000, Anonymous wrote:

As for Dutch Gardens, I've been disappointed (mismarked merchandise, poor performance) and If I'm going to dig hundreds of holes each fall, I certainly will stick with the company that gives me a beautiful plant in each spot.

Positive dlubin
(1 review)
On Mar 1, 2000, dlubin wrote:

I have ordered from this company to add to my daffodil collection and I have had the most wonderful success with all the bulbs and a glorious Spring garden this year. I can not attest to any other plant except daffodils , which I will use this company again for bulbs this Fall.

Positive robindurham
(3 reviews)
On Mar 1, 2000, robindurham wrote:

I ordered over 100 bulbs from Dutch Gardens last year -- glory-of-the-snow, crocuses, dwarf irises, daffodils, hyacinths, and grape muscari. The catalog had excellent pictures and the prices were quite reasonable compared to other places. The bulbs were in good health upon arrival. Customer service gave me some suggestions for protection against rodents and very helpful planting advice. The only bulbs which didn't come up very well were the dwarf irises and a few hyacinths. They gave me credit with no questions asked. The successful flowers were enormous and beautiful and blooming well after my neighbors' flowers had given out. I think they are worth recommendation.

Neutral sara937
(5 reviews)
On Sep 1, 1999, sara937 wrote:

While the bulbs I received from this year were in mostly good shape (out of a box of about 100 tulip, hyacinth, and daffodil bulbs, I had about 5 moldy or otherwise unplantable ones) I did have a big complaint about their service. My bulbs were shipped, from Holland, in mid October -- and then took four weeks to be delivered! By that time, my yard was so soggy there is little hope of getting more than a handful of the bulbs in the ground. They may have shipped the bulbs at the appropriate planting time for my area -- but they certainly didn't take into account how long shipping would take!

Positive LaurelSetser
(5 reviews)
On Feb 1, 1999, LaurelSetser wrote:

I have been ordering from Dutch Gardens for over 10 years now. I notice their tulip prices have gone up a little but still a good buy. I have had pretty good luck with their perennials. Had 3 rodgersias that died but they replaced them and were very nice about it. The only minor flaw I can think of, sometimes they ship things a little too early for my zone.

Positive lorrainefeather
(4 reviews)
On Feb 1, 1999, lorrainefeather wrote:

My results were better [than Van Bourgondien] with the bulbs I ordered from Dutch Gardens…

Positive barbaravanac
(2 reviews)
On Feb 1, 1999, barbaravanac wrote:

I was extremely pleased with the Bulb order I received from Dutch Gardens in fall of 1998. One thing that pleased me was the size and health of the bulbs. Another was that I got the number of bulbs I ordered plus extra, smaller bulbs, and double daffodils, for the already economical price. The third thing that pleased me was that the bulbs came early so they were able to get well established before winter.

Positive GregHale
(7 reviews)
On Jan 1, 1999, GregHale Kent, OH wrote:

I ordered 4 hostas - all were received in good condition. Each had 2 or more eyes. Price was good too. Will order what I can from them this year.

Positive tamaradormer
(1 review)
On Jan 1, 1999, tamaradormer wrote:

I have been ordering from Dutch Gardens since 1983 and have been pleased for the most part with their bulbs. They are definitely the most economical, make few (actually can't remember any) order mistakes. About the only thing negative I have to say is that the perennials I've ordered through them have usually not grown/lived, so I usually avoid. I would guess 70-85% of their bulbs do well/bloom.

Positive pamharney
(1 review)
On Oct 1, 1998, pamharney wrote:

I was very pleased with Dutch Gardens prices and packaging and health of bulbs. Easy to read growing instructions. The bulbs arrived in clean boxes and in good condition. I could fine no other catalog, bulb or flower that could beat their price. They are willing to sent the bulbs and give you a chance to see them before you have to paid the invoice.

Neutral kirstenconover
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 1998, kirstenconover wrote:

Just wanted to let you know that I ordered bulbs this year from Dutch Gardens--I've heard good things about them BUT imagine my surprise when the gladiolas I ordered that were supposed to be blue, lavender and purple came up bright yellow and red!

Positive dawnsutherland
(2 reviews)
On Jul 1, 1998, dawnsutherland wrote:

I have ordered from Dutch Gardens for several years. Bulbs are great and the perennials have been good quality and vigorous growers. My only disappointment was with a tall bearded iris order. The ones that arrived were of good quality. When I called and reported some seemed to be missing, their representative seemed unconcerned. Nonetheless, I would definitely order from them again.

Positive tedneff
(1 review)
On Mar 1, 1998, tedneff wrote:

A co-worker recommended Dutch Gardens to me. I placed an order for somewhere around 300 daffodils and tulips. They were HUGE bulbs, and not a sign of mold on one of them! If that wasn't enough, their prices were very competitive with all the other companies I had dealt with and they had the same type of guarantee (replace or refund, your choice). Everything looked just great the following season. I continued to look to their catalogue before I ordered anything from someone else. They have terrific oriental and Asiatic lilies as well--do wish they had more perennials. I have ordered (in lesser quantities) from them every year--I don't think you can beat their price and size--and wrote to them just once a couple of years back. I had ordered some bulb that was offered in groups of three. I told them that of all the bulbs I had ordered in previous years, this was my only "loss". Out of a group of 3 bulbs, 1 had failed to bloom. Actually, I meant it as a compliment-not a complaint. They turned around and sent me 3 bulbs as a replacement. How can you possibly beat that?

Positive scolejp
(4 reviews)
On Mar 1, 1998, scolejp wrote:

I have ordered from Dutch Gardens and have nothing but high praise for the company their product and their service. The bulbs were of very high quality and when I did have a problem they offered me money back or re-ship. I have also ordered from wayside Gardens and the former opinion refers to them as well. I have recently ordered from a web site Farms, Wonderful web site all hostas. don't know about their product yet. I didn't see them on your list. You can print their list and or their directory if toy choose.

Positive lauracooper
(2 reviews)
On Feb 1, 1998, lauracooper wrote:

The bulbs I ordered from Dutch Gardens were smaller in size [than WFF], but I couldn't tell a difference in their bloom quality, both were the same…

Positive revathinaras
(2 reviews)
On Jan 1, 1998, revathinaras wrote:

Others have already mentioned their healthy supply and wonderful service. An additional note : I ordered their Eenie Weenie daylilies from their spring catalog for my container planting in Spring 97. It bloomed okay, and I was content until I found that Oakes daylilies ship really huge plants! So I don't think I'll get daylilies from Dutch Gardens again. Someone else had mentioned about the Dahlia nightmare in window boxes - yep , it happened to me too - grew too tall and didn't flower! But overall, I've been pleased with their stuff and hope to order regularly from the - esp. the tulips, daffodils, scilla etc.

Positive Tracy278
(4 reviews)
On Jan 1, 1998, Tracy278 wrote:

A really good bulb company (mail order) is Dutch Gardens - huge bulbs, very fresh and at a fair price. And Dutch Gardens has an excellent catalog - gorgeous photos and lots of info.

Positive alia
(2 reviews)
On Sep 1, 1997, alia wrote:

Of all the bulbs I've ordered, the ones at Dutch Gardens stand out in their size and health. The daffodils I received were almost obscenely large -I was shocked and amazed at the number of noses on those monsters. The tulips were very plump and cute, the crocus and snow glories exceptional, and the summer snowflakes absolutely beautiful. The packaging was very good, with very little shipping damage. The prices are the best for this level of quality; I paid lots more for lots less, elsewhere. I'll definitely order from them again.

Positive JeanClaudeZe
(3 reviews)
On Apr 1, 1997, JeanClaudeZe wrote:

For bulbs use Dutch Gardens.

Positive alan_r_6
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 1996, alan_r_6 wrote:

Although you will not find many of the new and "fancy" bulbs I find that Dutch gardens has the best prices and I have never been dissatisfied with the product.

Positive croton2
(2 reviews)
On Apr 1, 1996, croton2 wrote:

I've also been ordering with a group of friends (to get the 10% discount) from the Dutch Gardens catalog. I was very pleased this spring with the show produced from their bulbs. The only bulbs that failed were ones that were iffy for my zone anyway on top of one colder than usual winter. I've put in quite a few spring bulbs from their catalog and the liatris, the lilies and the gladiolus nanas are all beginning to come up already. You can't beat their prices and their product is extremely reliable.

Positive patm
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 1996, patm wrote:

I have been ordering spring flowering bulbs from them for years now and have always gotten top-rate merchandise. Daffodils are often triple nose. One year, a giant alliums did not bloom but that was so long ago, I can't remember whether they replaced it or refunded the money. In any case, I've never been dissatisfied. Recommend highly.

Positive jerip
(2 reviews)
On Apr 1, 1996, jerip wrote:

I placed my first Dutch Gardens order last summer with a group of my new neighbors. This made for lots of fun, the ability to share larger savings, and some freebies as well. The bulbs arrived on schedule and were beautiful--large and no moldy ones. Better than any I've ordered before--even ones I selected and shipped on a trip to Holland! Here in the Chicago area we've had a strange spring and I was concerned about the failure of my crocus to emerge, even though the tulips were getting close to bloom. Lo and behold--today they showed themselves. By my count almost everything is up (barring some doffs in the cold and damp northern extremes of the yard) and looking good--even after the record cold wave, a dry winter and a wet spring. I'll order here again!

Positive dangates
(1 review)
On Mar 1, 1996, dangates wrote:

Made my phone order early Feb., they sent a mail notice of the shipping date, I received the order and the bulbs were great, no mold, no rot and several had good new growth. One substitution, ten tiger lily replacing 5 tenuifolium lily, which I didn't mind. I also ordered 25 liatris spicata and the stock was great. Hard to beat the quality, prices, good growing tips and a beautiful catalog.

Positive danadams
(2 reviews)
On Feb 1, 1996, danadams wrote:

My Father-In-Law first turned me on to Dutch Gardens, shortly after his eldest daughter and I tied the knot. Thirteen years and three homes later, we are still ordering our bulbs and perennials from these nice people, and have yet to experience and unresolvable problem yet. You see, the material we receive is usually very, very good, and even the one or two times it hasn't been, a call to Dutch Gardens Customer Service has corrected the problem with minimal effort or loss of planting time. In general, Dutch Gardens merchandise is large and healthy; in particular, I believe Dutch Gardens's daffodils and lilies are among the finest anywhere. I heartily recommend this company to both experts and novices alike.

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