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Positive pmabreu
(6 reviews)
On May 10, 2011, pmabreu Norton, MA wrote:

I ordered a Dove Tree, Sonoma variety, which are not easy to find, back in February. It was shipped exactly when I wanted it and arrived yesterday in good condition considering it went cross country, just needs some sun.
Lucile does an excellent job communicating with you, sending you a picture of the tree you ordered and giving you shipping status.
If you are looking for hard to find trees then this is the place to go.

Positive dave12122
(73 reviews)
On Apr 2, 2011, dave12122 East Haddam, CT wrote:

This is one of the few nurseries in the United States that has Daphne Briggs Moonlight in a 2 Gallon size. Postage, via Fed EX ground was a bit steep to Connecticut and I wish they also offered USPS Priority mail which I suspect might have been cheaper. Priority would also arrive within 2-3 days wheras FED EX ground took 8 days. Otherwise excellent communications. The owner even send me a photo of the actual plant for sale when I inquired about the size!

Positive Terry1
(4 reviews)
On May 5, 2010, Terry1 Mahopac, NY wrote:

From the initial conversation to the plants arriving this is a great nursery to deal with. I ordered two field grown plants and was very happy with the size of each. Both are late winter bloomers and I can't wait till next year to see them in bloom in Late Feb/Early March.

If you have been on the fence about buying from this company you should not, you won't be disappointed.

Positive tobydog60
(10 reviews)
On May 2, 2010, tobydog60 Omro, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Ordered 2 blackcurrant bushes from Whitman Farms this year. I'm very pleased with the plants. They are bareroot, and have many buds and a strong root system. Lucille was very pleasant to deal with. The bushes were shipped on time. Very good transaction. I highly recommend this company.

Positive cherryguy
(5 reviews)
On Sep 25, 2009, cherryguy San Francisco, CA wrote:

I ordered a white fruited mulberry from Whitman Farms last spring. It was a very smooth ordering process, a good price and a very nice tree. I was so mad at another mailorder place, which is why I signed up here, I forgot to add a positive review to a company that deserves it. The plant had berries and I discovered that I don't really like the taste of the white mulberries (no fault of the grower), but the birds do so I'll leave it.

Positive mwieder
(15 reviews)
On Jun 19, 2009, mwieder Beachwood, OH wrote:

Very satisfied with the entire process at Whitman Farms. Lucille was very patient with me, taking photos and letting me describe and pick my ideal specimen. She even went back for an extra round of photos to include a few more options and to thank her, I bought an extra 1 Gallon maple. The trees were shipped promptly and were well packed. The only hiccup was that one of the trees came with a 6" branch broken off, which was somewhat disappointing, but they were healthy and vigorous.
I would not hesitate to order from them again.

Positive pilgrim317
(6 reviews)
On Jun 12, 2009, pilgrim317 Inman, KS wrote:

This is my second time ordering currants and gooseberries from Lucile. Both experiences were fantastic. Everything arrived promptly and in good shape, and all four plants are already leafed out nicely in my berry patch. I appreciate her willingness to spend time recommending varieties.

Positive xenacrocker
(4 reviews)
On Jun 8, 2009, xenacrocker Silver Spring, MD wrote:

I too had a wonderful experience with Lucile. My little dwarf mulberry arrived well package with berries on it. It is thriving in my garden and I am very pleased. It was the perfect mother's day gift!

Positive my4444
(1 review)
On Jun 6, 2009, my4444 Freeport, IL wrote:

Lucile at Whitman Farms has great customer service. She promptly answered all my emails, sent pictures for me to choose from and delivered a full, healthy, beautiful Autumn Moon maple that looked better out of the box than any tree I could have picked up at the local nurseries. My tree was well packaged and came out of the box without a single leaf damaged. I am VERY happy with my purchase. I was impressed and will be back for more!

Positive esteve59
(38 reviews)
On Jun 4, 2009, esteve59 Annapolis, MD wrote:

As a repeat customer I am always impressed with the service I recieve from Lucile.
The prices and selection are great and packing is secure.
Very few nurserys take the time to send pictures which is a huge convience.
I ordered 1 gallon and 2 grafts ,and they arrived in perfect condition....all the way from Oregon to Maryland !!

Negative cecii
(2 reviews)
On May 25, 2009, cecii Gainesville, GA wrote:

I was excited to receive my order of three 1 & 2 gal. maples. I had read great feedback and spoke to the very nice & helpful owner. She emailed me pictures of the plants. Beautiful. However, when the trees arrived, 2 were grafts, the other a 1 gal. The tops of the grafts were crispy, all the leaves of the one gal. were brown and fell off within days. I did get a quick "I'm sorry" email, but that's it. I didn't get the impression that sending pictures of the trees out of the box would make an impression. Grafts aren't an appropriate fit into the planned area , so I am out $ and still need to replace with larger trees. I am very disappointed, I had intended to buy many more from the company.

On July 7th, 2009, cecii added the following:

For the record, I ordered by telephone no more than 10 minutes after I received the pictures. After several delightful phone conversations that day, I'm sorry not to be remembered as a she, not a he. However, since no one else has had such problems, hopefully it was an unusual issue. Still, at the end of the day, I'm out plants and dollars.
On May 25, 2009, Whitman Farms responded with:

"On May 25, 2009 4:16 PM, Whitman Farms responded with:

When this customer e-mailed to say that he had received the wrong size plant, he did not mention any problem with the quality of the plants. Had he done so, I would have replaced or refunded immediately. As for the size of the plants, he did not order soon after I sent him pics so I had no recollection what I had sent pics of and when he ordered later, I (obviously incorrectly) thought he wanted grafts. I am very sorry to have disappointed this fellow. "

Positive hookjb
(5 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2009, hookjb Columbia, MO wrote:

I just received my currants and couldn't be happier with the plants. The are all very healthy and survived the shipping in great shape. My order came in a week. They are the best looking bare root plants I have ever gotten through mail order. A++

Positive coolins202
(1 review)
On Mar 13, 2009, coolins202 Salem, OR wrote:

I visited Lucile Whitman at her nursery and was very impressed with her knowledge, friendliness, and personal attention. The variety and volume of products is astounding. Service was prompt and the plants arrived in perfect condition.

Positive Cynthia47
(9 reviews)
On Sep 25, 2008, Cynthia47 Vancouver, WA wrote:

The plant was large, healthy and had been so carefully placed into the wrapping not a leaf was ruffled. The customer service was so personal I couldn't ask for a better company. I don't have a big yard or I'd buy lots and lots, but have to choose so carefully and was really glad I chose Whitman Farms.

Positive ecstatic
(1 review)
On Jul 12, 2008, ecstatic Salem, OR wrote:

I just came back from visiting Whitman Farms and all I can say is WOW. The green houses are full of a vast array of unusual,beautiful and healthy specimens. I went there to find a tree that had to fit a certain criteria and so far, after much investigation I had not been able to make a decision. Lucille heard me, pointed to a small pot in the green house and then proceeded to take me into the fields so I could see the impact of a large specimen. It was a Ulmus procera argenteo-variegata that stood around 14 feet tall in all its splendor, planted in a root control bag that was sunk into the ground. We tagged it so I can pick it up in October. Lucille is like a walking dictionary, freely sharing her knowledge peppered with a good dose of humor and unbelievable customer service.

Positive PierceCountyWa
(2 reviews)
On Jun 6, 2008, PierceCountyWa Tacoma, WA wrote:

After having a bad experience with Gardener's Choice, I was in search of a strawberry tree to plant next to my recently purchased blueberry tree. I called several mail order outfits and was told that I'd need to wait until next year. I tried one more nursery, Whitman Farms, and found the most wonderful woman who was willing to go out in the nursery and see if she could come up with one for me.

Within 30 minutes she emailed photos of two strawberry trees to choose from, including price and shipping. I decided between the two, called her, gave my credit card number, and was told she'd ship my tree out the next day. This was Tuesday, and much to my surprise, my beautiful strawberry tree arrived today (Friday), and it looks even better than it did in the photo.

I could not be happier with the service provided by Whitman Farms, and I highly recommend them to everyone.

Positive fleurdeelee
(1 review)
On May 15, 2008, fleurdeelee Trinity, AL wrote:

Just received the order today and the plants look wonderful.
A very lovely, leafy young Oscar mulberry and a beautiful bundle of currants/gooseberries arrived as promised.

Lucille was a very helpful.

I am extremely pleased to be able to find such a reputable company.

Positive Twonewfs
(18 reviews)
On May 3, 2008, Twonewfs Belgium, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

What an absolute joy to do business with this nursery. First of all, they had a fairly mature Kamagata Japanese Maple that I was looking for that was difficult to find elsewhere. When I inquired about it I got quick answers and Lucile even sent me a photo of the actual tree. Where else does that happen? I had a most pleasurable albeit short phone conversation with Lucile who told me she felt her tree was "getting a good home." When someone says something like that you know they love their plants. Lucile seems like the kind of person you could talk to for hours.

Anyway, she dug the tree for me, and put it in the cooler to keep it dormant until it was ok to ship to my zone. The tree arrived today and it is glorious. Incredible packing job and phenomenal tree. The expensive shipping was worth every penny to get a specimen like this, the likes of which I would never find around here

I only hope I can do right by Lucile's incredible tree. Probably my best mail order experience ever. What a pleasure!

On April 30th, 2009, Twonewfs added the following:

Ordered again this year. If I was happy last year (and I was), I am overjoyed this year. The acer japonicum aconitifolium I ordered was HUGE and full of buds. I am so impressed. I wish I could order more from Whitman Farms. The root control bags they use are really ingenious and are what really makes it possible to ship trees this big.
Positive juanwillis
(28 reviews)
On Apr 30, 2008, juanwillis Winchester, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I ordered a field-grown Hamamelis 'Jelena' last Fall and received a very well-branched 5-foot tree. It bloomed spectacularly from January through March--I couldn't be happier! I would definitely order from Whitman Farms again.

Positive Dodsky
(8 reviews)
On Apr 18, 2008, Dodsky Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I ordered a Davidia involucrata "Sonoma" (AKA- Dove Tree, Handkerchief Tree) from Whitman Farms last October (10-2007) and was very impressed with the friendly, helpful, and professional customer service I received. Thanks Lucille!

Communication was excellent, I knew exactly where and when to expect my tree that was shipped via DHL all of the way from OR to KY. I chose Whitman Farms over other nurseries because of its high ratings online and the fact that it appeared to supply high quality plants at a reasonable price. Lucille answered all of my questions and made the transaction a simple and pleasant experience.

The tree was grown in a root bag and had a very well developed root system. It was packed very well and despite some rough handling in transit it looked stong and healthy when it arrived. I live in a borderline zone for growing this tree and I've tried growing the species from smaller plants but they were too small to get well established and died due to winter freezing. I was hoping the larger, more mature tree would fare better plus the cultivar "Sonoma" is supposed to be hardier.

It's finally spring and my Dove Tree is breaking dormancy and is beginning to leaf out! We had a heavy and late frost a few days ago and some of the leaves/buds were nipped, but the tree is strong and I'm certain it will have no problem overcoming this little setback. It made it through the winter freezes like a trooper.

I would highly recommend Whitman Farms for their quality products and excellent customer relations.

Positive MrsMurdok
(2 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2008, MrsMurdok Layton, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

A perfect transaction!

I purchased two Japenese maples from Whitman Farms - a field grown 'Fireglow' and a large 'Coonera Pygmy'. Both trees arrived healthy, beautiful, and well packaged. It was a delight just to speak with Lucile on the telephone. She even followed up on the trees two weeks after purchase. I will purchase from Whitman Farms again.

Positive noki
(5 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2008, noki Columbus, OH wrote:

Got two different trees in 2007. Trees were excellent quality trees that had been trained and grown with care, better than average that would find at a nursery. Well packaged and the best trees I have gotten shipped by far... other trees I've gotten shipped from other online dealers all needed a lot of growth to start looking good and strong, because they are thin and mis-shapen. The trees I've gotten from Whitman farms were already strong trunked with a heavy rootball, well branched ready to look good the first growing season. Worth the price to get what you want, highly recommended, this is specialty tree shipping done right.

Positive irishbelle
(9 reviews)
On Jan 20, 2008, irishbelle Orange County, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

After many failed attempts to grow the weak sticks of Daphne "Briggs Moonlight" sold by the "glossy catalog" plant retailers, I decided I needed to start with a better established plant. I had almost given up when I found Whitman Farms. They had 2 gallon plants! Shipping was expensive but appropriate given the weight and distance (from OR to NY). The plants arrived securely packaged and extremely healthy. I had never seen the type of pot/root covering before that these shipped with. It was an ingenious sort of cloth type pot. It held the roots, dirt and moisture well. The side "lacing" allowed me to remove it with minimal disturbance to the roots. The two that I ordered have done extremely well. All this and I had a lovely chat with Lucile too. She is wonderful. My only disappointment was that the two plants had very different forms. One was better branched with a more wide spread shape and the other quite narrow and uprite. Given that I had ordered two, It would have been nice to receive a better matched pair; however, I did not ask for them to be so. I am certain that had I asked, Lucile would have been more than accommodating.

The best recommendation I can give is that I'll be ordering again this year.

Positive swisschard
(2 reviews)
On Oct 28, 2007, swisschard Seattle, WA wrote:

Proof that size isn't everything, Whitman Farms had terrific selection and wonderful tree stock. Dave's Garden should list this nursery in their Top 30 list. The five trees that we bought are very large and in excellent health! Lucille is a fount of knowledge about each of the trees she carries and willing to let you know what will and what won't work for your conditions. She is very honest about a plant's shortcomings. I will not hesitate to do business here again.

Positive patnjbob
(23 reviews)
On May 31, 2007, patnjbob Blossom, TX wrote:

I recently ordered a Dove tree from Whitman's and Lucille is a dream. I can't have shipping until fall so after pouting some, I gave Lucille my card number and told her to charge it now, or I'll forget . If the tree is as wonderful as Lucille, then I will die happy. Thanks much for the conversation and laughs. Will update once my tree gets to me.

On November 8th, 2007, patnjbob added the following:

The Dove tree arrived today. It's a gorgeous specimen, not really tall but branched beautifully and each branch has a fat bud at the end. Leaves were still intact and after a week in travel, it was still in perfect shape. Removing the grow bag found almost no soil loss. Next spring I hope to see a bloom on this variety. I highly recommend Whitman Farms. Lucille is a gem and has a ton of information. Very eager to help you in any way possible.
On August 28th, 2008, patnjbob added the following:

This spring my Dove Tree bloomed with huge gorgeous flowing doves. To my surprise, it's now August and I'm getting a second bloom. I suspect the weather has confused my tree but what a joy to see it in bloom again.
Positive currentclassics
(3 reviews)
On May 17, 2007, currentclassics Chickasha, OK wrote:

The absolutely PERFECT nursery mail-order experience! Purchased 2 Acer campestre Carnival grafts and were truly thrilled with their condition upon receipt! Ms.Whitman business deserves our hardiest recommendation, she is knowledgeable, informative and professional, we will be making many MORE purchases from her, she's a FIND.

Positive willis_mckenna
(5 reviews)
On Apr 18, 2007, willis_mckenna Lombard, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Simply awesome company. I ordered a field grown tree (Cornus kousa 'Wolfeye') and it arrived in great shape and was huge, especially considering the cultivar is a slower growing one. The root ball was large and in great shape also. Very nice to talk to on the phone and was a pleasure to do business with. I highly recommend them. I can't wait to order from them again.

Positive quaintcharm
(11 reviews)
On Apr 9, 2007, quaintcharm NW/Central , IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Today, I received my Cornus mas Variegata from Whitmans. It is in bloom, has many branches, and is 55 inches tall, from the ground up. There are many feeder roots, it will be easy to plant, and will take-off like crazy, because of Lucile's root ball bag. All of the nine trees I have received from from Whitmans have been like this.The "high risk" ones in my zone 5 garden such as 2 'stewartia pseudocamellia'
have survived and thrived unlike the ones that didn't from 2 other plant growers.I believe the extra good root system, and field growth from Whitmans made the difference. If you love unique trees, Whitmans is best in my experience. I'm looking forward to next year, because I'm going for some of Lucile's exquisite Japanese Maples!! Ordering from Whitmans is always a real pleasure from beginning to end. Thanks, Lucile!

Positive Davidsan
(17 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2007, Davidsan Springfield, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

Lucille of Whitmans Farms is ABSOLUTELY, along with Della of JD'sb Backyard Nursery, the best person to deal with for japanese maples PERIOD end of story...her prices sizes and personal attention are unsupassed... If your not impressed by your dealings with her you will not be impressed by ANYONE. I cannot say enough about her and her nursery and her trees ***** (5 star rating) DA BEST... Buy from her or Della you won't be sorry David

On September 2nd, 2007, myersphcf added the following:

I am udating all my Jm dealers as things can change ...well with Lucille at Whitmans it has not ... she is reliable, honest beyond belief, VERY nice, and goes out of hwer way to assist you, and has quality JM's at reasonable prices ... She's still on the top of my list among the VERY best etailers out there!! David
Positive jpolk34
(10 reviews)
On Jan 15, 2007, jpolk34 Hattiesburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Lucille was a pleasure to do business with and was more than helpful in finding the perfect trees for me. My Paperbark Maple and Purple Smoke tree arrived today in great condition and much larger than I thought. Will be doing business with them again!

Positive daedelus902
(12 reviews)
On Aug 25, 2006, daedelus902 Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Wow, what a pleasure to do business with this family owned company. They are VERY responsive and informative. I bought 4 currant bushes and even had to change the order on the fly. No problem with Whitman. They even scheduled the delivery and ship priority USPS. These folks are specialist in Ribes and berries. I'm just waiting for them to branch out to other orchard items. I'll be the first to buy.

I highly recommend them.

On January 20th, 2009, daedelus902 added the following:

OK, 2 years later I find that Lucile Whitman also specializes in Mulberry trees, (a new species we are adding to our 109 eclectic fruit tree orchard). Once again, I have to say 'WOW", what great Mulberry stock and superior service. What pleasure it is to buy from Whitman Farms. Lucile Whitman tells it like it is, and if she tells you something you can count on it!
Positive kwan
(1 review)
On Aug 22, 2006, kwan Alpharetta, GA wrote:

I had the most wonderful experience with mail ordering Japanese maple trees from this nursery. The trees were high quality and professionally grafted. I will definitely order many more in the near future. Thanks again Lucile!!!

Positive plantloco
(4 reviews)
On May 10, 2006, plantloco Greensburg, IN wrote:

Overall great experience--answered questions through e-mail promptly, reasonable shipping, nice plants, friendly service. Also very honest about hardiness/reliability of certain stock. An online shopping cart would be awesome, but making the phone call is definitely worth the extra effort. I would love to try some of the bigger stock--there is always next year.

Positive kribensis
(6 reviews)
On May 2, 2006, kribensis Clayton, NC wrote:

I had a wonderful experience with Whitman Farms. Lucile is super friendly and helpful and goes the extra mile with customer service. She even took pictures of a tree I was interested in and sent it to me through email. The shipping and prices are very reasonable. The trees I ordered were sent entirely across the the country (to NC) in just a few days. I highly recommend this nursery. A+++++

Positive soldiersong
(13 reviews)
On Apr 26, 2006, soldiersong North Plains, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Since we are about an hour from the farm I phoned to ask if we might make and appointment for a visit. Lucille was friendly and more than willing to make an appointment for us.

We were delayed in traffic, so I phoned to tell her we would be late. She was friendly and said we were welcome whenever we arrived.

She met us at the office with her 9 month old black standard poodle, Lulu. When she was we had two dogs in our truck she invited them along on the tour. They had as good a time as we did.

I explained that we are new in the area and trying to plan and plant our property. I told her the areas in which we wanted shrubs and trees and she asked detailed questions about our desires for appearance, size, etc. She also asked the sunlight and shade in each area.

She proceeded to take us on a tour of her very, very impressive tree farm. I felt comfortable asking any questions, even very basic ones from a new person in the area.

She showed us trees and shrubs for each area we asked about and, when I asked her about various plantings she answered every question thoroughly. She is a delightful and very knowledgeable person.

She pulled out specimins of each tree or shrub we decided upon, reserved sold out items for us for next spring, gave detailed information on what to do with the bagged plants until they are planted, took me in the office and made labels for each one, wrote on my receipt a more detailed description that the one printed by the computer, helped us load everything in our truck, and, in general, made it a very special, fun afternoon.

Every single tree and shrub I saw on our tour looked health and vigorous. The trees and shrubs we brought home with us are large, well branched, many in bud, and reasonably price, especially because many are unique, all are large and all very healthy.

Her farm is a beautiful property with a fabulous view of the countryside and the city of Salem. When we left I turned to her and said, "You've got a good life and seem to love what you do." She grinned and said, "It sure isn't bad."

I can bearly wait until tomorrow when I can start placing them on our property. Now, if someone would just come dig a whole lot of big holes for me.......

Big thumbs up for Lucille and her wonderful farm.


On May 14th, 2006, soldiersong added the following:

Everything we brought home from Lucille's farm is thriving. Every one of the trees and shrub is a lovely addition to our yard. All the plants are growing and leafed out. We will buy from Lucille again. There are so many wonderful trees and shrubs at her farm I find myself seaching for places to put more in our yard.
Positive friar
(3 reviews)
On Mar 2, 2006, friar wrote:

Whitman Farms lives up to their reputation, and in my opinion even exceeds it. In 2005, I ordered two 'gold treasure' sweetgums , and though they are young, have many branches. There are many feeder roots on the root ball, and they took right off, I had ordered two other of the same tree, from another grower in 2003, for the same price, and but they were sparse compared to the ones from Whitmans, Recently I telephoned and ordered two of their Stewartia Pseudocamellia, and asked Lucille if Whitmans offered Craetegus 'Winter King. These are hard to come by in my experience One good nursery has them, but the shipping and handling is way more than the cost of the tree itself. Lucille said she didn't offer them , but knew someone who did, and she went there, and looked them over. She now has them in storage for my order!! I was amazed (and grateful) she went to the trouble, Thank you, Lucille.

Positive oswald
(19 reviews)
On Nov 23, 2005, oswald Wausaukee, WI wrote:

On November 21, 2005, Monday, placed a small order by phone in the morning and it arrived November 23, Wednesday, at 3 PM at my address in Downers Grove, Illinois! Red Currant 'Tatran' and White Currant 'Blanka' were 2 year old, well rooted, well packed, shipping charges normal, the person taking the order very pleasant. What else could one want?

Positive njq123
(1 review)
On May 4, 2004, njq123 wrote:

I ordered a dogwood tree from Lucile last fall. The tree made a long trip across the country. After its journey, the tree was beautiful when it arrived and it made it through our tough winter with flying colors. Her system with root bags allows for shipping of large trees at a very reasonable prices. She has a great selection of hard to find trees and shrubs. I would wholeheartedly recommend using this company.

Positive Ewald
(15 reviews)
On Mar 18, 2004, Ewald Limerick, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I ordered three Paw Paws last week and was asked by Email from Lucile Whitman when I wanted them. I said the middle of this week, and received them yesterday in good condition and very well packed and labeled according to variety (Wells, Sunflower and Penn Golden). So far the payment hasn't posted to my account.

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