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|On Oct 19, 2017, ncbill West Jefferson, NC wrote:
On July 4, I placed an order with Gardens Alive! dba Breck's. I paid for the order in full at the time of the order. In early October, I received a partial order. I know this is normal, so I didn't think much about it. When the remainder of the order hadn't arrived a week later, I investigated. The order was marked "completed" all shipped in one box, 1 tracking number, 8 pounds. The 8 pounds included the box, packing materials, 2 dozen ferns, 6 iris rhizomes, and 3 geraniums, all packed in plastic bags with dirt/peat. The missing 17 hostas in no way could have been packed in that 8 pound package. They were never packed or shipped to me.
|On May 6, 2017, TheBaron Moreno Valley, CA wrote:
Ordered a pack of their beneficial nematodes in March; I was given a delivery date range of April 7th-14th. The dates passed and still no delivery instead they updated it and pushed the date back another two weeks. I emailed them to complain that I never got my package or any sort of status update. I got an email from Nicole from their support team who apologized and said they'd send another package out to me, and I should've expected it by the 4th of May. Well... given that it's May 6th and I still haven't received anything. I plan to cancel the purchase and dispute it.
|On Apr 25, 2017, Reviewsplus Aurora, CO wrote:
There was a problem with my credit card and when I called to give them another one, they tried to add another $50 shipping fees. Even though I had my confirmation with the total cost, the customer rep. insisted this was incorrect. I cancelled my order and will never order from them again. DON'T BUY FROM THIS COMPANY - THEY CAN'T BE TRUSTED!
|On Apr 20, 2017, immuttie Mocksville, NC wrote:
I ordered three sets of 3 plants for two types of tomatoes and one sweet pepper. The website suggested their transplant care nutrient mix and I chose to order it. The mix was originally $7.99 and I was given a $4.00 discount so the mix actually cost me $3.99. When it arrived, the order total was $15.94 because the shipping and handling on my $3.99 order was $11.95. Gardens Alive! shipping and handling costs seem out of line.
|On Apr 15, 2017, reeve1 Plano, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
It should be garden's dead! This is what they send! K. Van Bourgondien tries to hide behind a new name and affiliation, but it's the same broken, dead plants and now no one responds!
|On Mar 31, 2017, happiergardener Bethany, CT wrote:
DO NOT ORDER FROM THIS COMPANY. They are one of a number of companies (Michigan Bulb, Spring Hill, Brecks, etc.) that make you think you are getting a discount by giving you a coupon. The coupons either do not work, or, if the coupon does work, the prices for the items are highly inflated, so there is no discount in the end. It is all a scam. And their products are inferior, both plants and fertilizers. Save yourself aggravation and money. STAY AWAY FROM GARDENERS ALIVE!!!!
|On Mar 3, 2017, zintis Livingston Manor, NY wrote:
I was using one of their frequent 50% off if you buy $50 worth. Was sent one item immediately, and charged for it (far more than it's worth, but I figured the rest of the order will be "free") However, the rest has been on "back order" now for month after month after month. Is this a big scam?
|On Feb 10, 2017, vivvar Centralia, WA wrote:
I ordered Pets Alive, 2, 4lb bags on Jan.18.. Waited until February 10.. Received only one bag..had to call India that serves them.. To get the missing bag...have to wait another 10 days..
|On Jul 28, 2016, syswriter Tucson, AZ wrote:
Posted on April 6, 2016, updated July 28, 2016
On July 28th, 2016, syswriter changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
The blackberry was supposed to be Ouachita, but while thriving, it is obviously another thornless blackberry that has trailing rather than erect stems. They deceived me just to take my money.
The boysenberry died after planting because the cane (with roots) was too slender and lacked the energy to thrive. The raspberry seems to have been as advertised. One out of three.
|On Feb 17, 2016, NarrowWayFarm Brookville, OH wrote:
Received an offer in the mail that stated (in bold red lettering):
|On Nov 21, 2015, limberlost3 Weare, NH wrote:
I purchased from two of Garden Alive's subsidiaries this past Spring. One had a 50% off coupon which I enclosed a full two weeks before the deadline. This coupon was not honored. I was assessed an additional $10.00 late fee and then the bill was sent on to a collections company. The second subsidiary posted in big letters on the front page that everything in the catalog was 50% off if sent in by the deadline. I did just that. Again, I was assessed a $10.00 late fee and the bill was sent to collections, who, by the way, are very harassing.
|On Sep 3, 2015, SadieRose12 Loves Park, IL wrote:
I first try to purchase nematodes to keep the Japanese Beatles at bay, but they sent them not in a "perishable envelope," and they were left in my box, as I was not aware of a shipping on the way. None lived. I called and they were going to send more, but the timing was too late, but they sent some moth catchers that I was interested instead; although I am trying another lure from another company.... THIS IS SOMETHING YOU ALL NEED TO KNOW...I RECEIVED A MAGAZINE CALLED 'TOUCH OF CLASS,' I DID NOT ORDER THIS MAGAZINE, NEVER PURCHASED ANYTHING FROM THEM. I CALLED AND THEY WERE KIND ENOUGH TO RESEARCH IT AND LEARNED THAT MY NAME AND ADDRESS WAS PURCHASED THROUGH 'GARDENS ALIVE.'
|On Mar 19, 2015, Emerogork Wethersfield, CT wrote:
Last fall, I was purchasing on-line plants for the first time. I was going through SpringHill and Breck. Generally, I was very happy with them but this year when I was going through my E-voices I saw that they have the same format in their messages. Apparently just the names were changed.
|On Jun 24, 2014, schlechtenwolf Waunakee, WI wrote:
I ordered from gardens Alive with one of their buy $25 get $25 promotional catalogs. I ordered promptly from them and had the four items I ordered, a sprayer, packet of corn, key lime plant, and a meyer lemon plant on hold with four estimated ship dates. Within a month the corn and sprayer arrived and they changed the date of the lime plant to deliver another month behind and the lemon was to ship in September. After receiving several notices on ship dates being changed the company just cancelled the remainder of my order. BUYER BEWARE. I spent $25 on corn and a sprayer and never got the free products.
|On Jun 9, 2014, concernedfarmer Alsea, OR wrote:
I sent an email to Garden's Alive on 6/9/14 inquiring if they purchase any products from Monsanto or Monsanto's seed company Seminis for I recently heard that they do.
|On Mar 19, 2014, food4me Idaho Falls, ID (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on March 19, 2014, updated March 19, 2014
On March 19th, 2014, food4me added the following:
After I posted this comment a letter arrived in the mail from a Jack Gregory, Controller, saying that an order I cancelled at the beginning of March (about 2 1/2 weeks ago) was on hold because my credit card charge did not go through. I also have an email from customer service in India saying the order had been cancelled. No one told Mr. Gregory yet. As I read the other comments about people being billed incorrectly or being sent someone else's bills I wonder what will show up on my credit card statement this month and in the months to come. Customer no-Service incompetence is one thing; financial and billing mistakes are scary. You have no idea what they've done with your credit card information or whose charges you are going to get. I have to agree with the person who said to stay away from this company.
|On Mar 18, 2014, iremodel Costa Mesa, CA wrote:
First they lost my shipment. They sent a replacement. Then they sent a bill. I indicated that I'd paid by credit card and sent copy of order showing nothing due. I suggested that they were charging for the replacement. T
|On Mar 5, 2014, mcfez Rio Linda, CA wrote:
On Mar 5, 2014, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Apr 29, 2014 8:14 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
We appreciate your posting. All of the coupons we offer are valid and can be used. We do have problems at times with the codes not working properly but we will always honor our coupons. If you have problems like this you can call us and we would be happy to place your order for you. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information."
|On Feb 4, 2014, chunx San Diego, CA wrote:
This company has turned into a conglomerate of low class, low quality, and poorly rated gardening companies that were formerly independent. Gardens Alive bought out these struggling companies and did not improve them but rather made them worse and continues to sell defective, dead, dying, low quality items.
On Feb 4, 2014, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Feb 11, 2014 1:02 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
We appreciate your feedback. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information."
|On Feb 3, 2014, khiem1939 Kingman, AZ wrote:
Over a month ago I ordered 2 #4413 Sunshine Blue Blueberries from Gardens Alive after receiving from them an unsolicited "$25.00 FREE" offer of plants. Shortly thereafter I received 3 emails from them to ADD to my present order which I declined. Today, over a month later I received a postcard, NOT an email, stating "The following items are out of stock for the season", which of course negates and cancels their "$25.00 FREE" plant offer! If when I originally ordered these plants they were UNAVAILABLE, why was I not advised of this, instead of them attempting to increase my order? No matter how I look at this, it seems a "scam" to me!
On Feb 3, 2014, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Feb 11, 2014 1:00 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your feedback and I apologize for the problems with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check into this for you."
|On Jan 19, 2014, gpowless Port Hope,
I have ordered from Hentry Fields for the past 3 years and was satisfied with the varieties and quantity of seeds I received. However last year I tried ordering live plants with the expectation that they would provide the same satisfaction.
On Jan 19, 2014, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Jan 22, 2014 11:57 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
I am sorry to hear about the problem with your plants. I would be happy to reship these to you. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information."
|On Nov 10, 2013, MaryArneson Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:
I ordered some organic drain cleaner and a couple of garden items recently. A few days later, there was a call from Gardens Alive! but I missed it and didn't know what it was about. Maybe a week later, they called again and left a message with my son that I needed to call them. I phoned and was told that my credit card number had been wrong. I gave them the card number and was assured that the order would be on its way. Nothing happened for another 10 days or so, until they called again, saying that I needed to call them. I called, and they said that they had no credit card information on my order, so they couldn't ship it. I canceled the order and told them that I had lost confidence that they could handle credit card information safely and securely.
On Nov 10, 2013, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Nov 15, 2013 12:50 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the confusion over your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check into this matter."
|On Aug 21, 2013, Joylucile Bristol, TN wrote:
I have not received my product yet but I would like to post feedback on the ordering and delivery process. Early on a Monday morning, I ordered 900 ladybugs. The person who took the order said that since I had called before noon, the package would go out that day. On Wednesday I called because I had gotten no bugs and no shipping notice of any kind. I was told that the ladybugs had not shipped; they only ship one day a week, either on a Thursday or Friday and they ship UPS. I said that since UPS doesn't deliver on the week-ends, there was a good chance that all these bugs could be sitting somewhere in a building or on a truck over the week-end. The person on the phone agreed but assured me it wouldn't hurt the bugs. Every other company that I know of that ships live insects and even many companies that ship life plants, always ship early in the week to avoid this exact problem. No wonder the instructions for the ladybugs say to give them water as soon as they arrive because they will thirsty! It makes no sense at all to pick one day a week and then pick a day when the bugs aren't likely to make it to their destination in the week they are shipped!! If you want ladybugs, I would go somewhere else to get them!
On Aug 21, 2013, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Aug 23, 2013 9:06 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. I apologize for the confusion on the shipping of the ladybeetles. We usually ship the ladybeetles on Monday or Tuesday and we ship via first class mail. The information you were given is incorrect. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check on the status of your ladybeetles for you."
|On Jun 14, 2013, aakowitz Hamden, CT wrote:
I am an avid gardener, PhD scientist and Director of Sales in a Biotech company and have used Gardens Alive products for a few years now. I recently made 2 separate orders of 3 different species of grafted tomato plants on each order to be sent to 2 different delivery addresses in my home state of Connecticut. I placed these orders in March and when I received my first shipment in mid May, only one plant arrived and it was in a state of dehydration with dead branches and severe yellowing on the plant sent. I'm sure this is an expected possible consequence of shipping immature seedlings in a cardboard box thru UPS & USPS delivery. My first shipment at my other address also arrived in mid May and contained only 2 of the 3 ordered plants with 1 plant in a similar stressed condition to above, while the other plant was broken in half at the point of the graft. I contacted Customer Service and they said I would receive a replacement for the broken dead plant in 4-6 weeks and the remainder of my outstanding orders on both orders would ship in 2-3 weeks. I did receive another shipment at my first address in the beginning of June that contained only 1 of the 2 plants due. I contacted Customer Service again and they told me that their records show there were 2 plants sent, despite the fact it had only one in it when I opened it. They also told me that the replacement plant for the broken plant sent to the second address was now canceled and the outstanding plant due along w the replacement for the missing plant would arrive in a possible 4 weeks (July). I was never notified of the cancellation of the broken plant and dismayed that the partial completion of the remainder of my orders was delayed even further. More than the loss of the plants, I was at odds w/ their Customer Service's perspective to accept the possibility of a discrepency in what their records say was shipped in the box and what was present when I opened it. In addition, in my mind, waiting until July to plant tomato seedlings in Connecticut is a waste of a gardening opportunity this year. Since the Customer Service Rep was in the Phillipines, I concluded he didn't appreciate the limitations of the New Engtand growing seasons and now I just wanted to forget this entire experience. He offered a credit slip for the cost of the 3 missing plants that could be used for future purchases with Gardens Alive, but I insisted on a direct credit be applied to my Visa card. I have not verified receipt of this credit on my Credit Card account yet, but I have learned a valuable lesson about buying grafted seedlings shipped thru UPS&USPS delivery. I recognize this seems like a lot of hysteria for a few tomato plants, but I was interested in the hybrid plants as a scientific experiment and I want others to understand possible consequences in a much larger financial investment in this type of product.
On Jun 14, 2013, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Jun 18, 2013 12:51 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your order. I apologize for the inconvenience. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and make sure your refund has been issued."
|On May 13, 2013, timc61552 Antelope Hills, WY wrote:
last year i ordered 2 grafted plants from gardens alive.they were impressive!packaging was incredible plants arrived healthy and large. 8-10 inches tall.i bragged them up all year!!!several people made the decision to order this year.i avoid them at all cost!!the plants i ordered were almost dead or already dead.packaging was awful !!i was upset!!.i emailed them and they are sorry.so what?my garden is ruined.i have to buy from a greenhouse now.normaly i start my own plants from seed.the grafted plants last year were just see what they were like.i was so impressed there was no need to start my own tomatos and peppers.3 plants might pull thru but the san marzono was doa.last year the box proudly said gardens alive in large letters like they were proud of the product.this year the shipping label said gardens alive in very small letters.the old bait and switch!
On May 13, 2013, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On May 18, 2013 9:19 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your plants. I apologize the plants were not in good shape and for all your inconvenience. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you. I can assure you we are the same company and we will do everything we can to make this right.
|On May 12, 2013, aacook72 Durham, NC wrote:
Posted on May 5, 2013, updated May 12, 2013
On May 12th, 2013, aacook72 added the following:
Dear Company Representative,
The grafted tomato plants weren't the only disappointment. Your grafted pepper plants arrived half dead, the leaves were yellow in color, and the majority of the leaves dropped off before I could transplant. The charge of $9.95 per grafted pepper plant is too high for the quality of plant you deliver.
On May 12, 2013, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On May 8, 2013 7:35 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your tomato plants. I apologize the plants were not in good shape and for all your inconvenience. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
|On May 10, 2013, asgn77 Orland Park, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered online 3 beefsteak tomato plants and 1 GRAFTED TOMATO CARMELLO in the middle of February .
On May 10, 2013, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On May 11, 2013 10:24 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the condition of your tomato plants. I apologize for the problems. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
|On Apr 4, 2013, dougan Parma Heights, OH wrote:
I've ordered from Baker's Seeds, Burpee, Johnny's, and Seedsavers Exchange with no problems whatsoever. I had to email Gardensalive over 6 times because they charged double my state tax, and they had difficulties inputing my address (adding a line for my apartment number!).
On Apr 4, 2013, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Apr 5, 2013 12:14 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
We appreciate you letting us know about the problems you had with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and rectify this for you."
|On Mar 12, 2013, aphrab Saint Stephens, NC wrote:
I can't get unsubscribed from Gardens Alive. They send ads every day.
On Mar 12, 2013, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Mar 14, 2013 8:31 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for letting us know. I apologize for the inconvenience. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your email address and make sure you are unsubscribed."
|On Feb 15, 2013, BassyB Dallas, TX wrote:
I have been a long time customer (over 10 years) and the last two times I have called because of an issue with their website ordering process, discounts, etc. (including not being able to sign in without a catalog), the customer service rep has spoken to me like a child and when I stop to tell her I understand the issue, I just want it corrected, her tone of voice very snippy and insulting. I will take my business elsewhere and I am called to be removed from their mailing list and website. They also spam you will catalogs by selling your name to other garden supply companies.
On Feb 15, 2013, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Feb 19, 2013 10:47 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. I apologize for the problems you have had with our site and one of our agents. I will have one of our customer service representatives contact you so we can take care of these issues for you."
|On Jul 16, 2012, nashnewbie Nashville, TN wrote:
I placed a large order this spring with Gardens Alive, primarily because I'm an organic gardener and they have a variety of organic products. It's very difficult to find organic plants in my area, so I had decided to start and/or plant my own.
On Jul 16, 2012, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Jul 16, 2012 1:21 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your posting. We apologize for the problem you has with the seeds and we would be happy to replace them for you or refund your money, whichever you would prefer. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
|On Jun 20, 2012, mouserut Charleston, UT wrote:
Ordered many packets of seeds and have been horrified at the germination rate - less than 10%. I've been gardening for over 30 years and have never had so much trouble. Out of the 450 seeds of corn I planted only 14 plants have come up over a month later. In Utah the growing season is VERY short so my guess is I will not see one ear before frost. Not ONE of the zuchini has germinated, not one. Butternut trees leafed out and promptly died, ditto for the rasberries. Canadice grape is doing great. I did contact the company (Gurney's) with my complaint and they are promising a refund. Happy with that but will never order from this company again. They also owe me a refund of $142 from a previous complaint, have yet to see that one
On Jun 20, 2012, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Jun 21, 2012 2:57 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your posting.We apologize for the problems with your order. A customer service representative will contact you for your account information and check on your refunds for you.
|On May 29, 2012, Annie321 Pleasant Valley, MO wrote:
I ordered a batch of 5 million flea-eating Nematodes on May 2 and waited...and waited some more. I received no explanation for the delay. I finally emailed customer service and explained I needed to cancel my order if they were unable to supply the item. A few days later I received an email that my item had shipped on May 23 (21 days after I ordered them--not including the actual time in route). Again, the email included no information regarding the reason for the delay and a simple "sorry for any inconvenience." Nematodes work best if introduced in the cool temps of spring before fleas get going, so a month delay is significant.
On May 29, 2012, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On May 29, 2012 1:17 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your posting. It may be the nematodes were on backorder. We apologize for the delay. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check on what had happened."
|On Apr 22, 2012, Backyardgrower Dallas, TX wrote:
I have used Gardens Alive products in the past and the performed very well. The reason for my negative rating is that I suspect that some of their products, specifically, Tomatoes Alive, Vegetables Alive, and Root Crops Alive may contain high levels of dangerous heavy metals like Arsenic, Cadmium, and Lead.
On Apr 22, 2012, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On May 3, 2012 11:55 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your posting. We checked on this for you and the amounts of heavy metals in our products are so low they are below the minimum reporting amount."
|On Oct 11, 2011, lapaixfarm ALUM BRIDGE, WV wrote:
I ordered two lady bug traps from Gardens Alive within the last two months, and as the lady bugs (Japanese and not
On Oct 11, 2011, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Oct 17, 2011 10:36 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. I apologize that your account could not be located. A customerr service representative will contact you for your account information so we can locate your account and take care of this for you."
|On Jul 23, 2011, ZippyPinHed Oak Ridge, NJ wrote:
My negative rating is in regards to the online ordering. About a year ago I voiced my concerns to a representative, I recently checked their site and nothing has changed. Garden's Alive will not let you order online without creating an account with them - there is no way to proceed as a guest through checkout. This means that all your credit card info is stored on their web hoster's server - convenient, but dangerous. My second career led me to a job as tech support for a domain registrar. You can not imagine the barrage of attempts and the unpublished successes that hackers accross the globe have on "safe servers". I don't do online banking and I don't use companies online that will not allow checkout as a "guest". I can't keep them from hacking into my credit card company, but I can minimize exposure. Network Solutions is the original and oldest registrar in the world as well as the registrar for the domain gardensalive.com - the Washington Post headline in 2009 was: "Network Solutions Hack Compromises 573,000 Credit, Debit Accounts". The webhoster of gardensalive.com was also hacked in 2007 as shown by the infamous rewriting of googles whois info.
On Jul 23, 2011, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Jul 26, 2011 4:31 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. We are checking this out and will let you know what we find out.
On Aug 8, 2011 11:13 AM, Gardens Alive! added:
This posting regarding online security at GardensAlive.com is both incorrect and baseless. At GardensAlive.com, any customer can checkout as a guest, sign-in and account creation are optional. Secondly, GardensAlive.com is a secure site and compliant with SSL requirements evidenced by verification from VeriSign.
|On Jul 11, 2011, Snlinol OLD LYME, CT wrote:
I called to place an order. The rep refused to give me the 25% discount that was advertised on the site! I had to place my order online. That was mostly annoying. The worst part, and therefore what ensures I will never order from this company again is that the total on the order "overview" page that you look at before you confirm an order was different than the amount they charged me on the next page! They charged me MORE than the total for the purchase!! I saw this and immediately emailed and made them aware of the issue. They have not responded. There has been no contact with me, correction, or an apology. They have ignored me and therefore lost a customer.
On Jul 11, 2011, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Jul 11, 2011 11:54 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
We apologize for the trouble you had with your order. We will definitely take care of this for you. A customer service representative will be contacting you for your account information.
|On May 20, 2011, mjkrogers Quakertown, PA wrote:
Terrible products, even worse Customer service.
On May 20, 2011, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On May 20, 2011 4:35 PM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
Thank you for your feedback, We apologize for the problem with your order. A customer service representtive will be contacing you for your account information."
|On Nov 15, 2010, Tree7 Omak, WA wrote:
I ordered their Stay At Home Ladybugs earlier this year (2010). It was very obvious that they did not send me the quantity they said (900). I called and told them about the problem and they sent some more. The total amount sent though was still less than the amount I was supposed to receive.
On Nov 15, 2010, Gardens Alive! responded with:
"On Nov 16, 2010 9:21 AM, Gardens Alive! responded with:
We appreciate your feedback. We use this information to provide better products and service to our customers."