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|On Jul 12, 2017, Mitchella Pownal, ME (Zone 5b) wrote:
As another reviewer said, my experiences with Gardens North over many years has been "beyond Positive." Fresh seed, amazing selection, personal advice, prompt shipment, and on and on - everything about this company is perfect. I had wonderful success this spring with seed purchased last fall by following Kristl's excellent instructions and helpful answers to my questions. I thought it was time for a more recent review: nothing has changed - Gardens North is still the best!
|On Jan 20, 2015, EmpressWu Québec (Beauport),
Very good and fast service, I received an email to confirm my order and also another one to let me know that it was on the way. It was my first time ordering with them and I am really please (my primula and arisaema seeds are already growing :)
|On Nov 4, 2014, grenouille montreal,
Canada (Zone 5a) wrote:
They offer such a vast variety of unusual seeds. Fulfillment very, prompt. Will continue to be a customer.
|On Dec 10, 2011, Audrey Hadley, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I was, as always, very pleased with my order from Gardens North. Kristl keeps some of the more difficult seeds damp (in vermiculite) to give them a better chance at germinating. Something that few sellers do, but which we avid seed-sowers appreciate very much! She also has many types not readily available elsewhere, and is very patient about answering questions. Highly recommended.
|On Aug 24, 2011, grik Saint Paul, MN wrote:
Posted on March 30, 2010, updated August 24, 2011
On March 30th, 2010, grik added the following:
I just potted up the rest of my sprouted seeds. I had great germination after stratifying them over the winter. I'll definitely buy from them again.
On August 24th, 2011, grik added the following:
Received another order from this company. Love thier seeds. One thing is that it took over two weeks from their shipment notification for the seeds to reach me in Minnesota from Canada so don't panic, they are probably on their way.
|On May 6, 2011, jardinomane Gatineau,
I have been ordering from this excellent company for about 7 years now, and I can say my beautiful garden would be a lot more boring without them. The choice is simply the best I have found so far. I can easily get lost for hours on the extensive Web site and I always have to make difficult choices when finalizing my orders because there is only so much room under my three grow lights. Plus, the instructions are very clear, the quantity of seeds is pretty generous and the germination rate is usually excellent. Personnaly, I have always received my orders quite quickly. I just love this company!
|On Mar 6, 2011, Crazy_Seeds Jerslev J,
I have bought seeds online for a number of years now. And I must say: Gardens North is a very professional and serious seed company, always providing fresh (and tested) seeds along with exellent germination instructions. This last month I have sown quite a few species from them: an example is six seeds sown = and five germinators! Another species with twelve seeds sown = eleven germinated! I am very happy with their seeds and service. Don't waste your money buying from others.
|On Feb 25, 2011, egm Ottawa, ON (Zone 4a) wrote:
Posted on March 21, 2007, updated February 25, 2011
On February 25th, 2011, egm added the following:
The Paw-Paw seeds did well for me as well 10/10. I have had great success with Gardens North over the last few years. This is the best seed company.
|On Feb 25, 2011, clematis_girl Vancouver,
I ordered from Gardens North for many years, first in Japan, now in Canada. My love is wild Clematis and this is only company that sell rare species. In the beginning, I was not very good but with very kind help from owner, I learn the perfect way to sprout the clematis seed. This company is special, different from the rest I have tried. Owner has high standards for quality of seed and wants customer to succeed.
|On Feb 23, 2011, beartown Stanbridge East,
It has been a few years since I ordered from Garden's North but I was always a satisfied customer. This winter I made a small order that was very promptly shipped. The preconditioned PawPaw seeds are starting to sprout. Very pleased.
|On Feb 22, 2011, JiriCerny Prague,
Czech Republic wrote:
Kristl Walek and her Gardens North should get excellence award.
|On Oct 26, 2010, spiny1000 Lillestrøm,
Norway (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on January 18, 2010, updated October 26, 2010
On October 26th, 2010, spiny1000 added the following:
I have been a customer of Gardens North for some years, and they are my favorite seed company. Fantastic seed-list, fast delivery, and high quality seeds with very detailed instructions helping you to germinate the trickier species.
Very friendly service as well, and since there are new species added every week around the year, I am sure to make their website a visit several times each week!
|On Feb 24, 2010, dieseldoug Uxbridge,
TOP NOTCH! Always great service and selection. Kristl is doing excellent work and I wish her continued success for many years. The positive feedback speaks for itself.
|On Feb 8, 2010, Tyrol_Girl Ottawa,
I am very happy to write this review of my favorite seed company.
|On Jan 29, 2010, cactus01 Milwaukee, WI wrote:
The seed selection at Gardens North is outstanding. Always changing with more selections added all the time. The owner gives very specific info on how to germinate the seeds right on the seed packet. I've had excellent germinating success, also.
|On Dec 13, 2008, Bittergreen Ottawa, ON (Zone 4a) wrote:
This is my favourite seed house. An exciting selection, many hard-to-find natives as well as exotics not available anywhere else. High quality, exceptional personal assistance, and best of all, they are constantly testing the hardiness of plants in their own zone 4 gardens. It's amazing what they have found to be hardy! Kristl Walek appears to know everything there is to know about seeds. I have ordered from them for a number of years now and will continue to do. My only complaint is that they no longer make their beautiful printed catalogue, and their website is a little slow and awkward.
|On Aug 18, 2008, evr Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:
I would have to say that this store has one of the best selections in the market and compared to that of other Canadian companies. A bit pricey I think though for some of their seeds that you could find anywhere else.
|On Aug 2, 2008, Menk Darling Downs,
One of the best! Will definitely order from again. Large selection, reasonable prices, fast shipment, great communication.
|On Apr 8, 2008, northeastwisc Northeastern, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:
Excellent service. Wonderful selection of hard to find seeds. Very responsive to questions. The owner seems to be right on top of everything; I don't know how she does it! I highly recommend this company.
|On Feb 18, 2008, Azurronero Aalten,
I order seeds every year from this company for several years now. The owner Kristl Walek makes sure that seeds are fresh and arrive safely every time I order. Communication is excellent. Very recommendable and trustworthy! It is one of my favourite seed selling companies.
|On Feb 7, 2008, Moskvichka Moscow,
In it to year the first time did the order and I am very happy! All was remarkable! Seeds have come to Russia very quickly! I hope for long friendship with this company!
|On Jan 4, 2008, kirsitn (Zone 6b) wrote:
Lots of interesting species at reasonable prices. Have ordered from them every year since I discovered them some years ago.
|On Aug 30, 2007, Martinska Jurmala,
I recently received my first seed order from them, I can say only positive about this experience with the company - nice webpage, easy ordering, seeds from very interesting plants. Also very detailed germination instructions on every seed package. Seeds arrived safely and in good time taking into consideration the distance. They looks healthy and some are even starting to germinate! I particulary highly evaluate the possibility to obtain efemeral seeds packed moist to keep their viability. I will certainly order seeds from this company again!
|On Jun 8, 2007, ginnylynn Blyth, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:
This was my first year ordering from Gardens North, and I must say that I am very pleased.
|On Mar 21, 2007, Erynne Orangeville, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:
My first experience ordering from Gardens North was a good one. Shipping was super fast and very courteous emails were sent to me. I have noted very good germination with the seeds I have sowed thus far. Their website is very easy to navigate and ordering was no problem....my only gripe is that the pages loaded rather slowly and I'm on high speed.
|On Apr 22, 2006, congminglaoshi Tuckahoe, NY wrote:
Wonderful choice of hard to find seeds, I like that some spp that die if dried out are available "moist packed", seeds of high quality and generous quantity. Highly recommended!
|On Apr 22, 2006, johnnycanuck Gananoque, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:
Fast service, outstanding selection of native and hard to find species. Detailed, concise and clear germination instructions for each species clearly labeled on packets. Super website which is fun just to browse.
|On Mar 18, 2006, cathaleen Prince George,
Have placed my first order for seeds late fall 2005 - was extremely happy with the manner in which the order was received - and more importantly - in the midst of germination time - am very happy with the success rates of my seed germinations. I liked the web site listing the seeds, and have a copy of the print catalogue - lots of information and more importantly this company offers so many great seed choices out of the ordinary.. Would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this company. Will certainly order from them again.
|On Feb 9, 2006, PlantsnobIN Paoli, IN wrote:
Ordered seeds for the first time this year online. Seeds came quickly, well packed. I won't have germination for quite some time on most of the seeds because they need stratification, but the seed all looked good. Nice selection of uncommon species that I can offer my customers. Will be ordering more when the ephemeral seed is ready.
|On Jan 13, 2006, crazy_gardener Wainwright, AB (Zone 2b) wrote:
I have been ordering seed from Kristl for years now and not once have I ever ran into a problem either with service or merchandise. Black and white catalogue that comes out every year of the most impressive, hardy, hard to find seeds. Now these are not your average seeds that you’ll find on the seed rack or in other perennial/woody catalogues out there, this seed company always have a diversity of new species and something exciting to try each season! Website is trouble-free, easy to use with splendid photos, which is always updated. Excellent sowing instructions and excellent germination %. I highly recommend Gardens North for the amateur gardener or pro!
|On Oct 24, 2005, hillfarm Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:
I have dealt with this company for 10 years+.
|On Feb 14, 2005, rebaru montreal,
I will have to wait for my experience with the plants-to-be that I hope will germinate and thrive, but I am very happy with the service I have had. I ordered some things in December, got an e-mail when they were mailed. Then I decided to order one more thing. When the packet came, it was short of the number promised. I e-mailed them, got an immediate apology with promise of a new pack, and even better quite a long message with advice on something I'd enquired about. I'd say their service is great. More in a few months on the plants!
|On Jan 17, 2005, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
I can't speak to germination rates yet, because this is my first year growing perennials from seed. In for a penny, in for a pound, I suppose. When my seeds were late in arriving, I was pleased to receive an e-mail on the very day I planned to e-mail Gardens North with an inquiry. Quite understandably, the holidays had slowed everything down. The seeds arrived on the day I expected based on the information in that e-mail, and they seem just fine. In at least one case, I simply couldn't find the seed anywhere else. If I get even one or two to germinate, I'll be thrilled.
On March 14th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:
Seeds from the varieties I've already started have germinated, which means a great germination rate in my hands.
On January 10th, 2006, nevadagdn added the following:
I placed an order this year, and it arrived about when expected. Quality seems good, as usual.
On April 22nd, 2006, nevadagdn added the following:
I bought more seeds during the recent half-price sale. Quality on the seeds already started is excellent.
|On Jan 5, 2005, vicki448 masury, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:
Placed an on-line order in the 1st week of december. Web page says orders are processed in 7 days. I have not received the seeds. I have e-mailed them twice with no response. Not good business practices!
On January 7th, 2005, vicki448 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
RECEIVED A PHONE CALL TODAY FROM THE VERY NICE LADY AT GARDENS NORTH. I was not receiving her e-mails, so she could not tell me what was going on with my order. Would definitely order from her in the future. Sorry Gardens North!
|On Mar 1, 2003, calgary wrote:
Have been ordering from Gardens North for 7 years. Wonderful personal attention, handwritten notes and comments about germination techniques for each individual seed packet is an outstanding approach. Have several times requested they fill a wish list of rare perennials and alpines, which they have filled on the following years order. I feel like they are part of my garden. Wonderful seed and results. 5 Stars.
|On Nov 12, 2002, IngaMi wrote:
I have ordered from Gardens North for about the past three years, and never a year goes by now that don't order at least two or more times. Their catalog is wonderful, as well as their selection, and their service is very quick.
|On Feb 15, 2002, rfoulis wrote:
I have been ordering seed from this company since 1995 and have never had a bad experience. They carry a wide variety of perrennial seed, hardy in northern regions, with great germination tips and information. All the seed is tested and the germination rates are very high. I usually only wait about a week for my order to arrive. I think what impressed me most was the fact that if I write with a question I get a handwritten letter in return.
|On Dec 1, 2001, NinaAprile Clifford,
A must for the cold season perennial gardener. Quality is high, germination instructions are excellent and the company provides great cultural information. Seed count per package provided. Plant descriptions are exquisite, worth reading again and again. Lots and lots of unusual varieties. I look forward to the arrival of my Gardens North catalogue each year. Even if you never ordered a seed from them, the catalogue is more than worth the $4.00 charge. I find myself consulting it during growing season again and again.
|On Dec 1, 1998, moiralaw wrote:
They are a perennial seed house specializing in hardy perennials for Canadian (and other colder) areas - zone 5 and colder. I really enjoy reading their catalogue and appreciate their explicit germination directions. They have a good selection of seeds to chose from, including some really unusual plants. I believe a web site is in development. I really recommend them.