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Positive nevadagdn
(117 reviews)
On Nov 9, 2004, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I haven't ordered from Breck's since the mid-1990's. At that time, they weren't any better or any worse than any other company. What's stopped my patronage is Breck's prices: Even with coupons and discounts, they simply charge too much for what they offer.

On October 19th, 2005, nevadagdn changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

This spring, Breck's had an unconditional $25.00 off coupon offer--if the bulbs and shipping came to less than $25.00, you paid nothing. I decided to give Breck's another try. Even had I not received the bulbs, I would have kept my rating at "neutral", because I wasn't out anything but a few strokes of the keyboard. I did receive the bulbs last night, and even though I received an email about a month ago stating the bulbs had shipped, they didn't actually ship until fairly recently. I expected second-rate bulbs, but instead I received the healthiest, largest Galanthus bulbs I've received this season. I'll definitely try Breck's again for a spring order.
On May 8th, 2006, nevadagdn added the following:

I've been TRYING to make a Breck's order, Spring OR Fall, but they haven't had anything I needed or wanted. I guess I'd still recommend their bulbs for Fall planting, but I didn't see anything that caught my eye. The Galanthus did bloom nicely.
Positive DreamOfSpring
(24 reviews)
On Nov 6, 2004, DreamOfSpring Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

I ordered a vast array of bulbs,etc. All arrived in excellent condition. All were healthy and well packaged. I would definitely recommend them and will surely order from them again.

Positive trunnels
(7 reviews)
On Nov 5, 2004, trunnels Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I ordered approximately 500 bulbs from Brecks for a little garden club I have at work. They were delivered when expected and were all nice healthy bulbs except one particular type of tulip which was a little moldy and soft. I called the company (they were easy to reach) and they agreed to ship out replacements, no hassle. I will definitely buy again from Brecks.

Positive patwood
(20 reviews)
On Nov 3, 2004, patwood Lake Hopatcong, NJ wrote:

Ordered a bunch of tulips and daffodils using coupons received by email. All of the bulbs arrived in good shape. Sizes match the stated sizes in the catalog. Customer service by email was pretty good, receiving replies within two or three days. Web site order tracking needs major overhaul -- a cancelled order continues to show up as "processing".

On March 6th, 2005, patwood added the following:

I forced most of the tulips I got from them (some were freebies). Most came out quite well. In particular, Apricot Beauty had great blooms and lasted a long time indoors. The Feb Gold daffs only had a 75% survival rate, and the ones that survived only had one bloom per bulb (perhaps that 's just par for this one)..
Positive GriffinMoss
(2 reviews)
On Nov 2, 2004, GriffinMoss Lewiston, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I ordered after receiving a free coupon before I found the Garden Watchdog on DG. The comments here concerned me and I emailed the company. The response I got was a bit slow (it took about a week for them to write back) and generic but it was polite. A reply email with further questions didn't receive a response.

I then phoned the company. I spoke with a nice representative who let me know when my product shipped and gave me assurances about the quality guarantee. At this point it was wait and see. The customer service I received was polite, but reactive rather than proactive. I didn't receive any shipping notices etc.

My bulbs did all arrive. The order was correct, the bulbs were in good condition and the appropriate size and I will see how they bloom next year. I am not expecting problems from what I have seen.

They arrived a bit later than I expected but not excessively so. I had read the shipping schedule and wasn't expecting the order till mid October. I got the product the end of October.

Breck's does seem to be quite a bit more expensive than some of the other companies. I wish that I had known that beforehand but I can't fault Breck's. The prices are clearly listed and I choose to buy. Shame on me for not being a more savvy shopper. In the future I think I will probably stick with other suppliers. There seem to be much better prices for the same product elsewhere for at least the same level of quality and service.

On June 14th, 2005, GriffinMoss changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

Everything I ordered bloomed except for some English Bluebells. I called customer service and they are crediting my card. They didn't give me a hard time about it at all. I recommend calling the number to contact them and not emailing.

I ordered some bareroot plants this Spring (they had a sedum that I desparately wanted and they had the lowest price) The plants had well developed roots. They are growing well. I had never ordered bare root plants so I was pleasantly surprised.

The thing about Brecks is that their normal prices are way over priced. The are always running a "sale" or sending out a "coupon" which makes the prices average to a tad high. Other vendors are a better bargain overall but if I had a coupon and only wanted a few of a particular item I would order from them again .
Positive Saviera
(4 reviews)
On Oct 18, 2004, Saviera Savannah, GA wrote:

Just want to say 'Thanks' for the free bulbs. I used the $ 25 free products coupon with no charge. The replete daffodils bulbs arrived in the right time and they looks amazing. Big and healthy. They also has some 'extras' bulbs around them so I got more that what I ordered. The nicest bulbs I got so far.
Thanks. Saviera & Tim Goslin

Positive msfancyplants
(1 review)
On Oct 16, 2004, msfancyplants Miramichi, NB (Zone 4a) wrote:

Used Breck's $25 'no strings attached' gift certificate. Received three 'Nerone' Asiatic liy bulbs free of charge as the order came to less than $25. Bulbs are big, fat and healthy. Order arrived on time for planting. I'm very satisfied with Breck's. Will definitely order again.

Positive Bolecke
(1 review)
On Sep 28, 2004, Bolecke wrote:

I ordered 12 lily bulbs somethime in June. Some bulbs were smaller than others, but all were acceptable size. All the bulbs arrived well packaged and in excellent condition. The bulbs were shipped when the company claimed they would be shipped (I received them late September). If the price is right I will order from them again.

Positive msanjelpie
(54 reviews)
On Jun 17, 2004, msanjelpie Meridian, ID wrote:

Order placed and received. Items in good condition. Planted and bloomed well. Would order from again.


Positive kittz_cat
(2 reviews)
On Apr 27, 2004, kittz_cat wrote:

My boyfriend purchased almost $90 worth of bulbs from Brecks last year for our anniversary. The bulbs arrived
at the perfect time in the fall for planting in Idaho. They were in plastic bags with holes, (perfect for bulbs)and they were shipped in a cardboard box. I received a booklet outlining the proper care for the bulbs aswell. The flowers this spring are BEAUTIFUL!!! Every single one flourished. I have had many experiences with other mail order companies. I have received moldy bulbs that didn't do a darn thing.....not from Brecks though. Kudos for a job well done to the people at Brecks. I would highly recommend this company for quality bulbs.

Positive bluebirdie_ca
(5 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2004, bluebirdie_ca wrote:

Last year, I received an email with a coupon from Breck's. I roder four Peony for free. After a cold winter, all of them sprouted fine. Although it's not blooming time yet, I think they'll do fine. With this experience, I will definitely order form again in the future.

Positive Tobin7
(1 review)
On Feb 22, 2004, Tobin7 wrote:

I ordered from Breck's for the first time this year, and so far so good. I took advantage of their $25 off coupon. The bulbs did arrive kind of late, but fortunately I had a brief warm window in which to get them into the ground. The bulbs were very large in size (as promised), and none appeared to have any decay. My order was completed properly. Now it's just a matter of waiting a few more months to see how everything comes up! But at this point, I have no reason to believe it won't go very well.

Positive Lilred627
(2 reviews)
On Jan 11, 2004, Lilred627 wrote:

I placed a spring bulb order 7/03. Customer Service responded to e-mails promptly, and was very courteous. My order arrived on time, in 2 shipments, and was complete. My only complaint is that 3 of the Emerald City Tulip bulbs were moldy. Their guarantee clearly states that if the customer is not satisfied upon receipt, a replacement or refund will be issued. I e-mailed Customer Service and asked to be reimbursed for the 3 bulbs, since by the time the shipment would arrive, the season for planting spring bulbs would be over. The customer service rep replied "It is not uncommon for the bulbs to have storage mold on them" and I was advised to plant them. I planted all the bulbs after refrigerating them for 2 days. I will update my entry in the spring when they bloom.

On June 7th, 2004, Lilred627 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I am happy to say that Breck's has honored the company guarantee. I recieved a replacement certificate for several of the bulbs which did not produce plants. I would do business with them again.
Positive qbirdy
(4 reviews)
On Jan 1, 2004, qbirdy pulaski, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Ordered a lot of daffodils this year, bulbs were a little late but all were great, large and solid. I used one of their $25 dollar off coupons and felt I got a great deal, would recomend this company to anyone. :)

Positive cbamrick
(7 reviews)
On Sep 28, 2003, cbamrick Green Bay, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I do not usually order from a company that has the volume of negatives as this company but I was unable to find anyone else that was offering America Asiatic Lilies. My order came yesterday and I would like to say that I am very pleased with my 9 bulbs....I am glad I took the chance.

Positive Lenna
(1 review)
On Aug 14, 2003, Lenna wrote:

Breck's has been just lovely with me! I ordered a number of bulbs & wildflower seeds ("Tulip topper")last fall. Nearly all of the bulbs came up this spring, but only a couple of each thing actually bloomed. I was disappointed, but when I called them they told me to let them know what all didn't bloom and they would be replaced at no charge. Sure enough, when I called this week they offered to replace all of the bulbs that didn't bloom 100% -- so, for example, a group of 5 tulip bulbs that only 2 bloomed, they're replacing all 5! They gave me some tips about when to fertilize, too. The wildflower seeds were excellent quality -- we just sprinkled them on the garden, didn't cover them with soil or anything special, and they have just bloomed all summer in beautiful profusion.

Positive LadyCoop
(3 reviews)
On May 24, 2003, LadyCoop wrote:

I ordered bulbs from Breck's in 2001 and 2002. The bulbs I received from them have been high quality and did absolutely GREAT both years. My crocuses and tulips lasted at least 3 weeks and were beautiful! I just placed a huge order with them to be delivered in the fall. They have a life time customer!

Positive jesup
(5 reviews)
On Mar 18, 2003, jesup Malvern, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

While I'm still waiting to see how many will come up this spring (harshest winter in 25 years here - some alliums have started to sprout, and the snowdrops are happy), overall I was fairly pleased with the shipments. We had an early hard freeze, and a few of the bulbs showed up after it. Note however that I ordered very late, and again frost was early. I did get all but one order of lilies planted however. Overall the bulbs seemed to be in good condition when they finally came in. I don't plan to argue if they don't survive; I know that at least a few were eaten by voles (found the top of one).

I'm not ravingly happy with them, but overall I can't fault them.

Their (Gardens Alive's) order-tracking software had real problems tracking my order since it was sent in pieces. That may be fixed; my order from Springhill this spring seems to be much more trackable (also split). However, I got an error (a microsoft database error) when submitting my order to springhill - inexcusable! It did show up properly, however.

Positive stellamae
(7 reviews)
On Nov 9, 2002, stellamae Beaver Dams, NY wrote:

I have ordered from Brecks for about 8 years and have never had a bad experience with them, they are always on time and healthy.

Positive miss_amy
(20 reviews)
On Nov 7, 2002, miss_amy Stamford, CT wrote:

Recieved my 2 orders and pleased with quality and packaging. We'll see how these bulbs do this coming spring!

Positive loveylew
(4 reviews)
On Oct 7, 2002, loveylew wrote:

I recently put in a large order for daffodils and hyacinths. When I didn't hear from the company for quite some time after placing my order, I got worried. I e-mailed the company and received a prompt response the following day. My order arrived last week, but, unfortunately, the bulbs were damaged in shipping. I called the company and the customer service person was very polite and offered to send another shipment. I decided that I didn't want a second one, but my money back. She did this and my refund posted on my credit card two days later. After inspecting the bulbs further, I realized that they had not shipped a set of bulbs, but instead sent something else, the customer service person said to keep what was sent and they would send out the right bulbs.

They were very helpful and courteous. My money was refunded promptly. I would defintely buy again from this company.

Positive gardeningsd
(5 reviews)
On Oct 3, 2002, gardeningsd wrote:

I placed my first order from brecks. I ordered 208 assorted bulbs. They were nicely packaged, healthy bulbs. Properly labled as far as I know. I only found 1 rotted daff bulb and out of 208 bulbs I thought that was pretty good. We'll see what they look like in spring. So far I am happy with my experince.

Positive lupinelover
(15 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2002, lupinelover Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I first started ordering from this company in 1991. Without exception, all the bulbs I ordered came on time and were in perfect condition. The only ones lost were because they were planted in bad locations or were inadvertantly damaged by digging (pests and people); or they were "annual" tulips.

One order in 1995 came on time; however a certified letter came shortly thereafter explaining that the shipping had been poor; the Rembrandt tulip bulbs had not been kept chilled during transit. They gave us a credit (double amount) for another order. I had already planted the bulbs, but did not expect them to do well: they not only grew, they have increased every year.

My experience with the perennials they offer by "special mail" is vastly different. I ordered a "hosta assortment" that was fine. I ordered an "astilbe assortment" that was not fine. Not one survived. I was given a refund, but it was very disappointing. The same experience with the oriental poppy assortment: not one survived. Full refund given.

I have not ordered from them in the past 2 years because I have a surplus of spring and summer bulbs now; but with the negative comments, I wanted to let others know that in the past, this was a highly reputable bulb dealer.

Positive claudiacurt
(1 review)
On Jan 1, 2002, claudiacurt wrote:

I have ordered Dutch bulbs from Breck's for several years, and have been nothing but satisfied. They have shipped me high quality bulbs, the order has always arrived correct, complete, and on time, and probably about 95% of the bulbs have grown. The ones that haven't are probably my own fault.

Positive joannebruckner
(1 review)
On Dec 1, 2001, joannebruckner wrote:

I too am sad to hear of the bankruptcy. I haven't been a customer for long, but I enjoyed the bulbs I received. The only ones I was disappointed in were the Crown Imperials. Of course they were the most expensive too. They came up and bloomed beautifully the first year, and then this year they didn't come up at all.

Positive johnrgriffith
(1 review)
On Nov 1, 2001, johnrgriffith wrote:

Brecks has always giving me great service in regards to order processing. I have never had a problem with great yields from their products either. I live in Seattle with some pretty bad weather and growing conditions but, with the proper planning, have had an absolutely stunning yard even with species that are not supposed to perform well in the climate. I am upset that Brecks is gone.

Positive richardnancy
(1 review)
On Oct 27, 2001, richardnancy wrote:

Our church youth participated in a fundraiser with Breck's. We received the bulbs on Oct. 26, 2001. They are a nice quality and were glad to finally get them

Positive theresahende
(2 reviews)
On Oct 25, 2001, theresahende wrote:

I have had wonderful turnout from all orders with Spring Hill and Brecks. I have ordered a variety of Roses, Ivy, Creeping Mertyle, and many others from Spring Hill and Several collections of bulbs including tulips from Brecks. All have come up beautifully and made it through our sometimes not-so-springy springtime. I have just received another order of over 200bulbs and have always received any bonuses that were promised. I will continue to be a loyal, very satisfied customer of Spring Hill and Brecks. Good prices and lots of bang for your buck!!

Positive willabbott
(1 review)
On Oct 25, 2001, willabbott wrote:

I just received my order from Brecks (10/25/01). They were in good shape and arrived in time for planting.

Positive carolynposte
(2 reviews)
On Oct 20, 2001, carolynposte wrote:

I have been doing business with Breck's, Springhill, and Michigan Bulb since the fall of 1999. I have spent several thousands of dollars in the last couple of years. I am proud to say that my complaints have been very few and those few have always been taken care of in a very professional manner. This means 100% replacements, very friendly and helpful customer service, and timely shipments and replacements. I was surprised to learn that all three companies all belonged to the same parent company. I feel very saddened by this loss, seeing as the only other company I have ordered from is Jackson Perkins. I really loved Breck's buy now pay later program. You were never obligated to pay a cent until you had received and inspected your order. To me this was peace of mind. If you weren't satisfied all you had to do was call. No extra postage to send back dead plants, just a call and your word, kind of like the old days. I miss those days. I was unaware that they were going out of business until a couple of days ago. I am truly even more impressed in learning this. I placed two orders with Springhill for $150 and another order with Breck's for $216, to be shipped for fall planting, and considering the fact that they have went bankrupt I still received all three orders the last part of last week and hadn't paid the first penny on any of them. Now if that isn't professionalism I don't know what is. I'll truly miss this company as will every one that I have shared flowers with. I ordered 250 tulips from them last fall and they really outdid themselves this spring. When I dug them up this week, I have my original 250 bulbs, plus approximately 250 offspring which I have given to my mom, aunts, and sister. I hope I have half the good luck with the next place I order from!!! If I order from another place!

Positive kalverson
(1 review)
On Oct 20, 2001, kalverson wrote:

Just received my long awaited bulbs from Brecks. Was worried about them but they arrived in plenty of time to plant before ground freezes.

Positive jeaniedecker
(1 review)
On Oct 20, 2001, jeaniedecker wrote:

When I heard about the bankruptcy, I assumed that I'd never receive the bulbs I ordered from Breck's last spring for fall planting. Yesterday in the mail, however, I received my full shipment plus their 2002 spring catalog. My mother also received all of the bulbs she ordered. (The flyers in the box also included some offers from Springhill, so I guess they're not out of business either.)

Positive tylerbradshaw
(2 reviews)
On Oct 20, 2001, tylerbradshaw wrote:

I am so glad that Brecks and Springhill are continuing their work in view of their parent corporation's bankruptcy. I have gardened since I could crawl and am now 40 so you can just imagine the experiences I have in the wonderful world of digging in the dirt. No human in the world can get 100% bloomage from plants. Gardening is 1 part bust your buns and 9 parts prayer. So many factors come into play and not all can ever be fully guaranteed. In view of this I deeply appreciate a company willing to replace, refund or substitute on the word of the customer alone. Keep up the good work guys. Oh, and just to let you know all my coworkers also love your products. So keep on shipping those catalogs, about the only extras in the mailbox I don't toss out nowadays.

Positive lisa278
(4 reviews)
On Sep 1, 2001, lisa278 wrote:

Hi, I ordered some bulbs from Breck's in April, spent about $150.00. I later heard that they filed for bankruptcy, so I just assumed I was out of luck. Well to my surprise yesterday, I received my bulbs. They were beautiful and they seemed to have all new catalogs with them. I'm very impressed and I probably would order from them again if I were sure they are back in business.

Positive marisaaskew
(1 review)
On Sep 1, 2001, marisaaskew wrote:

My mother in Alabama has been ordering bulbs - mostly tulips, daffodils, and crocus - from Breck's for at least twenty years. During that time her garden has always been lovely, barring freak ice storms and hail. Of course, she knows what she's doing and doesn't expect Breck's, or their bulbs, to compensate for improperly prepared beds, unseasonable weather, or an inexperienced gardener.

Positive virgiejones
(1 review)
On Sep 1, 2001, virgiejones wrote:

I enjoy reading from your website. It's so helpful and informative. I've been using it for about 4 yrs now. I too was a frequent customer of Breck's Bulbs and had learned from your site about the bankruptcy. I NEVER had any problems with Breck's - my order was always on time, correct, and very healthy. I was quite upset to hear about their financial troubles and figured that my order that was placed in the Spring before the bankruptcy would not be filled. I had no luck in contacting them at all. WELL, I just received my order from Breck's suppliers in Holland. About 100 bulbs. Everything looks wonderful! Now is an excellent planting time for my zone. Even my free items were included! A bill was included in the box for me to pay AFTER inspection of my items. This is the company I'm used to. I'm still having trouble accessing their web site and telephoning them, but I'm really impressed to receive what I had basically kissed goodbye!!

Positive sa
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 2001, sa wrote:

I have ordered from Brecks several times and have had FABULOUS results. You should see my Dinnerplate Dahlia's - a full 10" bloom with the most vibrant colors. People who drive by my house and see me outside cutting my enormous flowers stop to ask me what kind they are and where can they get some. The kids in my neighborhood are always asking if they can have one to take home to the moms. My tulips the first year were fantastic - the squirrels and rabbits thought so, too - ate every one of my tulip bulbs, not a one to be found. But I ordered more and this time I'll be watching for the thieving varmints. Asiatic Lily's???? Gorgeous - and tons of flowers too. Each bulb gives me 15 - 30 flowers every year and they last for a very long time. I will continue to shop at Brecks for as long as they'll let me…this coming from a woman who knows diddly squat about gardening and flowers. Planting and care instructions provided were informative, giving me the chance to grow such beautiful things in my yard - WAY TO GO BRECKS!!!

Positive mistymjo
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 2001, mistymjo wrote:

I, too, like another writer started out brand new with planting flowers in 1999. My method was "plant and hope". I liked the looks of Breck's flowers and ordered some. In spite of NY state's perverse weather, all the flowers came up beautiful. And continue to do so. I have received a lot of compliments on them, and in 1 particular case, I cut some of my prettiest tulips and gave them to my mother on her birthday. She later told me they didn't start fading until almost 2 weeks later. I haven't tried any other company, nor will I. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

Positive ldesavigny
(3 reviews)
On Jul 1, 2001, ldesavigny wrote:

I would recommend mail ordering roses from Breck's. But learn you garden, your zone and all the little quirks about your garden, believe me there are many.

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