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Positive Vichka
(1 review)
On May 10, 2017, Vichka North Tonawanda, NY wrote:

Positive experience, positive feedback. Ordered peony trees in the beginning of April, received in beginning of May (not a problem!) , they are saying on website about delivery time, it’s depends on weather, what zone you are, what zone they are, plants condition and other “plant related things”.
It’s not like you ordered something that can be shipped at any time, it is live thing – plant, so you have to adjust to it. I worked with plants for many-many years and I knew they will deliver when they are ready and weather and plants are ready.
So, I waited, checked with customer service email couple times, got very nice response back, and checked again like 10-15 days later, got update. And I received what I ordered, in great condition, all alive, nice size plants, not just something started this year, peony has good roots, leaf buds, all packed nice, roots are in plastic bags , not dry. I planted them and now couple days later they are doing fine, hope they all will stay.
One thing I can say : do not rush delivery, it’s not like you ordered table or clothes, it may not come next week. And think a little about people who are working there – 100 years in business! It’s not 5,10 or 50 years, with bad plants and bad service they will not be able to survive, so …
And they are taking good care of plants, they are not sending them right away, we all in different states, weather, temperature...
And different plants has different sensitivity, or how to say that…Some will survive trip, some not so good, some will not…We cannot be sure…the same with seeds, we are not sitting inside the seed to know if it will grow or not. So, it’s like a lottery, a little.
When I don’t want to wait or to take a chance, I am going to nursery, one or other; they will have what I want , eventually.
Plants are in pots and nice condition…the only thing is – they can die also.

All the Best to All Gardeners!

On May 10, 2017, Burgess Seed responded with:

"On May 17, 2017 10:12 AM, Burgess Seed responded with:

Thank you for your kind posting on Garden Watchdog. Your experience is more typical of our normal customers as we do ship hundreds of thousands of packages to satisfied customers each year. We just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post your comments."

Positive bigrockcreek
(1 review)
On Apr 24, 2017, bigrockcreek Gering, NE wrote:

I was pleasantly surprised to receive my Burgess order today. I placed an order for one lemon tree, one dwarf banana tree, and 10 asparagus roots. Based on the negative reviews I had read on the internet, I expected my trees to be "dead" and scraggly. Yes, they are small, but they both have beautiful green leaves and a healthy root system. I planted them right away and have them in my little outdoor greenhouse now. I'm hoping for the best.

My asparagus roots look like...roots. :) But, they are healthy enough they are even trying to grow through the plastic package they came in. I do not know how they will all grow or how it will turn out, but I got more than I expected, and I'm hopeful I'll get a good return on my investment.

On Apr 24, 2017, Burgess Seed responded with:

"On May 17, 2017 10:12 AM, Burgess Seed responded with:

Thank you for your kind posting on Garden Watchdog. Your experience is more typical of our normal customers as we do ship hundreds of thousands of packages to satisfied customers each year. We just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post your comments."

Positive Ouizee
(1 review)
On Mar 15, 2017, Ouizee Osteen, FL wrote:

I received all products ordered over a few weeks. They explained in their catalog it would take a while to ship all ordered to Florida. No problems with anything. All onion starts, shallot starts, garlic starts, in excellent condition and are all taking off already in the garden. Robust and healthy!The best onion starts were the candy apple red ones. I have ordered from Burgess in the past and have never had any issues. This most recent order was also good and I had no problems. Thanks, Burgess!!

Positive tsantini
(3 reviews)
On Jan 25, 2017, tsantini Middletown, CT wrote:

I've always had good luck with Burgess. Last year I ordered 4 shrubs. All were a bit scraggly and slow to emerge, but that has been my usual experience with bare root plants. The all lived through the season and I expect to see them back this spring.

Positive tngardener865
(1 review)
On Jan 16, 2017, tngardener865 Knoxville, TN wrote:

Similar to a review further below, I created a log in just to give a positive review to this company and the Direct Gardening family of companies. I also saw a lot of reviews about people being unsatisfied with the return policy, with the quality of the plants, shipping timing, etc. I took a chance on purchasing 2 different variety of blackberry bushes, hydrangea trees, strawberries, and grape vines, along with the free gifts. I've ordered a variety of live plants from other sites, and was very pleased with the pricing, timeliness of shipping, return policy, and quality of plants from this company, and will be placing a larger order this spring. Most of the plants I purchased have already come out of dormancy (unseasonably warm winter unfortunately, hope they make it when the cold weather hits), and have thrived. The company is very clear about their return policy (which is the best return policy I've seen with online nurseries) and the fact that the plants are dormant, and you can't reasonably expect full size, fruiting plants when you're buying 3 blackberries for $5. They shipped much quicker and much more affordably than a lot of other sites that I ordered from (I waited 5 months for some grape vines from a different company that gets great reviews here). To anyone that wants to try this company, please do so (after educating yourself about the return and dormancy policy)! I continue to tell everyone about how great these companies are to garden on a budget. To be fair, I have not had to deal much with their customer service (outside of a few questions, which are answered promptly), but the majority of the reviews I see are from being either uneducated about their policies, or unrealistic about the size/immediate liveliness of the plants.

On Jan 16, 2017, Burgess Seed responded with:

"On Jan 20, 2017 8:37 AM, Burgess Seed responded with:

Thank you for your kind posting on Garden Watchdog. Your experience is more typical of our normal customers as we do ship hundreds of thousands of packages to satisfied customers each year. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post your comments."

Positive Gravypants
(2 reviews)
On Oct 25, 2016, Gravypants East Rochester, NY wrote:

I placed an order for over 60 various bare-root plants with this company in the spring. After placing the order, I read a number of negative reviews on the company, so i really didn't expect much to show up. When the plants arrived I planted them right away. Approximately 70% of the plants began growing and still look fine. 30% of the plants never showed any signs of growth (including some items they substituted for out-of-stock plants). I mailed them the packing label and requested replacement plants in the fall, To my surprise, I received all the replacement plants, including the originally requested out-of-stock plants, within 3 weeks. I will have to wait until spring to find out if the replacements survive. So far, so good.

Positive Pskip
(1 review)
On Apr 23, 2016, Pskip Nampa, ID wrote:

I registered an account at Dave's garden just to post this positive review. I read all the negative reviews about Burgess seed before placing my order, and I assumed that the complaints I read came predominantly from people who a) don't know what a bare root plant is and b) didn't read any of the information regarding processing orders, replacing items, or how to care for your plants when they arrive. I assumed correctly.

My plants arrived immediately after the weather warmed enough to permit shipping, clearly labeled, with a booklet about how to care for them and some free seeds and bulbs. Six out of eight trees are now thriving, and since my first email to the company to change part of my order was answered promptly I have every reason to believe I'll get the promised free replacements for the two persimmon trees that have not budded yet (a scratch test still shows green towards the base of the trees, so I'll wait longer before requesting replacement). I saved an enormous amount of money, I got plants that are not available at any local nursery, and I've already placed a larger second order.

I'm extremely pleased with what I got, and I would encourage anyone who's willing to follow instructions and give a little pampering to their new plants to take a chance on Burgess seed.

Positive sandstone
(1 review)
On Mar 29, 2016, sandstone Frenchburg, KY wrote:

Just received replacement items for last year's 2015 shipment. These items were sent earlier at my request and were in very good shape, unlike last year's items that were sent much later in the spring. Customer service was very nice each time I contacted them. They told me not to ask for replacements until their 2016 catalog came out so I would receive fresh plants. They kept my shipping label on file for me and never asked me to send the dead plants back. Trees are very small, but they usually grow well after they start to grow. You can't expect large trees at these prices. I ordered from them because they handle plants I can't otherwise get. I'm sorry to hear that many customers seem unsatisfied.

Positive sullific
(2 reviews)
On Jun 23, 2015, sullific West Haven, CT wrote:

Posted on May 6, 2015, updated June 23, 2015
I have not ordered from mail order garden companies in years but this winter was so debilitating and unending that when I received a Burgess catalogue I just had to thumb through it and started mentally checking off unusual things I would like just to feel like I was actually gardening again. In the end I decided to order these plants, none of these varieties of which I have seen around here in the numerous nurseries I frequent. I ordered several shade plants (primroses, hosta, dianthus) and a fruit cocktail tree as well as red daisies, day lilies, yucca, etc. The order came to a bit over $100. I made the order back when the snow was thick on the ground and was rather surprised that they charged my credit card immediately and not on shipment, but that wasn\'t really a problem. I had no trouble getting through to order.
The plants arrived in a bag a few weeks ago, just about when they should have. The bare roots all looked healthy. In the booklet they had a paragraph: Is That Tree Dead or Alive? instructing you to scrape the bark a bit and see if, of course, underneath it was green or brown. My fruit cocktail tree (which was quite thick, unlike the twigs sent by the Arbor Day foks etc which are viable but tiny) was vibrant green underneath. I was able to plant the bare root plants and the tree immediately, but there was a warning not to plant the potted plants (there were about eight small ones) if there was a chance of cold and, Unending Winter, we were expecting temps in the low 30\'s for several nights.
So I put these plants as instructed in the basement.
Meanwhile I noticed that I had received two Stella d\'oros which I hadn\'t ordered and didn\'t receive the hostas. One look at the form explained why: one of them was 7377 and one was 7337 - it was a simple error. In calling I did get a busy signal three or four times, which surprised me, but then got through and I admit I expected to be told they would simply ship the two hostas but was told I had to send back the packing slip. When I protested that this was for the warranty the clerk told me that it would be kept on file once they received it. Also a little surprising- I was starting to think the words \"fly by night\" described the company.
So I mailed it back that day with a note explaining the situation (again). Then I broke my foot. Between that and the ungodly unseasonable cold I didn\'t get the potted plants in the ground for a week and by then the edelweiss was a goner and the three primroses on their way out (the dianthus and other primrose seem to have made it). I figured a week in the basement should not have done the plants in so I attempted to call Burgess but again, busy signal. So I emailed them. I am thus postponing a verdict on their customer service. I fully expect them to send the hostas and replace the other four plants.
As for the plants themselves, outside of those weaklings that didn\'t make it, the others looked pretty healthy, as did two indoor citruses I ordered.

On June 23rd, 2015, sullific changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:


I did email Burgess several times, but did receive the hostas they had mistakenly not sent.

I asked if the edelweiss and plumeria, which were not bare root and had to be held a week due to cold weather here and didn't survive a week in the basement very well, could also be replaced. I said I would take responsibility for the three primrose which while a big ragged were still quite green when planted.

Despite the fact I had my broken foot and could not water the plants (and we were in a drought) - only got out twice to use the hose, and it only rained once, in over a month - the plants were all coming up and doing well, even the fruit cocktail tree which, due to my injury, was now being surrounded by raspberries I hadn't been able to cut back - it had several leafy branches.

Burgess did sent a replacement for the edelweiss and the plumeria,and then I received the primroses, which I had said they didn't need to replace.

It did take a while, but there were no questions asked and no demanding that I send the dead edelweiss (which of course was just a plug of dirt) or anything like that.

When I went to plant the primroses, I discovered that, against all odds and hidden under copious weeds I had not been able to remove, the original plumarias, which my husband sort of half-planted in their already sorry state after that week in the basement, were doing fine.

I do find the length of time it took to replace things inordinate, but I cant complain about the quality or the refund and replacement policy itself. Thus I am changing my neutral review to a positive.
Positive vineymaple
(3 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2015, vineymaple Grand Mound, WA wrote:

I ordered about 40 willows and some other small perennials. I would say nearly all of the willows have sprouted and are growing well (maybe there is one that still has not come out yet, but it is still green). Two of the perennials were kind of dry and crisp when they arrived, however I did put them in seeding soil, watered them well, and placed them under a fluorescent for a few weeks and they came back really nice. I was hesitant from the negative reviews on here, but I am pleased overall with the quality and service.

Positive 4RealFood
(7 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2015, 4RealFood Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have had nothing but a positive experience ordering from Burgess over the years. The plants do arrive without warning but I am usually chomping at the bit in early spring to get outside and get dirty any way so it's like a pleasant surprise to me.
Some of the plants do arrive small and weak looking but plant them and give them a chance! Have patience! (After all, if you do not have patience, maybe you should pursue another hobby instead of gardening!) Some of the better trees and bushes I have on the property have come from these small, wimpy looking twigs I have gotten.
I have used their plant warranty on several occasions and they have never challenged me on anything, just sent the replacement plants and we tried again.
I have bought from Burgess and other Direct Gardening companies for about 6-7 years now and I will continue to do so.

Positive oldfolkie
(1 review)
On Jun 2, 2015, oldfolkie Rockford, IL wrote:

It's been years since I have ordered from a mail order company…. bad luck every time. But, I decided to give Burgess a try due to the selection and prices.
The plants arrived a bit later than I expected but in plenty of time to put in the ground. The root plants are excellent and the bulbs are fresh and slightly sprouting - as they should be. The seeds? Well, time will tell, of course.
I'm happy with my shipment and will most likely order from them again and definitely recommend them to my friends.

Positive Carsjuanjose
(1 review)
On May 30, 2015, Carsjuanjose Des Moines, IA wrote:

I been buying from this company for over 5 years as their prices are good they do take awhile to ship out but it depends on the type of order you made potted plants tend to take a little bit more but I just got my order and every thing looks green and healthy I will be doing business again next season I order the citrus collection every thing arrive at about a a foot tall as they should be

Positive sveltevictoria78
(1 review)
On May 30, 2015, sveltevictoria78 Medway, MA wrote:

I found the best way to contact them is through their email. They are courteous and checked on my staus of order. They were running a little behind, but they said they would ship it right out. IT was here in 2 days! My pear tree and rose bushes were soaked, but even dormant show no sign of life remember to do the scratch test right away. My 3 in 1 citrus tree was in beautiful shape and i transplanted to a larger pot..plenty of foliage, my asparagus roots had a tiny bit of mold..just rubbed some off. They are in the ground now and are doing fine. Just remember trees are hard to ship through the mail and do scratch test right away if you wish to go that route and soak in water. Make sure to contact them right away with problems..they resolved mine right away. Better to use email..they are mostly busy on the phone. The seeds are phenomenal and they have been taking care of many generations through their seeds. Please give the seeds a try everyone. Germinate them inside first. Good luck!!!!

Positive jaythree3
(1 review)
On May 27, 2015, jaythree3 Wiggins, CO wrote:

I have ordered from Burgess for several years now. Each time has been positive. My orders arrive in time for spring planting. Items that I have ordered arrived in good condition. I will continue to order from Burgess each and every year. The prices are fair and usually a great bargain.

Positive Wooknor
(1 review)
On May 20, 2015, Wooknor Indianapolis, IN wrote:

After reading all the reviews here about this company, my heart sank and was now anticipating the worst.

My plants arrived in a bag, the 2 5in1 trees were bare-root as others here indicated and looked dead(Pear was a whip and Apple had branches). Grafting unions looked good on both trees. I have purchased berries bare root before, and the currants and gooseberries looked nothing different from what other nurseries sold.

I soaked the trees overnight in water exactly as the instructions said (I even scratched the bark and confirmed it was green underneath) and planted them. A couple of weeks later, lo and behold the buds were green and now both trees are growing well. The Pear has many new branches popping out as well. All the berries survived. Either I am very lucky, or the people here don't know how to properly care for a bare-root dormant tree.

The St. John's Wort and Wintergreen shrubs shipped very much alive in plastic pot holders and looked great, as did the 4 different citrus trees I purchased.

Did they take far longer than I expected, yes they did. But, this is a discount place that sells items for 50-75% what you would pay elsewhere for many items, so you should expect some tradeoffs.

People should not expect this company to be a top rate nursery. You get what you pay for. I am happy with my purchase, but I also understand that if it isn't perfect, it's my fault for choosing them and trying to save a buck.

Positive ttp1127
(1 review)
On Mar 14, 2015, ttp1127 Bicknell, UT wrote:

My experiences with Burgess Seed have always been free of frustration, with very few end-of-season disappointments. I am not going to write every successful seed story that began with Burgess Seed , but long reviews only get read if they are full of complaints and blame. I will say, however, that last summer I ordered "Better Boy" tomatoes from Burgess because I listened to my grandma's advise (I live on my family's homestead farm and every generation has been fed primarily by growing their own garden so my grandma knows what varieties from which vendors will produce high yields and great flavor.) My neighbor, on the other hand, ordered them from somewhere else because she read a bunch of negative reviews about Burgess Seed. And when I say she read bad reviews, I mean she read into Burgess's star rating and concluded that she should buy seeds from Amazon.....
She had a 50% germination rate; my germination rate was 90%.
I live in Utah at 7500 Ft above sea-level, and a lot of plants ordered from other states can't handle the dramatic change in environment. The only times I have had Burgess plants die have been due to my refusal to accept that the plant I want doesn't grow where I live. And even when it is my fault that a plant doesn't do very well, they still hold to their satisfaction guarantee and replace them.

Burgess has fed the families of my great-grandma, my grandma, my mom, and now mine. We buy from them with our cellars in mind, not current trends pinned all over social media.

Positive DaleWI
(1 review)
On Jul 2, 2014, DaleWI Wausau, WI wrote:

I have been dealing with this company for more than 6 years, This year I ordered on June 25th, plants arrived on July 1st. a citrus tree, Mekong banana tree, (ordered 1 but received 2) and 3 victory rhubarb's. The citrus plant had already fruited about a foot tall, both banana tree's also a foot tall, and 3 very healthy rhubarb starter's. I have always had success and healthy plant's. I see alot of negative feedback on the warranty policy, the booklet they enclose clearly states how the warranty is handled, I had a issue year's ago with one item I followed the instruction's mailed what they asked for and it was handled with no problem's. No phone calls needed. Great experience always.

Positive SMPMITO
(3 reviews)
On Jun 25, 2014, SMPMITO Arlington, VA wrote:

In March, I ordered two elderberries (bareroot), a maypop (potted), and liatris bulbs. After reading reviews, I expected nothing but dead vegetation, but Burgess/Direct Gardening was markedly less expensive than other vendors so I went with them. I received my package generally on time and planted everything. Now in June, my bareroot elderberries have tons of new growth, my maypop is thriving and I think everyone of my 40 (?!?) liatris came up. Speaking of which, I wanted 2 or 3 liatris, but they only sold them in packs of 20 (for less than one plant in another nursery) and they gave me 20 more free. I thought maybe 10 percent would come up, but they seem to all have and now my plants are healthy and 2 feet tall. The 3 hardy gladiolas they gave me (free) came up and are healthy; alas the 3 balloon flower bulbs they gave me (free) were dug up by the squirrels.

I've ordered from multiple nurseries. Perhaps the plants arrived in less attractive packaging, but everything was fine, alive, and thriving 3 months out. I won't hesitate to order again.

Positive centuri
(2 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2014, centuri Agency, IA wrote:

I placed two orders with this company. I was concerned at first when I saw the numerous negative comments here shortly after ordering. My orders consisted of currants, bush cherries, honey berries, castor bean seeds, hardy kiwi, and a "Giant Mekong" hardy banana. The first order containing the berry bushes and kiwi arrived looking healthy. The second order was split into two parts, one with the seeds and one with the trees/banana. The seeds all sprouted with no issues. The cherry trees arrived dormant, but very much alive. The only issue with these was the packaging. The trees were simply put in the bag without water, which given the quality of the first order I assumed to be the result of negligence by a particular individual rather than the company as a whole. In general, I was very happy with my order and all my plants are doing well a month later. The price is unbeatable. I would consider ordering again, but the shipping issue with the trees should be addressed as I am sure it would have been a problem if I was not only one state away from where it was shipped

Positive underandoverit
(1 review)
On Jun 7, 2014, underandoverit Astoria, OR wrote:

I ordered 12 hedges and 4 fruit trees..6 hedges and one fruit tree did not grow! As a gardener this is expected! I let then know and they were very print to send me the replacement items! I recommend this company and will definitely order from them in the future!!

Positive jkronay
(1 review)
On May 24, 2014, jkronay Ashburn, VA wrote:

This is a review from my experience with Burgess Seed online.

Overall: EXCELLENT (so far)

I ordered around 35 trees/shrubs online and the order did arrive within 2 weeks, which was early since the order confimation did say please wait two weeks for processing, then plants will ship.

The plants came yesterday, packaged as most online plants do, in bags. The bags were wrapped nicely and labeled well.

I opened the bag and the single blue spruce I ordered was packaged in a separate bag from the other trees.

All of the specimens I received have a very nice root system for smaller starter trees and the blue spruce is beautiful in color and strong. I have placed the trees in water and will update after planting and evaluating

Overall so far, with proper expectation, every seems great.

Positive lbruning
(1 review)
On May 5, 2014, lbruning Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I have ordered seeds and plants from Burgess for several years. I have had wonderful results with seeds I receive from Burgess. I have also had positive results with tress I have ordered from them. But - I knew how to care for and plant dormant, bare root need to put the trees in water overnight and then make sure to water often after planted.....I have not had much luck with plants...nothing grew from my perennial garden collection last year and I ordered another one this year and everything was mushy and moldy when it arrived - we will see if anything grows.

Positive lovelola
(4 reviews)
On Mar 28, 2014, lovelola Williamson, AZ wrote:

My experience with Burgess has been generally positive so far. I only discovered the large number of negative reviews against them after I had placed my order, and I was extremely nervous, particularly because they give you no order updates, no method to confirm order status, and no shipping notification. The first portion of my order arrived, out of the blue, yesterday. Aside from some slightly moldy asparagus starts, everything looks to be in a healthy dormant stage. The grape vines I ordered are small, but well rooted, and considering I only paid three dollars for them, I am pleased. I ordered three red robin hood roses, also, and I'm actually shocked by how large and healthy they seem. I paid about $4.50 for each of the plants, and I honestly expected a rooted stick. Instead I received three fairly large, well rooted plants, carefully packaged, and ready for the ground. All the gladiola bulbs I ordered seem firm and healthy. Yes, a few of the asparagus packages have a touch of mold, and maybe I should be more concerned, but I'm not. I received 40 starts for $16 dollars, less than .50 a root crown, which is a better deal than the local nursery. Shipping prices can't be beat.
That being said, I will look forward to the rest of my order being delivered. I truly wish this company would give shipping notification and tracking numbers on their purchases, particularly because we are buying live plant materials. Aside from that, so far, I am pleased with the very low prices, the seemingly good quality, and Burgess as a whole.

Positive neelrad
(1 review)
On Nov 18, 2013, neelrad Lake Telemark, NJ wrote:

Burgess is a wonderful company. I ordered privet hedges and was short by 2. I told them and they immediately sent me 5 more. I was so happy with them I ordered 40 more and they were large plants. They were very receptive and very helpful This is one of the best companies I have ever dealt with. Customer Service is wonderful!!! They truly know how to treat their customers. I will tell everyone I know what a great company they are!!!

On Nov 18, 2013, Burgess Seed responded with:

"On Dec 19, 2013 10:35 AM, Burgess Seed responded with:

Thank you for your kind posting on Garden Watchdog. Your experience is more typical of our normal customers as we do ship hundreds of thousands of packages to satisfied customers each year. Thank you again and happy gardening!"

Positive MrAutumn
(1 review)
On Jun 7, 2013, MrAutumn Aviston, IL wrote:

I placed three different orders with Burgess Seed Co. back at the end of may. I had read a lot of reviews and was shocked at how many negative reviews people were posting. I stayed unbiased, waiting for my order to come in so I could make my own judgements. Needless to say within a two week time period my orders come in. Now I'm going to tell you exactly how the looked when I received them. The orders were inside solid green shipping bags, these weren't flimsy. Each plant was individually protected by a cardboard pouch, neatly stapled at the top with tags for identification. Now my order included climbing vine, bushes, container plants and such. How thrilled was I when I saw how lush and green my plants were! There was no mold or broken plants. They didn't look like twigs either. Overall I am completely satisfied. You get exactly what you pay for, these plants wer e cared for and shipped appropriately. Any mishandling happens between your postal service and delivery. I will continue to order from Burgess Seed and I recommend that you give them a chance too. They were prompt to answer any questions that I had, and were never Impatient with me. Thank you for making my experience pleasant and hassle free!

Positive chinclub
(1 review)
On May 8, 2013, chinclub RUFFIN, SC wrote:

I read a lot of negative reviews but I really wanted cheap trees so I decided to risk it. I placed my order in early Feb. My order arrived in early March. It consisted of many sticks with roots. Each stick was clearly labeled so I would know what was what.

I didn't know where I wanted to plant my trees and I had read so much about trees never growing so I decided to just plant them in a bunch of pots for now.

After a few weeks the first trees started growing leaves. Slowly several more of the trees began to show signs of growth. Many did not. By the end of March, 6 trees were still sticks and 4 had sprouted. By mid April 2 more trees had sprouted. By last week 4 trees still hadn't done anything and I told my hubby it was time to forget it. But I was busy and didn't have time to through them out. Yesterday 2 more trees were showing life!

I think people who write the bad reviews about trees being dead don't think about the different time periods for different types of trees. I bought two of each tree type and each type is sprouting within a day or two of each other. It has taken two months for my lily of the valley trees to sprout! And I was sure they were dead. I am so glad I didn't give up. The only two trees to not sprout out of my 16 tree order are my red buds but I will not give up.

I wonder how many of those negative reviews just didn't give their tiny plants time to wake up. I love my trees and the ones that have started sprouting are now growing like crazy! I would absolutely order from them again.

On May 8, 2013, Burgess Seed responded with:

"On May 28, 2013 1:43 PM, Burgess Seed responded with:

Thank you for your post! We are happy to hear that your trees are thriving! Happy Gardening!"

Positive SLOJSW
(1 review)
On May 3, 2013, SLOJSW Pineville, WV wrote:

Our order arrived in the time line stated, the plants were in excellent condition. We were very pleased with the service and our order... Great Job !

On May 3, 2013, Burgess Seed responded with:

"On May 28, 2013 1:38 PM, Burgess Seed responded with:

Thank you for your post! We are happy to hear that you are pleased with your order. Happy Gardening!"

Positive kc2011
(2 reviews)
On Apr 18, 2013, kc2011 Elkin, NC wrote:

Received my plants several weeks ago, soaked according to directions and planted in potting soil. They are growing well and greening up great! Lots of new leaves! I will be ordering again! Thank you Burgess!

On Apr 18, 2013, Burgess Seed responded with:

"On Apr 30, 2013 1:18 PM, Burgess Seed responded with:

Thank you! We are happy to hear that your plants are thriving. We look forward to being of service in the future!"

Positive sweetpeafairy
(1 review)
On Feb 9, 2013, sweetpeafairy Sunnyvale, CA wrote:

Just last week I placed an order with Burgess and have been very happy with their Customer Service. I am looking forward to the receipt of my plants at the appropriate seasonal time and will update at that point.

Positive jprobst2
(1 review)
On Aug 21, 2012, jprobst2 Bon Air, VA wrote:

This is my first time ordering from any mail order/internet gardening site. After finding this site and reading all the negative feeback I was feeling discouraged about my two orders totaling around $180. The two week processing time came and went, I waited another week before calling, got a friendly CSR that informed me that shipments were being delayed because of the heat wave, this sounded reasonable. After another week my first package arrived. As others have said, the packaging is pretty sorry looking, and the sticks with roots looked pretty sad. My wife and I immediately planted everything as directed, and soaked the sticks overnight and planted the next day. Approximately four days later the order of fruit trees arrived, I was not there to witness the actual packaging but when I arrived home in the morning I was unimpressed with the purchases I'd made sitting in the bucket of water, but again we planted the trees as instructed.

It has been about three weeks, two (of 6) of the hydrangeas (which arrived potted) don't look as though they will make it. The blue festuca grass (3) does not show any signs of life. The two ferns and the daylilies from the color in the shade garden have done nothing so far. I bought the dwarf fruit tree trio, the only tree not showing leaves is the pear, but it is still green under the bark. The two cherry (trees/bushes) have shown the most growth with many leaves. The silk tree has one small green growth at the base and I'm hopeful as this was the largest stick I received. Everthing else from the shade garden has come up nicely, the ground cover rose has a great deal of new growth. The mock orange (2) while not getting any larger has green buds, and some leaves everywhere. The two lilies I purchased have come up although I'm not certain if they will bloom this year.

While I was put off by the slowness of the transaction, in this day and age we are so used to instant gratification with our purchases. The condition of the plants when they arrived was scarey. A lot of the plants that I bought, I have not seen anywhere else locally, and definately not at that price. Yes, it will be a year or two before some of my plants look anything like the ones in the catalog, but I was not expecting to get full grown plants/trees in the mail. I kept my shipping labels and I have every confidence any plants that do not make it through this winter will be replaced, maybe not as quickly as I'd like but I think gardening is an exercise in patience.

Another thought, I did buy some lily bulbs for my wife's birthday in May, during a QVC moment of weakness. 25 Dutch Master Grower bulbs for about $35. The bulbs arrived in a bag, inside a box. they were planted as directed 20 of them came up only about half of those ever bloomed. I complained and was told I would get 5 new bulbs. Three weeks later I received another box of 25 bulbs. I did not want to have to plant 25 more bulbs and frankly that was more than would fit into the area I had set aside for them. I planted them anyways and again only about 20 came up and fewer than 7 will bloom before winter. None of the blooms were anything like the ones on TV. I paid much more for these bulbs up front and my results with them is not as good as those with Burgess, so far.

Positive greenta12
(2 reviews)
On Aug 21, 2012, greenta12 Beverly Hills, CA wrote:

I got a tricolor brugmansia 1 years ago and it is a big gorgeous plant now!

Positive theatreorganman
(1 review)
On Jul 13, 2012, theatreorganman Valdosta, GA wrote:

I have been not only pleased but somewhat amazed at the plants I have ordered from Burgess. Especially noteworthy are the Rose of Sharon trees I purchased for about $2.50 each. They have been planted in my smaller garden less than 6 months and today, two of the plants are covered in a mass of double purple blooms. The other two plants are begining to exhibit a plethora of buds.

My Sugar Sweet Cherry has also performed well above all expectations and has grown over two feet in less than six months.

I did receive a damaged climbing rose (the tap root was broken in shipping) and immediately got a healthy replacement. It too is growing at an astonishing rate.

I don't think you can find better values by mail/internet than with Burgess!

Positive ShanMan
(1 review)
On May 9, 2012, ShanMan Sherwood, AR wrote:

Posted on March 30, 2012, updated May 9, 2012
drastically scaled back my first order with this company based on reviews. it is with extreme regret that i can't check positive because our order arrived yesterday and our plants are amazing. fresh, moist and green despite being on a truck for several days. yes the trees look like sticks but they're sitting in a bucket of water and i'm sure they will be just fine. My only problem is that my order is short by one plant (only two prime-ark blackberries when i ordered three). i called this morning and jeff was very polite but in order to get my third blackberry i now must mail a detailed letter and my original shipping label, you know the one i need to keep for the one year warranty, back to the company. why can't they just say "we're sorry there is another blackberry on the way"? seems like it would require very little effort on their part to get an outstanding review from me and a lot of effort on my part just to get the dang $7.00 blackberry that i ordered. not sure if I'll bother trying to get the plant or ordering from this company again, I don't have the time for BS.

On May 9th, 2012, ShanMan changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

my other blackberry arrived in magnificent condition so i am changing my rating to positive. one of my two mosquito shoo geraniums has since died and i will be sending it back but on the whole i am not worried as it was only $.01. two persimmon trees planted still show no outward signs of life but definitely pass the scratch test at the base and i am still sure they will be just fine as the two pomegranites in the same order a busting out like crazy. All plants are of top quality and i will be sure to order from this company again.
Positive mnflower
(1 review)
On May 5, 2012, mnflower East Gull Lake, MN wrote:

I am new to ordering online and my dad expressed that he did most of his ordering from burgess most his life so I followed his direction and boy was I amazed at the kind, pleasant people I had dealt with, My order was shipped when they said they would, they shipped when it was time for me to plant and all of my plants we are stated when ordered, sealed, wet with plenty of soil, but the time I got he plants I had buds all over all of them and I bought, roses, 3 of them, they come with directions how to plant and today they are all green and budding like crazy..One bad plant does make a company bad. I would definately encourage others to buy there products from this company. I am very pleased and amazed at how many buds were already on them all.

Positive kvmiller
(2 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2012, kvmiller Woburn, MA wrote:

I ordered for the first time from Burgess this year. I have much experience with other catalog/online plant suppliers. When reading reviews of this or any other catalog company, please be aware that some of the reviewers posting negative reviews have never ordered plants before, and are not aware of the way it works (plants are typically bare-root, cuttings, etc and aren't "pretty" on arrival; also typically shipping is when the company feels appropriate planting for your area is).

My plants arrived in good shape, with the exception of one butterfly bush that the root appeared moldy (I'm still going to see whether it grows). They arrived in several shipments (expected) and at an appropriate planting time (mid-April).

The ordering was easy, shipment as expected, and the plants arrived healthy. I cannot comment on customer service, but many of the issues other reviewers ran into are not issues most would be likely to encounter (calling them to have a shipment moved up, calling to check on an order, etc). Possibly that's because I just ordered and relaxed, trusting that my order would arrive, and that if there's a problem it can be rectified at the WORST case by stopping payment on my credit card. And lo and behold - it did arrive, and in good condition!

I would order from Burgess again!

Positive flowersRus83
(1 review)
On Mar 6, 2012, flowersRus83 Rison, AR wrote:

This is the first year that I purchased anything from Burgess, but the shipment came in 2 orders, the first one came fine and by Fedex. the 2nd came with USPS, which I hope they never send with them again, the shipment was shoved in my mailbox even tho it was too big to fit in. The plants all looked like they were dead but after inspecting them a little bit more you could tell that they were just dormant. I ordered 10-12 different Roses, 4 Weeping Willows and assortment of other plants. They are all in the ground and you can see that they are starting to bud. So far I am happy with my purchase. Burgess gets a positive review from me for speed of shipment, ease, and the price of the items. I'm hooked on the buy one get one for a cent. :)

Positive msslynne
(2 reviews)
On Jan 12, 2012, msslynne Auburn, WA wrote:

I ordered a lot of plants my first time out ordering from Burgess, I only did so because my grandmother used to. I did not have good luck when e-mailing to ck on a shipment which I began to worry about after they had billed me 2 months prior-I finally got an email saying they were in the shipping Dept-but it still took another 3 weeks. I did not expect the twigs, sticks and dry grass-I ordered seeds too-some I could plant in late fall, not according to their package but what I read on-line-I did not realize I would be getting 'dormant' plants-but used the instructions and planted all anyways-my weeping willow started gettting leaves right away, which fell off once winter set in, but I can see it is growing a bit anyways. Same with 2 lilac twigs-they are all sticks right now-I did ck one tree that had no leaves that looks dead but a light fingernail scrape shows green in the trunk so I am sure it is fine-the grasses still look dead, blue fescue-but all arrived for planting at a time when growth is not number one priority as being visible. Now my burning bushes on the other hand started to get masses of green leaves shortly after our first cold freezes-same with my winter hardy roses. I am giving them a good rating based on the prices and instructions-I do see even dormant that there is life of some sort-and I did additionally add root growth liquid to all just in case. I have heard that even a year is not enough to know with some plants so have all planted in good locations for them and plan to plant around them because high patience with verything is not my strong point!-I have seen my grandmothers from Burgess take 2-3 yrs to really take off and am willing to wait on certain plants in the belief that overall these may end up being my sturdiest plants in the future because they were bare root. I am not thrilled with my own yet-but can say that my grandmothers-which are only purchased (she is very loyal to this company) over the years from Burgess and the Dutch sounding line they are affiliated with-are outstandingly healthy plants, and she has a yard full- so I know what possibilities may be in store for my own. The only negative was email responses and my own not understanding their shipping dates, which I do know now! I will definitely order again.

Positive prettyflower1
(1 review)
On Jan 9, 2012, prettyflower1 Evergreen, WI wrote:

I have to admit that I was a little shocked when I recieved my hydranea treas-looked like sticks. They were dormant-followed the instructions and to my delight they came to life and flowered. I ordered a variety of plants and a few trees.
Not everything survived but most of it did. I have been ordering for several years now and will order again. The prices are great. If something does not make it I don't feel to bad. I have tried a lot of companies, paid more, felt bad when plant/tree did not come back. I am ordering again this year!

On Jan 9, 2012, Burgess Seed responded with:

"On Jan 12, 2012 3:56 PM, Burgess Seed responded with:

I wanted to thank you for your kind posting on Garden Watchdog. Your experience is more typical of our normal customers as we do ship hundreds of thousands of packages to satisfied customers each year. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post your comments.

Customer Service--Email Division"

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