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|On Feb 14, 2006, janevx Saint Paul, MN wrote:
I placed my first seed order with Park's this year. After about 1 1/2 weeks I received a partial order (Petunia 'Dolcissima Fragolino', Viola wittrockiana 'Majestic Giant Mix', Zinnia elegans 'Ruffles Mixed'). My other 2 packets- Zinnia elegans 'Giant Cactus Mix' and Petunia 'Aladdin Nautical Mix' are on back order (hence the Neutral rating). I placed my order over the phone and the representative was great. She seemed very knowledgeable, was polite and made the transaction pleasant.
|On Dec 25, 2005, Von Ironton, MN wrote:
Good seeds, some very hard to find and expensive, good instructions. Terrible plants!!
|On Apr 28, 2005, NoMoreWebvan wrote:
Park's online performance is weak. I placed an order, 10 days later...nothing. So I went to the order confirmation email and there is a link to check order status...but it gets an error page. The website is down? What? They never say when they will ship. But I have gotten 6 emails about placing another order so far... these folks need to better understand internet retailing I think. Just not easy to do business with. But their telephone operators are very nice.
|On Jan 16, 2005, Ahab26 Beverly, MA wrote:
I have conflicting opinions about this company. I ordered quite a few plants for the first time when everything went on an end-of-season sale. The prices were unbelievable. When the plants arrived, however - Ugh. The Daylilies that I ordered were all moldy and rotting. I trimmed away all of the bad plant tissue and planted what ended up being something 1/3 of the size as it should have been. The Shasta daisy that I ordered looked dead. Hydrangea bushes were tiny with few and black-spotted leaves. I called the company and they told me to plant everything and give it time. If it didn't survive, they would reimburse. Surprisingly, every plant but one daylily seemed to be ok. They certainly didn't thrive, as I suspect that most of the energy was spent rebuilding the damage that occurred prior to receiving them. It was a little disappointing as plants from Spring Hill thrived and bloomed during the same season. I'm hoping that they will do better in 2005. I like this company's plant selection, but quality of plants? I'd say 3/4 of what I ordered was of poor quality. I'm not sure if I will order from them again.
|On Nov 30, 2004, porcubat Brookline, MA wrote:
I have to preface this by saying I think I rated Park as "Neutral" vs. "Positive" partly because I had such high expectations initially (and partly because I was disappointed with a few aspects of my order). I'd probably still recommend them, for some things at least!
On January 7th, 2005, porcubat added the following:
While Park has great sale offers, and a nice looking website, I've had consistently mediocre experiences with their service. The website often misbehaves, frustratingly losing the order I just spent an hour concocting. They've made several errors when shipping my orders. When my requested catalog finally arrived, the "Special Coupons" and "Extended" offers had expired two days before....
Still, I continue to order from them because of their seed starting supplies and special offers. I'm hoping the details will fall together for them!
|On Oct 14, 2004, Foursit Warrenton, VA wrote:
Mid-August I placed my fall planting orders from 3 different mail order nurseries: Park Seed, Spring Hill, and Brecks. The Park Seed order was the first to arrive.
|On Jul 23, 2004, nancur wrote:
I stopped ordering plants from Park's a few years ago because everytime I ordered, they would be "out of stock" of that item. So this year I decided to give them another chance. I ordered 7 items from them in Early February. In April I received noticed that 2 of the items were "out of stock". The five items that I did receive were extremely spindly & weak. The spiderwort never did anything and only 1 of the ferns have shown any form of life. These were "bareroot" which is a most apt description. The roots sent were only about 1 inch long. I also ordered caladium bulbs from them. All arrived moldy & mushy and only one variety came up. Never again will I order plants from this company.
|On Jun 17, 2004, msanjelpie Meridian, ID wrote:
Have ordered from them twice. First order -neither plant made it through the winter...
|On May 4, 2004, sylvi74 Oak Grove, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
I received a partial order from Parks today. I am very pleased with the plants I did get. However, I placed my order in February and since then have gotten two postcards saying they are out of things I wanted. I wish they could have told me that on the phone when I called in the order. Now, I discover that one more item is on backorder! It is a rose, so I doubt that I will get it at all. So, the plants I got are nice, but of an order totaling five items, I have only received two. It's pretty disappointing.
|On Jan 3, 2004, Sedition wrote:
I like Park Seed more than most. I haven’t had a major problem, and the “Biodome” they sell is clearly better at getting starts going then any of the “cheap” methods I’ve used.
|On Dec 15, 2003, cls009 wrote:
I purchased 3 live plants from this company this last spring. 2 were potted, and 1 was sent bareroot. Normally I do not like to pay that high a price for perennials but they have a very nice variety and I could not resist purchasing a couple of them. The bareroot one was very small, but alive when it arrived. I planted it and it sent up one tiny leaf and died off. The 2 potted plants were nearly dead when they arrived, with 75% of the folaige actually black, and very sick looking. When I called and complained they did offer me either a refund or replacement plants, I requested a refund. Somehow they got that wrong on the computer and I was sent replacement plants in the fall. These looked exactly the same! They were black and very sick looking.
On December 18th, 2005, cls009 added the following:
The fall sale prices were so good last year I decided to try this company out once more. I placed a very large order for mostly bulbs, and a couple plants which were so cheap at the time I figured they would be worth trying even if they didn't make it. I was very pleased with the bulbs. They weren't overly large, but they weren't small either. There were a couple that were bad but overall it was a very nice shipment. They all bloomed beautifully this spring and true to name. As far as the plants. I ordered 6 iris plants (all the same variety), 3 rotted, 3 lived, but for the price I was happy. Those that lived bloomed true to name. The remaining plants were very puny and one was rotting at the base of the plant. I planted them anyways, and interestingly enough the "rotted base" one was the only one that made it....out of 5 plants. It turned out to be labeled incorrectly, it was a Sedum, but not the variegated sedum it was supposed to be. I would say I was much happier with this order than my previous one, but I still think this company needs to up the quality of their plants. I would say my experience was top notch with the bulbs, but very poor with plants, so I will leave my rating as neutral.
|On Aug 19, 2003, nmchilehead wrote:
I have had mixed results from Parks this year.
|On Jun 26, 2003, JoanneO wrote:
This year was my first vegetable seed order. I chose Park Seed because I loved their website and felt I had obtained a lot of good information from it.
|On Jun 7, 2003, joyest wrote:
I've been ordered from this company for many years. Since I've read some of your negative comments, I had to count the seed amounts I recently ordered and shipped here. I have ordered 8 items, 4 items were 15-20 seeds less than what pkt supposed to contains. One seed, I paid nearly $4(silly me, and seeds were sooo tiny)for 15 seeds, I got 10 only. I emailed their customer service although I didn't expect to hear from them.
|On May 18, 2003, hillfarm Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:
Have ordered from this company fairly regularily over past 10 years or so. I must say that I have had generally excellent germination, most of the seed I order is perennial or unusual annual flower varieties. I am an experienced seed starter/plant grower & run a small commercial nursery.
|On Mar 27, 2003, PurplePansies Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:
|On Jan 21, 2003, Eric_OH Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Long experience with ordering seeds - orders are always shipped promptly and accurately. Germination is generally good to excellent. Value is mid-range (better than T&M, not as good as Pinetree).
On March 5th, 2006, Eric_OH changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I was disappointed to see the company statement recently added to this site. Instead of taking the opportunity to reassure customers and pledge improvements, it seems aimed more at criticizing them for having the nerve to say anything negative here about Park's.
I continue to find Park's a good source for certain kinds of seed. Based on the reports from other gardeners and the company message in response, I will avoid buying plants from them and affiliated companies.
|On Jan 7, 2003, tomatogin wrote:
I have ordered from Park Seed for the past two years. I got acceptable germination rates from their melon seeds, But after reading other comments I think that the erratic germination of my corn seeds may not have been my fault. As you know, even germination is very important for cross pollination. I will buy my corn seeds elsewhere.
|On May 9, 2002, janea South Orange, NJ wrote:
Plants OK, but not great. Would probably not use them again as other suppliers are either cheaper for the same quality or better for the same price.
|On May 3, 2002, jason_wightman wrote:
Please visit our website at http://www.parkbulbs.com for our wonderful fall selections.
On February 24th, 2003, jason_wightman changed the rating from to neutral and added the following:
Please visit our new and improved website at http://www.parkseed.com.
|On Apr 3, 2002, Conny1908 Milton, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:
So far, I haven't had too much luck with their seeds... germination rates were very poor. But I'm a beginner at gardening and probably did something wrong. I sent them a couple of emails asking questions and they always responded very quickly and in great detail.
On April 16th, 2004, Conny1908 changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
|On Mar 22, 2002, ivanhoe wrote:
Getting nervous. I received the blueberry bushes that I ordered and they look great, but my coreopsis shipped nine days ago and I still haven't received that shipment. I live less than two hours from Park Seed, so it's obviously lost in transit. However, they won't replace them until it has been a full two weeks. Meanwhile, they have my money. Also, my chocolate cosmos looks rotted, but I have read they can be slow to come back in the spring.
On March 26th, 2002, ivanhoe added the following:
Update: I received the remainder of my order on the 23rd of March, but I don't know if the coreopsis will grow. Many of them were moldy from their ten-day trip. I planted them anyway (because I know they're tough plants) and will hope for the best! Will keep my rating neutral for now.
|On Feb 23, 2002, Copperbaron Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:
I ordered a mix of 5 tree peonies from Park at $12.95 each. Anyone who knows about tree peonies will tell you that if the plants are in good shape even though they are not named varieties, this is a steal. It's a steal.
On June 9th, 2003, Copperbaron changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I ordered from their 75% off sale and received some decent plants, albiet small. It would have been a ripoff if I had to pay full price. This company, along with the affiliated Wayside Gardens, is generally a hit or miss proposition as evidenced by the nearly evenly split positive and negative comments. You pays your money, you takes your chances with these two companies.
|On Jul 1, 2001, elizabethlicata wrote:
There seems to be a bit of a shake-up going on at this company. You can no longer order bulbs from the Park Seed branch--only from Wayside. And they have a new spin-off for perennials, etc, Countryside Gardens. It's all veryconfusing. In terms of quality, I've had good luck with bulbs from Park Seed, but the perennials from Wayside have been 50-50.
|On Mar 1, 2001, karinaandors wrote:
This is my Park's Seed story - like so many others, I find that the seeds are fine,but the plants stink. Last year I ordered seeds & plants. My order came in 4 different shipments since most plants were not in stock at each shipment, not due to planting dates/zones. I placed my order in March, the last shipment came 6 months later. I live in zone 5! I called them & told them that we were getting frosts now, stop sending plants!! Also, most of the plants were tiny, broken, moldy, etc. They told me when I called that I should just plant them and they would be fine, but did credit my credit card when I pushed them. I will never buy PLANTS from them again. They do seem to be ok for SEEDS.
|On Oct 1, 2000, raehall wrote:
I just received my bulbs from Park. They are all moldy, I wonder if they will grow?
|On May 1, 1999, JudyStines wrote:
I just received an order of seeds and perennials from them. The seeds are fine (as always). Because I had always had such good luck with bulbs from Parks, I thought I'd try the perennials. They are pitifully small, anemic, and sad looking little things with almost no root system. Never again. This order is a complete waste of money.
|On Apr 26, 1999, richardmankin wrote:
On 5 April, 1999 I ordered 3 lilacs. On 26 April I called to find out when I will receive my order, they told me 2--3 more weeks. Their service is terrible; their product is good. I wanted to get the lilacs planted before it gets hot, so they may get established. Their excuse as to why the delay is they are busy. So if you order in April, be prepared for a long, long, long wait.
|On Feb 1, 1999, GregHale Kent, OH wrote:
A small order - seeds were fine. Honeysuckle plant received late summer - supposedly dormant but looks dead. Seeds only in the future.
|On Apr 1, 1998, brettskinner wrote:
Park Seed…is pretty stingy when it comes to the size of a packet.
|On Feb 1, 1998, Ntropics Mount Sinai, NY wrote:
I have stopped ordering plants from Wayside Gardens and Park Seed. (They are one and the same company, and send the exact same plants from the exact same growers.) I will admit that they sent some reasonably nice Agapanthus way back about four or five years ago, but every other plant that I have ordered from them was too small, and either failed to grow, or required growing on in a greenhouse. There are so many other mail order nurseries who send bigger, healthier plants at cheaper prices…