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Negative ConGar
(13 reviews)
On May 8, 2016, ConGar wrote:

Posted on February 25, 2008, updated May 8, 2016
Okay, I seem to have the same issues as several others. I actually got suckered in because I was told in the original mailing that membership dues were much less what they ended up charging me (just over $200.00). If I recall correctly, I was told (in the original mailing) that membership was only $24.00 a year. So, this past summer I decided to join because the price was reasonable, and at that price if they weren\'t all they said they were (which I suspected they couldn\'t possibly be for that price) it could still be worth it because of that low low price.

After I wrote that check it wasn\'t too much later that I got a box of stuff. At first I was excited because this seemed to be just as the company advertised. It was mostly seeds, a book, and that was pretty much it certainly nothing to test and nothing to write home about. And, imagine my surprise, when a couple weeks later I ended up getting a pricey bill for the crap in said box! (Because of these additional charges, I suspect I\'ve actually paid $300.00, if not more for my membership)

Sometime after that I got a hugh box, but after that first time I was wary rather than excited, so I opened it very carefully in case I needed to send it back. So far, I haven\'t gotten a bill for the contents, however, there was very little actually in that big old box.

It was after this that I got my biggest shock of all - a bill for the cost of my membership, which I had already paid. Worse still, this new bill was charging me over $200.00 dollars. WTH?

At the time I got that bill I\'d been a member for three/four months and saw nothing that was worth $200.00, and in the time since then (stupid of me, I know, but I thought maybe after I paid I\'d see something worth it) I still haven\'t gotten anything to justify paying a $200.00 membership. NOTHING! All I have now is regret, because I could have bought many new plants for my garden with that money, instead I\'ve completely wasted it!

Also, none of those products that they claim to send to members to test and rate have come my way. So I feel like I\'m paying over $200.00 for a magizine subscription that isn\'t worth more than the $24.00 I originally paid even if you include the three/four packets of free seeds they\'ve sent in that original price.

Honestly, I can go to my local Dollar General Store and buy better seeds for a quarter a packet, because the so-called free seeds I\'ve gotten have never even attempted to grow, even when I finally got fed up and dumped the whole packet in one pot, not one came up. And going to my local Dollar Store I get much less hassle and no threat of a hidden bill showing up later - that\'s certainly worth a quarter, especially when you consider that even the following year most of the seeds from Dollar General can be planted and while by that point less than half will come up, it\'s still better than those so-called free seeds from this company.

My first negative review on this site (though at this point I\'ve only given three ratings), and I honestly find myself hoping it is my only one. The sad thing is that I would have probably rated them positive or at least neutral if they had stuck with that original price of $24.00.

However, I would be willing to change my rating to at least neutral if the company shapes up come spring - I\'m willing to accept that maybe they have nothing to send in winter, but I actually hold little hope of getting any of the so-called free products.

To be honest, at this point, they would have to send me something really nice to have any chance of keeping my money coming, because I just can\'t afford $200.00 a year for what amounts to a magizine subscription.

On February 25th, 2008, ConGar changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

Changed my rating to Neutral after it was suggested that I check over my paperwork again. I have now done that, and from what I can gather from the rereading is that I won\'t (or shouldn\'t be) charged $226.00 every year. It would seem the $226.00 is a one time charge, I can\'t help but have my doubts, BUT until proven otherwise I decided it was only fair to change my rating from Negative to Neutral since the large charge was the main (but not only) reason I was so very unhappy.

The other reasons (mentioned above) are the reason I\'m not whipping out a Positive, and after rereading things there\'s a new reason I\'m not completely satisfied.
There is a disturbing lack of clarity in the original paperwork, because everything in that indicates that my original $24.00 payment was for a lifetime membership and not merely a magizine subscription. It would have been much nicer knowing up front that a lifetime membership was much more expensive than that before getting such a large bill slapped on me.
On May 8th, 2016, ConGar changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:

So, I came back to change my rating to a negative on this "company" once I realized I hadn't received a magazine (or anything else) from them in just over two years. And this after I paid (in full) their bogus lifetime membership fee. So apparently according to them a lifetime is about five years and it really was pretty much a magazine fee after all - basically this outfit totally ripped me off. NEGATIVE!
(Seriously, aside from the seed packets and that one box of gardening tools that was all I ever received from this "company" aside from the magazine.)

It was an adventure trying to find the listing again since apparently it's changed names since my original comments. *sigh* But I kept searching, because I really needed to update this.

On the other hand, at least this whole misadventure taught me a lesson - I start getting dunning letters for something I don't remember joining I no longer pay and ignore the matter entirely (after making sure it hasn't actually affected my credit if it affects my credit steps are taken).

Another bonus is that since National Home (NOT) Gardening Club stopped sending me mags I've apparently fallen off of whatever SPAM list I landed on in the first place because I'm no longer getting all SPAM all the time. And I plan to keep it that way, because I've not stopped mail-order gardening I've simply started ordering exclusively from Dave's A-List and when they say they don't give/sell your info they clearly don't, and honestly I've come to realize that is almost as important in getting good quality healthy plants.

But it's just annoying to realize that I was well and truly ripped off by this SCAM - and, yes, I truly believe this is/was a scam.
Negative judyt54
(1 review)
On Aug 24, 2015, judyt54 Farmington, NH wrote:

I joined in 2008 and was offered free magazines for life if I would be willing to subscribe (at a reduced rate) to fulfill some kind of monetary contract. The math on that means at age 86 I would then be receiving magazines free, (or my descendants would) for life.
A pretty, glossy magazine, more pictures than words. The one 'tool' they sent me to evaluate (with no way to send them a detailed commentary) broke the first time I used it--the handle bent over and broke off. The eval. postcard that came with the tool had no space for explaining what happened. I sent back a one line comment, however, in very tiny print.

I never did receive my kneeling cushion or my fiskar shears that were supposed to have been free gifts and never did get another item to test.
I never bothered to renew, and that was the end of that. Sad, how many people don't connect 'rip off" and 'lifetime membership"...

Negative swall2
(4 reviews)
On Aug 7, 2015, swall2 Oshkosh, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Same as everyone else, paid $350 or so to become a lifetime member and get magazines, only to find out years later they decided to cancel magazines. So paid $350 or so for access to a lame website. Total scam company, they go by the name of Scout now This is the companies response when I asked for a refund, so clearly they new it was a scam = "We never said that our articles would only be provided in paper format until the end of time."

Negative hafischer1
(1 review)
On May 30, 2015, hafischer1 Morganton, NC wrote:

I have been a life member since 2010. In the last year I noticed no more magazines. While I have not had any major problems - only that their testing products was a real hassel and I never got any to speak of, since the magazines have stopped, I figured they have gone belly-up. their web site is not active and is switched to this Scout something. It is not worth any time or effort to attempt to get any refund, but a word to the wise, there are so many bad companies out there now scamming pple right left and center. I am filing complaints to the FTC & BBB for reversal of unauthorized charges in another matter and very bad business practices. I encourage anyone with issues with this Club or any other if u have been ripped off and subject to bait & switch, hold them accountable. The scamming, artificial web sites, and in general corrupt and unethical practices abound. They must cease and desist and that is what the Federal Trade commission is for (FTC).

Negative homeplate29
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2015, homeplate29 Farmington, IL wrote:

I paid a hefty fee to become a 'Lifetime Member' of this bogus scam of a 'club'. I received a couple of magazines, a calender, and a few tools 2 or 3 years ago and nothing since. I finally confronted them a couple of weeks ago to which they replied that they no longer offer mailings, but offer discounts to sporting events and gardening news online. First of all...that's not the contract I agreed to and secondly, I do not have have Internet access at home. I do not need "discounts" to spend more money on events I have no interest in and secondly, I do not think reading about gardening online for $300.00 is acceptable! I am beyond angered! I have been scammed! I have been going back and forth through email with this company and they refuse to refund my membership fee! I have contacted my lawyer and plan to take further action on this matter since they are committing a bate and switch fraud. This company needs to be reported and we all need to take a stand!

Negative lizan
(1 review)
On Dec 16, 2014, lizan Redlands, CA wrote:

I have tried numerous times to resolve this issue with the National Home Gardening Club. I joined this organization as a Lifetime member. One incentive to this membership was magazines, I have received 2 magazines since I joined over 3 years ago. Nor, have they fulfilled the other incentives.

I am now being billed for an item which was paid for. I have sent letters and emails on this matter and they keep sending me dunning letters. On my first email, I was told they would resolve the issue and yet I continued to receive letters. This company hasn't contacted me to resolve this since the response to my first email, nor have they responded to my later letters about this issue.

I wish I had checked the reviews about this company before I joined. The negative reviews of this company, on this web-site and others, far outweigh the positive reviews. My biggest regret was I should have realized "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". If I knew what company sent my info into the National Home Gardening Club, I would stop doing business with them.

Negative disneyland
(1 review)
On Jul 22, 2012, disneyland Redwood City, CA wrote:

I subscribed to the magazine and expected to receive their promotional gift of $100 grocery coupons. Then I was sent the info that I must mail them a coupon card they had sent me, for that I received no coupons but 10 "stamps". Each stamp had to be returned to them with $1 fee - one stamp at a time. To receive free coupons would cost me $10 plus almost $5 in postage. Scam. Also the magazine's second issue hasn't arrived and when I called they said to call back in another week - they were late. Too much bother - but I did tell them: send NO books, lifetime member solicitations, tools, etc. Wish I had read this site first.

Negative jujube159
(1 review)
On Jul 5, 2012, jujube159 wrote:

Scam Alert! I got billed for a 3 year subscription although I never signed up. First I knew of it was when the debit showed up on my bank balance. So I called them and they said "Oh, this has been happening to them a lot". Really? They're victims too? Someone's been stealing credit card numbers and enrolling people in a gardening magazine? Well what scammer could benefit from that? Ah yes, National Home Gardening Club magazine.

Negative gnatking
(1 review)
On Dec 28, 2011, gnatking Baldwin, WI wrote:

i can't believe this place hasn't been shutdown by the feds for mail fraud. i bought a bunch of their books. i quit this scam and had sent one book back during my membership. five years later they sent a collection agency after me for the one book i returned. not knowing, my wife paid the
the agency without talking to me. i tried to get my money back, but it was too late. they said they wouldn't give it back. stay away from this company! they aren't just bad, they are a con.

Negative pkoski
(1 review)
On Oct 8, 2011, pkoski Chicago, IL wrote:

I joined in March of 2011. After the first month I decided to become a Life Member. Eveything had been going fine until I suddenly started getting 2 - 3 books sent to me each month starting in Aug. Don't get me wrong, the books are a good source of info but not at 2-3 at a time and at an average cost of $29.95 per book. My biggest complaint is that each book shows up on my account BEFORE I receive it.

Negative augpho
(1 review)
On Sep 7, 2011, augpho Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I actually thought it would be a good experience as it is a local company for me. I never dreamed that either Burpee or Jung Seeds would have sold my information (the ONLY catalog orders I have done). Well I immediately became aware of the scam when I paid my $24 and did not receive my free gifts. I received a book that needed to be paid for or returned and a notice that if I hadn't received my free gifts I just needed to pay more to become a Lifetime Member to receive said gifts. I immediately returned the book along with a letter cancelling my membership and asking for a refund of my $24.00. I also received the $24.00 rebate that was good only towards a Lifetime Membership. I have since responded by e-mail asking how sensible that was for a 'legitimate business' and will be filing a complaint with the BBB.

Negative Pandoras3
(1 review)
On Jul 21, 2011, Pandoras3 Corrales, NM wrote:

I too received a packet in the mail 3rd class delivery with 2 small envelopes of seed and a tiny magnet for the fridge. Upon reading both sides of their 2 page letter, I was mystified and confused, so I sent a comment/question to the company, not being able to find their phone number. Then I found Dave's garden when looking for reviews of the company. They may indeed have a great magazine, I received one that was quite nice, but their tactics put them way down on the list of companies I would trust.
The letter did not tell me outright what the $12 "rebate" was for, nor did they explain that the $21.42 was EACH month. The way it was worded could make you think it was total, because they use the word "total" and never mention the $257.xx up front within a year that you must pay to be a Lifetime Member.
So basically, you are going on faith handing over your credit card to an outfit that doesn't make it clear the amount you will be paying. I cannot hand over my credit card carte blanc to a company like that.
When I realized that I might have a bill on my account, after reading Dave's Garden blog, I checked, and sure enough, there was a $12 charge. When I called, the woman taking my cancellation, said "yes, but they would never actually charge me" I guess not. I never gave them my credit card number.

Negative weaponx88
(1 review)
On Jun 7, 2011, weaponx88 Santa Clara, CA wrote:

Posted on May 23, 2011, updated June 7, 2011
National Home Gardening Club is indeed not a place I suggest you joining or doing business with..
I paid for a 2 year membership and as of yet have received nothing to justify my finds sent but a e-mail newsletter, oh and a couple packs of useless seeds. No magazines, no free items and no products to test and keep......unless you consider a 'ink to a website that CHARGES to download "plans/prints/instructions" to build items that have nothing to do with gardening. Yes...that was my first official "test item", and I get to keep it......a link to a website. I have sent 3 e-mails to this scam place and got apologies for troubles and more promises. I requested cancellation of the membership and a complete refund of my money and was sent an email offering a free 6 months to the club if I re-considered cancellation. I too got the phoney re-bate form for my money spent if I only sent it back in a timely manner to apply it to a lifetime membership which cost over $260 dollars, but I had to send the rebate back. Oh and I was promised even more free items, more test items (I had to fill out another questionaire to make sure the items I got to test that were selected specially for me) more magazines, yadda yadda yadda.......and I did get a couple more packs of useless seeds. I tore that all up and sent another e-mail demanding a full refund and cancellation of my membership. Looks like I will be contacting my financial institution to get my refund as it looks like these guys want to keep my money but lets see.
I highly suggest staying away from these guys as they give you promises, promises, promises but fulfill nothing. They will ask you for more money, along with these promises but will give you nothing in return, at least that is how it was and is in my case.

On June 7th, 2011, weaponx88 added the following:

6-6-2011 : I cancelled my membership weeks ago and demanded a full refund of funds paid. I did get it but just today I received a box from them. I was a book and low and behold it was shipped out the day after I cancelled, how convenient for them. I immediately called them and the guy on the phone was as rude as could be saying that it "was in the warehouse at the time of cancellation and could not be stopped" and that I needed to send it back. I know how that is going to turn out. I haven't opened the box and will ship it back and will just have to cross my fingers hoping they don't claim never receiving it.
Seriously.....stay as far away from these guys as you can.
Negative Gaiashope
(1 review)
On May 3, 2011, Gaiashope Thessaloniki,
Greece wrote:

I have no idea about this magazine or organization or whatever but I have a problem.

I have a blog. Gardening blog. Last year I change my domain to (Gaia's hope).
I wrote a post for gardening account, this is my post -> //

After that some people left comments for bills and accounts as you can read in my post.

"i want to cancel my account. i must have missed something because i did not join. i just wanted some information. thank you,"

I said that I don't send anything and she answer me that: "i still must have misseds something because i just got a bill for 12.oo for the yeat from national home gardening club. so what’s with that."

After this some other people came to my blogpost with same problems...

"I am having the same trouble as delores. I did not sign up for anything, and now am getting a bill. It states to go to this web site to cancel membership"

"I just received a bill for the chief pierre pattisserie. I already sent it back. This is the second time you have done this. I don`t care if I ever get another one of your magazines or calanders again. Take me off your mailing list for everything. I`m tired of having to contact you about your errors in billing me. I don`t owe you anything."

I don't have idea what happening and why they connect my blog with this. So today I start searching for some spam/scam or anything and I read this in dave's garden so I decide to write you about my problem.
Someone send bills and send people to my blogpost to "cancel their accounts".

Negative mark9199
(1 review)
On Apr 24, 2011, mark9199 Dickinson, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

I signed up with them about 4 months ago. They promised me 4 free gifts, including a kneeling cushion, $100 grocery coupon card, a pair of Fiskars Bypass pruners and $20 in gas rebates. Also, a gardening magazine, free product giveaways and product testing. Sounded good for a dollar a month in dues. It didn't take too long until I received my member kit consisting of a membership card. There was also a form with the kit that they wanted me to send in to let them know that, yes; I really wanted that free stuff they promised me. I sent it in and at about the same time, received a hardcover gardening book from them. If I wanted to keep it, send them $10 and look forward to receiving more books monthly, otherwise send the book back… and fill out a form that says to stop sending me the books. Oh, and there was another form for me to fill out and send in if (again), I really wanted that free stuff that they promised me. I sent in the form to cancel the book club, and sent in both forms letting them know it was safe for them to send me my free stuff. That was about 3 months ago. As of yet, still waiting on any of it. I haven't even received a magazine. They do keep sending me offers to make me a lifetime member, though, if I send them some more money.

Negative hepster
(3 reviews)
On Apr 18, 2011, hepster Duluth, MN wrote:

Posted on March 26, 2011, updated April 18, 2011
I was offered free gardening gifts if I joined. I got a free gift all right, but it was sent packaged with a book they expect me to pay $10.00 for. I never read anything about having items sent to me for me to examine and either pay for or return. I think this is just a big rip-off...

On April 18th, 2011, hepster added the following:

I emailed this outfit to inform them that I wanted to discontinue my membership and to request a refund of my membership dues. It was quite a surprise when I recieved an envelope from them which stated "Dues Rebate Enclosed" on the envelope. Upon inspection of the enclosed "DUES REBATE CERTIFICATE", which was made to look exactly like a check for $12.00 payable to me, I was instructed to mail this "rebate certificate" back to National Home Gardening Club to "re-confirm if gardening products may be delivered to your home", etc. etc. What a bunch of $%^&*!
Negative CopperCat
(2 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2011, CopperCat Auburn, NH wrote:

I received a USED book from this organization today to "preview" it. Inside the book were copies of an office football pool. In additional, the book was published in 2000!! I was willing to give this organization a chance despite the negative comments, but this is just an outright scam.

Negative ewilmax1
(1 review)
On Mar 29, 2011, ewilmax1 Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Posted on March 29, 2011, updated March 29, 2011
I was sent an "invitation" by mail to this join the national garden club. I sent in the order for the subscription then when I got the bill, I went on their website to pay and got a really nasty virus attack on my computer. Fortunately I found an antivirus program that removed it after spending $60 for the antivirus. This site and the club are a scam. I'm so glad I found your site with the warnings about this club before I sent them any money. I have sent the bill back to them to cancel the subscription. We'll see if they continue to harass me.

On March 29th, 2011, ewilmax1 added the following:

Also just realized I got this invitation because of the subscription to "GARDEN GATE" They SOLD my name and address to this scam company.
Negative callmemad
(1 review)
On Mar 28, 2011, callmemad Wood River, IL wrote:

I was chosen to receive a free "lifetime" membership which meant I would no longer have to pay any dues, plus still receive the magazine and not have to buy books and still get some gifts. Months went by and I started getting invoices for monthly dues claiming I owe $269.00 to pay for my lifetime membership. To date I have refused to pay.

(1 review)
On Jan 22, 2011, ROUNDSPRING De Soto, MO wrote:

On January 21, 2011 I paid the $12 dues with my credit card. The bill said $12 and it said $12 on the billing page when I submitted my payment. However, THEY TOOK $24. I have emailed them and heard nothing back. I am contacting the credit card company to see if I can stop the payment. My excitment to join changed to much frustration with the click of a button, literally.

Negative Filoli
(1 review)
On Dec 30, 2010, Filoli Suwanee, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Posted on December 27, 2010, updated December 30, 2010
I also keep getting bills for membership, services and books that I never signed up for. Requests to halt mailings have been ignored. Have never ordered from them, never will, just another scam.

On December 30th, 2010, Filoli added the following:

I filed a complaint with the BBB against the National Home Gardening Club. As of this date, according to the Better Business Bureau, the National Home Gardening Club has been an accredited business since April 2009 - and the BBB has received 742 complaints against it since that time for just the type of thing people are complaining about here: bills for fake memberships which weren't requested, magazines and books which people don't want, are not interested in, and didn't order - followed up with reams of junk mail and spam filling mailboxes and email folders. Wow. And to think the NHGC proudly displays the BBB logo on their website (which makes it easy to file a complaint by the way). Even more amazing, if this company can get a high rating with the BBB, what does that say about being a member of the BBB? Not much.
Negative marciwgardening
(1 review)
On Dec 13, 2010, marciwgardening Thonotosassa, FL wrote:

Very negative experience with Natl Home Gardening; For several years, I have written to them to stop all mailings to me. They are billing me for books I never ordered. Cannot stop their harrassment no matter how many times I write. Did not like their magazine; it was misleading.

Negative RuthP
(1 review)
On Nov 20, 2010, RuthP Portland, OR wrote:

When a company engages in misleading deeds, it is hard to trust other areas of their endeavor. I think this company relies on people not reading their materials well, not remembering if they have paid for their subscription, and then being intimidated.
by threatening collection letters.

I really liked the magazine and agreed to sign up for one year after getting a free copy. I got billed and billed and billed for two years--no way on the bill to indicate I onl;y wanted a one year subscription. I liked the magazine enough that I decided to buy two years. Then I started to get really dishonest mailings telling me how lucky I was to have been selected for life membership. The explanations of this were a bit fuzzy--but I realized they wanted as much money for this life membership as it would cost me to order the magazine for about 17 years...but they wanted it NOW. I have no idea if the company is solvent. I have already decided that they use flattery and poofery in their advertising--why would I want to thrust them with that much money.

I actually think they have a pretty good product so why don't they get honest and quit trying to fool people or make their customers angry and look like fools?

Negative Mertsie
(3 reviews)
On May 11, 2010, Mertsie (Zone 6b) wrote:

My mother-in-law is part of the club and talked of them highly, suggesting I should join. I sent for information, received quickly a magazine and cosmos seeds with more information on the "freebies" I'd receive (kneepad/pruners/2 years of magazine subscription), AFTER paying $24.00 for 2 years of membership.

After reviewing this initial information I decided to decline the offer, seeing as though bait and switch tactics were used. I don't mind paying for good offers and I know that people really get the "freebies" from this group...seeing that my mother-in-law received hers. I just request that groups ask for money up front and tell you what you will get later, not try to trick you.

I didn't call to cancel membership because I never actually paid or became a member in any type of official capacity. The company however registers you as a member from the moment they get your name and address. Yesterday, May 10th, I received a letter from "Retrieval Masters Creditors Bureau, Inc." with "Collection Agency" in the headline, demanding my payment of $24.00 for services rendered and never paid for, with a subscription to the National Home Gardening Club's magazine being mentioned.

The back of this collector's notice states that "This is an attempt to collect a debt...You are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit reporting agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations...You have the right to make a request that telephone calls regarding your debt not be made to you at your place of employment...etc" (Please feel free to email for a copy if you are interested in seeing the real McCoy).

I first called the NHGC. "Courtney" informed me that I never responded to their requests for membership, which meant I had an outstanding request with them and that after 90 days the "invoice" I received would be mailed. I read her the direct words off of my "invoice" (ie: Debt Collector's notice) and asked if they in fact contacted a debt collector and if they were reporting bad information to bring down my credit score. Courtney responded that it was an "invoice" I received and that she cancelled the account since I called. Her avoidance led me to ask once again about the debt collector part of this-I told her this "invoice" I received says they can contact my place of employment, get an attorney involved and ruin my credit. From what she kept repeating to me, this collection notice is a fake (my words) and is only an "invoice" of my requested membership dues (her words).

I then called the phone number for the Debt Collector notice (1-914-345-7136) to talk to someone and find out what was going on. The notice states that I have 30 days to supply them with written notice of the following: that this debt is invalid or has been paid. When I called there was NO option to speak to a real human being. I had to enter a "PIN #" and then had about 8 or 9 options. After hearing that "speak to someone" was not an option, I clicked 2 for "My order/service has been cancelled". The automated voice told me "Your account will be updated and Thank You". Then a dead line.

I filed a BBB report, seeing that the NHGC says that they are BBB affiliated. (Note: The BBB notes that this company has a high rating, but you must realize that the NHGC is in fact just a smaller part of some MASSIVE company called the North American somethingorother) Even though the customer service representative who I talked to quickly dismissed my account and "made it all better", mycomplaint centered around their bait and switch tactics as well as the overly aggressive and fake scare tactics they use to get you to pay.

This company, even though they give you the "freebies" you paid for, uses absolutely deplorable techniques to gain membership. I was suprised more people haven't complained about them. I'm sure most people hear the "great" news from the representative telling them everything is cleared up after receiving a debt collectors notice and feel relief that the debt collector has been called off their heals. The debt collector is a farce, but it sure is scary-I couldn't believe for $24.00 and a membership or freebies I NEVER accepted or receieved, I'd have to deal with such threatening realistic bluff to get me to pay up.

As I mentioned earlier, please feel free to contact me for more information if you are considering joining the club. The freebies are great-just make sure you pay on time and up front or you may be threatened into paying.

Negative MaryRose54
(1 review)
On Jan 24, 2010, MaryRose54 Milwaukee, WI wrote:

When you get contacted by National Home Gardening Club, I suggest you think back to who you have ordered seed/plant catalogs from. Then contact all of them and tell them if they are selling their customer lists to NHG Club, they should stop. When or if you find the responsible company, let your fellow gardeners know and tell that company they have lost your business by not carefully screening who they share your information with!
It is a BIG SCAM. An honest company would not send out bills to people who have never even contacted them!
Luckily I recognized it as a scam right away, but obviously the many people ALL OVER THE INTERNET complaining and warning about this company were not as lucky.
DOES ANYONE DESERVE TO GET A MARK ON THEIR CREDIT JUST BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT THIS COMPANY'S PRODUCTS? NO- But that is what happens when some people have refused to pay for something they never asked for.

Negative JoeyinRoseburg
(10 reviews)
On Aug 30, 2009, JoeyinRoseburg wrote:

I regret having become of member of this club. Their merchandise and publications are quite ordinary and extremely overpriced. Nothing about this club impresses me. I had to demand that they discontinue sending me endless gardening books that I had not ordered, which they did stop sending. I also demanded that they stop the endless e-mails with their ridiculous lifetime membership offers, but I continue to receive these offers, although not as frequently as I had before my request. Now, I find that they have sent me an unordered calendar that my mail carrier damaged by cramming it into my locking mailbox that has limited space to insert large items. Regardless of the fact that this unexpected, unordered calendar was damaged, I wouldn't want to use it. It's rather ordinary and overpriced, just like everything else they produce. I have demanded that they never send me another thing unless I personally order it, and if they do, I plan to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Perhaps it would be excellent idea if their Attorney General's office got involved in an investigation of this club and put them out of business.

Negative dknowles
(1 review)
On Jul 20, 2009, dknowles Dundalk, MD wrote:

We received the offer to join the club in the mail and I tore it up after reading the details. A few days later we got another letter thanking us for jopining and that we would receive our 2 prizes, how they know we won both prizes, since I threw away the scratch off is beyond me, perhaps everypne wins, how convenient. So they start sending us magazines we never requested and eventually the bill shows up... still haven't gotten the free prizes though... we send the bill back and tell them we never requested to join, and how surprizing, we get the nastygram saying our account is being affected negatively. Suppose it's time to file a complaint with the Maryland Attorney General.

Negative rmoniemony
(1 review)
On Jun 16, 2009, rmoniemony Akron, OH wrote:

i agree this club IS a scam
i joined for $12 to receive yearly subscription and free items.

the free item is a piece of garbage. you can actually buy BETTER GARDEN SUPPLIES AT DOLLAR STORES

The pruning shears WOULDNT EVEN CUT A CHIVE! (alleged value 39.99$)

when reading 1st issue, i knew the rave reviews and talk of free items were all lies - just like the positive reviews posted here are obviously fake- to lure you in.

Now i confirm the LIES. I didnt even receive the free gloves .

now they expect me to renew for 24$ for life

(the sent me a moronic book and demanded i pay for it)
i will repond with a formal complaint to ohio's attorney general


Negative afinity
(2 reviews)
On May 14, 2009, afinity Hagerstown, MD wrote:

This is a scam, don't join. You can buy any of these non-quality products including gardening magazines for under the price they charge and can even buy them at the dollar store! Don't be fooled by their letter, any thing printed in LARGE text like that is designed to scam little old ladies.

Negative bristolva
(1 review)
On Apr 25, 2009, bristolva Bristol, VA wrote:

Ditto all the bad vibes on this company. Received an unsolicted club membership, called and thought I had cancelled, received 'free gift' and dunning letters. I mailed back the 'free gift' unopended and sent a letter to the home office.,

Negative klaireabell
(1 review)
On Apr 13, 2009, klaireabell Woonsocket, SD wrote:

I had a feeling there was something up with this company after reading comments here I folded everything back up minus the part with my name on it. I even folded up the big envelope it came in and stuffed it all in the return envelope so they can pay the return for it. I do this often with companys that will not stop sending me there junk mail. Just imagin if everyone did this.

Negative cmarlow41
(1 review)
On Dec 18, 2008, cmarlow41 Upper Marlboro, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Three times now I have received the "dunning notice" from a company whose product I did not order. As we all fear for our credit rating, I was concerned with the words "you've left us no choice", "official notification", "please be advised that if we do not receive your payment" etc. Last year when I called and challenged them (the toll free number is placed in an odd place at the top, right side of the notice) I was informed that they simply blanket send the magazine to a list that they purchase (mine was from MANTS) and take their chances on who will pay. This year I called and unloaded on the poor customer service rep and told her that it was a shame the company uses 'guerilla marketing tactics' because they have a good website and magazine but will never get me for a customer.

Negative MOBigAl
(1 review)
On Dec 18, 2008, MOBigAl Lees Summit, MO wrote:

Glad I read the comments here.

I received a "Due Invoice" today with a "thank you for activating your membership in the National Gardening Club" Something that I didn't sign up for. I have ordered some seed catalogs in the last couple of weeks, so, someone there must have 'sold' my information to them.

I couldn't find anyway of contacting them on their website (kind of sneaky)...Thanks to Dave's Garden, I got their phone number. So, today I called to cancel my membership that I didn't sign up for in the first place. And requested they remove me from their mailing list.

We'll see if it actually happens.

I really dislike companies that do business this way.

The sad thing for them is that I might have actually signed up and paid online for a membership if they had done their soliciting honestly.

Negative dmac085
(41 reviews)
On Aug 4, 2008, dmac085 Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I first joined a few years ago at the $12 per year rate...although I'm not sure I actually "joined" anything--basically I got a magazine subscription (if I recall 6 issues per year). The welcome package consisted of junk seeds which were and probably still are generic packs of baby's breath, red corn poppies and a wild flower mix. These no name seed packs are sold in bulk as promotional tools to various businesses. I received a cheap metal spade that bent quickly and rusted.

I eventually let the subscription lapse and a few years later I thought about ordering the magazine again and that's when they started trying to bully you into getting the "lifetime" subscription/membership. $200+ for a bi-monthly let's face it, skimpy, magazine?! NO Thanks.

If you are looking for a very valuable gardening resource with something for all levels of gardening experience--spend your hard earned money at Dave's Garden--steer clear of "joining" this subscription peddler masquerading as a gardening club!

Negative losmilagros
(3 reviews)
On Aug 2, 2008, losmilagros Loxahatchee, FL wrote:

This company is a big scam like every body know right now.
The company National Home Gardening Club and Handyman Club of America is the same,with the same owner K. Pope and the same address.
I think,like many members of this blog said,is time to start to stop this scamers.If some of the members of this blog want to make a complain with the BBB or any other entity about this matter,we are ready to sing .
If we said another member is for the reason our English is not precisely good for a letter to the authorities of the government
But we going to support the idea with our sign any time.

Negative tlc1130
(1 review)
On Jul 15, 2008, tlc1130 Union City, PA wrote:

Received an application to join NHGC in the mail for $12 per year. Got the bill and the charge was $24 for two years. I said 'NO THANK YOU.' Oh yeah, they included 2 'free' sample-sized (not full sized) packets of seeds with about 10 seeds in each packet. WHOOPEE!! I've never received any 'free' tools or other 'goodies' they promised. Their promo is bunk! I decided to forget the whole thing and wrote CANCEL on the bill. It's 6 months later and I'm still getting letters every few weeks demanding payment on a $24 membership I never agreed to. They are also threatening to report me to a collection agency. WHOOP-TEE-DOO. Go ahead. This 'company' is running a scam and I've told them so. If I get another letter I am reporting them to the State Attorney Generals office for fraud. I think everyone needs to do the same if we are to put a stop to one more con game going around in this country. I'll gladly join with the previous postee to form a class action law suit against this nonsense, and for the harrassment practices they employ. I encourage others to do the same. It's time we all stop rolling over for these scammers. Just say 'NO' to the National Home Gardening Club. You'll be glad you did. Oh yeah, don't be surprised if the few 'positive' responses on this web site were written by the scammers themselves. I seriously doubt there are any real people out there who are 'happy' with the quality of anything they received from this con game.

Negative mel01c
(1 review)
On Jul 5, 2008, mel01c Benson NC,
United States wrote:

Received an application to join NHGC in the mail. Ignored it. Then started getting demands for $24 membership. Wrote and told them I wasn't interested in joining NHGC, but have received three more demands for money. The last one threatened me with a collection agency!
I think it's time to put a stop to this practice, and recommend all people that have had negative issues with this company contact their respective attorney general's office. I am in the process of writing to them one more time. If this doesn't work, and I get more threatening letters, I plan to take out a law suite for harassment.
M Clarke

Negative Dadsrunt
(1 review)
On Jun 21, 2008, Dadsrunt Bloomington, IN wrote:

I joined for the free testing of products. I only received the shears to test. Have never been offered anything more to test since. It's been a year now. I DO however get repeated attempts for me to be a life time member! Yeah! RIGHT!!!!!!

Negative heathrjoy
(2 reviews)
On May 6, 2008, heathrjoy Weedville, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I'd like to thank everyone who posted about this "club." Just today I received my letter to join the life time membership club. I decided to look up some info about them before joining, and I'm soooo glad I did. I originally went looking for info to see if there is anyone who isn't "invited" to be a life time member...because according to the form letter they sent me "[my] name was chosen form thousands of Club Members for an extraordinary distinction. It's a singular privilege--that effectively allows [me] to join a small 'inner circle' of elite gardeners and receive numberous privileges and benefits not available to others..." Yeah, ain't I special?? They picked ME and I better join now before I let this chance slip away...

I joined the regular club a few months ago. Not long after that I received 2 (yes two) of the free gift kits. There was a pair of pruners and a cheap kneeling pad in each kit. I wondered what the heck was going on, this company is so out of it that they can't even keep track of how many free gifts they are sending out. Oh well.

Then another package came. It was the first book. I know I will be billed around $10 for that. There were also some seed packs in the box too. Nothing I was interested in planting though. I think it was a wildflower mix. Not my thing...who knows what's really in it and if it'll be invasive or not. No thanks.

I have written them an e-mail and told them to cancel my account and to quit sending me junk...I'm not interested and I'll never join. If I hear from them again I won't take it lightly. I don't want collection agencies calling me over something I never agree to. If that does happen I'll post it here...and also alert the BBB, my credit card company, the Post Office and anyone else I can think of.

This is a scam and no one should put up with it. They keep doing it because they are making money because people are putting up with it. They aren't getting another penny from me.

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