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Positive kicourtyard
(2 reviews)
On Mar 15, 2008, kicourtyard San Jose, CA wrote:

Their plants are so HEALTHY and the people are so NICE!!

I just placed my third orders. I am hooked with Annieís and could not help it because they have so many rare and beautiful plants.

I wanted to have Passiflora Membranacea for over six months. I didnít expect that my wish come true but put it on my wish list at Annieís. They sent me email that the plant was available and I purchased. I think their order system is GREAT. I can choose shipping date. A couple other catalog order places I used, I will never know when they ship my order. Due to my house upgrading construction, I asked them to change (delay) shipping date and they did so. The plants arrived so healthy looking with their love how much they care plants. Thatís the way I feel.

Extra care and soil with each plant cost more shipping but it is better to receive healthy plants. I live in San Jose so I could drive to Richmond but I am ordering from their website. Gas is expensive and they use special courier service, so I think their s/h is reasonable.

As my construction still delaying, I tentatively plant them in a separate container. However, they started wilting and I got so worry. Then I sent email asking their advice. They replied immediately and asked me to send a picture so they could see the condition. I could not believe how nice they are.

Positive msonmezay
(8 reviews)
On Mar 12, 2008, msonmezay Mission Hills, CA wrote:

I got my order of plants bright and early this morning! They were well packed, and healthy looking. I was so happy to find a quality mail order nursery in California. I don't know how I got on their mailing list for their catalog, but I am glad someone signed me up for it or I never would have known about them. I plan to order again. I am very happy with my plants.

Positive majuscule
(2 reviews)
On Nov 3, 2007, majuscule Bloomfield, CT wrote:

Wonderful plants and wonderful service. The plants I received were vigorous and took right off. I especially like the "wish list" feature on the website for items that are not in stock. You get and email when the plants are available.

I like Annie's attitude!

Positive purplepatti
(4 reviews)
On Oct 21, 2007, purplepatti Anaheim, CA wrote:

I have purchased plants from Annie's several times over the last 6-8 months and have been very, very pleased with each and every one. Beautiful, large and healthy. The shipping charges are a little high, and I live in California....but, their shipping boxes have cut out cardboard forms for a snug fit inside and that makes the plants secure for shipping. Each plant has it's own plastic bag around the soil and then it's placed into the pot. Nice large boxes and air holes too. Since I've had two bad experiences with shipping I can appreciate a good thing when I see it. I don't mind paying a little extra for a lot beautiful plants when I open the box. Very quick delivery. I will continue to order from this company. It is nice to have a local place to buy their high quality plants too. Roger's Gardens in Corona Del Mar has started selling Annie's plants and Roger's Gardens is awesome!

Positive lostintexas
(6 reviews)
On Sep 8, 2007, lostintexas Abilene, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

First off, I just love Annie's Annuals Website. It is very charming and easy on the eyes. It is just fun to browse through. I ordered three plants from Annie as recently as the first of last week and have already received the plants. They were in excellent condition, wrapped up very well. The plants were easily identifiable as what I ordered (believe me sometimes I get plants that I don't know what the heck they are and they are not even labeled). These were labeled appropriately but I could identify the plants easily as they were a good size and one of them was blooming. I have gone to Annie's several times to browse. I do believe this is the first time I have ordered and am extremely happy with the experience. Also, I think the information given on each plant on the website is very helpful. Plants are wonderfully marked as annual or perennial. I found a lot of annuals I would love to have but just don't want to grow annuals so there was no way I could order the wrong type of plant as she has them so well identified. Great experience and would definitely shop here again.

Positive congminglaoshi
(31 reviews)
On Aug 25, 2007, congminglaoshi Tuckahoe, NY wrote:

I just visited the nursery in person, and found it to be a wonderful place with a lot of interesting plants at very good prices--please note, though, that local prices are significantly lower than mailorder prices(a few rare plants are color coded at 10.00, all the rest range from 3.25 to 5.25). Since I live in the East, I would find it difficult to justify mailorder from them, unless I was desperate to get a particular plant, due to excessive postage and much higher prices on the plants than locals pay. However, Annie's Annuals is a must see stop for the serious horticultural tourist when visiting the Bay area. The neighborhood is not one of the better areas of California, to be sure (though I suspect that in the future it will develop like everything around it has), but parking is secure, and there are lovely displays within the huge, fenced in, nursery area. Containers overflow with stunning, colorful plants, and a garden shows off many other choice plants. Bring a camera. The selection is hardly just annuals--they have potted South African bulbous species, California natives (including endangered ones), many salvias, an amazing group of rare impatiens species, including the Tibetan blue impatiens, and quite a number of perennials that are good winter hardy sorts that would grow in the East as well as in Cali. I even got myself a yellow form of Brugmansia sanguinea (I like challenges, and it will be one in my area), and a Balbisia (try finding that elsewhere), among many other goodies. Like many nurseries, there is more to see than even the extensive online catalogue indicates.
One thing I particularly like is that plants are in small four inch square pots, making transport (or mailing) back home (for the tourist) easy. Many nurseries in Cali seem to start at the one gallon size, which is great for locals, but not for visitors.
My only wish is that either their mailorder plant prices were the same as local prices and/or their postage charges more reflective of actual mailing costs, but I can also understand that the extra labor and time involved in preparing such orders (vs customers just walking in and picking up what they want) may make them not want to encourage huge numbers of mailorders. They certainly must have enough local customers.
In sum, if you are in the area, put Annie's Annuals on your must visit list, you will be glad you did.

Positive drdon
(5 reviews)
On Jun 2, 2007, drdon Temecula, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

The best and most fun folks around. We're big customers and we just adore the nursery and the plants. Either by mail order or shopping at the nursery Annie's is a real treat!

Positive nyankitty
(1 review)
On May 28, 2007, nyankitty Portland, OR wrote:

A co-worker gave me the Annie's catalog this spring. I studied the catalog for days, seeking the things I can't find around here, marking the perennials that will survive in zone 8. The catalog had helpful information in there among all the gushing descriptions! (I also enjoy the website. I've saved a lot on my wishlist -- much better than keeping random piles of notes about interesting flowers.) My plants arrived right on time in great condition. They have already settled in to their spots in the garden and are growing quickly. I will be ordering again soon, no doubt!

Positive gd501
(1 review)
On May 16, 2007, gd501 Dearborn Heights, MI wrote:

I placed an order last friday and had setup a shipping date of this monday May 14th 2007 and I recieved my plants today May 16th 2007 just like there website said I would. I am very impressed with 3 of the 4 plants I received, they were much larger and healthier than I had expected. The 4th plant was significantly smaller, but that may be all they have of that type. Either way so far Im totally happy, would recommend this site.

On June 23rd, 2007, gd501 added the following:

I did a happy dance yesterday and today. Three of the plants I order have started to bloom. The plants went from being less than 8" when I got them in the mail to over 3' tall in just over 30 Days!! Also between the three plants there are almost 30 buds! And on the forth plant I ordered there is atleast 10 flowers and another 30-40 buds on it, that ones called a Solar Fire (Ursinia anthemoides) this is an extremely pretty plant, too bad its an annual ;( Hopefully it seeds!
Positive BWebster
(1 review)
On Apr 27, 2007, BWebster Kirkland, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Granted the shipping is expensive, but the products are exceptional. So too is their customer service. Annie's Annuals provides prompt, carefully packaged shipping, has answered all my questions, and even provided recommendations regarding fertilizing and what plant will work best in my garden. As a newbie container gardener, I appreciate their support and feedback. Since Annie's products are expensive, I'm simply learning to be discriminating about what I choose and ask questions (which they answer) before I order if I'm uncertain. I am extremely happy with Annie's. So are my plants. As a side note, I would like to say that there was a UPS problem with one of my orders and the plants were lost. No fault of Annie's; nevertheless, they are replacing the missing plants anyway at no cost to me. Now that's first class service.

Positive Susi_So_Callif
(2 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2007, Susi_So_Callif Vista, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

A wonderful nursery to visit in person, and very informative website. I visited in October 2006, selected my plants, and had them shipped to me. They arrived on schedule BEAUTIFULLY packed - best packing job I've ever seen. Will definitely order again.

Positive flowerfloosey
(2 reviews)
On Apr 4, 2007, flowerfloosey Sonora, CA wrote:

The complaints here from the East are like mine from Wayside Gardens. I have had many too many failures from them. I live in California and go to the San Fransicso Flower and Garden show every year where Annie has a booth. I look forward to Annie's every year! I have had problems with the poppies damping off in a very wet year but have had success transplanting them from their pots before. I love your catalogue really shows the passion that a lot of us plant collectors and avid gardeners get from successful flower gardening. Keep up the good work Annie! As far as you from the East....maybe Wayside Gardens is your cup of tea!

Positive Murmur
(3 reviews)
On Mar 26, 2007, Murmur Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I really can't say enough - I was absolutely thrilled both with the plants themselves and with the packaging. I order online all the time and generally have fairly good luck with most everyone, but Annie's was so impressive I was stunned.

The pots are all four inchers, the plants are more mature than what one often gets in an online order. The packaging kept the plants safe and just moist enough.

The catalog is a big gushy, but I find myself wanting to gush over the plants anyway! I've been thumbing through it and am ready to order another bunch - can't wait.

Out of 10 stars, I give Annie's at least 15!

Positive PBewley
(1 review)
On Mar 23, 2007, PBewley Mill Valley, CA wrote:

You have read the positives: Plant selection, packing, healthy plants. The plants from this company have prospered in my garden like no other. But I feel I must resond to the comments about the "tone" of the catalog. For those who disregard the gushing, enthusiastic tone, I will tell you that gardening can be a way to happiness, and our involvement does not need to be so dour. It is MAGIC. Magic in the unexpected, the unusual, the beautiful. The trial and error that leads to a renewed understanding of perfection. It is not about being cool, hip or sophisticated. Gardening is about bringing joy to ourselves and to our loved ones, and bringing nature into our lives. Celebrating. Giving. Love. And that is what matters. And that is what is capured in this catalog like no other. I spent my childhood with my Aunt Joan creating a meadow garden on a windswept bluff on the rugged Mendocino coast that had to endure salt spray winds, deer, and gophers. Not everthing we planted survived. But determination, imagination, and hope kept us going. And it was magic. Amazing! So I appreciate this company; the integrity, the plantsmanship, and yes, the sense of fun and wonder.

Positive jawharpqueen
(2 reviews)
On Feb 25, 2007, jawharpqueen San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Annie's Annuals is absolutely wonderful. I live close to their nursery, and my local garden shop carries lots of Annie's plants. They are always the interesting ones, the most beautiful. Their selection of California natives is stunning. As for the customer in Connecticut, I can't see how he got so upset that plants from a nursery here in northern California didn't work for his climate in the northeast. I for one am so glad to have Annie's, since so many of the usual plants I see fawned over everywhere in the big corporate catalogs are not suited for my temperate, foggy planting area -- for example, "show-stopper " zinnias, or "hassle-free" tulips that will supposedly naturalize, or all sorts of purportedly "easy" plants that need a cold winter.... I don't just go and buy plants/seeds because they have a great description, I consider my particular planting requirements. And thank goodness I have Annie's to help me find amazing plants that are perfectly suited to my backyard's climate - they are truly a gem of a company. And their catalog is so gorgeous and inspiring -- it's evident they truly understand the beauty of the plant world. I put them on my wedding registry and luckily got several gift certificates.

Positive GardenMouse
(14 reviews)
On Feb 23, 2007, GardenMouse Mahomet, IL wrote:

I ordered from Annie's Annuals last summer, and was pleased with the plants I received; I will order from them again this year as soon as our weather allows it. They do offer some unique plants that I cannot get elsewhere. I am intelligent enough to realize that, yes, their California Mediterranean climate is, in fact, rather unique, and that many of the plants they offer probably won't do well in my often-snowbound, short growing season Zone 5 climate. So I do my research when deciding what plants to order, since I don't think it's reasonable to expect any company to provide detailed information on how each of their plants might do in the wide variety of zones and microclimates elsewhere in the US. Annie's explains how the plants fare in their climate, and I understand when I order from any company that my experience may differ substantially, as there is such a wide variety of variables in gardening.

I personally don't really care about the "tone" of a garden catalog; I consult Garden Watchdog for information about company reliability and service, not for a literary critique. All business owners try to present their products as attractively as possible; that's how they stay in business. And frankly, comments about the "diabetic sweetness" of the writing, and potshots at the "Von Trapp" appearance of the business owner are just petty and mean-spirited--and not particularly germane to the issue. I don't care if a business owner has two heads, as long as they sell quality products, ship them in a timely manner, and treat my credit card and personal information in a secure manner. Annie's Annuals was stellar in every one of those areas.

I do agree that the packaging charges are excessive, which means my budget limits me to one order per year. However, the expense just makes me research any possible plant order that much more carefully. The poppies I ordered from Annie's last year didn't do well in my climate, as we tend to go from freezing cold to blazing hot, with not much Spring in between. But I knew that going in, and decided to gamble--and when it didn't pay off, I didn't blame the company. After all, I know my gardening conditions better than anyone. And for that matter, I've had plants grown and purchased from the local greenhouse fail in my garden. So while ordering plants grown in such a different climate can be a risk, it's not necessarily duplicitous on the part of the business owner.

As I stated above, I will be placing another order with Annie's Annuals as soon it's planting time in my zone. I'll order some things that look to be good bets for my zone, and one or two "fun" and exotic things just because I want to give them a try and see what happens. And in the meantime, I browse through my Annie's catalog every night, since her giddy enthusiasm about gardening is exactly what I need to deal with the foot of snow blocking my driveway.

Positive ciarahughes
(1 review)
On Feb 22, 2007, ciarahughes Sandy, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Last fall, I ordered some poppy plants. they arrived quickly and in great shape. the plants I got are healthy and vigorous.

Positive brimcgin
(2 reviews)
On Jan 8, 2007, brimcgin Stockton, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Received shipment in quick order. Plants were very healthy and packed beautifully. Not only will I order from Annie again, I live fairly close and get to visit! Brian

Positive kkirschbaum
(27 reviews)
On Nov 13, 2006, kkirschbaum Yonkers, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Having gotten a late start gardening in a new home, I ordered quite a lot from Annie's in August and September in the hope of filling in my empty spaces with unusual annuals or perennials that I would treat as annuals. The selection and their wide variety of unusual plants (especially all the vines and climbers) are unparalleled. Since I'm interested in the unusual, I end up ordering lots of plants that are not listed in most reference books - so I don't know what to expect. My garden involves lots of trial and error, and a number of the plants were duds. Quite a lot worked really well and I look forward to trying them again earlier in the season. In the few instances where plants arrived damaged in shipping, they were promptly and cheerfully replaced. I certainly intend to order from Annie's again - I only wish there were a nursery in the East that specialised in unusual plants that withstand the vagaries of the climate on this coast. My only complaint about Annies - and it is a small one - is that the plants are so well strapped in place for shipping that I often had to struggle to extricate them from the packing. And I hated the styrofoam peanuts until I read somewhere that they could be used in place of gravel for urban container gardening (they never decompose and they are extremely light making containers that much easier to move).

On September 10th, 2008, kkirschbaum added the following:

UPDATED 9/10/08: I recently bought a new home, and I turned to Annie's wonderful website in order to get some cool-season annuals to give my new not-yet-a-garden an instant boost of late summer color. I had planned for the Annie's plants to show up right before Labor Day weekend since I would then have time to plant and was flummoxed that nothing arrived. I waited until the Tuesday after Labor Day to contact them, and it turned out that they had a confirmation of delivery the previous week - only to my old address, which was stored in their fedex account. Without any question or fuss they immediately shipped replacements (at no charge). I hate to think that this was a loss for them, but it certainly is a sign of top-notch customer service. This is a great place if you like the unusual or the heirloom -- they have an incredible selection of unusual plants -- and they provide excellent service.
Positive TexasTam
(16 reviews)
On Sep 22, 2006, TexasTam Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great plant selection, great packing, great customer service.

One of the salvias I ordered was DOA, and a poppy died soon after arrival. I emailed Annie's, and they responded by cheerfully and swiftly sending me healthy replacements at no charge. I will shop with them again!

Positive JaneGardenGates
(1 review)
On Aug 23, 2006, JaneGardenGates Santa Clarita, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I just want to thank you for shipping my recent order. I felt your shipping prices were a little on the high side, but when my order arrived yesterday in a box that looked like it had substituted for the ball in several soccer games I figured the plants inside had no chance of survival. Yet upon opening the box, each and every one remained full, perfect and unaffected. Your packing is, evidently, worth every penny -- just as your plants are!

Positive Missyinbama
(37 reviews)
On Jul 20, 2006, Missyinbama Wetumpka, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wonderful selection of plants, which came in excellent shape (large, healthy plants which I can't find locally.) A few plants did not have tags (and for the salvias that required a little search to make sure which one I had before I planted), but overall that is a minor issue. Not cheap overall, but if you want hard to find plants, the web site is easy to navigate, the plants are very healthy, well packaged, ship quickly, and comparitively priced.

Positive Desertdenial5
(26 reviews)
On Jun 20, 2006, Desertdenial5 Tolleson, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I received my order last week and it was packed beautifully! The plants were larger than I expected and all were healthy. I had one that the top was broke off and sent an e-mail to let them know. I immediately got a return e-mail saying they were sending out a replacement. I am thrilled witht his company and will definetly be ordering again!!!

On March 19th, 2007, marieortiz added the following:

I received my third order from Annie's two weeks ago. All plants were
as expected. Nice sizes and all healthy!!
Positive Lynnemd
(1 review)
On May 30, 2006, Lynnemd Castaic, CA wrote:

May be a bit pricier than the competition but the plants arrived in great shape, as scheduled and are all thriving. The customer service is also tremendous. I accidentally received an orange poppy versus the color ordered. I planted it and was not really upset by it but I did note it in a later email. Without being asked, the poppy I had ordered arrived free of charge.
Since then, I have placed another order and made an inquiry re a wallflower variety that I would like to buy ("Old Bloody Warrior"). Sort of fun to be told that the nursery owner might grow it for me. I like this company a lot - they use new technology and deliver old fashioned service. They are stuck with me as a customer.

Positive dawn50gardens
(1 review)
On May 29, 2006, dawn50gardens Paso Robles, CA wrote:

I have been a dye hard fan of mail order plants wanting what the local nursery just won't/doesn't carry. I spent over $300 to "lush" out my slope on my property from one of the biggest mailorders, none I say none lived. So I got this funky catalog in the mail from somebody who's about 150 miles north of me and said "well lets give it a try"
"OH MY GOSH" fantastic plants, hearty, healthy, packed absolutely foolproof and speeeeeedy delivery.
I'm hooked!

Positive FLgirl
(1 review)
On May 29, 2006, FLgirl Rockledge, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I had a WONDERFUL experience with Annie's. My order was received very quickly, and the plants are just beautiful. The packaging was very well done-each plant arrived safely with no damage. I absolutely recommend Annies to all the gardeners out there! I will be ordering from them again-every chance I get!!

Positive flubber
(1 review)
On May 27, 2006, flubber Laurel, MD wrote:

The BEST packaging in the mail order business! Plants are exceptionally lush and healthy. They have the most beautiful catalogue and quite a wide variety of annuals and perrenials. They ship via air mail to the east coast, which is high, but ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT!I have ordered from more than 50 mail order businesses and honestly, this is one of the best there is for quality and wrapping.

Positive pamshands
(2 reviews)
On May 9, 2006, pamshands Seal Beach, CA wrote:

Best mail order company I've ever dealt with. Beautiful website with excellent photos of and info on most plants. When the plants you want aren't immediately availble, you can place them on a wishlist, and they really do notify you when they're available. I received my plants within days--of course they are in my home state, but that doesn't always mean prompt service! Anyway, I give them 4 stars. Thanks, Annies!

Positive deafcat
(1 review)
On May 5, 2006, deafcat Fresno, CA wrote:

My parents took me to Annie's Annuals last weekend while I was visiting them in the East Bay. I'd hoped to pick up a couple of Baby Blue Eyes seedlings to experiment with back in Fresno, and left with more than 20 plants that I couldn't resist finding room for in my car... The variety of plants available is wonderful and the display gardens are inspiring. I saw NO unhealthy plants during my two hours on site.

I purchased all native annual wildflowers and one "rare" grape seedling (Emeryville Pink) at very reasonable prices. The sales women told me honestly before taking my money that all of my choices except the California Poppies might find the Central Valley too hot, and advised me about location in my garden and soil amendments. So far everything remains healthy, the flowers are opening, and my tortoise is enjoying the new additions to his garden home.

Positive ivory
(5 reviews)
On May 4, 2006, ivory Mooresville, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wonderful quality plants, packed expertly and shipped so promptly. I am very pleased with my order. You do pay extra for shipping, but, in my opinion, the quality is well worth it. She has a very extensive selection of plants that are not easy to locate here.

Positive SeaDavid
(1 review)
On May 1, 2006, SeaDavid Coupeville, WA wrote:

A couple of days ago I received my first order from Annie's and let me just say that I was shocked. Good shock. The previous day I had received an oder from a wholesaler and I was also shocked. Bad shock. One third of the plants were missing with no explanation, and about one quarter werte broken by having been crammed into a box far too small for the size of the plants; and it was in that negative frame of mind that I opened Annie's shipment.

Never have I received a shipment of plants that were as carefully packed and shipped. Within the four boxes none of the plants were broken and none were wilted; and none were missing. All of the plants were in a thriving condition notwithstanding the shipment process. The roots were well developed and healthy, and the plants are fresh and appear more than ready to do their thing. My wife doesn't ever compliment other women with whom I come into contact, but this time she even said "Annie is my (her) hero." That also shocked me.

In this day and age, given the terribly hostile tenor and tone of our country's seemingly crumbling political integrity, if not our society itself, it is so very refreshing to do business with someone who seems truly to care about the products she sells and ships. My first received shipment is strong evidence of that perceived caring attitude; and my second shipment will be received in a few days, and I am looking forward to it. Thanks Annie.

Positive Hulagirl3
(3 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2006, Hulagirl3 Puyallup, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Wow! These guys are quick! I placed my order late Wed. evening and the UPS man was at my door delivering my order on Friday! Boy! Was I surprised!!! Quality of plants was excellent. All are doing awesome and growing big/healthy. Love her catalog and her website!

Positive shmookabella
(1 review)
On Apr 3, 2006, shmookabella Brookings, OR wrote:

Annie's Rocks! Her website and selection is amazing. I have NEVER received such beautiful and pristine mail order plants. The packaging is the absolute best I have ever seen, each item has been vibrant and healthy, and better looking than some of the local nurseries. I really can't say that for just about any one else I have mail ordered from. I hope to visit her nursery someday, but with the catalog and website, I couldn't be happier. She carries some of the most beautiful and unusual flowers I have seen and her descriptions are fantastic. I love the wish list, because I feel like I won't miss out on a rare and beautiful flower for my garden if she is out of stock. I can't wait to order more! I am proud to be a flower floozie.

Positive faeriedust
(1 review)
On Mar 20, 2006, faeriedust Jefferson, OR wrote:

I was so happy to get my plants. They looked so good Wow i will be ordering more from her.

Thanks for haveing cool plants.

Positive RuTemple
(6 reviews)
On Mar 8, 2006, RuTemple San Jose, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

We visited last Sunday in the blustery wind (hah! we beat the rain that came pouring down later!) and were delighted with all we found there: Annie, the welcoming committee of (elder) dogs, and the acres of tables of 4" plants - with an index list inside by the (free) tea offered. The secret decoder ring is that the 1a table is all the way back on the left, and up they march past the chickens to the show gardens in the front corner!
Easy to find our rare bread poppies; we're going to have fun in our Redwood City garden this summer.
We also got to stroll past where the shipping and packing is done, and are utterly convinced that anything they care to charge for that level of care is WORTHY - we'll probably mail order some more things, since it's a bit of a drive from here, and are sure they'll (a) get here and (b) thrive.
What a delightful company, and catalog to take away and read, as well as the website. We're very happy Annie and company are busy out there in Richmond, and we'll be back again.

On December 8th, 2007, RuTemple added the following:

A new order placed this week, for mail order, and we are so looking forward to it! Seeing the care put into the shipping, I'm just going to reiterate for any fence-sitters (or competing businesses who choose to do things a different way, not that there's anything wrong with that, heh), the quality of the plants and the exquisite care in handling and shipping? Are worth every last penny. We love you Annie! -- and all your help, and the critters, too.
Positive frondpond
(1 review)
On Mar 8, 2006, frondpond Berkeley, CA wrote:

Annie's charges more per plant for catalog orders. And their website is not as specific as I would like. And I wish they had organic plants available, although they use pesticide only when necessary and no growth hormones etc. But in my experience you're paying more for a big niche that's out of OSH's league.

At Annie's you receive service you would not receive from most other companies, and you are shopping from a selection not available elsewhere. They use heirloom plants [read: NOT GMO] as much as possible, and they offer a selection of native California plants. There are interesting categories on their site, including color coordination, fragrance, drought tolerance, reseeders, certain exotics, and wild plants...

You will pay less for your colorful garden, but good luck finding rare plants at OSH. And I'm guessing that her employees make more. So if you hope to host endangered insects and animals, have a unique garden, or help preserve dwindling populations of rare and spectacular heirloom plants while promoting environmental diversity, then Annie's is one place to shop.

I have bought their seeds and potted plants in other nurseries but haven't to theirs. I hear it's a heck of a place to visit. Maybe that's where the fun is really at.

Positive dawnwinings
(1 review)
On Feb 1, 2006, dawnwinings West Hyannisport, MA wrote:

I am an avide gardner, and have purchased many plants from different sources. I made a large purchase at the end of last summer from Annies and every one of them survived - even after been ravaged by a raccoon. I believe the difference in Annie's plants is that they are not "hot house" grown, which give them the best chance of survival.

Her web-site is very organized with beautiful pictures.

I can't wait for my next shipment to arrive. I know my garden will be spectacular this summer!!!!!

Positive teasia
(5 reviews)
On Nov 11, 2005, teasia Spring Valley, CA wrote:

Very fast shipping. Received plants in 3 days. Nicely grown 4 inch sized plants well packaged. The only source for Echium wildprettii I could find except for a local nursery. That one was in a 5 gallon can and cost 25 dollars. Still looking for E. pininana.

Positive masterwort
(8 reviews)
On Oct 23, 2005, masterwort North Dartmouth, MA wrote:

We vistied Annie's in early October and were suprised to find many well grown and hard-to-find plants still on the shelves. Kathy and I pulled a dozen or so plants and asked if they could be shipped to the east coast. We were on the last day of our week long nursery and garden tour of the East Bay area. Staff was accomadating and said that the shipping dept. would contact us on the following Monday. We already had two suitcases jammed packed with plants and no more room, even for Annie's beautiful things. Plants arrived looking fabulous on the following Wednesday. Very well packed. Nice Job! We are envious of what you can do without greenhouses. Chris And Kathy Tracey, Avant Gardens

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