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Positive sd915
(7 reviews)
On Apr 21, 2005, sd915 York, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I'm a little late for feedback on an order from last June but I didn't know about this site then. I ordered a 6-8 foot yellowwood and several kinds of stewartias. I was a little worried about getting this size of trees shipped cross- country. But the shipping box was about 6 feet long and reinforced with wood. Inside were beautiful stewarties and a 10 foot (!) yellowwood with the tip carefully bent over. Great packing!
I would pay $10 (make that $20 if it was refundable) for their catalog if only it had pictures, but with so many different plants it would be difficult to do I suppose. I use it for reference now even without the pictures.

Positive grammagt
(1 review)
On Mar 10, 2005, grammagt Portland, OR wrote:

First, I sent an email asking questions about the tree I wanted to buy that I saw when traveling in New Zealand. I was worried about the zone information because I was told in NZ that trying to grow it in USDA zone 8 was pushing the envelope. Not at all, Harold Greer personally responded and told me that he had started his from a plant purchased in NZ 20 yrs ago and was hardy to minus 20F. I ordered the tree: Toona Cedrela sinensis, It was shipped by Fed Ex well padded stems, and roots bagged in plastic with well composted soil and the water retaining gel. Arrived in 24 hours in perfect shape. I am very satisfied and will order there again.

Positive peterspaulding
(2 reviews)
On Jul 14, 2004, peterspaulding Contoocook, NH wrote:

I recently ordered two magnolias from Greer Gardens. They were shipped all the way from Oregon to my home in New Hampshire. Both trees were very well packaged, but one had been damaged to the point that the main trunk was broken. I called the company and they immediately replaced the damaged item. Not only was their product of high quality but the customer service is excellent! I will definitely do business with them in the future.

Positive mrsjones
(9 reviews)
On Jun 9, 2004, mrsjones wrote:

I ordered a large (5-6') magnolia from them and was looking for this specific variety. They were extremely helpful over the phone, informative, and attuned to personal service. The plant was shipped in its own customized container, was well-protected and in great shape, and was an excellent value for the money involved, both price of the plant and shipping halfway across the US. The catalog they sent was mouth-watering, and I will definitely buy from them again.

Positive texas_annie
(1 review)
On Jun 8, 2004, texas_annie wrote:

I just ordered a Gingko biloba "Golden Globe" from Greer, and it arrived here in California in a very timely manner and in great shape. It was VERY carefully packaged! The representatives that I dealt with on the phone were all very pleasant and worked hard to get me exactly what I wanted (for instance, I specified that I wanted a tree that had not had the leader trimmed). They do seem just a tiny bit disorganized there, but I had the feeling that is because they are set up more for buying in person rather than on the phone. In any case, they were very helpful and my little tree looks great. I am very pleased and will buy from them again.

Positive revclaus
(27 reviews)
On Mar 21, 2004, revclaus (Judith) Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Last year I ordered a Japanese maple "Corallinum" from Wayside, which came packed badly and broken off below the graft. They were hopelessly awful in terms of customer service. To replace it I went to Greer Gardens on the recommendation of a friend here in Denver.

Their customer service is disorganized, I agree, but the owner called me two or three times to let me know that they did, indeed, have a Corallinum in stock and he would be happy to send it. We had a great conversation, and I ordered a Pixie too.

They were delivered as promised, packed beautifully, in great shape, and as of 3/20/04 are breaking leaf. I would unquestioningly order from them again. You just have to persist in calling them if you want service. Picture this: your local garden center with several employees, busy with spring and summer customers, answering the phone ringing off the hook from out-of-town callers! That's Greer Gardens. But the owner did take the trouble to return my calls, and he was exceptionally friendly on the phone.

Positive IndianaGardener
(7 reviews)
On Mar 20, 2004, IndianaGardener wrote:

I have ordered a few times: Always friendly, great plants, and they pack their plants very well. A big Japanese Maple I got from them had it's own wooden frame build around it so it wouldn't bang around in the box during transit. I'm impressed. The tree and other plants I got from them came in great shape and are doing great in my garden.

Positive jesup
(5 reviews)
On Feb 17, 2004, jesup Malvern, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've received two orders (4 and 6 or 7) of rhododendrons from Greers purchased by my father (who collects azaleas et al, and lives in the middle of a huge laurel forest).

Both shipments were excellently packed, and arrived (in southeast PA) in perfect shape. The plants ranged from the smaller varieties to pretty huge (around 3' and almost as wide with dozens of buds). All were in bud, and would have flowered modulo deer. (The second, larger order is currently surrounded by netting and hopefully will be blooming soon.)

They definitely seem to have an excellent selection as well, given the wide variety of variants my father got.

Positive tykey
(3 reviews)
On Oct 31, 2003, tykey Stewardson, IL wrote:

While I was not able to order from Greer Gardens this past year (oh how I missed doing that!) I have placed several orders in years past. I must say that after receiving the plants ordered, all other nurseries I had previously ordered from paled in comparison. Ordered 2 Viburnums, a paperbark maple, and a few other nice selections. Every plant, except the maple has lived (the maple not being of the company's fault, but my own...froze in a pot when I had to move to my new residence). The Viburnums were around 2-3' tall and are now appoaching the 4 1/2-6' size and look wonderful. Ordered several western redcedar plants from them around 2 years ago and though mother nature played many cruel tricks on those poor plants their first year (frequent flooding, 2 hailstorms, and then a very dry summer) now I can walk around a five to six foot tall evergreen and they look marvelous. The plants, upon arrival, were twice the size as similar evergreens from Wayside Gardens. Healthy plants abound from Greer Gardens and I look forward to completing a new order next spring. Shipping may be high but that's the price I pay for ordering something from the West Coast when I live in the Midwest. Have had to deal with customer service only once and it was concerning a plant which was out of stock and they refunded the price without my asking, which was a welcomed shock for me. Very friendly, honest people.

Positive cowgardener
(30 reviews)
On Feb 11, 2003, cowgardener Southport, ME wrote:

We have been very pleased with the large plants received from this company. We've ordered a number of 5'-6' (1"+ caliper) ornamental trees from this company and all have done well in our north coastal New England zone. The packaging is very good but shipping is expensive (understandable) but that is quickly outweighed by the excellent quality of their stock. One 6'-7' kousa dogwood failed and they promptly credited our account over the phone. Their prices on large landscape size Japanese maples are often better than local nurseries even with shipping. Their website is of little use & we do wish the catalog would arrive sooner.

Positive bendrl
(9 reviews)
On Dec 5, 2002, bendrl Oakland, CA wrote:

I ordered some Thuja conifers from Greer a couple of months ago, and they came as expected. The root system was nicely developed. The packaging was excellent, and so far every one is healthy. I've only ordered once from them, but I would not hesitate to order again. Now if I only had a larger yard...

Positive msanjelpie
(54 reviews)
On Jul 10, 2002, msanjelpie Meridian, ID wrote:

This was the only company that had the Idaho State Flower in stock. I placed my order via email, and received confirmation the next day. Two days later the order arrived. Plant was 2 feet tall, and packaged well. Leaves were heavily spotted with brown, but having never seen the plant in person before, I did not know if this was normal or not. The plant has been planted in shade and watered daily. The brown spots are gone, and I'm thinking it was a case of shipment stress. I am very pleased with the outcome of my order.

Positive Creaky
(1 review)
On Jul 10, 2002, Creaky wrote:

I orderered three rhododendrons from Greer Gardens this spring. Here in Connecticut, every plant available is one of the "iron clad" rhodies in white, pink, purple or red and I wanted something more unusual. The catalog outlines time of bloom, foilage characteristics, etc. Having studied it ALOT, I took the plunge and ordered over the phone. The plants came carefully and cleverly wrapped. All three plants are simply beautiful. I will definitely order from Greer Gardens again. The ladies on the order desk were helpful, too.

Positive golddog
(7 reviews)
On Jul 9, 2002, golddog Western, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

A wonderful family business with tons of Rhodos and Japanese maples, among many others. If you are looking for trees and shrubs that are of good size, then look no more. I bought 2 Japanese climbing Hydrangeas recently and couldn't believe the maturity of them. Stems were 2 1/2 to 3 feet long. Only gripe is the late delivery of the seasonal catalogue.

Positive Copperbaron
(29 reviews)
On Jan 22, 2002, Copperbaron Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable. Oh, and by the way, did I mention that this site is unbelievable. Their catalog is just a sheer pleasure to read. The color photos are outstanding. The width and breadth of what they have to offer is nowhere else to be found.

There are other places on the internet such as Heronswood, Camelia Gardens, Weird Dude's Plant Zoo, Forest Farms, Mellingers, etc. that offer a large variety of hard to find plants in the trade, but none of them can compare to Greer Gardens. The plants I ordered were shipped as if the folks cared whether or not the plants arrived to me safely, which they did. I will one day visit this nursery.

Positive krishaberman
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2001, krishaberman wrote:

I have ordered from Greer Gardens for two seasons now, and have been impressed with the large sizes and great selection of herbaceous plants and, most especially for me, woody shrubs/trees. In particular, two Magnolia stellata arrived beautifully and carefully packaged, and are now thriving in my garden. Greer has a great catalog, to boot.

Positive RoseSmith
(4 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2000, RoseSmith wrote:

I have ordered for about 5 years now from Greer Gardens. They are wonderful to deal with. The trees I have ordered were really reasonable and larger than I could get anywhere. I had a problem with a Acer japonica 'Aruem' arriving in poor condition. But when I called, was sent a beautiful replacement that is now growing beautifully. These are good people to work with.

Positive DanEvans
(3 reviews)
On Nov 1, 1998, DanEvans wrote:

One spring we ordered two red camellias from Greer Gardens. The two we had bought mutated so that the flowers were streaked with white. When we called to complain we not only got free replacements but Mr. Greer personally made sure these had red flowers and we got a hand written note from Mr. Greer himself apologizing. Needless to say we became repeat customers until we had finished landscaping our yard.

Positive ryancollay
(3 reviews)
On Feb 1, 1996, ryancollay wrote:

Greer has a great collection of material, I've visited their grounds numerous times. They have an incredible collection of Rhodies and give them a call to check on trees and shrubs as well.

Positive GeneBuccola
(4 reviews)
On Feb 1, 1996, GeneBuccola wrote:

The Cercis canadensis I bought in fall of 1994 made it through it's first winter, but never flowered. The Franklinia tree is growing very slowly, but did manage 3-4 beautiful blossoms this fall. Now, if I could only get the deer to leave it alone. The Styrax japonicus bloomed beautifully, but started loosing leaves very early last fall. We'll see how it has fared come this spring. Greer has a fabulous selection with many unusual plants to choose from. I'll definitely go back.

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