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Neutral thistlepunk
(3 reviews)
On Jul 3, 2006, thistlepunk East Lansing, MI wrote:

I live nearby, relatively speaking, and was quite excited to visit. The selection of rock garden type plants is quite excellent, the rest is good for an independent nursery.

A man who seemed to work there, possibly, was quite belligerent, and yelled and scowled a lot. Eventually he started yelling at me from some distance away, I cannot imagine why, and I hesitated to take my plant to the register. Happily, a friendly woman took over the register, but I still left a bit disconcerted and have yet to return.

Positive oncoiris
(1 review)
On May 22, 2006, oncoiris Jackson, MI wrote:

My wife affectionately calls me a 'plant geek'. This plant geek is here to tell the world that Arrowhead Alpines is a place like no other. I've benefitted so much from Bob & Brigetta's knowledge of plants I don't know where to begin and have nothing but praise for them. I've bought both from the catalog and from the greenhouse bench and have NEVER been disappointed. If you are ever in the area stop in and see for yourself. There's always something unique or 'cool' that will catch your eye. U might even get a chance to talk to a certifiable 'plant geek'. Cheers

Positive imacgreg
(2 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2006, imacgreg South Monroe, MI wrote:

Mail-ordered for the first time after visiting the nursery in person several times in the last few years and always coming away with something unusual and interesting. The plants were carefully packaged and arrived in great shape. Unmatched scope of offerings and refreshingly iconoclastic approach to conventional gardening wisdom.

Positive patlutal
(1 review)
On Jan 19, 2006, patlutal Ypsilanti, MI wrote:

I have been a customer of Arrowhead Alpines for over 6 years. I have to say that I have nothing but respect for Bob and Brigetta. They have far more knowledge about plants than I will ever have and it is great socializing with a business that doesn't tell me I can't grow something. I suffer from zone denial and I really need to try things for myself. I have always appreciated the candor about plants and the "learning" aspect of frequenting their nursery. While some are intimidated when visiting, if you share a true interest beyond the plants you find at Lowe's, Walmart, HD or that other 'Mart, this is the place to visit. I am familiar with their mail order plants and know that the small plants that are sent have the biggest and healthiest roots I have ever seen. I also know all of their stock to be exceptionally healthy. I can say that I have bought more than my fair share of plants at Arrowhead and they never disappoint. I am not talking about $100 a Spring, I am at multiple thousands per year and never disappointed. I have met other plantsmen over the years visiting Arrowhead and it is a lifestyle. Join the club it is fun to socialize; share experiences on plants; and really get to know your hobby. This is all possible at Arrowhead. For those that have had a bad experience I would say try it again. I have been at the nursery when it is 90+ degrees or -15 degrees and I don't smile much than either. I have a respect for people's business, gardens and plants much like my own home...they will never disappoint if you do the same. They have the largest collection of perennials, bulbs, shrubs, trees and conifers that I have ever seen in one place. I also get to find my less hardy interests such as camelias, rare magnolias, exotic vines, carnivorous plants, and the asiatic counterparts to our natives. I either croak them or feel sorry for them and put them in my greenhouse. Yes Bob gets a little miffed at me if I deliberately try something that he has told me won't live outside. While you won't get a zone rating they will tell you if they think it will survive outdoors and show you an example in their own garden if you are from Mossouri and need to verify the hardiness. I like having those choices in MI and that is rare at most nurseries. Relax a little with them and they will show you plants you have never seen. It is worth the trip out to their ever growing collection. Don't be afraid to bring some bagels, snacks or fire up a BBQ with them. It goes a long way.

Positive BonsaiMike
(1 review)
On Jul 30, 2005, BonsaiMike Lansing, MI wrote:

For me, Arrowhead Alpines is a short 20 minute drive on a freeway, so I have no experience with mail order and only on rare occasions have I ever purchased plants via the mail. Visiting this nursery is a real treat and while I know that some do not have this luxury Arrowhead Alpines should definitley not be overlooked for that special plant whether you visit or need to mail order. That being said, my experiences with Arrowhead Alpines over the past 4 years have been incredibly positive. I am usually on the hunt for the rare and unusual to satisfy my 'chorophyll addiction' and Arrowhead is one of the very few places where I can get my "fix". Bob and Brigitta, the owners, have been very helpful and necessarily so because as many have said their selection is vast. Without the combination of their knowledge, books and the Internet, the novice might be easily overwhelmed at a place like Arrowhead. It is not for the average beginner and the phrase "caveat emptor" should be everyone's mantra rather than a tool to shed personal responsibility and cast blame. My plant education has expanded exponentially since going to Arrowhead. I have acquired plants that have challenged me and rewarded me beyond anything that I could have purchased at most other nurseries. Have plants died? Of course, but the cause has always been the result of mismanagement on my part. Mid-Michigan is a difficult place to grow many things. Hot summers and often times extremely cold winters challenge even the most hardy of plants. I regularly ask for the advice of the Arrowhead Alpines owners regarding plant selection, but ultimately its up to me what I purchase. What can I say? I prefer the exotic and rare and I'm willing to experiment. Arrowhead Alpines is one of the few places I can satisfy that preference. One final word, if you are looking for the average "stuff" you can find it also at Arrowhead and from what I've seen it is big and healthy!

Positive hottubguys
(1 review)
On May 24, 2005, hottubguys Ferndale, MI wrote:

We have been going to Arrowhead Alpines for a few years now.
It's an hour drive, so we obviously consider it well-worth while.
They are one of the premier nurseries in the country-and we've been to several. The plants are always healthy, and well worth the money.
It's not a typical nursery, because they don't sell typical plants.
We always take the catalog and an encyclopedia, because we always encounter something new and exciting that we want to reference. We consider ourselves accomplished gardeners {by no means experts} but we have a broad enough knowledge to know the good stuff when we see it. We have always found the service the same as anywhere else of quality---if you are polite, you get treated politely.
We look forward to our trips, and our only complaint is that we don't live closer to visit more often.

Positive dangbert
(2 reviews)
On May 11, 2005, dangbert Hartville, OH wrote:

I visited arrowhead alpines in early may 2005. The first thing I saw was the staging area for their mail order plants. They all looked first rate - alive, blooming, and healthy. I wish all the plants I get via mail order looked that good!
The staff was attentive and friendly (even the nursery cats, they ride along with you in your cart!), they made numerous trips getting plants for me that hadn't been put outside yet. The owners were friendly, real people. They are incredibly knowledgeable and readily answered all my questions.
This nursery is amazing, but not necessarily for the novice. If you're looking for generic perennials, you might want to try someplace like Lowe's. Arrowhead offers a huge variety of specialty plants from all over the world that aren't available ANYWHERE else. It's like a horticultural candy store!
Was it worth the four hour trip there? YOU BET! I'll be back.

Positive pacegardens
(1 review)
On Apr 21, 2005, pacegardens Clio, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I went to Arrowhead Alpines today and spent a large amount of money. Both Bob and Brigitta were very helpful and more than happy to answer any questions I had about the plants I was looking for and/or buying. Their Nursery is layed out in multiple greenhouses that are full of healthy, well established plants potted in the typical 3, 4, and 6 inch pots as well as one gallon and larger continers for the larger trees and shrubs. When I was there I had four different people ask me if I was finding everything I was looking for. I wanted a Polygonatum "Passion Purple" which was in their propagation houses (off limits to the general public), Brigitta wasted no time in retrieving the plant for me. This is not the nursery for you if you are looking for a Petunia or Marigold, but if you are looking for the unusual, hard-to-find, or even a truly rare plant, this is the place to go. I have been buying plants from this nursery for six years and have never lost a plant purchased from them. I would gladly recommend Arrowhead Alpines to any experienced gardener who is serious about what the grow.

Negative chilepepper99
(2 reviews)
On Apr 21, 2005, chilepepper99 wrote:

I live in the general area of their nursery, so I thought I would stop by an take a look around. Boy what a waste of time.

They have a great selection and their nursery is beautiful, but they really, really need to work on their customer service. I wandered around for about a half hour and was totally ignored by everyone that worked there. When I did finally find someone and asked a question, they were extremely rude and treated me like I was more of a bother than anything else.

One other thing; You had better know the scientific name of whatever you are looking for, because there are no common names on anything. Now I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about perennials (no expert by any means) but I probably couldn't tell you the scientific name of anything in my garden.

I won't be going back this summer. There are better and nicer nurseries in the area that are more than happy to answer my questions and help me out. I'll be spending my money at those other nuseries instead of Arrowhead Alpines.

Negative bostonbound
(2 reviews)
On Apr 18, 2005, bostonbound Boxford, MA wrote:

Owner arrogantly refuses to give any useful hardiness and cultural information. I feel he is confortable that most plants he sells will never survive a year. 30+% of plants die immediately; because they are too small and weak to survive in the outdoors. $8.00 for a lily seedling in a styrofoam cup with a 1 1/2 inch leaf??

It would be wise to avoid ANY seller selling Pink Lady Slipper (C. acaule); as doing so indicates contempt for the enviornment and high contempt for the customers.

On the other hand some of his plants are viable and can't readily be found elsewhere. So if there is something you can't get elsewhere and you really want to, take a chance with this seller . . .for just a few things

He *is* arrogant, just read his comments in the catalog

Negative seedpicker_TX
(4 reviews)
On Mar 25, 2005, seedpicker_TX (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great selection of plants, but received only part of my large online order. I was charged for the entire order.

When I called and pointed out their mistake and requested my credit card be refunded for the out of stock item, I was told I was interrupting his coffee break!!!!!! and to call back later!!! How rude!

I DID call back later. Several times, in fact, and he just kept saying he'd "get to it later", and later never came.

He was rude and still owes me a plant...the nerve...

Positive Rachip
(2 reviews)
On Jan 28, 2005, Rachip Wheaton, IL wrote:

Have ordered twice in the last two years. Great variety and I have been disappointed on only a couple of plants (too small for $24 Calycanthus). The one thing that bothered me was I did not notice that there is a volume discount which I did not take when filling out the order form. They completed the order without telling me I overcharged myself. My mistake but I bet there are other places that would have corrected my total.

Positive Kevin_5
(5 reviews)
On Jan 27, 2005, Kevin_5 Elburn, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have ordered from Arrowhead several times over the years. The order process takes some time as you must do your research on the rarities in the catalog, but it's well worth it. I have found the owner extremely helpful on the phone, and more than willing to share what he knows about the plants he sells. I am working on this year's order at this very moment.

Positive bogman
(2 reviews)
On Oct 15, 2004, bogman Cleveland, OH wrote:

I've ordered from Arrowhead on several occasions. At times their plants are small, but I expect that from a (predominantly) mail order business especially one that offers as many different species as arrowhead does. The plants have always come in healthy and ready for the garden. I've also on occasion spoken with Bob who answered my questions politely and patiently.

I look forward to their catalog each year so I can pour over the entries AND read the comments they can be a scream! One of these days I'm gonna have to get up there to visit the nursery (it's 2 1/2 hours one way)

They get a big thumbs up from me!

Positive alwaysplanting
(2 reviews)
On Oct 14, 2004, alwaysplanting Northville, MI wrote:

I made several trips to Arrowhead this summer. I loved their selection, and enjoyed wandering through the greenhouses and gardens. Bob and Briggita were exceptionally helpful and nice, and I came home with some wonderful and unique additions to the garden.

Negative Wings
(1 review)
On Sep 25, 2004, Wings Newport, MI wrote:

I had placed an order with Arrowhead Alpines and received a partial shipment and billed accordingly. Then, on September 12, 2001 I received a HUGE shipment of what I thought I'd never receive because no mention of it was made with the shipment I received in May. A direct withdrawal from by bank account was made. I called the company and told the man who answered the phone that I had not been expecting this shipment and didn't want it, I had wanted it in May with the others to complete my landscaping. Since I didn't get them then, I purchased them somewhere else. He said to me, "What do you think I am, some kind of mind reader? I'm supposed to know that you didn't want them?" Mind you, this was the DAY AFTER 9/11 and everyone ELSE on the planet (everyone but HIM and the TERRORISTS) were being extra nice to people. I took a breath and decided to be nice to him, perhaps he hadn't heard of the World Trade Center, etc. incident. He told me that I had 48 hours from the time he shipped them to return these items. Well, I think it took at least 48 hours to deliver them! I decided that I did not want to deal with him ever again.
I've just received a 15% off notice and though it's tempting, I STILL would rather not deal with him. Especially after having read that it wasn't an isolated incident or he was just having a bad day. I was taking care of my neighbor's farm and animals because the day before he received a call that his brother, a pilot, was killed and flown into the World Trade Center. He had to drive to Massachusettes hauling a trailer because it was harvest time at his brother's 150 acre farm there. And now I'm talking to a JERK who, compared to a lot of people THAT day, had no reason to be so!
IT IS a good idea to keep this guy in the house and OFF the phone. This alone would raise sales and customer satisfaction for the company.

Positive redwing48910
(4 reviews)
On Jun 23, 2004, redwing48910 Lansing, MI wrote:

i have been to arrowhead 3 times in the past month. my wife and i have purchased over $200 worth of plants in these trips. i have just returned from buying more plants today and had the opportunity to meet the owner. after reading some of the negative comments, i was a little reluctant about meeting Bob, but i have to say that he was very helpful. i could not locate some plants in the nursery, so he immediately went and personally gathered them up for me, he asked if he could assist further, and rang my sale up. i have never had a bad experience there, and all employees have offered assistance. the plants seem reasonably priced, and all have been grown well and are doing fine. i will return often and do reccommend them- also, i find the catalog to be helpful(and funny).

Neutral DanickiThom
(1 review)
On May 5, 2004, DanickiThom wrote:

I have visited their location & bought plants there at least twice over several years. These visits followed review of their extensive catalog and were quite frustrating, as I feel their operation is primarily set up for mail order business, not in-person visits. While they are quite accomplished growers, I would not say people skills are Bob's forte. This place is most suited to the educated buyer who already knows the specifics about the particular plants she is interested in purchasing & deals with the company by mail. If you need company personnel to hold your hand while shopping for plants, you'd better go elsewhere or you'll very likely be disappointed.

Positive bendrl
(9 reviews)
On Apr 8, 2004, bendrl Oakland, CA wrote:

Ordered 6 Thuja Occ. (Bowling ball), and a couple of other conifers. I received the order fairly quickly, and the packaging was good. The size of the Thuja Occ was a bit smaller than expected, but the roots were fine. The other 2 conifers were in good shape. Overall a good experience.

Positive m20361
(3 reviews)
On Jan 26, 2004, m20361 Fayetteville, NC wrote:

Excellent specialist nursery. Incredible selection, with many rare, challenging offerings not available elsewhere. Probably NOT a good choice for the beginner gardener, as the catalog assumes the reader has a certain amount of knowledge (which is okay in my book). Plants are often small (usually because they're small plants!), and many require special care to re-establish. Still, an amazing nursery and one of my absolute favorites.

Neutral davidrt28
(10 reviews)
On Oct 31, 2003, davidrt28 Columbia, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

They have a mind boggling selection. Generally the quality of the plants is average-to-good for mail order. In a couple cases though, I received plants they were way to small to ship. Once I carefully prodded around in the pot to be sure, and is was obvious that what had been sent out was a seedling that could not have been more than a few months old. It needed another year on the bench.

The straw that finally broke this camel's back, however was ordering the long-sought Clematis X texensis 'Gravetye Beauty' which should be red, and getting a mislabeled pink variety, probably the more common Etoile Rose. Since they can't be emailed, and are hard to reach on their non-toll free number, it's just not worth the hassle of trying to arrange a replacement. In the future I will only order from this nursery if they have something I absolutely can't imagine finding somewhere else or being able to propagate myself.

Positive kobeive23
(2 reviews)
On May 24, 2003, kobeive23 wrote:

I live only 30 minutes from Arrowhead Alpines and heard about it through H and H Botanicals owner John Hargrove. I have bought several plants from this nursery and have always been happy with the results. If you know anything about the plants and how rare they are, the sizes they offer are rather LARGE. I have never had a bad encounter with the owners mainly because I respect all of their rules, don't bombard them with useless questions that could easily be answered with a little investigation of my own, and by not getting easily offended by their jokes. You can't go to someone who knows nothing about you, tell them you would like to see your native plants, and expect him to compile a monsterous list of plants for you. The fact is, he doesn't know whether you are from just down the street or if you live in Arizona. I joke around with Bob and Brigetta and they have treated me fine. They have an amazing variety of plants most of which are very healthy. SHOP HERE ITS WORTH IT!

Negative LauraJ
(9 reviews)
On Feb 20, 2003, LauraJ Northville, MI wrote:

I live in southeastern Michigan and saw an ad for Arrowhead Alpines in the local paper in spring '02. I was impressed by the list of plants and noted that the ad mentioned native plants specifically, so off I headed to Fowlerville (1 1/2 hours round-trip) to look for some native plants that are on my list. I shopped around the impressive displays for a while, then sought out the fellow that was hanging around the cash register. I guess I asked a stupid question -- "I'm interested in native plants, wonder if you have them in any particular place, can you direct me?" and was met with this reply: "Native to what? This area? Michigan? The U.S.? The world?" Well I should have left right there, but I showed him a list of things I was interested in anyway (mostly berry shrubs). He declared that he didn't have anything on my list ("Jerusalem artichoke? we have that growing on the property but we certainly don't sell it"). Again, I should have left, but I'm persistent, and I looked around a little more, found some maidenhair ferns, and took them to the cash register. Well this fellow literally ignored me for 15 minutes while he poked around nearby watering some things. When he finally sauntered over to let me pay, he was terribly rude (again) and shortchanged me ("don't carry change for a $20"). What a jerk!

Negative RoiRichard
(1 review)
On Feb 17, 2003, RoiRichard wrote:

The plants from this company are tiny, as in minute and outrageously expensive. Many things I've received, I had to re-root, many others are newly transplanted with very little root system before they're shipped out to the customer. The company is quite arrogant about settling claims , and just does not want to hear about it. Don't beleive me?? Read their catalogue. Many things they ship out are grossly mis-named. These plants have not been flowered out to determine their true identity. Catalogue descriptions are no descriptions at all. Just to say"Brigit loves this, or grows this" is NOT a description.
Throw this catalogue right in the trash!

Negative rutholive
(10 reviews)
On Jan 22, 2003, rutholive Tonasket, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

In April of 2001 I placed an order totalling over $100.00 including shipping to Arrowhead Alpines, 14 items. I received the order in about 2 weeks. Unpacked immediately. The Thyme plants were satisfactory. The rest of the plants were very,very tiny. The Fritillaria bithynica was dead. They state in their catalog that the plants, bulbs, etc. are grown from seed. Still I expect them to arrive alive, and the two alliums each had 1 tiny grass like leaf, and the bulb so tiny you couldn't see it. I had grown a cyclamen from my saved seed the year before and it was larger than the one they sent. The Astrantia major Ruby Cloud had 3 less than 2" inch stalks for $8.00. I wrote them , they did not answer my letter. For more than $100.00 I received 5 thymus, 1 chaemaecyparis ( very tiny) and a tiny astrantia,1 allium that lived. Today I received a new catalog, which I don't intend to even look at. rutholive,(Donna0

Positive Alyssum
(3 reviews)
On Jan 3, 2003, Alyssum Cortlandt Manor, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Ordered from them twice. Plants came healthy and in good condition. They have a very nice and large selection of rare plants. The catalog is very interesting to read and some very honest descriptions. I do wish they had a bit more info. for the hobby gardener like myself, however, when I called them, Bob patiently answered all my questions.

Positive alicef
(6 reviews)
On Sep 2, 2002, alicef PHILADELPHIA,
United States wrote:

Even for a plantsperson, this catalogue list is overwhelming. I have an extensive library- and I couldn't find info on quite a few plants offered- so....It would be helpful if they gave a bit more info about the truly weird stuff. e.g. hardiness, exposure. Afterall, it is a challenge to order something if you can find no clue on how to grow it...On the other hand, everything I ordered was well grown and well packed, and I had a lot of fun playing with my new toys.

Positive chilehed
(2 reviews)
On Jul 30, 2002, chilehed Brighton, MI wrote:

I consider myself very fortunate to live within 15 miles of Arrowhead Alpines. The selection is truly overwhelming, and I try to go over every 6 or 8 weeks to see what things look like. It always takes me 2 or 3 hours to look at everything.

Bob and Brigitta are very knowledgeable plantsmen (I have no patience for gender-neutral politically correct nonsense, and I won't apologise), but they have NEVER made me feel stupid when I ask stupid questions. Nor have they tried to blow smoke up my rear on the rare occasions when I asked something they didn't know the answer to.

I strongly advise downloading their catalogue and doing a bunch of research, much of what they have won't be found listed in the commonly available references.

I have no reservations at all in recommending them.

Neutral angeladuckert
(10 reviews)
On Jun 1, 2002, angeladuckert wrote:

Interesting catalog, but not for the novice; I downloaded it and spent weeks poring over it. All text, not many photos on the website either, but loaded with opinion and education. (Bob Stewart could be Tony Avent's long-lost brother). I ordered about $80 worth of plants, which arrived promptly at the requested time. Plants were pretty well-packed, not large but fairly healthy. I was interested to notice that the owner referred frequently to another Michigan nursery, which also has a website (H & H Botanicals), and which offers many of the same items. I will probably give them a try next year, too.

Positive nturland
(7 reviews)
On Apr 8, 2002, nturland wrote:

In fall 2001 I bought two native Philadelphus (mock orange) species from Arrowhead. I found them through a web search and called the nursery to check if they were available for immediate shipping. Arrowhead was able to send them within a week and the plants were in fine shape. They are now just breaking dormancy. It was good, fast service and the list of plants this nursery offers is huge. I would certainly buy from them again.

Positive oldtoolgirl
(1 review)
On Feb 7, 2002, oldtoolgirl Royal Oak, MI wrote:

You'd think with the incredible selection of plants that they offer that the plants themselves might be small or unhealthy, but every plant I've ordered from them has arrived in good condition and most have survived for more than one season. Reading the catalog carefully and researching the plants before ordering is a must. Also, order early because they sell out of the rare and unusual.

Negative donnasylvester
(1 review)
On Jan 1, 2002, donnasylvester wrote:

I am 75 years old and have been gardening most of my life and have ordered from a lot of companies. I live in desert area of Wash. State and have all my life. It is easier to order from catalogs since I live a long way from large cities and large nurseries. Some time past Arrowhead sold seeds; now they only sell plants, at least that is my understanding. I had ordered seeds from them. I early April of 2001, I sent an order for plants and bulbs to Arrowhead. The total order was $100.80, for fourteen items, ranging in price from $4.50 to $8.00.I received them in about two weeks and unpacked and planted immediately. This is what I wrote to them April 25, 2001. "Dear Sirs, I am very disappointed in the quality of the plants, except the Thymus (actually one of them was extra large) that I recently received from you, customer ID 18125, order No. 2758. I realize that you state in your catalog that most are grown from seed, but at the prices I expected plants, bulbs, etc. to be of a size to bloom this season or at least next. The Astrantia major 'Ruby Cloud' is so very tiny, 3 less than 2"" stalks and one of those broken, it surely won't bloom this season if it grows, not much for $8.00. The crocus pulchella so extremely tiny I'm not even sure if it is leaf growth or tiny grass leaves. The Fritillaria bithynica is brown and withered, I would say dead. Late last winter I planted some seeds saved from a cyclamen, and those seedlings are larger than the ones you sent. For $100.oo plus I feel I r4eceived 5 good Thymes, and Chamaecyparis. Never grew Soldanella before so don't know if the one I received will bloom this year (didn't)" I never received an answer from them. Needless to say I will not be ordering from that company again.

Neutral marilynandpa
(1 review)
On Jan 1, 2002, marilynandpa wrote:

Would have to agree that Bob is not a people person and his wife should keep him locked in the house when the nursery is open to visitors. My husband got chastised for looking at their waterfall adjacent to the gardens. Many signs posted all over "keep out" and that type of thing. Yes, they have a nice selection of hard to find items. Things have been looking pretty dismal when we visited 3 times. Perhaps we expect the plants to look better than they do but then again, why not? Perhaps they should just be mail order and call it a day.

Positive kittymorrissy
(8 reviews)
On Jan 1, 2001, kittymorrissy wrote:

I have read Arrowhead Alpines' catalogue and ordered from them. Since Bob is so long winded in the catalogue it is sometimes hard to find the information you're looking for if you have a question. If you call them you only get an answering machine. However, they do respond when they are able to faxes. What makes this all worthwhile is that they carry many difficult to find plants. In fact they carry more than you see in the catalogue. Example: I ordered some Soldanella and attached a note to my order form saying that I was looking for Synthiris. They actually had some on hand, but wrote that they generally saved them for collectors, but would sell me three. Bob also commented that he fully expected me to kill them. We'll see. I noticed that he has them listed now in the 2001 catalogue.

Positive jackwampler
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2000, jackwampler wrote:

I am very pleased with my first order from Arrowhead Alpines. The order was filled promptly and arrived in excellent condition. This was a 'test' order of terrestrial orchids and I will be ordering a lot more in the future. This place is a real find!

Positive deloreswright
(3 reviews)
On Nov 1, 1999, deloreswright wrote:

I have ordered from them a couple of times and their catalog alone is worth the price for the reading, the humor is great. I've been well satisfied with the plants I've received. The hardiness zones aren't listed lots of times but the selection of unusual plants is worth the effort to learn about them. I have faith in them telling me a plant is a better selection and it being true. I've heard he is not a people person but I have met people that want a nursery to wait on them. What they offer in choice and unusual plants should make up for any curtness real or perceived.

Positive anncohrs
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 1999, anncohrs wrote:

Why is no one commenting on the catalog copy? It's a scream! Lively and opinionated. The note about one plant being the ugliest thing offered almost inspired me to order it. The proprietor also makes an effort to document the source of many of the interesting and unusual items. One small caveat: no hardiness zones are given. The catalog sometimes mentions if a plant survives at Arrowhead. Some of the species are new to cultivation and the hardiness is unknown. Since I am unable to find references to some of the more interesting plants in any of my many plant encyclopedias, I have to gamble on somethings. It's an adventure! P.S. I have ordered from Arrowhead Alpines for several years and have always been very pleased with the service and quality.

Positive thedodgers
(2 reviews)
On Jul 1, 1999, thedodgers wrote:

I too have visited this nursery many times and have met the owners. I would say Bob is NOT a people person. He really should not deal with the customers. But they do know their stuff and I have always been very happy with plants and seeds from them. The nursery is not a walk thru a well-groomed park; one has to have on good walking shoes and be in good shape to shop this one well. I find it worth the 3-hour drive at least once a year besides ordering from the catalog.

Positive lopsaw
(1 review)
On Jan 1, 1999, lopsaw wrote:

This catalog sparked my interest in butterfly plants. There are scattered references throughout to such and such plant being the larval food source for a species of butterfly. Also note his comment on high alkaline water supplies. After reading it, I called my local water department and was told that the city water is pH 9! I started using rainwater. I've ordered twice from this company and have had no problems.

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