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Positive msjuliec
(1 review)
On Jul 2, 2019, msjuliec Asheville, NC wrote:

First time ordering from them and I am just sick that I didn't find them sooner. 16 years of ordering from MANY different mail order companies and these were absolutely the biggest healthiest plants I have ever received. Best packing job I have ever seen.Not one broken branch or rotted leaf. I decided to put my 4 plants in pots on my deck before sticking them in the ground because they looked so good. I ordered 2 Monarch Prince Charming butterfly bushes (started blooming immediately), an orange butterfly weed plant and a black and blue salvia. I had ordered 4 plants from another nursery that happens to be in the Watchdog 30 and there was no comparison. Rose Franklin's plants were 3 times the size and much healthier. I got them less that a week after ordering them. Because it was the end of the season I got them at a very low price. Love this company!!!

Positive smewr
(2 reviews)
On Aug 7, 2017, smewr Bethlehem, PA wrote:

Just received 5 Miss Molly Butterfly bushes and 2 Swamp Milkweed I ordered from Rose Franklin. Plants are healthy and robust.... highly recommend.

Positive securtin17
(2 reviews)
On Jul 23, 2017, securtin17 Silver Spring, MD wrote:

Ordered this year. Plantts arrived well packaged. The perennials, hibiscus and buddleias I ordered are taking off and growing well in my yard.

Positive wallacmi
(1 review)
On Jul 21, 2017, wallacmi Monroe, CT wrote:

A few years ago Monarchs stopped showing up in my butterfly garden. After 30 years of raising, tagging and advocating for this butterfly I was shocked. What would I do about my summer workshop with families? I began ordering larvae from Rose Franklin's. They come packaged with extraordinary care. The plants arrive like they just left the greenhouse and are loaded with eggs and/or larvae. The small pots are wrapped in plastic and there is a mesh covering over the leafy part of the plant so everything is clean and fresh. Complete instructions are included with special attention to the welfare of the Monarchs. Then, all of this is neatly packaged in a priority box which is well sealed and padded for complete protection of the precious contents. I would recommend Rose Franklin's for one stop shopping for everything "butterfly". Absolutely the best!

Positive LOVIE2
(13 reviews)
On Jun 5, 2017, LOVIE2 Boston, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This was my first order with this vendor. I was a little skeptical of the method of order and payment but took a leap of faith. I only ordered 3 plants, bee balm, butterfly weed, and one I cannot remember the name of. The bee balm took off without a hitch, the butterfly weed struggled due to being unearthed repeatedly by the squirrels, but it's now growing.very quickly. The 3rd one is also growing well. I would use this company again but be prepared to wait for shipment.

Positive Rudbeckarian
(1 review)
On Jun 5, 2017, Rudbeckarian Alpharetta, GA wrote:

My shipment of six Montauk Daisies came in yesterday (Friday, June 2nd, 2017).
And let me share that I was very, very impressed with what I got!
All six of them were well branched and just about 12 inches in height! Wow! I had just ordered and received six Montauk Daisies from another online company and theirs were single stemmed and only about 5 inches high.
And the way in which they were shipped… on their sides in a long box… nice. I was floored! Truly impressed… more like, amazed.
Now, why do I say this?
First…because I am a former professional Grower who is now retired.
Back in the 1980's I worked many years as the Head Grower at Loop’s Nursery out of Jacksonville, Florida and they were the largest operation in North Florida.
We grew high-end flowers for the florist trade. Everything from mums to poinsettias to gloxinias to whatever.
I am in my 60’s and have a seven year degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Florida.
Secondly, I have scanned the internet over the last 15 years trying to find unusual and different perennials for my one-acre garden here at my home in North Atlanta.
I have looked for material that the local wholesalers and retail outlets just don’t carry… or just don’t know about.
I have mail ordered flowering plants from east coast to west coast.
So, when I say that these Montauk Daisies were the best and the largest of ANY plants that I have ever ordered… that means a lot considering my history.
Rose Franklin have earned my respect. I will be back again.

Positive meheaney
(1 review)
On Feb 1, 2017, meheaney Silver Spring, MD wrote:

I'm a new gardener, and wanted to create a butterfly garden in my backyard. Lots of online research sent me to Rose Franklin's site, and there I found a treasure trove of information and plants for sale. I bought her 'Fast Track to Butterfly Gardening' book,and found it to be an incredible resource. I also bought a bunch of different plants - milkweeds, turtleheads, and others - all of which arrived quickly and well-packed, and all have survived in my garden. Looking forward to expanding my butterfly garden in 2017, and will definitely be ordering many more plants from Rose Franklin's Perennials!

Positive butterflyflower
(2 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2016, butterflyflower Garrison, NY wrote:

I have been ordering butterfly host and nectar plants from Rose Franklin for at least five years now, and it has always been a great experience. The plants I have received have thrived. More importantly, the website is a treasure trove of information for anyone new to butterfly gardening, as I was when I first ordered. I thank Rose Franklin, and so do the fritillaries, spicebush swallowtails, pipevine swallowtails, black and tiger swallowtails, giant swallowtails, silver spotted skippers, monarchs and other flying jewels, and all of their frequently adorable and/or amusing caterpillars who frequent my garden.

Positive MaryDoo
(1 review)
On Feb 17, 2016, MaryDoo Carolina, RI wrote:

Posted on February 18, 2016, updated February 18, 2016
I am so glad to have found Rose Franklin\'s Perenials. I became a URI Master Gardener last year and was immediately eager to start a pollinator/butterfly garden. So I read books, ordered plants and seeds from so many companies that I lost count. Then I stumbled upon Rose Franklin\'s butterfly book. It was the most wonderful thing I had read on this subject - no fluff, no nonsense; every sentence breathes her personal joy and experience toward building a successful butterfly garden. I could not put it down. Then I was most pleasantly surprised that she also sells a lot of the plants that are found to be especially effective in the book. So I ordered - and the plants came in fresh, healthy and well packaged in large boxes. I am no stranger to mail ordering plants, seeds, (and lots of other stuff - too many - lol). And I must say Rose\'s plants were among the best (if not the best!). Every one was healthy - and very reasonably priced. Thank you, and Kudos to you, Rose!

On February 17th, 2016, MaryDoo added the following:

Oh I forgot to mention that I also ordered Monarch butterfly caterpillars from Rose. And I actually received a few more than promised - perhaps this was to ensure there would be enough in case some died in transit. (?) Anyhow I was most happy to have had this experience. My neighbors were excited and some photographer friends came to photograph each phase of the metamorphosis with me. We got some gorgeous shots. Some of the Monarchs actually stayed in my garden for quite some time. I wonder if they made the migration.
Positive epdaniels
(1 review)
On Jan 23, 2016, epdaniels Richfield, OH wrote:

I have been purchasing monarch caterpillars and milkweed from Rose for five years. She has ALWAYS done a fantastic job. She and her husband do nearly all the work in their lovely garden & supply business. I didn't realize this until I had the wonderful opportunity to visit her last summer and attend a butterfly garden seminar. Because she apparently works 16 hours a day in the summer, sometimes it's difficult for her to answer phone calls. She requested that people please email her instead. She is very prompt in responding! Absolutely one of the best places to order butterfly larva and plants from in the northeast!

Positive DonnaMDaisy
(1 review)
On Jan 18, 2016, DonnaMDaisy Carlisle, PA wrote:

I've been dealing with Rose Franklin's Perennials & Herbs for the past two years. I order a great deal of milkweed, and numerous other plants and bushes. Included in these are some of the most beautiful butterfly bushes you eveR did see! As a matter of fact, everything that I've ordered from Rose has been carefully packed and arrived looking just phenomenal. I've received prompt, excellent, customer service through emails or phone calls. Rose knows her stuff and I will certainly be ordering again and again!
Thank you Rose for going above and beyond!
Donna Malenich

Positive Geeo
(1 review)
On Jan 17, 2016, Geeo Lewes, DE wrote:

I have been a Rose Franklin customer for 4 years, and all experiences have been 100% positive.

Four years ago I was an absolute beginner butterfly gardener. Now I am proficient at home and at the Sussex County, Delaware Master Gardener's demo garden (where I now tend the "Caterpillar Cafe'" and assist in the "Butterfly Garden").

I have received incredibly healthy plants, monarch eggs and caterpillars. The Rose Franklin website provides highly useful information and fact-sheets. And Rose, or members of the staff, have sent follow-up e-mails to confirm products ordered, desired delivery dates, 'how-to' instructions, advice, goodwill, and encouragement.

I feel lucky to have found Rose Franklin's and recommend this supplier to others - - whether experienced gardener or novice.

Positive barbarajanetara
(1 review)
On Jan 13, 2016, barbarajanetara New York,
United States wrote:

Great quality plants, healthy larva delivered when expected. Knowledeable answers to questions via email; but, in emergencies (will aphids hurt monarch butterfly larva?) she will return a phone call. Looking forward to our 4th? 5th? year ordering from Rose.

Positive rljr2011
(1 review)
On Jan 9, 2016, rljr2011 Fairborn, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've been ordering plants and caterpillars from Rose Franklin for about 3 years now and always received excellent specimens, but this past year she really outdid herself. I had previously e-mailed her asking about raising Gas plant and why is it so terribly difficult to find. Well her plant website stated that she didn't have any gas plants for sale but with 1 of my orders she dug up 2 from her own garden and included them into my shipment! If that's not going above and beyond what is?

Positive jenijoyner
(1 review)
On Jan 8, 2016, jenijoyner Charlotte, NC wrote:

Have purchased several varieties of milkweed over several seasons for our school butterfly garden. Their plants are reliably strong, clean and fresh (I've received weak plants and even some with aphids from other purveyors). They pack with care, and once, when I had plants remain in the box for more than a day in hot weather (my fault, not theirs) the plants survived, and are thriving now in our garden. Rose Franklin's is my go-to nursery.

Positive arust
(1 review)
On Jan 8, 2016, arust Elizabeth, IN wrote:

Rose Franklin has become a trusted friend of our garden, and our effort to raise Monarch (and other) butterflies.The quality of the plants is very high, the caterpillars are exceptional, and delivers as quoted. They (she) have raised our butterfly IQ significantly.

Positive BikerMike
(1 review)
On Jan 7, 2016, BikerMike Reston, VA wrote:

I had a great experience this year with Rose Franklin Perennials in my first year of butterfly gardening. I had three different shipments of swamp milkweed, tropical milkweed, and hairy ball milkweed. Rose shipped these in 3 separate orders as they were available and timed them to arrive when when I would be at home (i travel a lot on business). The plants arrived well packed, very healthy, and took off immediately after transplanting. The prices were very reasonable and it was clear that Rose's staff had gone to great pains to provide only the best plants, each well packed. Later in the year, Rose sent 30 healthy monarch butterfly caterpillars in great condition. I had 100% success rate with this batch, all thirty pupated, hatched and were successfully released. My neighborhood was thrilled to witness this process. My granddaughters insisted we order a second batch and we had near perfect success again. Rose and her staff could not have been more helpful, providing prompt service, and friendly advice on numerous occasions when I would call her with questions. She is very busy, but always took the time to help me out. You will not go wrong with Rose. She will go the extra mile for her customers. You will get top quality plants/butterflies at good prices and Rose will work with you to make sure deliveries meet your schedules. I am looking forward to our second butterfly season in 2016 with Rose and highly recommend her company.

Positive Lew1984
(1 review)
On Jan 7, 2016, Lew1984 HOWELL,
United States wrote:

I placed an order online for Monarch caterpillars on July 24, 2015, with Rose Franklin's Perennials. On August 4th I received an email from Rose that my order had been shipped. Two days later the package was delivered by USPS, the contents in perfect condition. Of the 72 caterpillars that I received I released 61 healthy adult Monarch butterflies, many of them tagged in support of the Monarch Watch Program at the University of Kansas.

I have been a customer of Rose Franklin for about eight years, and during that time have placed over a dozen orders. Each and every time the nursery stock and other products that I have purchased from her has arrived in a timely manner, was extremely well packaged and in excellent condition. My butterfly garden which is certified as a Monarch Waystation by the Monarch Watch Program is comprised almost exclusively of her plants. Some of my friends are certified Master Gardeners, and they often comment positively on the quality of the plants in my garden and ask where I purchased them.

I have been gardening for over 65 years, and whenever I have gardening needs, I now turn to Rose Franklin first for top quality products at very reasonable prices.

Positive JiminRingoes
(19 reviews)
On Aug 10, 2015, JiminRingoes Ringoes, NJ wrote:

On May 10, 2015 I ordered 16 Tropical Milkweed plants and received a confirmation indicating the plants weren't ready and would ship in June. Sure enough, in June I received notice that the plants would ship. I was very pleased by how large and healthy the plants were ... and packed perfectly for shipment. They took off quickly after I planted them and I've now seen Monarch butterflies in my garden for the first time. As Rose claims, these are a favorite for laying female Monarchs ... with about 20 times as many eggs as I've found on the Swamp Milkweed in my yard. Great plants, great price, great service.

Positive glen74
(2 reviews)
On Jul 22, 2014, glen74 Effingham, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I recently placed an order with this company after seeing the positive comments on Dave's Garden. My order was processed and shipped the same week of purchase. I received several emails informing me of the placed order, expected ship date, and when the plants were shipped. The plants were delivered yesterday (July 21st) and I was thoroughly pleased with the quality of the material. I thought the plant prices were very reasonable and far cheaper than I expected for the high quality of material I received. The quality of plants was so much greater than items sold by more "popular" nurseries.

I ordered two garden phlox, two pink butterfly bushes, and two blue veronica. I know it's not a big order, but Rose Franklin had what I wanted (and so much more, but some of those items were out of stock). I love her knowledge and enthusiasm for butterflies in general. Not enough people appreciate them. I truly think it speaks greatly of her character.

I will know doubt be ordering from this company in the future. I love the selections and information, and the great quality they provide.

Positive MarBorisovna
(2 reviews)
On Dec 4, 2013, MarBorisovna State College, PA wrote:

I've ordered few plants this spring quite early , so it was saying they 'd start to ship in the beginning of May, but May came and I didn't receive my order. I was worry because we were leaving in June. I wrote an email and explained the situation. Rose answered at once and next day shipped the plants.
The plants ( polemoniums Brise d' Anjou and ferns) were in excellent condition
and I would not say small, comparing with other orders I got .
They are doing well in spite of letting them alone for couple months.
I want to say thanks to Rose for her consideration and wonderful plants.
Sure, would buy from this company again.

Positive enviroplanter
(17 reviews)
On Aug 21, 2013, enviroplanter Spring House, PA wrote:

Good source for butterfly-attracting plants as well as other perennials. Plants are small but well-rooted. Prompt service and good packing.

Positive MissS
(4 reviews)
On Jun 15, 2013, MissS Pewaukee, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered a hard to find plant, Lysimachia atropurpurea. The starts are beautiful and already blooming. The plants were packed very well and arrived without damage. Rose communicates very well and I truly appreciate that.
I purchased the same plant locally and the plants for Rose are much better plants.
I would be happy to recommend this company and I will purchase from here again.

Positive plantgnome1
(31 reviews)
On Sep 19, 2012, plantgnome1 nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Ordered some Monarda and Hardy Geranium-let me say the prices are outstanding and the plants are very healthy, large and packaged very well. Nice selection and photos of selections are just right. Not overdone. Easy to navigate site. And instead of offering points or coupons-she sells her plants at an affordable price from the start. So refreshing to see a company not trying to rip you off. Shipping is also reasonable. Seriously going to change to Rose Franklin for many of my plants in the future, tired of paying top dollar and getting miniscule half dead plants at one place and paying double at another site. Highly recommend this company for perennials.

Positive Toddott
(20 reviews)
On Aug 2, 2012, Toddott Kentwood, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Posted on August 2, 2012, updated August 2, 2012
Ordered 20 Monarch larva/eggs and a jumbo sized Caterpillar Castle. Placed half of larva in Castle outside and half in my greenhouse in a terrarium with a screen top. Fed them new milkweed leaves every day and all but four eventually turned into butterflies. Amazing!

On August 2nd, 2012, Toddott added the following:

Was so happy with the butterflies, I ordered some plants. Very nice, huge, healthy plants, packaged well, shipped quickly. Low prices, low shipping costs, great communication.
Positive Mich_a_green
(1 review)
On Jun 15, 2012, Mich_a_green Lake Orion, MI wrote:

Outstanding Company.
Great communication about the order being received & then again when the ordered shipped.
Very well packaged and I was surprised at how large and healthy all the plants were.
I will gladly order from this company again.

Positive Grandmasooz
(2 reviews)
On Aug 22, 2011, Grandmasooz Florence, KY wrote:

I ordered four plants for my butterfly garden, including two swamp milkweed. They arrived very healthy and much larger than I expected. Six days after planting, I discovered a Monarch caterpillar on one of the plants. I am a very happy camper and will continue to use this company.

Positive Indie
(9 reviews)
On Jun 22, 2011, Indie Medway, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

The plants I received were beautifully packed and very healthy. I was also very impressed with how quickly I received them!

Positive lafu115
(6 reviews)
On Jun 22, 2011, lafu115 Arlington, VA wrote:

Posted on June 22, 2011, updated June 22, 2011
Posted on June 12, 2011, updated June 22, 2011
I received 30 Homestead Verbena a couple of days ago and am very pleased. All plants are healthy and strong. They were packed very carefully. This was my first order and I will be placing another for sure!

On June 22nd, 2011, lafu115 added the following:

Just received my second order. Again all plants arrived in excellent condition! A+++++++++++++++
On June 22nd, 2011, lafu115 added the following:

Just received my second order. Again all plants arrived in excellent condition! A+++++++++++++++
Positive Patt52
(11 reviews)
On Jun 8, 2011, Patt52 Rydal, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Posted on May 2, 2009, updated June 8, 2011
I just received my first order from Rose and I was very happy
with all my butterfly plants! Her prices are great and the plants are healthy and very well rooted. I can't wait to see them grow in my garden! Thanks Rose, I'm looking forward
to receiving my second order.

On May 15th, 2009, Patt52 added the following:

I just received my second order today and all I can say is
WOW! Just can't believe what you get for the price. Rose's
plants are very well rooted and the minute you get them in
your garden they seem to take off. Way to go Rose, keep
up the great work. I don't know anyone out there that can
beat you in price and value. I'm sure I will be ordering again
On June 8th, 2011, Patt52 added the following:

Just received my first order from Rose this year! Was a little worried as we are now in the 90's here in Ga. But thanks to Rose and her wonderful staff everything came beautifully packaged and not one plant was dry or damaged! I will diffently be ordering again soon!
Positive farm_kittie
(3 reviews)
On May 25, 2011, farm_kittie Saint Clair Shores, MI wrote:

This year is my sixth year ordering from Rose's perennials. I cannot rave enough about how healthy the plants are and how incredibly large they grow. I have mostly ordered different types of butterfly bushes but I also have ordered some other perennials as well. They are packed very, very well.

The strange thing is, I left a review and an update a couple of years ago and they aren't displaying in the list of reviews. I saw them there at the time.

I know they couldn't have been deleted for cause as they were very positive!

Positive Mima56
(10 reviews)
On May 19, 2011, Mima56 Thayer, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Posted on May 12, 2011, updated May 19, 2011
I ordered 4 Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' in April from Rose. I was immediately informed that they would not be ready for shipping til early May, which wasn't a problem for me. When the plants arrived, they had been so well packed and looked healthy and happy! From the looks of them, I expect no problems. I will first give them a period on the porch to readjust to the sunlight before transplanting. I also have to say that the shipping costs were much more reasonable than recent orders with other companies! All in all, an excellent ordering experience.

On May 19th, 2011, Mima56 added the following:

After a positive experience ordering from Rose, I placed a second order which just arrived and didn't disappoint! 2 butterfly bushes, 3 liatris, and a Joe Pye weed. Healthy looking small specimins, though they usually grow quickly. I will certainly be checking Rose's site first next year when I'm ready to indulge myself! Lovely plants, reasonable prices, and the lowest shipping rates!!
Positive Skinnercreek
(2 reviews)
On Aug 23, 2010, Skinnercreek Sun Prairie, WI wrote:

Excellent quality plants shipped quickly! Friendly and informative E-mails. Awesome experience! I was a little spooked about
Mail order plants after some bad buys earlier this year, but I would order from Rose Franklin Perennials again with out hesitation!!

Positive rbane
(5 reviews)
On Aug 4, 2010, rbane Virginia,
United States wrote:

Excellent quality plants - some of them nearly full-grown.
The order was shipped very quickly, and all plants were very well packaged.
Only 10 days after planting, several of the plants are flowering already.
I highly recommend them.

Positive wyldeflwr
(15 reviews)
On Jul 16, 2010, wyldeflwr Laurel, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I can't say enough good things about Rose. Not only does she send healthy, well rooted plants but she packs them with extreme care. My most recent order was due to ship at a time when our temps were in the 100s. She notified me she didn't want to ship out plants and have them dead upon arrival and waited until it was cooler. That speaks volumes to me about how much she cares. I would recommend her to anyone, especially those of you who are trying to help the butterflies. Her selection is excellent and plants a really nice size and very healthy.

Positive juditham
(1 review)
On Jul 8, 2009, juditham Muskego, WI wrote:

Always ships healthy plants along with informative plant information including detailed planting instructions.

Company is responsive to customer needs and requests.

Positive fearadyn
(1 review)
On Jun 30, 2009, fearadyn Altoona, PA wrote:

I am so pleased to have found such a wonderful co. to order plants from. They contacted me the day I ordered and let me know when they were shipping and the plants came the next day.

I was very pleased with the price of the plants, and the shipping was reasonable.

The quality of the plants I ordered are excellent, they are huge and very healthy. The packaging perfect, actually the best I have ever seen.

I would recommend this Co. to everyone and will continue to do buisness with them.

Lynn Mantell

Positive richardw8gap
(1 review)
On Jun 27, 2009, richardw8gap Hamilton, OH wrote:

I am nearly 80 years old and have ordered plants by mail for years. The quality of the specimens was excellent. The packing was absolutely the best I have ever seen in all the orders from various supliers over the years. I could not be more pleased with the quality of the plants and the shipping speed and the more than excellent packing. I am bookmarking their site as I certainly don't want to loose it so that I can place future orders.

A great nursery and more than superior packing.

Positive evelazquez
(1 review)
On Jun 26, 2009, evelazquez Staten Island, NY wrote:

My order was shipped immediately and came in perfect condition. The price was very reasonable and I am very happy to have discovered them.

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