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Positive ge1836
(24 reviews)
On Feb 26, 2008, ge1836 Pittsford, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I am giving BD a neutral but leaning more to negative.
Like many others I have delt with Snowy Creek for at least fifteen years and was very satisfied until this summer.
I moved, and when I placed my order for daylilies ( first part of order delivered in July, second part in Sept)I used my new address but the order went to the old house where it sat in the heat for several days. The new owners delivered the order to my new house, of course the plants were stressed and some had dried up.
I called BD and asked why my order didn't go to the address I had given . I was told" it wasn't easy to change addresses in the database", of course the second part of the order went to the old address too. They never changed the default although the invoice was to my new address.
I called BD to say I was not ordering from them anymore,They tried to "make it right" I was too angry to make a replacement choice at the time but wrote them in October to ask for replacements, never heard from them again. Of course the season was over by then.
I believe there has been a change in employees in the past few years and that is where many of the problems come from.

On May 19th, 2008, ge1836 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I must eat crow.
B&D Lilies just sent an unexpected replacement plus bonus bulbs. I am very pleased with the substitutes they sent for "crop failures" last fall.
The new house gardens are so vast I'm sure I can find room for everything.
Positive langbr
(25 reviews)
On Dec 22, 2007, langbr Lenexa, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have ordered lily bulbs from B&D twice this year and will be back for more next year as well. They have provided healthy and good-sized bulbs on both orders.

Positive emerritt
(6 reviews)
On Oct 16, 2007, emerritt Blowing Rock, NC wrote:

I want to add my name to a company that I have had a great exerience with.
I have grown lillies for several
years and saw this Company on Dave"s site. I had looked it several times a and said oh well let's give it a try. Well needless to say their bulbs are huge, clean and healthy looking. I can't wit till next spring to see the show.
My order was handled in a very professional manner and e-mail communication was excellent.
If you want some lily bulbs B&D is the place to try. I will be ordering from them again.
Ed Merritt
Blowing Rock, NC

Neutral elfeik
(32 reviews)
On Aug 21, 2007, elfeik Near Kansas City, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Kind of a let down compared to what I expected
After reading others glowing reviews and based on their prices I was expecting more than I got. Out of 7 bulbs 2 did good, 2 were OK(one flower), 2 grew but didn't bloom and one flopped(rotted). I planted them where I have grown other lilies and since they didn't include any special instructions I believe I did my part correctly.

On June 14th, 2008, elfeik added the following:

This year I planted 10 mixed orienpets and 5 white rubrum lilies, i got from John Scheepers for less than what I paid for B&D's 5-6 bulbs, in the same area and so far they are looking good. They haven't bloomed yet, but the plants look healthy & all have buds forming.

I supposed I should have complained more, but I was rather disgusted with the "dying swan" act B&D gave me the first time I contacted them and figured I didn't want to waste another season on a crap shoot
Positive Jennie_in_MT
(3 reviews)
On Jul 10, 2007, Jennie_in_MT Lothair, MT (Zone 4a) wrote:

I am fortunate enough to be able to buy directly from B&D each spring at their booth at the Home and Garden Show in Great Falls, MT (Please don't ever stop coming to the show you guys!!). I stick mainly to lily bulbs and have always been happy.
Here is a tip however: throw out the bulb planter when you decide to plant the MONSTER bulbs that they carry. They are simply huge. Go for a shovel. You will need it! LOL

Positive bigrock
(7 reviews)
On May 11, 2007, bigrock Marion, MA wrote:

I have been ordering from B&D Lilies for several years now and have always been happy with their service and quality. I have checked out other lily sites and saw some great products, but always seem to go back to B&D. I recently received two separate orders, one for a spring special and another involving some of their "Private Harvest" bulbs. The spring special bulbs came wonderfully packaged, large, and in great shape. But the Private Harvest-sized bulbs were unbelieveable. They had a special clearance of some of theirPrivate Harvest Bulbs and they were absolutely the largest lily bulbs have seen in my life. I've been growing lilies for about 15 years, and these bulbs (I ordered the Copper King strain) were literally larger than grapefruit I purchased the same day the bulbs arrived. Two of the five bulbs I ordered were larger than the grapefruit and the other three were just about as big. I was flabbergasted. In addition to all this, the shipping was free for the Private Harvest. I highly recommend B&D. They have a fantastic selection (more than most of the other liliy sites) and compared to other lily sites, their prices are reasonable. More new best friends for my gardening needs!!

Neutral Badzoe
(3 reviews)
On Apr 19, 2007, Badzoe New Hope, PA wrote:

I was disappointed with this company. I placed an order in 12/06 for economy bags of bulbs. When I received the order confirmation, I noticed that full size bulbs were listed on my order, not economy bags. I contacted the company in 2/07 to find out that the economy bags were for a sale that ended in 4/05! I asked to cancel my order since the economy bags weren't available and the company agreed to do so. However, my order was not canceled, my credit card was not refunded and I was sent the full size bulbs. I contacted the company again and I was told to refuse the box and that my credit card would be credited that same day. I have been checking my account every day and my credit card still has not been credited and it has been almost a week.

On May 3rd, 2007, Badzoe changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I received my refund from the company as promised.
On Apr 19, 2007, B & D Lilies responded with:


On Apr 19, 2007 3:45 PM, B & D Lilies (Snow Creek Daylily Gardensô) added:

The original order was placed by this customer for sale bulbs offered in April of 2005 which were no longer available. The order came through as 3 full sized bulbs rather than 3 bags of 12 size 14/16 cm bulbs which "badzoe" questioned in an email. I explained that the sale was from over a year ago but offered to make good with size 16/18 cm bulbs if she wished at no extra chaged in an email to her on 2/9/07. We overlooked leaving the sale listing in the table of contents after the sale was over. It had been removed form the active pages of our web site but becuase it was still listed in the table of contents, I offered to make good to this customer on the original sale price with larger bulbs. A copy of my emailed offer to this customer is available if anyone wishes to see it. This customer then contacted our office after her order had been processed for 3 individual bulbs as ordered. She did not take my offer of the larger bulbs at the sale price. I told her it was not a problem in canceling the order and did so in the order computer. The order had already been printed out and was in the shipping line up and during the shipping rush the cancelation was missed and the order was shipped. This customer contacted us via email when she received her order and was told by Dianna to refuse the package so that it would be sent back and that she would process her refund that day which was Satudray 4/14/07. Before the refund was made that day, a serious family emergence came up and the refund of $21.10 was not made by Dianna on 4/14 but was processed today, 4/19/07. This was a simple oversite in shipping that was complicated by a medical emergency delaying the refund by 5 days. To this customer, I apologize. With Dianna being out of the office, I (Bob) have been running a few days behind on paperwork. As of yet, we have not received the bulbs back that we were told were going to be returned."

Positive larlienda
(35 reviews)
On Apr 13, 2007, larlienda Strasburg, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

My first order from B & D lilies arrived the other day. I was disappointed that some items weren't included, but thrilled that the reason was they didn't feel they were of a quality to send. The way they described them as sprouted is what i'm used to seeing in all of the box stores. They provided credit towards future purchase which i can't wait to use! The bulbs that were sent are in great shape and some of the largest i've ever seen. I'm very pleased with what they sent and i appreciate the fact the look out for their customers.


Positive richK
(11 reviews)
On Nov 13, 2006, richK New York, NY wrote:

ordered CASA BLANCA lily bulbs-private harvest size 30+cm.
the bulbs came nicely packed and HUGE, great condition
AND I could do bicep curls with these mega ton bulbs! can't wait to see how they grow. also ordered purple poppy seeds, nicely packed as well, will see how they grow

Positive esw
(5 reviews)
On Oct 28, 2006, esw Haydenville, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Purchased lily bulbs - excellent size and condition of all bulbs - in fact some were HUGE! Responsive customer service. I will purchase more lilies from this business again.

Positive pixie62560
(9 reviews)
On Oct 20, 2006, pixie62560 South China, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

I placed 2 seperate orders with B&D Lilies for lily bulbs. I asked for them to be shipped middle Oct.
I recieved the 1st order last week and the 2nd order this week. All the bulbs were healthy, large and well packed. There was 17 bulbs in all, no substitutes, none were missing and all were labeled with name, color, height and bloom time. This was my first time ordering from B&D....if I ever need bulbs again they are one of the top 3 on my A+ list to order from!!

Positive lilydaydreamer
(4 reviews)
On Aug 2, 2006, lilydaydreamer Dayton, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have purchased daylilies in landscape packages from B & D lilies for the past 3 years and have been EXTREMELY pleased with service and plants. Plants have always been well labeled, packed, and arrived healthy.
Their landscape packages are a fantastic deal (5-8 one or two fan plants for only a little more than a one or two plant cost!) but only available on the cultivars being re-set that year. Get on their newsletter list to know when they are re-seting fields and what cultivars.
I recently sent an e-mail with a question about a plant purchased last year and had a response the same day. This year I also purchased some lily bulbs and again found the quality and service superior.
I can't wait to see which daylilies are in landscape packages next year!

Positive LarisaB
(8 reviews)
On Jun 16, 2006, LarisaB West Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I ordered some "landscape bundles" of single-fan daylilies at a discount, so I didn't expect them to be very large. Most were HUGE, all were very healthy, and some of the were actually double fans. I soaked them for 36 hours on arrival, and I could swear some of them put up scapes while still soaking.

Positive beaker_ch
(23 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2006, beaker_ch Columbia Heights, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I just received my bulb order from them. The bulb are beautiful and some of them baseball to softball sized. I'm very impressed. The only thing I'm not happy about is that two bulbs were not shipped that I ordered and the website now indicates that they are sold out. I placed my order on January 7th and bulbs should have been reserved. Instead, they sent me a credit slip. However, I will order again from these folks.

Positive declfi
(30 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2006, declfi Fenton, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Received my bulbs today from B&B . They were great, nice size and quality. There customer service is Out Standing. Bob Would get back with any question with in 24 Hour. Canít beat that.

Negative chiele
(8 reviews)
On Apr 5, 2006, chiele Chickasha, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered Messenger from this company over a month ago, and I have never recieved it, nor recieved any correspondence about it, nor had my email answered. I ordered from another source two weeks after I had ordered from this company and it was delivered within the week. I would not recommend this company for timely shipments nor keeping you informed about your order.

Positive veejay
(7 reviews)
On Nov 5, 2005, veejay Martinsburg, WV wrote:

The bulbs are large--and some are GIGANTIC. I am so impressed.

Positive lincolnitess
(10 reviews)
On Jul 20, 2005, lincolnitess Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've ordered from B&D on and off for years and always received nice, healthy bulbs and never had any that where labeled wrongly, which is a big plus in my book.

Positive sweet_whitney
(12 reviews)
On May 25, 2005, sweet_whitney Tucson, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

ORDER LILIES FROM B & D! You won't be disappointed! I ordered 2 three-packs of oriental lily bulbs. They arrived within a week. One package had big beautiful bulbs. The other package had HUGE GIANT BIG AWESOME exhibition size bulbs-at no extra cost! I guess they had some extras and upgraded my order for free! I will have to update my review in a few months to talk about how many beautiful flowers came from these bulbs!

Positive celestialrose
(25 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2005, celestialrose Belmont, NH (Zone 4b) wrote:

I just barely opened up my package of lily bulbs and just had to sit down at the computer and voice my enthusiasm! This company has never disappointed me. The bulbs are huge, healthy and well-packaged. They even sent my a couple of the exhibition-size bulbs, which are the size of my hand! If you are a lily fanatic like I am, give this company a try.....they are top-rate! They offer a very good selection, and the catalogs have such beautiful pictures.....lots of eye candy for the lily-loving soul!

Positive Joeypack
(1 review)
On Apr 14, 2005, Joeypack Texarkana, TX wrote:

Having heard about the wonderful ratings this company had, I purchased around $200 worth of lily bulbs from this company in March. I was so pleasantly surprised to have recieved my order in perfect condition yesterday, that I broke right into the box like a kid at christmas! This company is great! Several of itmes had been sold out and I was shocked to have recieved 3 bulbs of other variety named varieties in my box! Some of the bulbs ( Dizzy and Triumphator) were kind of small, but over all I will buy from them again. I wish that next years order is as nice. Thanks B&D! Joey Pack

Positive mhe
(1 review)
On May 27, 2004, mhe wrote:

I love this company! I bought 18 lily bulbs from them last fall--all of them survived the harsh Massachusetts winter--and they are now covered in buds and over three feet high. The bulbs I received were the biggest lily bulbs I've ever seen--absolutely softball size--easily three to four times the size of the bulbs I received from another mail order catalog. I can't wait until they begin blooming.

Positive KDePetrillo
(15 reviews)
On Apr 7, 2004, KDePetrillo North Scituate, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Healthy lily bulbs, well-packed. Had one that wasn't true-to-name, but I liked it enough to keep it without complaining. I never had an opportunity to make a complaint with them, so I don't know how they'd respond to negative feedback. Overall, I was happy with my dealings with them.

Positive SteveIndy
(21 reviews)
On Oct 23, 2003, SteveIndy Greenwood, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

I just received my Lily orders (I placed two) from B&D today, having ordered them on the basis of positive ratings I have read here. The bulb quality was outstanding, and I even got a couple of their "exhibition" sized bulbs. They had to substitute (as I requested) for two Oriental lily varieties not in stock, with one due to a crop failure where bulbs came out in insufficient size. It says a lot about their integrity in that they refuse to ship bulbs that do not meet their high standards, because they didn't expect them to flower properly. Better yet, they substituted 9 bulbs (and two different varieties) to replace the 6 not shipped due to an inadequate crop. I also got two bonus "test" Asiatic lily bulbs to check out! I was very impressed, and also appreciated the included explanations for the substitutions, as well as tips for planting in my specific climate. I'll definitely order from them again.

Positive RizaninoReyes
(7 reviews)
On Aug 11, 2003, RizaninoReyes wrote:

I have had the honor of working with B & D Lilies over the past 6 years at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and I can't say enough about the quality of their lily bulbs. Bob and Dianna have worked so hard to provide us with some of the best plants for our gardens. I'm always confident about every purchase and confident that I can successfully grow these plants with ease. Should I have any problems, questions or concerns they're there to assist and resolve any issue.

I will admit that prices for individual bulbs can be somewhat of an investment, but if you want superior quality, pest/disease free, trueness to type/variety, and great customer service. B & D is #1 in my book.

Negative maryjames20
(1 review)
On May 19, 2003, maryjames20 Port Angeles, WA wrote:

I am always curious about the statements companies make regarding guarantee/replacements for dissatisfaction etc. I ordered and planted an amaryllis belladonna from this company last year. When the plant did not sprout this spring and I contacted them they were pleasant and truthful about saying that it should have shown up by now and probably did rot. But when asked about replacement, they said they did not have any left, otherwords tough luck. My feeling is that a responsible, well intended company that would like to keep you as a customer should say sorry we are out and what can we do to offer you something else to keep you coming back as a customer. They did not.

Positive susxmedic
(35 reviews)
On Nov 20, 2002, susxmedic Harbeson, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:

Have placed huge orders all with satisfaction. Had a few plants not make it through summer and they were replaced immediatly and without complaint and included extras. Nice selection of "older" daylilies.

Positive cbamrick
(7 reviews)
On Aug 15, 2002, cbamrick Green Bay, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

It is such a pleasure to deal with B&D Lilies...They not ownly provide exceptional plants but are always willing to give expert advise and are pleasant to deal with. I too would give them a A++++ rating.

Neutral carolann
(2 reviews)
On Jul 9, 2002, carolann Auburn, NH wrote:

I adore this company! Have never received anything but top quality goods - both lilies and irises of all varieties! Snow Creek Gardens is always the first place I got when looking for a daylily, tiger lily or iris. This company deserves an A++++

On September 21st, 2002, carolann changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

Have had a couple of years of positive dealings with this company and have even left a positive review recently, but now have to revise to at least a neutral position. B&D lost my order placed in 6/02. It took several emails and non confirmation of receipt (despite my credit card being charged) to finally receive the plants this week. They look terrible. Very small and dry, not worth the price I paid. The Trahlyta daylily I bought from them in the spring also failed to even survive the summer - it too had arrived very small and dry. I realize poor weather all season is affecting many gardeners, but given what I have paid for my plants through this company I cannot help but to be so disappointed.
Positive bcg
(4 reviews)
On Jun 15, 2002, bcg wrote:

Wonderful plants, service and quality.

Negative stephenmicha
(3 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2002, stephenmicha wrote:

In the past B & D Lilies has had a problem with carelessness in order preparation. I ordered 12 daylilies from them in Fall 1999. Two plants were received with unattached labels and another label fell off soon after I removed the plants from the box. One of the labeled daylilies took a second year to bloom and when it did, it was absolutely the wrong color. When does a white variety become red, and I still don't the variety name. I won't recommend B & D Lilies to anyone.

On Jan 19, 2003,B and D Lilies (also dba Snow Creek Gardens) responded:

I am very sorry that you had an unfavorable experience with my company, B&D Lilies. There is no excuse for sloppiness in any industry. If you will refer to the positive comment by "polywogk", you may understand the circumstances a bit more for that time period. The employee in question, for whatever the motive behind their dishonest work ethic, was replaced the next spring when we had hard evidence of misconduct. I have no computer notes regarding your order; and three years later, any paper trail would have been destroyed for your privacy. Did you contact us about the shipment, but more importantly, did we make it right? If you will email me I will be glad to make amends, even at this late date.
Warmest regards,

Dianna Gibson
Owner, B&D Lilies

Positive Lynnette
(31 reviews)
On Jan 10, 2002, Lynnette Courtenay,
Canada wrote:

First rate company for lilies. Have dealt with them for 6 years and never had a problem. The bulbs are very large in comparison to other lily nurseries and also disease free.

Positive elsa71175
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2001, elsa71175 wrote:

I have learned me lesson this winter. I was surfing on e-bay trying to score on a good deal on some lilies. I was very disappointed with the little bulbs I receive. I will never ever swap B & D Lilies for E-Bay one's. The quality of B & D is excellent. HUGE BULBS!

Positive polywogk
(3 reviews)
On Jul 1, 2000, polywogk wrote:

I put in my first order with B & D late this winter - for daylilies - and received two very large, very healthy selections, and one bunch of three which seemed a bit scraggly in comparison - the entire bunch wasn't as large as any one of the other two varieties. However, they were healthy little guys and so I popped them into the ground, anyway, with plans never to pay as much again for questionable plant quality from B & D. However, I received an unprompted letter in the mail a few weeks later regarding rhizome sizes - apparently the owners of the company had been on vacation when my rhizomes and others were dug, and an employee "who should have known better" had cut corners. They were happy to receive my call and gladly replaced the rhizomes at no extra charge. A great company - well worth the investment!

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

B&D Lilies does have a "sale" every year at the northwest flower and garden show in Seattle, Washington in February of every year. Selection is limited but the prices of bulbs are less. Quality is still excellent.

Positive mukeypuge
(1 review)
On Nov 1, 1998, mukeypuge wrote:

Every now and them I will be tempted by low prices in another catalogue. I don't give in to those temptations any more- B & D Lilies are the best and well worth the price.

Positive tracy278
(4 reviews)
On Feb 1, 1998, tracy278 wrote:

B & D Lilies is beyond compare - excellent, really, really good - but be prepared to mortgage your home (not really that bad - and worth it).

Positive janeplamondon
(1 review)
On Nov 1, 1997, janeplamondon wrote:

I am very pleased with the quality of bulbs and service from B&D Lilies out of Port Townsend, Wash. I was so excited about my very first order, which came in excellent condition and so promptly, that I then cancelled an order with another company that had delayed an order I had with them, and ordered another batch of lilies from B&D. That order came in even quicker, about 6 days (and I live in NH!), and the bulbs were great. I'll know how well they grow next year, but I'm very optimistic.

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