Gurney's Source of Plants?
OK, I'm SO ashamed to even admit this -- I succumbed to the promotional "$25 off $50" coupon on the catalog sent to me (realizing, of course, that the catalog prices and shipping are highly inflated to compensate for the coupon).
I generally avoid this type of mail-order source due to reputation and past problems with both initial quality and long-term problems of plants NOT proving to be the variety selected (my 'Primrose' yellow lilac proved to be a common purple, and my 'Seckle' pear turned out to be 'Winter Nellis', among other misadventures).
Anyway, this year, I ordered a 'Sundance' apple and a 'Dripping Honey' pear. They arrived yesterday, actually both looked VERY good for mail-order stock. Of course, it might be 5 years before I know whether they're actually true to variety, but at least they are an apple and a pear (lol!).
While the shipping label has a return address of Indiana, where the parent comglomerate is based, the box bears a prominent Missouri Department of Agriculture inspection/certification sticker. That and everything else about the shipment, manner of packing, tags on the trees, and paperwork just SCREAMS "Stark Brothers" to me.
Anyone know if the nursery business for the Gurney's/Henry Fields/Gardens Alive conglomerate is being outsourced to Stark Brothers? Not that it matters, just curious.