Two things I DON'T like about Well Sweep

njtea(NJ Z6)April 22, 2007

Their plants are wonderful and it's a delight to go up there and just walk around.

However, the two things I don't like about them are the husband and wife snapping at each other in front of customers - I heard it yesterday and last year as well and that fact that it would seem as if their employees are required to refer to the owners and "Mr. Hyde" or "Mrs. Hyde".

The owners snapping at each other is completely unprofessional and the reference to them by employees is off-putting making me wonder how their employees are treated.

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birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)

No excuse for snapping at each other in public - but the formal address? Do they call their employees "Ms. Smith" or by their first names.

What bugged me when I made the long trek there is that a lot of the plants weren't ready yet. But an employee was nice enough to take me in a greenhouse (not open to public) and find one for me. But some just weren't ready at all - maybe because it's so much further north.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 8:21PM
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njtea: Actually, it's Dr. Jekyl and Mrs. Hyde. . .how odd
that you should mention this, because I picked up on it last year, too. . .I'll have to keep my ears open this year
as well. . .who knows, they might be very interested to
hear that their public behavior is being discussed on-line,
and if they're SMART business people, they might try to keep it under wraps. Then again. . .

From past experience, I have learned that going to Well-Sweep this early is NOT a good idea - second week in May
is when most of their stuff goes out, and pickings are pretty good right up into early June. . .but then, things
go down hill fast. Yes, their season IS a bit later than
the rest of the State, but you must have noted as you were
driving that you were constantly climbing. . .it's at a
fairly higher elevation. As long as you plug-in to their
optimum retail period (mid-May/early June), I still think
they have some of the best plants at excellent prices
around - and having their free catalog in advance can save
you lots of time when you're there!


    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 6:32PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Whew, she says with a sigh of relief. I was sure I was going to get flamed for this post but am relieved to learn that others have noticed it also.

One of my reasons for starting this thread was with the hope that they might see it and become aware of the fact that they are off-putting to their customers.

Carl, it's not climb for me; actually, I'm at a higher elevation than they are. And since I can't stand crowds I'd rather go early in the season than at peak season.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 7:59PM
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ellie1857(6 - Whippany)

I don't know about Well Swap. I couldn't find a website. Can someone give me information and directions?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2007 at 12:01PM
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squashfold(z6 NJ)

Is it the Well Sweep Herb Farm?!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 13, 2007 at 7:05PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

Yes, that's it.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 3:53PM
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ellie1857(6 - Whippany)

Thanks! I found it and it is not too far from me. I am going Saturday.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 5:11PM
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I originally posted Well-Sweep on the Rate and Review Vendors forum. I also emailed David Hyde and told him about the thread. My only problem was the shipping charges.

I love Well-Sweep. They are about 25 minutes from me. I go there at least once every few weeks. Also took my daughter to one of their work shops.

I've never heard anyone arguing. Nor was I aware that addressing the owners formally, by the staff, was the norm. This doesn't mean that it doesn't happen. I have no problem directing David to this thread. I've recommended Well-Sweep to many people. I also include their catalogs in swap boxes. I do this only if I've purchased plants for the swap from Well-Sweep.

I'm going to email David the URL to this thread. It doesn't hurt to hear some constructive criticism.


    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 5:43AM
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Loretta NJ Z6

It can't be easy when you live and work in the same place and with your spouse on top of it. There is no privacy. I've never experienced any arguing, not saying you didn't. They have always been helpful and kind to my very active children. At this point, if I were to experience a tense day at Well Sweep, I could forgive them. It's difficult to be "on" every day. I couldn't do it.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 4:08PM
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I visited Well-Sweep in August one year, after hearing good things about it.
It was terrible! The beds looked like chickens had been scratching in them. The plants looked terrible. [dry, dying, dead] In August, my herbs are in their fullest glory, so I don't understand it. They are a little North of me, but not that much to make such a difference.
I've heard similar experiences to mine, so I don't know if I'll go again.


    Bookmark   May 16, 2007 at 8:02AM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

I know of two other family-run garden center/nursery businesses where the owners live on the property. I have never head the owners snap at each other. At one of the businesses, I know any disagreements are taken "out behind the barn", never in front of customers.

Yes, it is an extremely stressful business and living/working on site does contribute to a loss of privacy, but that's the price you pay for being in such a business and living on-site. It is not an excuse for rude behavior.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2007 at 12:29PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

I am linking a comment posted by tomb_2007 here to keep our "discussion" in line.

Here is a link that might be useful: RE: Two things I DON'T like about Well Sweep

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 5:20PM
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