Anyone order from Wayside?

Pterostyrax(8a)April 1, 2004

I have been perusing the Wayside online catalog during my lunch break. Does anyone really pay these outrageous prices for plants that can easily be found elswhere? For example

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki' - 1 gallon size

Wayside - $49.95

Maple Leaf Nursery - $20.00

Cornus 'Stellar Pink'

Wayside - 1 gal, $79.95

Wildwood Maples - 5 gal, $50.00

Halesia carolina - 3'

Wayside - $49.95

ForestFarm - $9.00 (yes, that's right, $9.00)

Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk' - 1 gal

Wayside - $39.95

ForestFarm - $12.00

I could go on and on. How do these folks stay in business?

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I guess people that don't know any better. I think Wayside is way over priced. I have ordered from them in the past, things I could not find elsewhere at the time. But now I've learned to wait even though Wayside claims to be exculsive. The plants I received from Wayside were way undersized some looked like they had just been rooted and several did not survive. I would have to be hard pressed to order from them again.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2004 at 10:08PM
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sandalwoodzone6(z6 KS)

The trick is to wait until they have their web sales. I have purchased Silk Road Lilies and David Austin Roses from them for as little as $5 each. By the way I bought a $20 Silk Road Lily from them when they were first offered and it grew up to be something totally different (but beautiful anyway so I kept it).

    Bookmark   April 10, 2004 at 10:31AM
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kcassidy(7 Maryland)

Wayside is a good reference book, there catalogue that is. Many of the items they claim to be rare or unusual are available in any 'GOOD' garden center. Their prices are really out of line, in some cases you can do just a well with some of the sellers on e-bay, if you can get the seller to commit to the actual scientific name that is.
I have purchased from Wayside, and the quality is only OK, but the size in many cases in way too small for their claims.
I guess they would be OK if you have limited access to a quality garden center.

Mike Cassidy

    Bookmark   April 13, 2004 at 2:43AM
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I ordered from them for the first time this year and it was after comparing prices and items. Not all of us that order there "don't know any better." I ordered all native perennials (some bareroot and some potted) for $5 to $8 each, and they all arrived in a day and a half, and they all immediately started growing the day after I planted them. :o)

    Bookmark   April 19, 2004 at 8:18PM
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