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Heronswood catalog

Posted by bagsmom 7 (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 28, 09 at 12:45

I've been receiving a lovely plant catalog from Heronswood Nursery. They are expensive, so I mostly just enjoy it as I would a magazine. Sometimes a plant picture will inspire me to research it to see if it would grow well in my area. THey have some very interesting plants.

Have any of you ever ordered from them? Good experiences? Bad?

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RE: Heronswood catalog

Heronswood is one of my favorite nurseries, eventhough the selection of plants is much diminished from the yesteryear days when Dan Hinkley owned it and traveled the world to collect and introduce to American gardens many rare and exotic plants that we had never before encountered or had even read about. Under his guidance, the Heronswood catalog was a book, containing hundreds of pages, with detailed descriptions. There were no pix or line drawings, all text.

The nursery was purchased several years ago by George Ball, d/b/a Burpee Seed Co. and the resulting company is derisively called Burpeewood, by all of the old-time Heronswood customers.

But, be that as it may, I have continued to patronize them, both by mail-order and in person and have been very pleased with the quality of their plants and very good, no quibble, service. Once the carrier crushed a carton and destroyed half of the contents. It was left on the front porch, unannounced, so I had no chance to note the damage on the delivery schedule. They never questioned the claim and sent replacements the following day.

While their prices may seem a bit inflated at first blush, I have always felt that I received good value for my dollar. As with any vendor, I always compare prices, plant sizes and shipping costs with other reputable sources before I place a phone call. I almost always order plants via phone and ask dozens of questions and receive satisfactory answers, before placing an order!

RE: Heronswood catalog

  • Posted by brandon7 6b (like 7b now) TN (My Page) on
    Sat, Jan 2, 10 at 12:52

Their Garden Watchdog rating is relatively poor. With all the great nurseries out there with really good reputations/ratings, I'd personally only use Heronswood as a last resort (if they were offering a plant that I couldn't find elsewhere). It just wouldn't make sense to me to deal with a nursery that has a high percentage of dissatisfied customers when there are lots of nurseries out there with raving reviews. Their higher prices reinforce my feelings.

RE: Heronswood catalog

Just a thought but if you see a plant in the Heronswood catalog that interests you, you may want to check with one of Scott McMahan's nurseries here in Georgia. He and Dan Hinkley have gone on plant collecting trips together in Asia. There's McMahan's Nursery and the new GardenHood in Atlanta.

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