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Any experience with 'Gardens of the Blue Ridge'?

Posted by hld6 z7 MD (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 17, 05 at 11:03

Has anyone bought plants from "Gardens of the Blue Ridge"? I am new to woodland gardening and was thinking of buying some Showy Orchis and Yellow Lady Slippers from them. They have a "native orchid" link on their website where they state that their Lady Slippers are grown by division, (

I've used up the few sunny spots in my garden (with lilys) and am considering planting wildflowers native to Maryland in the deciduous shade that makes up most of my garden. I'm waiting on some dodecatheon media I've bought from Brent and Becky's and am mulling over other flower possibilities. Any experience or suggestions?

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RE: Any experience with 'Gardens of the Blue Ridge'?

  • Posted by KWoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 17, 05 at 12:49

I have not ordered from them.

Their price list offers several things (one GLARING one) at such prices that would lead me to believe there might be some wild collecting going on. Impossible to know for sure but it would give me some pause before ordering. My 2

RE: Any experience with 'Gardens of the Blue Ridge'?

Check out Garden Watchdog

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Watchdog

RE: Any experience with 'Gardens of the Blue Ridge'?

Check out, lots of natives for shade

RE: Any experience with 'Gardens of the Blue Ridge'?

  • Posted by hld6 z7 MD (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 22, 05 at 18:12

Thanks for the advice everyone.

I'm not sure which plants are priced glaringly low (probably due to my lack of experience). The lady slippers are cheaper than some sites but also smaller. (The larger 2 gallon flowering size was priced more in-line with other nurseries.) They told me the smaller pots may not bloom for 2 or 3 years. Is there any way you can tell if a plant is wild collected when you get it?

It's also hard to find Showy orchis (Galearis spectabilis) sold by anyone.

Garden Watchdog is good, but they only have two responses for this nursery. has a very nice site. Thanks Dieter2NC. But they don't carry lady slippers or Showy Orchis. They did have some Trillium which I am also considering.


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