Updated September 1, 2020
Garden Crossings Grade: B
Overall rating: 85.5
Location: Zeeland, MI
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Breakdown of scores from each of the 11 factors we evaluate. You can read details on what each category means and how we score it here.
|Years site active||9|
|Range of sizes||8.5|
Garden Crossings Review
Garden Crossings comes in at an 85.5 rating which keeps their grade at a solid B.
Shipping Delays Due to Heat
Like many other online nurseries that ship nationwide, Garden Crossings has had to adapt some shipping delays to ensure you get healthy plants on arrival. Their home page updates their shipping schedules and it appears to update weekly. https://www.gardencrossings.com/
Garden Crossings rolled out a whole new look to their website in January. This includes a new logo Still a few small wrinkles to iron out but overall, very impressive. The site is so intuitive and much easier to get around on. It's a cleaner, updated look that I think people of all ages will appreciate.
One of the improvements is the site being easier to find plants. 2 clicks and we were able to see that they had 55 evergreen shrubs listed for sale. They always seem to be on top of all the new plant introductions, especially plants from Proven Winners. 2020 has been no exception. Even as we roll into September, they still list 37 new plants they have 57 new plants listed. You can view them all here.
Garden Crossings has a focus more on perennials and annuals than evergreen trees & shrubs. In fact, they are one of our highest rated online nurseries for perennials and annuals. As of August 30th, there were an amazing total of 227 different annuals & perennials listed for sale on the website.
Garden Crossings is still offering free shipping on orders over $149 with Code 20PLANT20. There are places on both the cart & checkout pages to enter a coupon code. You can view free shipping promotions for all our top rated nurseries here.
One thing new they offer is quantity discounts. I don't know about you but I rarely buy just 1 of any perennial or especially annuals. You can get anywhere from 5% up to 20% off for certain minimum quantities of products. That's a great feature.
Garden Crossings is located in Michigan. Before you order, make sure you check their Order & Shipping Information page. It states they have already started shipping to southern grow zones and lists start dates for other areas of the country. Weather can be a bit fickle, we strongly recommend you contact them to confirm delivery date(s) before your order.
Garden Crossings has a decent variety of container sizes for sale Pot sizes we saw ranged from 1-quart to 1-gallon.
With the new website Garden Crossings has revised their return policy. They still offer refunds (pretty rare) but the language has been updated. You have to notify them of any issues within 24 hours of receipt; "If you have filed a claim with us within 24 hours as outlined above, we will be happy to issue you a refund for the purchase price of the plant within 30 days of receipt if your plant fails. No replacement plants or refunds will be issued after 30 days".
The language is not as good as it used to be but quite honestly, I can't blame them. We've ordered from Garden Crossings. They send quality plant material. They have a solid reputation within the industry. But, they can't grow the plants for you as well. They have no control over your plants after you get them. As it should be, you take responsibility of caring for the plants once you get them.
With the huge selection Garden Crossings offers, we were wondering if they actually shipped everything themselves or sent some orders to other nurseries for fulfillment. We contacted Garden Crossings and they confirmed that they do, in fact, ship everything from their one location. So you don't need to worry if plants you order might come at different times from different locations. And pretty much everything is grown & maintained on location. They told us; "We grow approximately 90% of our mail order annuals and perennials in house from starter plugs from wholesale nurseries. As we start to run out of our finished annuals we do pull stock from a local supplier to continue filling the demand."
Also, our interaction with them was awesome. It's obvious they really care about sending quality plants to you. There's a reason why they are firmly entrenched as one of our top ranked online nurseries.
Garden Crossings also has a retail garden center for local customers. If you are in their area, you can order online and pick up at their retail garden center. In our current COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend you call them ahead of time to cooridinate picking up any orders. It appears they currently offer curbside pickup
Garden Crossings Nursery reviews on Google has an excellent average of 4.5 out of 5 stars with 71 reviews as of August 31st.
Garden Crossings has been one of the drop shippers for Nature Hills, shipping some orders for them. You can usually get a better price buying from Garden Crossings direct then for the same product on Nature Hills.
What were the red flags?
- For as long as the site has been active, there are not a lot of product reviews. Just seems odd.
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