Updated November 1, 2019
Garden Goods Direct Grade: C+
Overall rating: 78.5
Location: Bowie, MD
Why do we list location? This is so you can know, in most cases, where the evergreen shrubs you buy are coming from.
You can read details on what each category means and how we score it here.
|Years site Active||4.5|
|Range of sizes||8.5|
Garden Goods Direct Review
Garden Goods Direct is also known as Woodie's Garden Goods but we always wondered; Is there really a Woodie? Yes, there really is a Woodie and we spoke to him! Very nice guy and very knowledgeable about all things plant related.
Garden Goods Direct has posted a couple of videos with Woodie hosting. Here's one. The quality of the evergreens in this video are impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP0pg0btfv0&feature=youtu.be
The Overall grade for Garden Goods Direct stayed the same; their rating went down one half of a point. That keeps them ranked just out of our top 10 online nurseries. Garden Goods Direct debuted a re-designed site spring of this year. It's obvious they are still tweaking and making improvements. Some are very cool and useful. Others, in our opinion, not so much. I'm sure they're working hard to improve the site, we're just not sure how smart they're going about it.
Using 2 of the more popular online marketing tools reveals a steep drop in traffic from the major search engines that started in April of this year. Garden Goods has recovered but the traffic drop came at their busiest time of the year. It also appears that although some of the traffic has returned, you may still have some difficulty finding them when searching for some of their most popular evergreen trees & shrubs.
We placed an order for 3, 3-gallon Camellia shrubs from Garden Goods Direct in November of 2018. You can view pictures and read our review here: Unboxing Plants From Garden Goods Direct. Between talking to Woodie and the quality of the plants ordered it has us convinced us that they emphasize sending quality plants.
There were a couple of things that made us a bit nervous. It looks like they've raised or are testing higher prices. Garden Goods Direct pricing when we ordered last year was one of the primary reasons we were willing to place our first order. Of course, if I were them, I would try to charge a bit more. There are still deals to be found relative to their competitors.
There is a discrepancy with the number of reviews and the average rating for them. They have ads running on Google that says they have a 4.0 rating with 124 reviews. Google, however, shows 257 reviews with a 4.2 rating. You can read the Google customer reviews here.
You would think Garden Goods Direct ads would want to show the Google number with a higher rating with more reviews. There's also not a lot of product reviews. At least not that we could find. That seems unusual for a site that has been around as long as they have. Garden Goods Direct does have over 2,000 Etsy reviews with a 4.5 out of 5 rating. That's a plus.
We're not trying to scare you away. Let's put it this way, we would order from them again.
As an added bonus Garden Goods Direct is offering a 10% off coupon (code is CART10) as well as free shipping on orders over $99. If you sign up to their email list, you will get a 15% off coupon. No, you can't use them both on the same order.
It appears they're associated with Patuxent Garden Center. We came to this brilliant deduction because they share the same address.
Woodie's Garden Goods has an impressive number of evergreen trees & shrubs. Mostly 1 and 3 gallon sizes. They also offer a wide selection of deciduous trees & shrubs, perennials and even house plants.
Our bottom line is that they are plant people, not necessarily online marketing people. That's not a totally bad thing!
What were the red flags? We deducted three points for the following reasons.
- Their guarantee and return policies are very similar to Nature Hills. That's not necessarily a good thing. You will get a 50% store credit if something you bought from them dies. They do cover that for a full year where others charge for a full 1 year guarantee. They also charge a 10% ($10 minimum) if you cancel an order before it ships. Fulfilling orders for live plants is not easy. It's not like a robot pulling a product off a shelf in a warehouse somewhere. Having worked in the business, and actually spending time in fields pulling trees & shrubs for orders, I can vouch that it is labor intensive.
- Conflicting number of reviews online between their Google ads and Google itself. Very few product reviews as well.
- Their domain authority dropped 9 points in spring. Not a huge concern other than they dropped more than any other online nursery we review and haven't recovered from the drop.
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