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White Flower Farm (Are They Mad?)Comments (21)I'm convinced that the success of WWF is based on very wealthy people purchasing incredibly overpriced plants because it makes them feel as though they're ordering from what they perceive as a reputable and exclusive company. The success of this model is also based on wealthy wannabees and those who care way too much about image and money (think Hyacinth from "Keeping up Appearances"). The quality of their plants is mediocre at best and don't do what I did last year and waste a road trip up that way. I was so excited to see the gardens and what a mess! Geez. I can't tell you how disappointed I was. They really don't take very good care of those beautiful garden beds that Traci Sabato designed and created. Very sad. Who ever mentioned this is absolutely right. There are so many wonderful nurseries around. Why order from these turkeys? It's like many of the other beautiful catalogs we get ... the pics are great and they're very useful for planning and winter plant dreaming. Other than that, they're good for recycling....See More
If you had a $50 giftcard to White Flower farm, what...Comments (22)Ellen, that is great to know about the Apricot Sprite Agastache. I have had the Blue Fortune Agastache that was not hardy enough here and Honey Bee Blue Agastache which reseeded a little too much for me. Love the fragrance of the leaves! I have some seed to try this year of Lady in Red Salvia. I also saw an online herbal grower that had some of the salvias that are not hardy here for about $4.50 for a 4" plant and I may try getting a few of those in the spring. I usually have cosmos, zinnia [mine were so late blooming last year], but the foxglove died out last winter [more started]. I haven't tried cleome or red salvia yet. I will be interested to hear if your Apricot Sprite makes it through to spring. Asarum, good advice. With such high prices, I would also tend to select plants that I would have a hard time finding other places. pm2...See More
White Flower Farm CatalogComments (29)I miss the winter store. It used to be a tradition to drive out in January to get Jasmine and place a small Begonia tuber order. A funny story about one such trip ..... One year I was there with a friend who worked there weekends. When she walked in it was like Norm going in to Cheers. There was an obviously highbrow woman perusing the books (moment of silence for the loss of that section) who immediately skirted over and said "Well, you may work here but I AM A RELATIVE OF AMOS PETTINGILL." We all looked and I'm surprised no one's tongues bled while being bitten. But back to business: IMHO, WFF put mail order gardening on the retail map. As a teenager it was a place to go work if you didn't want to work in the tobacco fields. The owners were fair and concerned for their customers, and I believe they still are, albeit in abstentia. Many, many good growers nationwide attribute their livelihood to WFF's foresight in knowing they can't grow everything, nor trial everything. Thus, references to growers are acceptable in this case. Yes, they should trial, but they count on an extensive network of home gardeners to do that for them. And one other small gripe: When David Austin rose first came out, WFF was a distributor. In Z5 DA's can be fickle, and I clearly remember a very aggressive salesperson talking a novice gardener into trying one of these "exclusive" plants. IMHO, again, if a vendor claims it is "exclusive" it shouldn't be available anywhere else. Period. I'd go on a trip to WFF just because it's WFF. The queen of garden centers in CT. Martie...See More
Farm/Flower SalesComments (1)I was just asking a similar question on another post! Not the right time of the year yet, but Boston Tropical has a fantastic end of season sale in late September....See More
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