Burgess seed co.

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by 6e, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. 6e

    6e Farm lovin wife Supporter

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    Has anyone had any dealings with this company and can tell me about them good, bad or indifferent. I noticed they're really cheap, but I noticed the same thing about Michigan Bulb Co. and I had a couple of people tell me to never deal with them. So, how about Burgess? Any good?
     
  2. fitwind

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    They are "NO GOOD" I ordered from them last year and nothing lived. There was a post about BAD NURSERYS listed earlier. I can not find it but BURGESS was on the list. They also listed a link to a web site that listed the Nurserys that were not good they said that there was a whole bunch of nurseys from Bloomington ILL that were not good to deal with. I wish that it was posted last year I would have saved some money and paid a little more for something that would have lived. I found the thread on the topic
    http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?t=158609
     

  3. 6e

    6e Farm lovin wife Supporter

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    Thank you. :)
     
  4. Pat

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    Honestly, it goes with the old saying, you get what you pay for. I always check out a nursery on http://davesgarden.com/gwd/ found under the sticky Hardiness Zones---SEED Catalog WATCHDOG.

    We got in a fantastic offer from Van Bourgondien yesterday (and I didn't remember how they were)... (50% off and their sale items were a good price to begin with). Looked them up:

    Rating Company Location
    (Score: 38/100)
    Van Bourgondien Dutch Bulbs Virginia Beach, Virginia
    (United States)


    Even at their prices with a 38 percent rating why waste the money?

    (I totally agree with Randy in Mo and fitwind, I'd never send Burgess a red penny for something!)

    Pat
     
  5. jen74145

    jen74145 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Ick, Burgess. I use dave's as well... thank goodness I did.
    Seems if they're out of Bloomington, they're Burgess... place has tons of aliases.
     
  6. Pat

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    6e,

    You never said what you wanted at Burgess... If it was landscaping type things, we are into eatable landscaping. (why have a Bradford pear, when you can pay about the same money and have a SECKEL pear ((Known as the sugar pear, for its extremely sweet & highly flavored, aromatic fruit)), or where you can plant azalea, why not plant blue berries... same requirement for soil (a little acidic), and not full sun. Instead of Hybrid Tea Roses (and their problems) why not try ROSA RUGOSA / ALBA (Rosa rugosa alba) ((it's a true rose!) ((A white flowering selection, with beautiful 3" flowers from late spring to mid summer, followed by large red rose hips. The hips can be nibbled on fresh as an excellent source of vitamin C, made into jelly or dried for use as a tea. The rugosa leaves are attractive, the plants are hardy & disease resistant. Very thorny. Makes an excellent hedge.)) Burnt Ridge (http://www.burntridgenursery.com/) has a great selection at decent prices of various things like the 3 I've listed for eatable landscaping. Edible Landscaping & Gardening (http://www.efn.org/~bsharvy/edible.html) has a great data base of plants (including zones, spacing, pruning etc.) and how they can be used for landscaping.

    If it was their seed business, I'd suggest Pine Tree Seeds (http://www.superseeds.com/), Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (http://www.rareseeds.com/). If you want to try some new things (but only want to try), or want to buy some herb seeds (all you need is small quanties for herbs) I'd suggest Le Jardin du Gourmet (http://www.artisticgardens.com/) Most of their seed can be bought with only 25 - 40 seeds for 35 cents... more than enough to try something out, without wasting a lot of money (and space) seeing if something actually grows for you.

    Hope this at least makes you realize there are other nurseries, and seed sources out there that can provide things that work at reasonable prices. As cheap as burgess (or any of the other Bloomingdale Illinois compaines ((or michigan bulb))) no. Better quality, much better chance of things surviving, and still at a decent price YES!

    Pat
     
  7. rwinsouthla

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    Hey 6e,

    I ordered some dogwood trees and Privet. Supposed to be 30-36" tall. Try 18". They all died.

    I've seen other catalogs with the same stuff, different name. There was a post about them here a while back. I won't use them again.

    BTW, saw your website. Cool. Nicely done. The pictures of the snow blew my daughters away.

    Ray