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The arbor-day foundation http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm offers 10 free trees to people who join their foundation for $10 and inexpensive trees beyond that (3-4 foot trees from what I see).
I have no idea if they offer this outside the united states, kind of doubt it as shipping living things across bourders gets complicated.
We are members and I do support their mission, but in most instances I have chosen to order slightly more expensive trees from nurseries I trust.
Just my $0.02.
Read the reviews on DavesGarden. There are more negative reviews than positive.
Basically, if your main reason for sending money is to help their organization, then you are in luck.
If you are after the "free" trees you pay for with your membership, shop somewhere else.
Mainly complaints are due to the small size and widely varying quality of trees sent.
Dead trees, wrong types of trees,etc.
Also, another big complaint was the endless junkmail you start getting- numerous requests to rejoin, newsletters,etc.
December 27, 2012 I 100% know for a fact that the Arbor Day Foundation has its own employees write positive reviews on Dave's Garden. I was told by the employees themselves. The ADF is SHADY! Nature Explore and the ADF have questionable dealings. Nature Explore actually has a church writing checks to their contractors. The IRS needs to look into both orgs.
December 26, 2012 I just received an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Survey. I decided to look up that CEO's [Chief Executive's] salary: $380,164. The junk mail solicitation letter was "signed":
these people are not reviewing trees. I read more which seemed more to the point of the trees but this has not been what I have been hearing so... A local friend bought 100 trees and all but two or three survived nicely. I believe you when you say you got bad trees, did yu contact them about the problem? Did you plant any of them or assume they were all bad? I will not right here the trees i speak of are 30' tall now and things change and not always for the better.
On the other hand i love that other sight you posted, lovely to shop in plants which are more natural and hard to find....some things I never heard of. Thank you for that. I agree with you, buy from a well reviewed sight first. The cost is minimal on that sight as well.
I will loudly vouch for Oikos Tree Crops as a quality, family owned company with stellar customer service. I have not only ordered from them regularly (with consistently excellent results), but have also had them go quite a bit out of their way to get me some materials in a rushed fashion to meet a deadline. The communication and service was top-notch throughout. Not to mention the service they provide niche interest garden folks like us by developing and making available highly specialized and useful plant material. I can't recommend them enough.
Matt Smith wrote:I planted everything I received, some of them were just plain ol' dead. ..... Cheap trees whose viability is a crapshoot suddenly become much more expensive when you factor in the potential loss of an entire growing year due to poor product.
I will loudly vouch for Oikos Tree Crops as a quality, family owned company with stellar customer service....... I can't recommend them enough.
I'm glad you you put you personal experiences here. I certainly don't intend to demonize Arborday. I agree with their mission to get people to grow trees, I personally plant any where from a few to dozens of trees a year- but I think it is a shame that they don't have better quality control with their own trees.
I think if they would go through their processes and fix their quality control problems and be able to provide consistent quality then that would clear up 90% of the complaints.
I agree with you about the time factor. I read some of those reviews and saw where some people waited years for their weeping willow to grow , only to find out that it was not a "weeping" willow, or growing an "almond" only to find out later it was a peach. Life is short, and trees take time.
Also glad to see your review of oikos, I had never heard of them before yesterday, but compare their reviews- I think they had ONE bad review out of dozens of good.
I'll probably buy some things from them.
Anyone else get that sense from it ?
Lisa Paulson wrote:I posted this as a source once and got similar remarks about really poor quality trees . Looking at their website, the scope of the place, it strikes me there is a lot more going on there than most projects I know of that are actually legitmate hard working folks and it just brings to mind the old adage if you want to know what really is "follow the money ".
Anyone else get that sense from it ?
I checked with some various charity review organizations, and it appears to me that part is legitimate and more or less effective.
The big boss makes $380,000 a year though...
My "sense" is that their trees result from a mass production process with defective oversight and quality control.
One insightful comment I saw on another site : For an organization that is trying to SAVE trees, they sure are using a lot of them in junk mailings.
I have a couple variety of native plums that send up large numbers of suckers from the roots, and some of these I'll be transplanting to eroded areas (might help keep the raccoons entertained AWAY from my other fruit trees).
laura sharpe wrote:hey do you know where I can find some red currant bushes?
i bought a couple bundles of 10 currants, red lake, white imperial, and crandal cloves from St. Lawrence Nurseries and they came in great shape!
this season will be the third in a row i've bought from them. Food Forest Farm in holyoke, ma has great potted plants too but the price is a bit more.
If you want hazelnuts or other permie trees get a group together and order from lawyer nursery. You have to buy 50-100 but they are about 70cents each. With a group purchase this becomes a great deal to get healthy trees for cheap, and every tree I've gotten from lawyer nursery was top notch and I have ordered well over 500 trees from them.
Since this discussion, I've bought trees and other plants from Oikos Tree Crops, and have had nothing but good experiences.
Just got two Precocious Hazelnut trees in the mail this morning, they are each about 1 foot / 30CM tall and the leaves are not even wilted.