>Well shut my mouth! I should have known since they're both in Peoria.
The Peoria office just processes orders. Spring Hill also has a location with
real plants in Tipp City, OH, about an hour from here. They are an ok place
to buy from in person--nothing to compare with the Blanchette's place in MA,
but certainly competitive with your neighborhood nursery or garden center.
I think the advice to avoid non-specialists is generally very sound. However,
I do have an exception to report. I once ordered some beardless irises from
Greer Gardens, a general nursery with lots of rhododendrons in Oregon. They
shipped in spring, which many iris specialists aren't able to do, and the
plants I received were in good shape and have grown well since, maybe in part
due to spring planting.
Jim Wilson, Miami Valley Iris Society, SW Ohio, USA, Zone 6a, AIS garden judge
growing TBs, medians, SIBs, JIs, & a few SPU & species. email@example.com