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Re: Happy Birthday Gene!/ Proven Winners

Well, Gene, that sounds like a lot of hassle.  Only you can decide if it is
worth it.  Obviously our little MG nursery is 100 times smaller than your
operation so there are very few companies that will deal with us - I think
we have 6 wholesale or wholesale-type suppliers.  Stonehouse has been good
to us.  We took a little trip up there last summer and brought back 10 flats
saving a bundle on shipping.  Instead of the paperwork you describe, I find
myself calling them for confirmation that they received the order and see if
anything's been scratched so I can choose a replacement.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 7:05 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy Birthday Gene!/ Proven Winners

> Hello Kitty,
>     Spring Meadow keeps very tight control over their stock. When
> you must sign a contract on what you can and can not do with the shrubs.
> many cases you do not have a choice, you must accept their color tags ..
> a part of the advertising program. Pretty decent sized minimum order. Bit
> much for a small nursery. Some of their stock they will not ship by UPS...
> their preference is by truck, but I can not get a semi into my nursery. My
> guess is I am a pain in their unmentionables by placing an order with
> They send reams of paper work to be signed every time you turn around.
> as... you send an order... they send back not only confirmation, but you
> must sign that you will take the plant material, send it back. If you
> they contact you... where is the paperwork???
>     I am not sure it is worth it all and you can not purchase almost all
> their material at Kroger's in the parking lot. Becoming too common to
> quickly for me and I can not sell at the prices the big box stores sell as
> colorful come-ons.
>     Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > Off hand I know that we (MGs) get at least one Proven Winners shrub from
> > one of our wholesalers, Stonehouse Nursery in MI. It is the Weigela
> > 'Wine and Roses'. When we ordered it, it was a Color Choice plant, but
> > before it was delivered, Color Choice (as I understand it) was bought
> > out by Proven Winners. This caused a long delay in shipping because PW
> > wouldn't allow shipping with CC tags and didn't give SH new tags to
> > replace them. It didn't matter that we hadn't ordered the tags and
> > didn't want them, and weren't going to be getting them. It froze the
> > shipment, causing us extra expense, until PW said it was ok.
> >
> >
> > Kitty
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