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Note that this is apparently the second largest online garden centre group (I'm not sure how that is measured) so they must process a large number of orders. It may be that a large percentage of these orders go through with no problems. However, if you do need to contact the company for any reason, it isn't easy, so please be careful (see the reviews). If you do need to contact them - try twitter: @GardeningExpres


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UK Delivery Details:  Free for orders over a certain amount. Subject to stock, all items should be received within 5 to 10 working days, but please allow up to 28 days for delivery.


  • Some free P&P Free UK Postage on some orders.
  • European Delivery


Worst plant service on the internet 1 out of 10

Posted by Samantha Sparrow in London on Friday, 15 Jun 2018.

Note that this review is more than 6 months old and the company's procedures may have changed considerably since this review was written.
Absolutely shocking customer service - please I implore you not to order from this company no matter how cheap it may be.

They have over £150 of my money for dead, diseased plants. They were in transit for more than 8 days squished into a box where they arrived dry as a bone and could not be revived. Some were pushed so tightly in they were broken in pieces because they were too tight to pay for a bigger box. One box looked like someone had played football with it.

I've emailed, tweeted and used their awful online ticket system. They've had photo evidence they ignore. They've told me their gardening expert says the plants are weathered and won't let me dispute that and expect me to send back all the plants at my own cost even thought they are completely dead and they don't respond for days so how do I trust them? I've sent almost 30 photos for their review. I've reported them to local trading standards, essex trading standards and BBC watchdog. I'll now be taking legal action.

AVOID!!!
Shocking fraudulent company 1 out of 10

Posted by PipD in West clandon on Wednesday, 11 Apr 2018.

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Ordered plants. 6 weeks later still nothing. No answers one mail, phone or Facebook other than automated message. Lodged a complaint with our bank who refunded the money
Avoid 1 out of 10

Posted by Larkone in Hempstead on Monday, 03 Jul 2017.

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Do not touch - they keep your money and don't deliver and ignore your emails
Gardening Express Is A Scam 1 out of 10

Posted by Marcus in London on Thursday, 20 Apr 2017.

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Made an order of over £100. They never delivered it, and they never replied to any of my emails concerning the order. Trying to call them is a waste of time, no-one there answers the phone. They finally responded when I took my queries to their facebook page, but they deleted my post and blocked me even though all I was doing was repeatedly asking for a refund as they were refusing to give me one based on the fact that I had more than one customer service ticket (whatever that means). Do not waste your time and money with them.
Gardening express 1 out of 10

Posted by Helen tillinghast in Essex on Monday, 06 Jun 2016.

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Wish I'd found these reviews before I bought via GROUPON. Just been ripped off by them. Plants arrived broken and damaged in poor packaging 1 on top of the other. Cost £35. Seen better quality more alive ones in Aldi for £1.99 at the weekend. Contacted customer services for new packaging to return they've taken 10 days to reply so they can try and get out of the 14 day refund policy. Am thoroughly disgusted. If I'd known I would never have bought. Plants were supposed to be 90cm and trees in medium pots. Plants arrived damaged and with broken branches and barely 50cm. Not anything like on the website. AVOID.
Shocking beyond belief... 1 out of 10

Posted by MissRachelFox in Cheshire, UK on Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014.

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Please, please, please do NOT waste your money with this appalling excuse for a 'company', all of the negative reviews on this site are absolutely accurate and I believe all of the positive 'customer testimonials' left on the 'Gardening Express' website were probably written either by people who work for the company, or friends and family of those who work for the company. I only wish I had done a bit of research on 'Gardening Express' before placing an order with them via Groupon (which by the way must be the only way these con artists drum up any business whatsoever). I placed an order for 6 Hebe Evergreens via Groupon and paid 24.99 for these plants (that apparently had an original value of 74.95) what an absolute joke! 5 instead of 6 very sorry looking, sparse plants arrived some 11 days after placing my order, looked absolutely nothing like expected, and were half dead! These plants were in terrible condition, however looking at the state of the battered and torn box they arrived in, this didn't come as a surprise. Alarm bells should've rung out loud when I contacted 'Gardening Express' via telephone 10 days after placing my order to find out when my order was to be dispatched, after having heard nothing from them or Groupon about my order. I got through to somebody who sounded like they had no idea what they were talking about and someone who also was rather rude! This was simply supposed to be a straightforward call to find out when my order would be dispatched- I don't think it's unreasonable to call to enquire over a dispatch date some 10 days after placing an order, having heard nothing. Although, looking at the other reviews on here, it seems that's a very short period of time, when there is clearly people on here that have been waiting months and months for their order from Gardening Express, and still received nothing. When I called Gardening Express they couldn't give me a definitive answer as to when my order would be dispatched, I kept being told I was going to be put on hold, but was actually transferred from advisor to advisor, before finally speaking to a gentleman (named Nigel) who told me (and I quote verbatim) to "simmer down"! Not quite the customer service one might expect. Although he was extremely rude and patronising he was able to give me a definitive answer as to when my order would be despatched... The order arrived the day after in the aforementioned state. Once again I got onto the phone to 'Gardening Express', trying to explain the state of what I had received. The individual I spoke to (Chantel) clearly couldn't be bothered listening to what I had to say and was extremely rude to me before hanging up on me! In absolute disbelief, I called straight back to speak to a 'Manager', and I use that term very loosely, for he behaved nothing like a manager, his name was Chris- he wouldn't listen to me at all, kept interjecting, was also very rude, then also hung up on me! I was nothing but pleasant and polite on the telephone, and in no way aggressive or acting in a manner that might warrant this sort of response. I got off the phone in absolute disbelief! Not only at the shoddy, substandard products that had arrived, but at the way I'd been spoken to by not just one, but ALL of the advisors at Gardening Express, I cannot believe that anyone would speak to customers the way these guys do, but that is Gardening Express, they are obviously a complete sham of an outfit, and seem set up only to rip people off. I have got nowhere complaining to them, so have escalated the matter with Groupon, and I am also beginning legal proceedings against Gardening Express, out of sheer principle. Gardening Express should not be allowed to treat people in the way they do, and send out absolutely sub standard products, but if more people don't do something about this they will continue to trade, and rip people off, DON'T let it happen to you- these people are the rudest, most incompetent bunch of idiots I have ever dealt with- please believe the negative reviews you have read, these rogue traders will cause you a lot of heartache. I am only glad I spent a small amount of money with them and thankfully not hundreds of pounds like some of the poor reviewers on here. Take heed.
Great Service 9 out of 10

Posted by James Beeching in Newark on Sunday, 13 Apr 2014.

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Fantastic customer service! I am surprised how quickly the order was. Will definitely recommend to friends and family!
Great service! 10 out of 10

Posted by Drew Moore in london on Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014.

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brilliant from start to finish!! The whole process was made easy and im really impressed with how quickly they deliver. will definitely purchase from here in the future! thank you
Good quality and Great Service 10 out of 10

Posted by Sandeep Madhav in Bradford on Thursday, 06 Feb 2014.

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I purchased a set of bay trees towards the end of summer. They arrived quickly and were in excellent condition.

The discription on the website is accurate and the delivery driver was extremely friendly.
delighted! 6 out of 10

Posted by david grainger in penrith on Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013.

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Fantastic customer service all the way! I am actually pleasantly suprised with how sharp the delivery was also. Usually one to get impatient having to wait around but not the case with this company. Will defo recommend to friends and family! Call me green fingered haha :)

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