ramblings from the noisedoctor

May 19, 2009

not impressed with the arbor day foundation

Filed under: gardening, lame companies — Tags: , — noisedoctor @ 11:34 am

I decided to “join” the Arbor Day Foundation (TM). To be accurate, I decided to take their 10-flowering-trees-for-$10 offer that I keep getting in the mail. And, for responding right away, I was to get a free bonus bush of some type. Yippie!

Now, I’m a realist. I know for $10 I wasn’t going to get massive, local-nursery-quality trees in the mail. I expected to get a box of bareroot, dormant trees. The key words in my mind were: box and trees. Okay, trees and box.

What I got was a plastic bag with tiny sticks. I’ve used bamboo skewers that were longer and thicker than these alleged trees. That’s not really the problem. As long as they grow (it looks like maybe half of them were actually showing hints of life, the others I’m skeptical), I’m cool with that. If I wanted big trees now, I’d go to the nursery and plunk down $100 and have it. I don’t mind waiting.

What really ticked me off the most was that none of the trees had any kind of label. I have 2 each of 5 different varieties of flowering trees (assuming they live) and no way to know which is which. It would be nice to maybe have some sort of plan to how I put them around the yard. Also, assuming some don’t live (not a stretch to me), I have no way to request them to send me replacements since I don’t know which is which.

Like I said, I wasn’t expecting amazing size and quality here for $10. But… if you can’t label the trees… come on, charge what you need to in order to do a decent job.



  1. They’re using the unexpectedness to prep you for when your son becomes a teenager.

    Comment by brendt — May 20, 2009 @ 8:37 am

  2. In fairness, I did just find a small insert that I missed in the packaging earlier. It mentions a “color code” that should be visible on each tree. I’ll have to take their word for it. Only a few of the trees had any visible color showing on them. I guess they tried.

    Comment by noisedoctor — May 27, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  3. Maybe the color is only visible years from now.

    Comment by brendt — May 27, 2009 @ 9:05 am

  4. I also did the same thing with Arbor Day, but they arrived while I was away and dried out before I got home… Maybe next time. A co-worker of mine planted her Arbor Day twigs 20 years ago and now has huge beautiful blue spruces.

    Comment by youngwifey — July 22, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

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