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Shopping Guide

How to shop online with Garden Express.


Buying online is quite simple but we have summarised some of the features available for finding and buying products from our web site that you might find useful. We welcome your feedback as any suggestions on how to making using the site even easier are valuable to us. Current topics covered are:

If you can’t find the answer you were looking for below, you might find it in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Product Availability

Garden Express offers a large range of products and many products are seasonal due to their growing cycles. The products that are out of season are available to view to help with ideas and to plan your garden but cannot be purchased until they are again available (except where pre-order specials are offered). Please note that products for each season are regularly reviewed and as well as new products added, some products may not be offered in future catalogues so check availability when the new seasons products are listed.

Some products such as Roses are available for sale as Pre-orders. This allows you to order and pay in advance of the Roses being available for delivery. As many varieties sell out early where stocks are limited, pre-ordering gives you the best chance of obtaining the varieties you want. In Spring of each year we also offer pre-order for a selection of the following year’s spring -flowering bulbs. This Spring pre-order ensures you get early delivery once the varieties are available and usually with special savings.

Due to the dynamic nature of garden products and living plants in particular, though we make reasonable effort to ensure listed stock is available in the form described and at the indicated price, we reserve the right to amend or decline orders where we find the website content to be inaccurate or out of date at the time of processing orders. If the order has been confirmed and your credit card charged we will immediately refund your purchase if you do not wish to proceed with your order due to an error or omission on our part.

While we take great care in the realistic representation of our images, many variables such as climatic conditions and natural variation may effect the precise appearance of each variety. Generally images used are of mature specimens whilst supplied stock may be dormant or juvenile plants that will develop with time. The images are intended as a guide only.
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Product Search

If you know exactly what you are looking for in our exciting range of bulbs, perennials, roses, landscaping and exotic plants or garden gifts and accessories, simply choose from our extensive list in the Main Menu.

If you cannot see what you are looking for in the current menus, use the SEARCH facility to find it. Simply type a phrase or word in the space provided and click SEARCH.

For more search options click on ‘Advanced Search‘ instead of clicking the Search icon. you can then search by specifying how close a match you want, where in the product description to search (eg title, code, detailed description) or limit the search to a particular category or price range.
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Online Offers

For some excellent savings try our ‘Online Offers’ page. You can be advised via email of major special offers and other special product releases. All you need to do is register and you will be added to the mailing list. your privacy is important to us so we do not share your email address to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time. Simply follow this link to Register for Email Alerts of online specials.
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Catalogue Specials

In every printed catalogue we include some fantastic Catalogue Specials which offer extra discounts and are great value for money. These may be in specific pack quantities, to order simply select the pack size in the drop down box and then type the number of packs required in the box provided. If you cannot find the catalogue special you want it may be because it has been replaced by more recent specials. Whatever the reason, if you cannot find it in the catalogue specials simply use Search to find it in its regular category.
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Delivery & Quarantine

We generally deliver Australia-wide (except as below) and delivery charges for most products are the same regardless of destination. What does vary is that a Quarantine surcharge applies to orders to Northern Territory, WA and Tasmania. Higher delivery charges apply to some categories of products, typically due to their size but in most cases the higher delivery charge applies to the order rather than the individual product so the same charge applies regardless of the quantity ordered – this can result in a big saving for large orders. In a very small number of cases a per item charge applies but this is listed in the product description. For more details, including Quarantine information, refer to Delivery charges.

Please note that due to the continuing development of individual State quarantine requirements, it may be necessary for orders to be amended to ensure conformance with individual State quarantine requirements. We will endeavour to minimise the impact of any changes on our customers.

Unfortunately we do not delivery to remote islands and Territories such as Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Cocos Islands, Groote Eylandt (Alyangula) due to limited deliveries, long transit times and local quarantine restrictions.
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Checkout Process

To purchase a product, type the quantity required in the box provided and click the ‘Add to Basket’ icon. If the product has options such as Pack size or Colour, select the appropriate option before adding it to your Basket.

Once your have added an item to your Basket, a summary of your Basket will appear on the right of your screen. At any time you can click the ‘View Basket’ link to see details of your Basket contents. Having viewed your Basket you can either continue to shop or, if finished, continue on to ‘Checkout’.

The Checkout Process comprises 4 simple steps:

  1. Personal Details – entering your name and address details.
  2. Delivery & Payment – selecting the appropriate delivery charge for your order and choosing the payment option you want to use.
  3. Place Order – all the details of your order are displayed and if correct you can then proceed to payment processing or, if not, you can change any details you want.
  4. Payment Processing – depending on how you have selected to pay, simply follow the instructions to complete the payment.

Here is some additional information on the Checkout Process if you need it:

In the first stage of Checkout you simply enter in your name and address details, and delivery address if different and your preferences if any of the products in your order are unavailable. At the bottom of the screen you have the option of creating an Online Profile. Online profiles are a new feature that allows you to log on when you visit and not have to enter your details each time. It is in addition to your regular Garden Express account that you will have if you have purchased from us in the past. With your Online Profile you can check previous online orders and over time will allow you to enjoy extra benefits from being a regular online customer. Although it is quite simple to create, you do not need to create an online profile if you don’t want to, simply leave the Username and Password fields empty and continue to the next step.

In the Payment & Delivery section you are presented with the delivery options to choose from. We use your address details and items in your order to simplify the choice for you but you may still need to select the delivery option that is right for your individual order. For example if you have ordered products that need to be delivered at different times (say spring bulbs and Roses), then select the option for 2 different deliveries. Making the correct choice will minimise delays to your order as we won’t have to contact you before sending your order.

Once you have selected the Delivery option, simply indicate whether you want to pay directly via credit card using the National Australia Bank payment gateway, using Paypal or, if you have one, using a Garden Express e-gift voucher.

Once all the details of your order and payment have been gathered we will show you a screen with all the information so that you can check the details. If you want to change any aspect of your order, either its contents, your details or how you want to pay, you can still make changes at this time. At the bottom of this page you can add any additional comments you want to pass on to us. This is where you should tell us extra information to use if the order is being sent to someone as a gift (eg your message to the recipient and the recipients name so we can personalise the order). You can also tell us if you have a credit you want us to adjust your payment with (sorry but at the moment the web site doesn’t have extra information like that). Once you are satisfied with all the details entered simply click on ‘Submit Order’ and, depending on which payment option you selected, you will be taken to the appropriate payment system to complete your payment.

All the details you enter are encrypted to protect your privacy and your credit card details are entered directly into the Bank’s system if you use the payment gateway – we do not store your credit card details on our system at all. After submitting your order you will receive an email advising that your order has been successfully transmitted. You will also be able to view your order details on our website if you have created an Online Profile.

Once we receive your order we check it to confirm all the products are still available and ensure all items conform with quarantine restrictions for your state. If any of the products in your order is sold out or permanently unavailable, we will follow the instructions in your order as to whether you want a substitute, credit or refund. Please note that if one or more items on your order is unavailable and the value is under $10.00 we do not process refunds or provide credit notes and will substitute with a similar product of the same or greater value. Items that are temporarily unavailable will be backordered and sent to you when they are in stock again at no extra charge.

Due to the continuing development of individual State quarantine requirements, it may be necessary for orders to be amended after lodgement to ensure conformance with individual State requirements.

Once an order is placed, it cannot be altered. Any addition is treated as a new order and handled separately with a new freight charge. Orders may be cancelled prior to despatch, but a $5.00 administration fee will be charged and the balance refunded to you within 10 working days.
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