Information about Gardeneur

How it works

How it works

1. List

Registered sellers can list plants to sell at gardeneur.com, give detail descriptions on how to care for them, and specify the location so they can be searchable by potential buyers. Don't forget to take good pictures of the actual plants you are selling to increase your chance of selling them.

2. Find

Potential buyers can search for specific plants around their neighborhood based on keywords or simply browse by categories as if you were walking down a nursery.

3. Pay

Gardeneur.com provides buyers with a convenient way of paying online using credit cards or Paypal. This also benefits the sellers because they only have to deal with serious buyers.

4. Enjoy Free Delivery

Once the seller approves the transaction, Gardeneur will pick-up the items from the seller and will deliver directly to the buyer.  We currently offer a FREE pick-up and delivery service in Silicon Valley areas (including Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and Milpitas) with a minimum purchase of $50. For the rest of Bay Area including San Francisco, the minimum purchase is $100.

FAQ

1. Why gardeneur.com?

  • Enjoy FREE pick up and delivery
  • Buy locally at lower prices
  • Learn from experts who grow or hand pick the plants for you
  • Find more plant varieties as our community grows
  • Feel good about reducing carbon footprints

2. What are seller benefits?

  • Have your own seller's page
  • No more repostings of ads (e.g., on craigslist)
  • Deal with serious buyer only as they prepay online
  • No need to publicly disclose your home address
  • Build your online reputation

3. I have made an online purchase, now what?

The seller will need to approve the transaction to ensure that they can fulfill the quantity you ordered. Once approved, your credit card or Paypal will be charged. If you are qualified for free delivery, Gardeneur will do the hard work of picking up the items from the sellers and deliver them to your door.

4. How do I qualify for free delivery?

Starting December 1, 2018, there is a minimum order of $50 (for up to 10 items from any Gardeneur sellers) to qualify for a free delivery in the Silicon Valley areas.  If your order is below $50, there is a $10 delivery service available for purchase here. We also expanded our delivery service area now to San Francisco areas for a minimal fee of $29 or free with a minimum order of $100. You can purchase it here

5. What can I list on Gardeneur.com?

You can sell or give away plants you grow on your backyard, fresh cuttings, seeds, or other garden related items subject to your state/local county requirements (if any). Some plants like citrus may have stricter requirements than others in California. You can even sell fresh produce. Starting January 1, 2015, a new law (AB-1990) authorizes Community Food Producers to sell or provide whole uncut fruits or vegetables if they meet specified requirements. You can read more about this new law here. If you are looking for a particular plant, you can also list your request on our site so other gardeneurs can make you an offer.

6. Why do I need to link my gardeneur account to Paypal or a bank account?

You are only required to link your bank account of Paypal account if you are a seller. As a seller, you will need to link your bank account or a Paypal Business account to receive payments from buyers. If you have a Paypal Personal account, you can upgrade to a business account for free. Paypal charges transaction fees, but through Paypal, buyers and sellers can take advantage of Paypal's Purchase Protection and Seller Protection Programs.

7. I cannot link my gardeneur account to Paypal? Help!

This is likely because you have not upgraded your Paypal Personal account to Paypal Business account. It is FREE to upgrade to Paypal business account. To upgrade, follow these steps:
  • Go to https://www.paypal.com/UPGRADE and log in to your PayPal account
  • Click the Upgrade Now button at the bottom of the page.
  • The next page will allow you to choose a personal Premier Account or a Business Account. Simply select which type of account you would like, and click the Continue button.
  • If you have selected a Business Account, you will be asked to enter your Business Information and click Submit.

8. How does Gardeneur.com make money?

Gardeneur charges a 10% transaction fee and delivery fees. Sellers can list as many items for FREE.

9. How much should I sell my plants?

It is totally up to you. In general, we recommend selling the plants lower than the price offered at your local retail stores, because we eliminate rental and shipping costs. You may also want to factor in Paypal payment processing fee and Gardeneur transaction fee in your price. In addition, some plants could sell for more because of its aesthetic features or because it comes with a very nice planter. Some plants are just priceless and not for sale. I have one of those myself that I am not ready to let go :)

10. How do I find botanical names for my plants?

If you are listing plants, we highly recommend you to include the botanical name of your plant, so it can be easier to find. You can do a quick Google Image search from desktop to find similarly looking plants. Simply click the camera icon to upload the image of your plants and Google will display all matching pictures. The botanical name of the plants are typically used in the tittle of the image files.

11. Do I need to obtain license to sell nursery stock from my backyard?

It depends on your state and county regulations. Some states like in California requires you to obtain a nursery license. You can submit this form to California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The license costs $150 per year if you sell more than $1000/year plus an acreage fee if you own a big backyard (more than 1 acre). Otherwise, the fee is waived, but you will still need to report what plants you grow and sell by submitting a fee-exempt nursery license to the county. As a starter, you can apply for a fee-exempt nursery license first, then switch to a regular license after your sale reach $1000/year. For more information on nursery license, you can visit CDFA Nursery, Seed, and Cotton Program site.

12. How does being a gardeneur help promote sustainability?

Our mission is to serve communities with locally grown nursery stock. This will not only help reduce carbon footprints which translate to lower costs, but also enable local gardeneurs to earn additional income from their hobbies (to buy more plants :) perhaps) and of course to learn about gardening from one another. So It is a win win win situation.