Please go to our new link for Smith & Hawken.
Smith & Hawken has jumped the shark.
In fact, Paul Hawken
, the founder, was one of our inspirations for starting our own business, but since Paul Hawken sold it (it has now has been bought by Scott's) Smith & Hawken
has been treading water.
Readers continue to be divided however. While many see it as having become less interesting and corporate, Smith & Hawken
does still fill a real need for garden tools and supplies, and the staff is generally smart and enthusiastic.
Beginning as a shop that sold really high quality English garden tools, Smith & Hawken has grown to capitalize on the romance of the garden, and now sells tools, seeds, plants, clothing, furniture and garden accessories. For urban flowerboxers, Smith & Hawken has a few useful things.
Quality and prices are generally high and items used to be quite unique. Sale shopping is excellent however and S&H is a good resource for sustainably harvested TEAK
Dave's Garden has a good thread:
manuretea: Purchasing sale items from Smith and Hawken has left me very disenchanted with their products and service.
cdstar: I feel like coming to the defense fo S&H! I have recently bought outdoor furniture from their web site. ...No complaints. I will continue to order from them.
(Re-edited from 2005-07-18 - MGR)