About Selective Gardener Online Sales


We at Selective Gardener are excited about the new and improved website which hopefully you will find much easier to navigate. The Selective Gardener Catalog has been shipping Optimara Plant Care products and live plants since 1994 and we want to thank the many satisfied customers for helping us build this business.

We just have one request - that you be a bit patient. We ship once or twice a week, (packages involving plants always go out Monday or Tuesday only unless it is before a Holiday), so if you don’t get your package the week you order, it will most likely arrive the following week. Please give it at least 2 weeks to arrive before you e-mail. Since this is a home-based business, we are best reached by e-mail, and we will try to respond in a timely manner.

If you request a certain ship date for a gift order, we will ship in time or we will notify you in advance. There will be deadlines posted on the website for orders before Holidays. We thank you in advance for your business and have fun browsing through our website!


Monique Holtkamp



Satisfied customer comments:


My SouthernBelle Violet Combo arrived this afternoon, and they are gorgeous. I'm just blown away by how absolutely unscathed they survived the trip. Beautiful rosettes, not one broken leaf, and the flowers as perfect and fresh as if I had just come into your store and picked them up instead of a 2,000 mile trip for days in a box.
I am so very pleased with my purchase,

Brigitte McK., California

Just wanted to tell you that the baskets for my daughter's wedding were divine, Thanks so much.

Holly P., Nashville TN

Hi Monique-

My plants arrived on Wednesday - they were absolutely beautiful. You have such nice plants. Chris was so pleased that they were in bloom, you really brightened his day. He don't have a lot to look forward to but he loves the violets when they are in bloom. There was not one leaf broken so you are great with your shipping too. We appreciate you finding the 8 artist palettes - Chris can't wait until the first of July when he gets his check so he can order more plants. Many blessings to you & your family - Thanks again.

Joyce & Chris O., Chatham, IL

The violets are gorgeous!!! The leaves are so green and the blooms are incredible.They look great in the centerpieces. Thanks so much. By the way, I was also impressed by how well the flowers were packaged.

Colleen J., San Francisco, CA

Hello, Monique --

I am totally thrilled with my recent purchase of 150 mini-violets for the Women of Sugarmill Woods, Inc. -- they arrived today in excellent condition. I have never seen so many beautiful colors, excellent leaves, many varieties -- and I could go on.

They are absolutely breath-taking. Thank you so much for all your help in selecting them and getting them to me in such wonderful shape.

........Donna R.
Homosassa, FL


Dear Monique,

I received my order today. These are the prettiest violets I have ever seen. I was very impressed with the packaging. I was so worried about the condition they would arrive in.They're just beautiful.
One lady in my office said they are so perfect that they look fake!!! AND She had to touch one to be sure!

Thanks so much.

I will definitely order again!

Peggy C., Westchester IL

Hi Monique,
Thank you thank you thank you!!! The violets are GORGEOUS! I can't get over
how full and pretty they are, and how many blooms and buds are on each one.
They're so much nicer than I had hoped, and so nicely wrapped too. I will
definitely recommend you to friends and will buy from you again should I
need party favors in the future.
Thanks again!!
Kim L.,Milford MA

Hi Monique,

The 8 Arapaho Girls and 2 Ionantha arrived yesterday morning, beautifully
packaged and in beautiful shape. Not a single broken leaf! Thanks
much for providing such fine specimens.

C.K. Iowa City, IA

I just wanted to tell you that I just received my 8 2" mini violets in colored
stoneware pots. It is still quite hot here in Tucson but they arrived just as
fresh as if I just went to the nursery to get them, not a flower or leaf harmed
in the shipping (by the way fantastic packaging and really quick shipping).
Thank you so much they are already displayed with all my other violets.
I definitely will be back for more plants.

B.F. Tucson, AZ.

Thanks Monique - the mini poinsettias arrived on my doorstep a few minutes ago and they are beautiful!!! My daughter went crazy over them and stole a few to take to work. Thank you for great service and fresh and perfect plants.

Happy Holidays,

A.D. Plano, TX



My order for the 3-pack Everfloris violets arrived about 1 hour ago.
They arrived safely, are in great shape and look gorgeous!! They
are exactly what I'd hoped for. They will make me a big hit with
my wife on our wedding anniversary this weekend!!

Thanks for all of your help and assistance, J.F. Minneapolis MN


It is a pleasure ordering my plant food from Optimara/Selective Gardener.  Optimara Green Plant Food is honestly the best plant food I've ever used all these years!

Nadine Z. Marshall, VA

I just received my box of African violets and am so thrilled. They are the most beautiful plants I've ever seen. My mom is in hospice care and we always shared a love for them so I feel comforted in keeping this tradition going..thank you from the bottom of my heart..... Mary G. Astoria NY

Aug. 2020

Violets are beautiful!  Was so happy they were blooming.  Packed well.  Very pleased with order. Kim B. Benbrook TX Sept 2020

Plants arrived in excellent condition, couldn’t be happier. They are beautiful, ordered another 8 pack. Thanks for your attention to detail, refreshing in this day and age. Thanks again, Stephen R. Sterling MA Sept 2020