Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 9am
O’Donal’s Nurseries, Inc. has been in existence since the 1950’s. Begun as a tree service company, the present company took form after the garden center site was purchased from the Jackson family in 1959. The Jackson family had operated a nursery since 1850, originally named Forest City Nursery. Royce O’Donal was involved in landscaping and arboriculture while restructuring the overgrown growing areas. As the nursery took shape it required more time away from outside jobs and O’Donal’s reduced their landscaping services. Today, O’Donal’s is a complete nursery stock supplier to the retail and landscape trade, and performs no landscaping service other than landscape design.
The O’Donal’s family moved to their new home in 1978 and the garden center evolved as it is today. Complete renovation and an addition to the original building in 1985 complete the transformation from dwelling to the office/ store complex that now anchors the company.
The 10 acres the garden center sits on what was originally used for field production. It slowly evolved into container growing/holding areas. Expansion of the growing fields occurred over many years. In about 1972, nine acres of fields across from the garden center were leased and prepared for planting. The 40 acre Deering fields were purchased in 1984, and first planted in 1985. The addition of these fields enabled O’Donal’s to produce plants on a more reliable production schedule.
You would expect to find Certified Nursery Professionals at any nursery or garden center, and yes, there are many among us that have earned that distinction.
However, that person may also have a Bachelors of Fine Art degree in Painting, have a Ph.D. in Education, a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, geography, women’s studies, and certainly plant and soil sciences.
What brings us all together to work at O’Donal’s Nurseries is our love of plants. We would like to share our passion of the vegetative world with you and look forward to the stories and knowledge that you bring to us.
We all enjoy helping gardeners grow.