Piedmont Landscape Association

Service Providers: Nurseries

Nurseries, with regard to the green industry-trade are, as defined by Dictionary.com "a place where young trees or other plants are raised for transplanting, sale or for experimental study." There are three distinct types of nurseries: retail, wholesale and plant brokers. The difference being: their customers. Nurseries tend to range from local "mom and pop" small businesses to large-scale operations that cater more towards the landscape professional.

While retail nurseries often grow and/or provide plants for sale for the general public. Their plant productions usually are not as big as a wholesale operation but offer many other amenities to compliment the gardening experience. Sometimes retail nurseries and garden centers can overlap.

Wholesale growers on the other hand tend never to sell to the general public but rather to other professionals in the industry. These growers often develop plants from propagation methods and then oversee the maturation of many types of plants. This can include annuals to perennials; trees to shrubs; or even fescue and other herbaceous plants.

Then there are the plant brokers who either grow (on a limited basis) or find plants from numerous suppliers for contractors and pair them with other orders in a particular area to save on shipping cost. Like wholesale nurseries, plant brokers tend never to sell to the general public but may be the ones supplying the plants to the local retail nurseries from the wholesale growers.

Listed are several companies that are either owned by or employ PLA members.
Grelen Nursery, Inc.
Orange, VA
540-672-5462 (tele)


J.W. Townsend, Inc.
Charlottesville, VA
434-973-1154 (tele)

Sewell Horticulture
Crozet, VA
434-326-2375 (tele)

Southern States

Charlottesville, VA
434-974-6147 (tele)

Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants
Charlottesville, VA
434-984-9819 (tele)

Waynesboro Landscape and Garden Center
Waynesboro, VA
540-942-4646 (tele)