Alcott’s Greenhouse and Garden Center had very humble beginning as a family operated dairy farm in the 1940’s when Clifford Alcott brought his dairy of cows to Pleasant Valley.
As time went on Cliff’s son Keith got restless with the dairy and crop farming and teamed up with Dr. Ray Sheldrake of Cornell University to build his first Cornell “21”, a wood and plastic structure to grow hot house tomatoes. The venture went so well that Keith built 8 more 21 x 100 ft green houses the following year and planted tomatoes in one of the first soil mixes developed by Dr. Sheldrake.
As the greenhouse industry developed so did Keith’s greenhouse operation, with the addition of flowering hanging baskets and bedding plants. Keith produced geranium cuttings for other growers throughout the northeast, and while he did this, his wife Liz started and expanded the retail garden center to what it is today.
In 1980 Keith and Liz welcomed a 3rd generation, their son Brad, into the business. Brad brought some fresh ideas from his days at Cornell to the business and this allowed the greenhouses wholesale division to grow into new markets. As the business grew, so did the number of greenhouses at Alcott’s.
Alcott Greenhouse and Garden Center now operates nearly 90.000 sq. ft. of greenhouses, and sells hundreds of types of plants throughout New York and into Pennsylvania. They are a major source of plant material for fundraisers, churches, garden centers, florist shops, and the consumers that visit their shop on Route 20 in Waterville, NY.
Their Garden Center isn’t just a source for Easter plants, spring plants, perennials, fall mums or poinsettias. They also offer fresh and artificial flower arrangements, gift ideas, candles, garden accents, Christmas decor, and much more.
Hours 9 Am - 5 PM Daily
Open 9 to 5 everyday, stop in and say hello to Gaylene, Sue and some of the new and exciting people we have working in the store.
Pansies will be in the greenhouse Saturday. They will be available in flats, bowls and hanging baskets.
The Scotts Miracle Grow soils, Fox Farm soils and the new Fafard soils are all in stock. We also have bulk and bagged mulch as well as many garden accent pieces, fertilizers, sprays and pots
The greenhouse is busting at the seems and Memorial Day is only a week away.