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
Announcing our 2nd annual wreath workshop, make and decorate your own wreath, $ 15.00 covers the frame, greens and a bow. We also have some other great items to decorate your wreath. Call and reserve your spot now. December 7 th from 9 to 5 PM.
Come in and check out our new gourmet foods.
featuring Alcott's own preserves.
Spring makes us wet our plants. Summer is to see the beauty of our spring hard work. Fall is the time to prepare for the next growing season. Now that winter is creeping in we start to think about spring all over again!
Our Christmas room is all set up for your holiday decorating needs.
Amaryllis are in and do we have a great price $ 8.98 each or 3 for $ 24.00. At this price you can give two as gifts.
All trees, shrubs, bushes and roses are 40% off.
Catch us at the train station on the 23rd for Christmas on Main Street in Utica, 12 to 5 PM.
Mother Nature shops at Alcott's for all her gardening needs so we must have the best selection in the area.
After all we have been at the same location for 50 years.
Check out the Garden Club Page. Great member coupons and gardening tips. A special Christmas coupon for members.
Stop in and see what is new. We are open daily 9 am to 5 pm.