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
We will be open for the season soon, so come on in and meet Devyn, our new Garden Center manager, when we open on Monday, March 23rd for the season! We will be open Monday through Sunday, 9a.m. to 5p.m., and have a plethora of surprises to come in 2015!
Check out our Facebook page for up to date photos, and to stay informed! Now, you can even follow us on Instagram for more beautiful floral photographs @alcottsgardencenter!
Easter is almost here, and all your favorite Easter flowers have been planted! Head on over to the ALL NEW Fundraising section to see how your class or group can get in on the action!
ATTENTION: Wholesale Customers! Our Wholesale page is now up and running! A short login process will be required, but you are now able to view current availability, as well as view, download, and print any of the documents listed! This, and many other improvements to come!
The crew is hard at work in the greenhouses! Potting, planting, pruning, and organizing their way to Spring time!
Spring just makes us wet our plants...Thank goodness it is almost here! We can't wait!
Mother Nature has chosen Alcott's for all her gardening needs, so you know we have the best selection around.
After all, we have been at the same location for over 50 years!