Established in 1939, Peterson's Nursery has developed from a roadside produce stand to a full service garden center and landscaping company. What started with a 6 year old selling blackberries in front of his family home, has turned into a second-generation family business located on nearly 8 acres of land bordering Princeton and Lawrenceville, NJ. We still carry fresh local produce, much of which is grown onsite.
Peterson's Nursery has been at the forefront of 'organic' gardening for decades. In the early 1980's we eliminated chemical pesticide spraying of our plant inventory and made the switch to beneficial insects, including everybody's favorite, the Ladybug! At the time the concept was virtually unheard of and very expensive. Around the same time we also began experimenting with liquid seaweed as a fertilizer. The plants loved it. It has now been nearly 30 years since we made the switch away from chemicals and we couldn't be happier with the results. Our customers continually comment on the freshness of the air in our greenhouses. We have wildlife in our nursery, birds chirping and squirrels and rabbits running around. It really feels more like a park setting than a typical garden center.
We truly are in the 'green' industry. We feel it is our responsibility to help people make the right
decisions for their gardens. While we do still carry the familiar chemical controls and fertilizers, we will always recommend the organic product over a manufactured one. Our environmental responsibility carries right into where we source our inventory. We buy most of our products from local suppliers to minimize freight distances. Less miles means less exhaust emissions going into our atmosphere. Our greenhouses are covered with shade cloth and also have temperature controlled vents, reducing our need to run fans and cooling equipment.
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