Green Planters Garden Center – Hayes, Virginia

Welcome to Green Planters! Green Planters is a local family owned garden center and landscape service company that has been in business since 1986. We are located in Gloucester, Virginia with two locations on Rt. 17. Green Planters provides complete landscaping and irrigation services from site consultation and design to installation and maintenance. We strive to provide affordable quality merchandise and personalized service in a pleasant atmosphere. Our mission is to enrich the quality of life of the community through the beauty and enjoyment of plants and gardening.

3 Generations of Horticultural Background

history pic 1Our horticultural background began with first generation owners Ray and Helen whom both grew up on family farms in Pennsylvania. Together they operated a successful grape, berry, and Christmas tree operation in upstate New York. The family moved to Virginia in the 1970’s.
Ken Weakland began doing landscape services as a part time endeavor. Realization that ownership of a small business would be more fulfilling than working for another company, Ken envisioned a garden center and landscape company. In 1985 construction of the garden center began and was built from the ground up by Raymond, Ken Weakland, and friends. The garden center opened its doors in 1986.
In 1991 a second location was constructed in Gloucester along Rt. 17 just north of Walter Reed Hospital. This accommodated for the growth of the companies landscaping services in a rapidly populating county. This began as a landscaping stock yard and growing facility, though has recently opened as a seasonal retail nursery.

history pic 2Perhaps our most unusual maneuver in business was the addition of pool products offered at the garden center to provide a summer niche. This has proven successful for our business. We offer pool chemicals and supplies including: pumps, filters, liners, and replacement parts for pool equipment.
Ken's oldest son Kenny took an interest in the business at a young age. After working for the business throughout high school, he decided to obtain a degree in horticulture. In December of 2010 Kenny graduated from Ferrum College with a degree in Horticulture. While at college he focused on greenhouse flower crops and vegetable and herb production in the field.
The most recent expansion of our business took place at the landscape and growing facility. The location is now a spring season retail nursery and greenhouses. The retail growing operation at the north Gloucester location is focused on greenhouse production of vegetables, herbs, annuals, and perennials.