Growing the Family Tradition
The following article is from Tim Hodson and was originally published by Greenhouse Product News.
Over the past 112 years, Bailey Nurseries has built its reputation by fulfilling its mission statement “to produce and distribute top-quality horticultural products and services to retail garden centers, growers and landscapers.”
John Vincent Bailey, Jr., founded the company as J.V. Bailey Nursery in 1905 on the same property where the corporate headquarters is located today in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the beginning, he grew fruits, vegetables and ornamentals for the St. Paul City Market in a rather challenging environment.
“If you are going to start a nursery back then, Minnesota was probably not the best place to do it,” says Terri McEnaney, great-granddaughter of the company’s founder and its current president. “The ground and the weather here aren’t really ideal,” she says knowingly.