Growing a Great Business Over Five Generations
Gardening is about realizing a vision—planning, planting, nurturing, and seeing what blooms. Holdridge Home and Garden invests in the accomplishments of their customers, helping them imagine a garden, fishpond, or home project and providing everything they need for that dream to take root.
“Helping customers have successful gardening experience is key to us,” said Shari Holdridge Hewes, who is now at the helm of the long-time family business. “The win-win of helping our neighbors be successful raises their spirits and confidence which in turn reflects positively on us.”
Holdridge Home and Garden is ready to help clients make their homes beautiful inside and out. Locally grown nursery stock and gardening supplies equip the gardening enthusiast. Additionally, on-site landscape and maintenance services are available. A full-service True Value hardware store includes a quality paint shop and supplies for DIY projects. Taking gardening to the next level, Holdridge has everything to create stunning water gardens, from water lilies to koi fish. Statuary, bird baths, benches and fountains make a backyard oasis. Home décor completes your senses with quality windchimes and garden décor both in and out of the house.
“I believe being successful begins with offering quality products that we use and stand behind,” said Hewes. Following this long-held philosophy, she continues a family tradition that began in 1912 with her great grandfather Samuel E. Holdridge selling vegetables from a horse-drawn cart. The business grew from a mail-order company of bare-root fruit bearing plants. My grandfather and father then planted roots in the 1960’s with a retail store in Ledyard featuring nursery stock and hard goods.
Now one of the largest garden centers in southeastern Connecticut, the business is still at its heart, a family affair. “Our staff is or are like family and we try to represent wholesome values by being thoughtful and honest,” said Hewes. Every generation since its inception has been an integral part of the business with no end in sight.