About Wayside Gardens

In 1920, Jan Jacob Grullemans, marketer and  plantsman, and nurseryman Elmer Schultz, pooled their talents and  European horticultural backgrounds to found Wayside Gardens. Their  vision was to grow and market exciting, unusual, and garden-worthy  plants of the highest quality ÔÇö and they succeeded most spectacularly!

Wayside has become one of the most respected mail-order nursery in the US, legendary  for the quality of its plants and bulbs, the excellence of its  varieties, and the sophistication of its clientele.

Where we started

Originally  located in Mentor, Ohio, Wayside Gardens grew rapidly until the 60's,  when J. J. Grullemans died. In 1975, Wayside was bought by Park Seed  Company and moved to South Carolina. Since then, the company has grown  and flourished, becoming an undisputed leader in gardening today by  maintaining the founders' dedication to providing discriminating  gardeners:

  • Outstanding and unusual varieties
  • Proud to be a world-wide leader in Horticulture
  • Excellent plant quality
  • Impeccable service

Our Focus

Today, Wayside Gardens focuses on providing unusual, high-end plants and accessories for the serious garden enthusiast. Both the catalog and  the website present an extensive selection of top-quality container and  bare-root plants, along with decorative accessories, many available  exclusively from Wayside Gardens.

Wayside remains true to founder J.J. Grulleman's pledge to offer only  the most superior plants exhibiting the highest levels of quality. We guarantee all Wayside Gardens products to be high quality, true to  type, shipped properly, and to perform as advertised. If this is not  the case, notify us as soon as possible, and we will gladly resolve the  issue, offer gardening advice, or provide a company credit. Please  understand that we cannot accept responsibility for the results of  extreme weather, neglect, unforeseeable acts of nature, or ignoring our hardiness zone recommendations.