With a handful of perennials and a truckload of ambition, Richard "Dick" Bemis started Bemis Farms Nursery in 1947. Using knowledge he had gained as a graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMASS – Amherst he grew plants in soil beds (nobody had yet started growing outdoor plants in pots) and selling them to the public. It was somewhat of a new field (pun intended) as Bemis Farms had started out as a dairy farm and apple orchard.
Ed Bemis came on board after graduating from his Dad’s alma mater in 1981. He left to continue his education at Cornell University. He returned with his degree and his fiancee, Tina Rovito. In the early 80s a decision was made to scale back the outside landscaping part of the business and concentrate on growing and selling plants on the farm. In the mid 80s a new greenhouse, 21 by 72 feet was added to better display the wider variety of annuals that was becoming available. We thought at the time that we could never need more room than that. How wrong we were!
Tina started Bemis Farms Greenhouse in 1991, a completely separate wholesale greenhouse operation located here on the farm catering to the garden center market in suburban Boston and Metrowest. As Tina grew more beautiful plants, Bemis Farms Nursery sold more. We needed more room! The two businesses combined in 1998, and a larger retail greenhouse, a 63 by 96 foot gutter connected greenhouse, was completed in March of 1999, just in time for spring.
We continue to grow and expand. We try very hard to keep our green thumbs on the pulse of the newest and best the green industry has to offer in annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs. We certainly couldn’t do it all without a great staff of knowledgeable and dedicated individuals.
Our Mission Statement:
Bemis Farms Nursery, recognized as one of the most progressive green industry businesses in the area, is committed to excellence in every phase of its operation. Our company will continue to improve its position through the application of principled, financially sound business practices.
Bemis Farms Nursery will profitably:
Cater to its clientele's discriminating tastes by offering a wide range of exceptional products and services.
Maintain a highly professional staff that understands and responds to customers' needs in a friendly, personal manner.
Provide a place where customers have an enjoyable shopping experience.
Create a "sense of place"—an environment in which people may celebrate the seasons.
Present educational, recreational, and social programs that will enhance the quality of life in the larger community.
Provide a work environment that is safe, rewarding and enjoyable for our staff.
We hope we have enticed you into coming for a visit.