Gilson Gardens is a wholesale nursery, retail garden center and florist located in the heart of the historic Lake County nursery industry. Our year-round store offers a diverse selection of perennials, shrubs, trees and floral creations. Our wholesale nursery provides ground covers, perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses and vines to garden centers and landscapers throughout the Midwest.
Founded in 1947, the family-owned company began with a single greenhouse and a roadside stand offering bare-root perennials and field-grown shrubs. Today up to fifty employees are engaged in retail and growing operations on five farms with over forty acres in production.
We believe that a nursery should play a unique and important role in the community. It should be a pleasant and mellow place to visit or work, a place to connect with people and plants, a place to learn, a place to grow. We cherish and respect this fertile land along the shores of Lake Erie and the rich ecosystem that surrounds it; and we strive to be responsible stewards during the few years or few generations that it is on loan to us.
Mark Gilson, President, backs up this commitment with personal involvement in community and industry activities: Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio (past president 2008), Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (invasive plant work-group), Ohio Invasive Plant Council (board-of-directors), Lake County Farmland Preservation Work-group (through Soil & Water Conservation District), Lake County OSU Extension (advisory committee, executive committee), Lake County Development Council (agribusiness committee), NGLCO Summer Field Day (chairperson), Perry Township Planning Work-Group (Lane Road Corridor Study), Audubon Society.