Q. What year did your business start?
A. Colonial Acres Nursery was started in 1982.
Gary F. Gillespie Landscape Designer and Contractor began in 1975.
Q. Where are you located?
A. We are located at 2552 Western Ave. in beautiful Guilderland NY
Q. What is your phone number and website address?
Q. What hours are you open?
A. The nursery is open the last week of March through the 2nd week in December. Our hours vary during the season.
April –June 8-7 Mon- Sat ,10-4 Sun
June-Aug 8-5 Mon-Sat Closed Sunday
Sept-Oct 8-5 Mon-Sat, 10-4 Sunday
Q. How and why did you get into the business?
A. Our landscape design and build business started in 1975 upon completing degrees in horticulture, environmental science and landscape architecture, Colonial Acres Nursery soon followed in 1982 as the supplier to our landscape business. We were in need of a source of quality landscape, lawn and garden supplies so we became our own source. We then began supplying other landscape companies. Soon homeowners were stopping in buying our plants and supplies saying “you should be open all year.” We then became a seven day a week business selling retain and wholesale.
Q. How many generations have been running the business?
A. I have been very fortunate to have three sons that have worked in the nursery and landscaping business at one time or another. Today my youngest son Cory is the nursery manager. The landscape division is run by Joe Lockwood who has been with the business almost 30 years. We employ approx… 10-14 full and part time people during the season.
Q. Do you have many regular customers? Is there anything specific that they are always coming in for?
A. We have two types of customers:
Retail customers are the DIY home owners that me be landscaping their home, adding privacy plantings, adding shade or flowering trees, mulching or repairing their law. We are very fortunate to have great loyal customer that come in year after year for their flowers, vegetables, fertilizers, and mulches and potting soil.
Wholesale customers are professional landscapers, grounds maintenance professionals, municipalities, businesses and large corporations that buy in volume.
Q. Are you known for anything special?
A. Colonial Acres is known for its large selection of landscape plants. Costumers like to stroll the pathways through the nursery that leads past many different plant types. The nursery is set up by plant departments such as; roses, annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, vegetables, fruit trees, berries, shrubs , shade and flowering trees, evergreen trees and shrubs and much more. We also offer materials needed for planting and care of your plants. We also are known for our specimen and unusual plant materials such as topiary and grafted trees. We offer large “landscape” size plants unlike most garden centers.
Q. What do you love most about the business?
A. What I love about our business is creating beautiful landscapes for everyone to enjoy. I’ve always liked the creative process of envisioning what the landscape could be and should be. Nothing is more satisfying than watching a site be transformed from a dysfunctional eyesore with all kinds of problems (drainage, soil, light, wind etc) to a space that makes you feel good and proud to live or work at
Q. What do you want the community to know about you?
A. Products– we are not just a plant nursery but a landscape, lawn and garden supplier, Scotts lawn products, sod, mulch, potting and garden soils, fertilizing, stone bags and boulder, garden benches, statuary, bird baths and much more We deliver what we sell.
Pricing– People have the misconception that if a place of business is neat, clean and organized it must be expensive. Wrong! That big box stores and home improvement centers must be cheaper because they buy in huge volumes. Wrong! We check prices and many time we find we are cheaper or at a comparable price. But our quality is as good or more often than not better.
Guilderland is a great place to live, raise a family and we are proud to be a part of the Guilderland business community.
Started Our Towne Marketing in 2005. In addition to publishing Our Towne Guilderland each month we also provide print and web design services. Serves as a Board Member with the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and a Member of the Ethics Board for the Town of Guilderland.
Lives in Guilderland with wife Kristen, son Ryan and daughter Kyra.