Beardslee Nursery was founded by
Charles Henry Beardslee and Coletta
Hurley Beardslee. The two met at
Wayside Nursery where they both
were employed. Charlie (Charles)
was the field foreman while Coletta
was the secretary. While working at
Wayside, Charlie would purchase
and cut flowers out of the field and
haul them to the Cleveland market
where he would sell them to local
florists. That led to Charlie and
Coletta's first business, Califloral.
Charlie partnered with a man in
California where he would ship cut
flowers to be distributed to florists.
Beardslee Nursery, LLC
3451 Blackmore Road
|Founder Charles Beardslee with
one of the first Salix matsudana
tortuosa "Golden Curls"
Charlie and Coletta started Beardslee Nursery in 1947, later
they purchased the company's current location on
Blackmore Road in Perry, Ohio. The nursery specialized in
field grown, bare root perennials. Charlie later rented a few
former Storrs and Harrison greenhouses from Bob Martin
where he started to containerize groundcovers and liners.
In 1970 Jack (John) Beardslee, Charlie's son began full
time as second generation in the family business. Jack and
Charlie were the founder of Golden Curls Willow; Salix
matsudana tortuosa 'Golden Curls'. They founded and
marketed this new introduction to the trade. Today Golden
Curls Willow is the most popular contorted willow used by
florist worldwide. Together they introduced the common
names to many other plants in the trade such as: Corkscrew
willow, Artic Blue-leaf Willow, Pink French Pussy Willow,
Java Red Weigelia, and Jade River Juniper.
Nick Moretti, the founder of Moretti Nursery, and Charlie
were innovators in many aspects of modern day nurseries.
The two engineered their own automated mist systems for
vegetative propagation. They also constructed some of the
first modern day hoop houses in the county. They created a
jig for bending pipe into a quonset hut shape, which was
used to build many local nurseries.
Today Jack works hand in hand with his son James, to farm
90 acres in both Lake and Ashtabula Counties. Together
they continue to provide the same quality and service that
has kept the nursery growing strong for 63 years.
Coletta and Charlie Beardslee