Hicks Nurseries Celebrates 170 Years of Serving Long Island
March 2, 2023
Hicks Nurseries, Long Island’s largest and premier garden center is celebrating 170 years of serving the local community. This sixth generation family owned and operated business was established in 1853 by Isaac Hicks and has helped transform the landscape of Long Island through continuous innovation.
At the turn of the century, Hicks Nurseries invented and patented the equipment for moving big trees that were desired by Long Island’s new Gold Coast estate owners. Some famous estates include Vanderbilt, JP Morgan and Phipps (which is currently Old Westbury Gardens), and many of those trees still flourish today.
Around 1930, in another innovative move, Hicks Nurseries made pre-dug plants available for customers. This marked the beginning of the walk-in, cash and carry customer business that developed into what is now called a retail garden center. In the 1960’s, with western Long Island’s evolution from a rural to a suburban community complete, they refocused the business in order to keep pace with the new generation of Long Islanders, and over the next ten years converted the nursery into a thriving family-oriented retailing and growing operation that served hundreds of thousands of people each year. Seasonal experiences were introduced such as the Fall Festival and the Flower & Garden Show, highly anticipated annual events that have further expanded its customer base.
Today, the sixth generation Hicks family in the business includes siblings Stephen Hicks, who serves as President and Karen Hicks Courts, the Director of Human Resources. Stephen led the launch of Hicks Commercial Sales (the wholesale division) in 2008, and the re-launch of Hicks Landscapes in 2011.
Very few small businesses make the successful transition past one generation never mind six. Hicks Nurseries has overcome many obstacles such as the Civil War, Great Depression, two World Wars and a global pandemic. It has been able to not only survive but thrive as an industry leader and a vital part of the Long Island gardening and landscape community.
“Our success stems from the ability to consistently offer our customers top quality products along with expert advice to help them succeed,” said Stephen Hicks. He continued, “We have responded to the changing needs of the community and are focused on providing the very best shopping experience. We’ve built our reputation on that since the very beginning and continue to innovate with some exciting changes in the works.”
Taking place this month is Hicks Nurseries’ 33rd annual Flower & Garden Show, March 9-26. The show titled “A Novel Approach” takes inspiration from popular book genres including fantasy, romance, western adventure, travel through time and space, a children’s story, mystery, and of course, history which will pay tribute to Hicks.
For more information on the history of Hicks Nurseries visit https://hicksnurseries.com/about-us/
ABOUT HICKS NURSERIES
Hicks Nurseries is Long Island’s largest and premier garden center, family-owned and operated since 1853. Dedicated to helping its customers achieve success in their homes and gardens, Hicks Nurseries provides expert and friendly advice along with an exceptional selection of quality products including indoor and outdoor plants, outdoor furniture, planters, lawn care, seasonal décor including artificial Christmas trees and more. They also offer complete award-winning landscape design/build services. Hicks Nurseries is located at 100 Jericho Turnpike in Westbury, NY. Follow on social media @hicksnurseries and learn more at https://hicksnurseries.com/.