Our Story

Northside Garden Center is a true family business.  In the fall of 1985, Jim Donaldson and family decided to start a garden center.  It is a very rare time that you can come to Northside and not have a Donaldson on site.

Our customers have watched us grow literally from the ground up.  We started with the basic building and one cold frame display area.  By digging and hauling tons and tons of dirt, the facility now covers over 5 acres of display area.  Our mantra has been; make a dollar spend two.  We have, over the years, added more and more inventory and now feel we can fill most of every gardeners needs.

Our product line covers the basic garden center items: seed, fertilizer, chemicals, shrubs, trees, perennials, and seasonal color.  Most of the things we sell come from distributors and growers.  However we do grow a lot of the plants you find at Northside.  During the winter months ( Dec.- Mar.) we pot up more than 10,000 bare root perennials, make over 2500 flats of annuals, 1700 hanging baskets, 2000 roses, 350 color bowls and 3000 geraniums.  By growing our own we can assure that our customers are getting top quality plants at a reasonable price.

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