A Note From Our President – Peter Mezitt
Since 1923 my family has owned and operated Weston Nurseries, becoming well-known for exceptional plants and comprehensive advice. I am a 4th generation owner and I am so proud of our team of hardworking, committed people who are focused on helping our customers be successful. We believe in fostering growth opportunities for our staff, looking for new ways to continuously improve our operation, and constantly providing our customers with an exceptional experience.
Whether you are an experienced gardener or are just stating, we are here to help. We offer many options on our website to help you figure things out before you arrive at one of our garden centers. Our Plant Library is a fantastic tool! Here you can create your own plant lists based on specific attributes such as site conditions, height or flower color. Our Plant Health & Care Guidelines offer comprehensive advice that is accurate for this region on many subjects. Our blogs and videos are created regularly to address current factors we feel are important for you to know about.
Our three stores are located in Hopkinton, Chelmsford and Hingham and we welcome you to stop in and talk to any of our knowledgeable staff members about all types of plants and garden-related products. Our staff is ready to assist and our garden centers are stocked with everything you need. Our plants come in all sizes and we can deliver or have them planted for you.
Have a great day and we will see you soon!
Over the past 95 years Weston Nurseries has evolved in diverse and unexpected ways. We remain true to our commitment to providing the best selection of hardy landscape-sized plant material in our area along with accurate advice on what will work best for our customers. More recently, we have begun to focus on hard good products in order to meet the needs of today’s customers. Much of what we practice today derives directly from Peter J. Mezitt who founded Weston Nurseries and started growing landscape plants in Weston in 1923.
Born into a family of Latvian farmers in 1885, Peter fled conscription into the Russian army and worked his way across Europe, taking on landscaping and gardening jobs throughout Romania and Switzerland. In 1911 he saved enough money for passage to America, where he worked as an estate gardener and greenhouse night watchman to fund a college degree from UMass Amherst. In 1912 he married his wife Olga, who shared his love of plants, and together they spent the next decade using their horticultural knowledge for rooting understock and grafting fruit trees to sell to local orchards.
Peter and Olga had larger dreams, however. In 1923 they obtained financing to purchase 80 acres off of Winter Street in Weston, and on July 24 of that year they officially established Weston Nurseries. By 1930 they had 10 acres of nursery land, which quickly blossomed into 200 acres of full-scale production in the early 1940s.
Ed Mezitt with PJM Rhododendrons
One of the most pivotal events in the early history of Weston Nurseries was the introduction of the PJM Rhododendron in 1945. Peter’s son, Ed, developed the hardy hybrid and named it in honor of his father. The PJM is now known worldwide as one of the most beautiful and resilient rhododendrons, and graces many gardens in New England.
By 1950 the Mezitts had moved their homes and nursery facilities to the rolling hills and rural acreage of Hopkinton, where they expanded sales and production and continued to develop new plants. The garden center on Main Street was established, with its beautiful display gardens, abundant greenhouses, and the iconic green chimney featuring the white Weston Nurseries logo.
In the 1960’s, Peter’s grandsons Wayne and Roger joined the family business and continued to expand and innovate, purchasing adjoining land in Hopkinton until the nursery encompassed over 900 acres by the end of the 80’s.
In 2006, Wayne’s son Peter became President, and began the transition to a new business model more appropriate for the changing environment in the surrounding area.
Today, most of the plants sold by Weston are brought in from the best growing operations in the country. Our selection has expanded, quality has improved, and our retail and commercial customers are giving us high marks.
Currently we operate three garden centers in Hopkinton, Chelmsford and our newest location in Hingham. We also operate a commercial sales yard and bulk materials yard in all three locations. We now offer stone products to our customers and will continue to expand into additional hard goods lines.
As we approach our 100th year in business, we are very proud of the recent accomplishments and improvements to our business. We are most grateful for the thousands of devoted employees who have participated in the growth and success of Weston Nurseries through the decades and have made our family business part of their lives.
We are committed to being a center for horticultural knowledge offering “best of class” plants and products, providing the greatest possible long-term results for our customers.
Our people are enthusiastic about doing what is right for our customers, realizing we all play an important part in creating a great experience and showing customers we appreciate their business.
Our people are positive, sincere, and proactive individuals who treat co-workers with respect, understanding that teamwork makes the company stronger and more rewarding.
We are adamant about supporting activities in our local communities and being responsible with how our operation affects the environment.
Sustainability is a Journey.
We hope you’ll join us in taking steps to improve our community and our ecosystem
Weston Nurseries has always been in the “green business”, providing homeowners and landscape professionals with top-quality plants that beautify our surroundings and help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air we breathe.
One of our sustainability initiatives is recovering and recycling plastic pots. You can help us reduce the amount of plastic in landfills by bringing your used pots to the Garden Center. Some pots will be re-used at Weston Nurseries; other pots will be transported to a recycling facility and processed into new nursery pots.
Please remove soil, sand, mulch and rocks and rinse off the pots before bringing them to the Garden Center and placing them in the designated bins.
We accept two pot types:
1. PE #2 HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): “blow molded” round and square containers have a hole in the middle of the bottom and often have ribbed sides. The wall is very thin and the pots have a softer lip. We accept 1/2 gal. to 10 gal. sizes, any color, with or without printing.
2. PP #5 PP (Polypropylene): “injection molded” round and square containers have a harder/thicker wall with smooth sides. We accept 1/2 gal. to 35 gal. and up sizes, any color, with or without printing.
Drought-Resistant Plants: We feature a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials that require very little water once established.
Water Conservation: We carry soaker hoses, moisture meters, and water reservoir systems, as well as Hydretain, a soil additive and humectant that effectively cuts water consumption up to 50%!
Rain Barrels: NE Rain Barrels, “the Blue Rain Barrel for the Green Owner”, are made from recycled plastic barrels. Attach them to a roof downspout to collect storm run off.
Mulch & Soils: We stock a wide variety of bulk & bagged soils, mulches, and compost, which can be used to maintain healthy soil biology and help retain moisture.
Compost: We carry compost bins and tumblers that turn yard waste into organic matter to improve your soil. We also have under-the-sink food compost caddies with biodegradeable liners for easy clean up.
Organic Fertilizers: We stock a wide variety of natural & organic products, including Espoma Fertilizers, which are safe for people & pets.
Some of Our Enviromentally Sustainable Practices
Irrigation: Water for our operations is recycled by a catch basin system that drains it back into our ponds. Drip irrigation system covers over 6 acres and cuts our water usage by 80%.
Local Plants: Most of our plants come from the Northeast region, thereby minimizing our carbon footprint from freight and transport.
Compost: Each year we turn thousands of cubic yards of clippings, leaves, and grass into premium compost which is available for sale from our Bulk Yard.
Mulch: We take in chipped trees and brush to create specialty blends of mulch, available for sale from our Bulk Yard.
Plastic pots: Containers and pots from our landscape operations are reused or recycled.
Paper: Office paper products are recycled, and we use electronic communications whenever possible.
American Conifer Society
Association for the development, conservation, and propagation of conifers, with an emphasis on those that are dwarf or unusual.
American Horticultural Society
AHS is one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country. Get connected “to great gardens around the world, gardening education for all levels of skill, sources of information on any garden subject imaginable, a community of gardeners eager to share their experiences, other great gardening events and activities, and much, much more.”
On January 1, 2014, AmericanHort was born by the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA—The Association of Horticultural Professionals. AmericanHort represents the horticulture industry, including breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscapers, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain.
American Rhododendron Society
A non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage interest in and to disseminate information about the genus Rhododendron.
American Rhododendron Society Massachusetts Chapter
Your Portal to Rhododendrons in New England
Association for Garden Communicators
The Association for Garden Communicators, formerly the Garden Writers Association, provides leadership and opportunities for education, recognition, career development and a forum for diverse interactions for professionals in the field of gardening communications.
Heritage Museums and Gardens
Heritage Museums and Gardens, formerly the Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, is a 100 acre public garden, with a nationally significant collection of rhododendrons hybridized by Charles Dexter, over 1,000 varieties of daylilies and extensive hosta collection. The public garden is complemented by three gallery buildings containing a world-class collection of American automobiles, American folk art and a working 1919 carousel and rare carousel figures.
Massachusetts Arborists Association
The Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA) is a professional trade organization that serves the commercial arboriculture industry. The MAA advances the goals of its tree service professional members through tree care education, research support, arborist certification and promotion of the value of arboriculture to the public. MAA is proud to be one of the oldest arboriculture associations in the nation, with a membership of more than 650 of Massachusetts’ leading tree service professionals.
Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals
The Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals (MLP) is a trade association that represents the leading landscape professionals in Massachusetts. MLP elevates the professional standards and business success of its members through education, certification, advocacy, and networking. MLP improves the business of its members through communication, certification, education and information.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.
Massachusetts Master Gardener Association
Master Gardeners, experienced and trained volunteers, provide horticultural information and education resources to the gardening public, offer technical support for horticulture projects and contribute outreach programs for community events. The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association have volunteer projects throughout the Eastern half of the state and have partnerships with numerous other groups including: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Tower Hill Botanic Garden. New England Wild Flower Society, and Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.
Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association
A volunteer, nonprofit organization whose members are businesses and individuals involved in the production, sale, and handling of nursery stock in Massachusetts.
National Gardening Association
The National Gardening Association (NGA) promotes gardening by helping home gardeners succeed, growing in health, knowledge, environmental awareness, and enthusiasm. In the numerous ways NGA reaches gardeners, we help make home and community gardens greener and more productive. From vegetables, herbs, fruits, trees, lawns, flowers, and houseplants, we provide people with the information they need to get started in the world of gardening and grow and maintain thriving, sustainable, and environmentally responsible food gardens and landscapes.
Native Plant Trust
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading plant conservation organizations.
New England Nursery Association
The New England Nursery Association (NENA) is dedicated to providing nursery professionals with the most current and highest quality information. NENA works to offer and expand an array of informational services and facilitate conversations that ensure an up-to-date understanding of consumer needs, market demands and emerging trends – all essential factors in ensuring profitability for member businesses and for building the New England green industry.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Tower Hill Botanic Garden features a year-round display of the finest plants for cultivation in New England. Carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, plus trails that enhance the natural features of this beautiful 132-acre property and a robust program and event schedule make Tower Hill a year-round destination.
UMass Extension Landscape Message
The Landscape Message allows landscapers, arborists, turf managers, nursery growers, garden designers and other practitioners to be in touch with local trends and challenges. The following information is commonly available for turf and landscape plant materials: Weather and general conditions reports; insect activity and population development; disease occurrences and potential disease problems; pest management strategies, including Integrated Pest Management, and other important information.
Weston Nurseries prides itself on being a part of the community, supporting local charities and philanthropic projects.
For donation inquiries, please contact email@example.com and include your full name, a copy of your your organization’s name, and a brief letter of intent.
Below are some of the groups and charities we have recently supported.
American Cancer Society Relay for Life [www.relayforlife.org]
Ashland Lions Club [www.ashlandlions.org]
Ashland Pre-School PTO
Ashland Youth Baseball and Softball [www.aybsonline.com]
Asian Task Force Against Violence [www.atask.org]
Bay Path Humane Society [www.baypathhumane.org]
Brady and Henry Rokes Trust Fund
Chelmsford Center for the Arts [www.chelmsfordarts.org]
Chelmsford Historical Society [www.chelmhist.org]
Chelmsford Tree Committee
Grow Native Massachusetts [www.grownativemass.org]
Hokinton Garden Club [www.hopkintongardenclub.org]
Hopkinton Center for the Arts [www.hopartscenter.org]
Hopkinton Community Access Television [www.hcam.tv]
Hopkinton Country Club Charitable Foundation [www.hopkintoncccf.org]
Hopkinton Education Foundation [www.hopkintoneducationfoundation.org]
Hopkinton Elementary Schools [www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us]
Hopkinton Garden Club [www.hopkintongardenclub.org]
Hopkinton Historical Society [www.hopkhistsoc.org]
Hopkinton Little League
Hopkinton Music Association [www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us]
Hopkinton Parent Teachers Association [www.hptaonline.com]
Hopkinton Parks and Recreation [https://hopkintonma.myrec.com/info/default.aspx]
Hopkinton Police Department [hopkintonma.gov]
Hopkinton Public Library [www.hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org]
Indian Hill Music School – Littleton, MA [www.indianhillmusic.org]
Jewish Family Services Metrowest [www.jfsmw.org]
JFK Elementary School, Franklin [franklinps.net/j-f-kennedy-elementary-school
L Milbocker Eagle Scout Project
Lutheran Church of Framingham [www.lcfworships.org]
Memorial Spaulding School [www.memorialspaulding.newton.k12.ma.us]
Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center [www.hopkintonrespite.com]
Michael Robertson Eagle Scout
Milford Humane Society [www.milfordhumane.org]
Milford Youth Center [www.milfordyouthcenter.net]
Natick Visiting Nurses Association [www.natickvna.org]
National Brain Tumor Society [www.braintumor.org]
Pine Hill Elementary School [www.doversherborn.org]
Project Just Because [www.projectjustbecause.org]
Rhododendron Society Trophies [www.rosebay.org]
Run Around Hopkinton Relay
Ryan Fontaine Eagle Scout for the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center Project [www.hopkintonrespite.com]
St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Holliston [www.stmichaelshollistonma.org]
Team Hoyt [www.teamhoyt.com]
The 200 Foundation Annual Gala [www.the200.org]
The Jimmy Fund [www.jimmyfund.org]