2018

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2018

Merrifield Garden Center celebrated its 47th anniversary on April 9, 2018. While much has changed since our founding, family and community have always remained at the heart of Merrifield Garden Center. In everything we do we are committed to supporting our extended family of over 600 employees and the local community.

The traditional principles and values that Bob Warhurst and Buddy Williams first established are still paramount today. As the business has grown, the owners and managers have never forgotten the modest roots from which they came, and are more passionate than ever to be in the gardening business and help customers achieve their dreams.

To learn more about company co-founder Bob Warhurst, and how the dream of Merrifield Garden Center became a reality, we invite you to read the book, “The American Dream: The Rags to Roses Story of Bob Warhurst and the Founding of Merrifield Garden Center,” which is available for purchase in stores and online, here.

2015

2015

Bob Warhurst passed away on April 29, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. His wife Billie Jean continues to work in the business, as do their five children—Debbie, Rob, Larry, Donny and Kevin—and two of their spouses. Plus, 10 of Bob and Billie Jean’s 11 grandchildren also work at the garden center, with several of their spouses. The family business tradition continues, with more than 30 members of the Warhurst and Williams families working at Merrifield Garden Center.

2011

2011

Buddy Williams passed away on July 20, 2011, at his home in Waterford, Virginia after battling a long illness. He was 75 years old. His wife Doris continues to play an important role in the business, as do their three children—Wanda, Hal and Kim—and one of their three grandchildren.

2008

2008

In November 2008, Merrifield Garden Center opened its state of the art facility at 6895 Wellington Road in Gainesville. With 40 acres of land, a 12,000-square foot store and a 37,000-square foot greenhouse, the new location brought plenty of room to showcase beautiful plants and an extensive selection of gardening supplies and home décor. Later, the team added a large annuals house, perennials house and café to the operation.

2007

2007

Since construction for the large store would take some time, the Merrifield Garden Center team decided to open a temporary garden center on the same property in October to bring in business and help customers get used to shopping at the new location.

2004

2004

In July of 2004, Bob and Buddy purchased 40 acres of land in Gainesville, Virginia, with the plan to build a new, large nursery to serve the growing customer base in the western part of Northern Virginia. In October, 12 members of the Merrifield Garden Center team embarked on a week-long trip through Europe visiting garden centers and touring greenhouse manufacturers. They returned inspired to build one of the largest garden center facilities in the United States with a state of the art store and greenhouse.

1993

1993

After five years of construction, Merrifield Garden Center opened its permanent Fair Oaks location in December of 1993 on the 33-acre site at 12101 Lee Highway. The property was developed in stages and by 1995, the main store was finished and connected to a 10,000-square foot greenhouse by a breezeway. Later, the team added the large annuals and perennials houses, which you can see at the store today.

1988

1988

In December of 1988, Merrifield Garden Center officially opened its Fair Oaks location in a temporary facility across the street from the 33-acres where the permanent garden center would one day exist. The new facility expanded the Merrifield Garden Center customer base into the western suburbs of Fairfax County.

1979

1979

Merrifield Garden Center started out incredibly small, but with the highest of standards. Bob and Buddy emphasized outstanding customer service, exceptional quality and superior selection. Their approach proved to be successful and customers began visiting from far and wide to purchase quality plants at Merrifield Garden Center. Throughout the 1970’s Bob and Buddy slowly expanded their business by adding more land to the original footprint in Merrifield, Virginia. In 1979 Bob and Buddy made the dream of opening a second location a reality by purchasing 33-acres of land in Fairfax to serve as their second location.