|The company name comes from James J. Bissett Jr., the founder of the
company. In 1963, with his wife Joan, they made the decision to go from a
part time operation of selling and delivering plant material to a full time
Operating out of their three acre backyard, Jim and Joan began developing the
wholesale redistribution concept, a concept the company continues to develop
today. With a steady growth in business, they expanded the operation in
1970 to include a container growing facility with the acquisition of 8½ acres
of land on Long Island Avenue in Holtsville. This farm is now solely
perennial production and was expanded to 12 acres with an additional purchase in
Long Island continued to grow as did business and in 1973, Bissett Nursery
became Bissett Nursery Corporation. Steady growth over the next 8 years
convinced Jim and Joan to make their most important decision to date. In
February 1981, they purchased 17 acres of land on Long Island Avenue at the site
where we are today, In the spring of 1982, James J. Bissett III became a
full time member of the management and ownership team. Bissett Nursery
Corp. opened its doors in March of 1982 with the largest selection of plant
material on Long Island, a 5,000 sq. ft. hardlines warehouse and a supply of
stone, railroad ties, mulches and gravels.
In 1983, the mason and lumberyard was born and all the product lines were
In 1984, five additional acres were purchased adjoining the property to the
east of the main sales yard, and the nursery division and the mason and
lumberyard were expanded.
At this point, the number of Bissett Nursery Corp. employees had gone from 2
in 1964 to 52 in 1984.
1985 was a busy year at Bissett Nursery, 2½ more acres were purchased on
the east side of the main yard and ground broke for a 24,000 sq. ft. main office
and expanded hardlines warehouse. Also, 65 acres of land was purchased in
Holtsville and a container and field growing facility was being built.
Bissett Nursery became the first Horticultural Distribution center on Long
Island to convert to a completely computerized system. There were 96
employees on the payroll. Bissett Nursery Corp. had grown to become the
largest Horticultural Distribution center in New York State.
Bissett Nursery spent the next several years further developing our people,
product lines and service systems to make our facility the finest in the
In 1989, 34 acres of prime North Fork farmland was purchased in
Mattituck. This farm has been dedicated to growing select specimen plant
In 1990, Bissett Nursery set another precedent in the industry by opening our
computer design division. Utilizing cutting edge computer imaging
technology, Bissett began creating computer finished landscape images for
contractors to include in their proposals. This technology is quickly
becoming the standard for the industry.
In 1992, Bissett Equipment Sales and Rental was started to provide the
landscape and related trades with light and heavy equipment on an as need
basis. From backpack blowers to 10,000 lb. Load-All machines, it is
available to rent or buy. Along with it, a full service repair and
maintenance shop opened, equipped to handle any job. This division has
flourished and become an intricate part of the "one-stop shopping"
Bissett opened a second sales yard in 1995 on five acres in Dix Hills to
better serve our customers traveling from Nassau County and points west.
This has also proven to be a compliment to our existing business and has been
growing dynamically each year.
In 1996, three acres of property was purchased directly across the street
from our Holtsville yard. Bissett Equipment was moved into a greatly expanded facility allowing them the much-needed room
for their growth.
Bissett Nursery Corporation now employs over 170 employees.