After three generations of possession by one West Hartford household, Peterson Landscaping has transitioned to possession by one other native household.
By Kristina Vakhman
David Peterson grew up enjoying within the sand piles of his grandfather’s greenhouse. He nonetheless remembers the pansies within the plant nursery, and the way his grandfather offered Christmas timber and wreaths.
“I used to be like my grandfather’s shadow,” stated Peterson, who has proudly carried on his grandfather’s legacy by working the household enterprise, Peterson Landscaping Companies.
Now, after greater than 40 years of serving the West Hartford neighborhood, Peterson has handed the torch and merged Peterson Landscaping Companies with Brothers Associates Landscaping.
“I’m very, very happy with the transition to the brothers,” Peterson stated. “That’s like a dream come true to me, that they will keep it up. That’s what my household would need.”
Peterson’s Landscaping Companies on Grassmere Avenue was a long-standing staple within the West Hartford neighborhood. It was began by Peterson’s grandfather, Gustave, who got here to the US from Sweden in 1899. Gustave first labored for his brother’s enterprise, the greenhouses on Whiting Lane that are actually a part of Whiting Lane Faculty, and likewise as a gardener to Elizabeth Park and the city’s rich.
In 1929, Gustave went off on his personal and fashioned Peterson’s Flower Store. It expanded and have become Peterson Landscaping Companies in 1962 when Gustave’s son, Peterson’s father, took over. Peterson and his brother labored summers.
When Peterson graduated from school in 1973, the enterprise was as soon as once more handed down a era, this time to him. He used his economics and enterprise diploma to develop Peterson Landscaping additional and to adapt it to altering occasions.
“I really assume that I’ve held the reins longer than any of the others [in my family]. Though so long as my father was alive, he was nonetheless the boss,” Peterson stated, laughing.
However a household enterprise wants household to maintain going, and with the following generations of Petersons taking completely different profession paths, Peterson needed to look elsewhere.
Half-brothers Gary Santos and Eddie Salvador of Brothers Associates Landscaping have been the plain selection. Peterson stated that as a result of they’re household pals of 40 years and nice landscapers, Santos and Salvador have been the most effective match.
“My spouse and David’s spouse, they know one another and we hang around and exit to dinner,” Salvador stated.
The brothers have been pleased to take over Peterson’s buyer base and workers, as they’ve regarded as much as the work Peterson and his father did ever since they met at Connecticut Groundskeeper Affiliation conferences.
“We maintain the identical requirements that [David’s] father and the generations earlier than him did,” Santos stated.
After Peterson’s prospects noticed that the Brothers Associates’ work upholds Peterson’s high quality, Salvador stated they have been happy with the shift.
“We haven’t had any resistance in any respect. Every little thing’s been fairly easy,” he stated.
The transition happened in the beginning of the 12 months. However even with the enterprise now below Santos and Salvador, Peterson isn’t slowing down in his retirement. He’s on the Dean’s Advisory Board on the Faculty of Agriculture, Well being and Pure Assets on the College of Connecticut. He’s additionally Connecticut’s consultant to the Nationwide Council for Agricultural Analysis, Extension, and Instructing.
Peterson stated he can now comfortably deal with these obligations. He is aware of Peterson Landscaping Companies’ buyer base and assist might be in good fingers with Santos and Salvador.
“It’s been a blessing. [My father] could be so pleased that these two guys have been prepared to just accept the legacy that he left in his lifetime,” Peterson stated.
Brothers Associates Landscaping is positioned at 2281 Albany Ave., West Hartford and could be reached at 860-232-9794. Go to their website for extra data.
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