Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Emma's Garden Growers Inc.

Emma's Garden Growers Inc.

FAX (631)692-8138


         Otto Keil Florist/Emmas Garden Growers is a wholesale plant supplier with a long tradition in the service of Landscape and Garden Center customers. Otto Keil came from Germany in the 1930's with his brother Henry and together they began Keil Brothers Nursery in Bayside, Queens. Otto eventually married Emma Schwaner another German immigrant from his home town in Frankenberg, Germany. In 1942 Emma and Otto rented in Huntington Long Island, what was formerly the estate greenhouses of Otto Kahn the famous (at that time) industrialist and symbol of fantastic wealth and began Otto Keil Florist. Several years later Otto and Emma were able to purchase the greenhouses and several acres surrounding them. (The original greenhouses they purchased are still in use and are now approaching100 years in age. )In the beginning Otto and Emma grew cut flowers which they sold to the local and NYC trade. Later they added potted plants and spring annuals. Our grandfather and founder Otto Keil suffered from adult onset diabetes and was confined to a wheel chair for the last eight years of his life. In that time he was cared for by his wife, our grandmother, Emma. Like many poor immigrants of the time Emma was of a character rarely seen today. She was indefatigable, indomitable and intolerant of sloth. She was also a fantastic cook. It was in honor of our grandmother that we introduced, several years ago, our logo 'Emmas Garden'. Together Emma and Otto raised 5 children Sigrun, Otto Jr., Elizabeth, Eleanor and Norman. With the advent of his fathers illness Otto Jr. took over the day to day operations of the business to be supported several years later by his brother Norman. Otto and Norman built the business and expanded to three locations through the 70's and 80's. Eventually Norman and Otto would split the business with Norman leaving to start Norman Keil Nursery in St. James NY which he operates to this day with his son Norman Jr.

Today Otto Keil Florist/Emma's Garden Growers consists of four locations spread between Huntington and the North Fork of Long Island and is run by Otto Jr and his four sons Eric, Jeff, Greg and Scott. While our focus in the past has been on annuals, tropicals and groundcovers for Landscape and Garden Center customers we have recently expanded our offering into shrubs, perennials and bagged soil products. Our Huntington facility is our only pickup location and is conveniently located only a few miles from the LIE, off of Jericho Turnpike. We will deliver larger orders. Currently we deliver to all of Long Island, Westchester County, NYC , south-western Connecticut and northern New Jersey. We have a weekly fax availability which can also be sent via email. Please contact Annmarie@emmasgarden.biz to get yourself on either list.
Contact Info:
(631)692-7627 jeff@emmasgarden.biz ( Scott, Greg, Eric @emmasgarden.biz)
If you are a legitimate company and are looking to order call us.

30 east gate drive, Huntington, NY 11743

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