We are a family owned and operated business, which has served Western North Carolina since 1968. The nursery was begun by Jesse L. Israel, wife Betty, and sons, David and Lonnie in Candler, NC on land that has been in the family since the 1700s.
In 1971 Jesse sold his service station and became a full time grower and landscape nurseryman. The nursery grew trees and shrubs in the fields, flowering and vegetable plants in the greenhouses, and offered its landscaping services to local businesses and residents. When sons David and Lonnie graduated from North Carolina State University with degrees in horticulture they formed a partnership with their father and Jesse Israel and Sons Nursery was born.
In April 1982 Jesse Israel and Sons Nursery was awarded the bid to operate the Garden Center in the new Western North Carolina Farmers' Market in Asheville. This was a great opportunity to become more available to the area gardeners and offer a much larger selection of lawn and garden supplies and plants. Jesse Israel and Sons Nursery and Garden Center quickly became an integral part of the WNC Farmers' Market.
We have developed such a well-known reputation for providing quality products and service, that today customers come not only from North Carolina but also from several adjacent states to shop with us. David and Lonnie are proud to uphold the tradition of excellence begun by Jesse Israel and look forward to continuing well into the future, with the hopes that Lonnie's son Alan will continue as the third generation.