The Garden Center History
The history of The Garden Center started back in 1968. Founder Gerald Harrell had become the 31st registered Landscape Architect in the state of Texas. At the time he was working for Teas nursery in Houston, Texas.
In the early 70’s and early 80’s Gerald owned a landscaping business in Houston, Landscapes Unlimited. Gerald’s love for San Antonio and the hill country eventually inspired him to sell his business and move to San Antonio.
An Old Circus Tent
Gerald started The Garden Center with an old circus tent and a storage shed for an office on Bandera Road. Some of you may remember that it’s now where Pep Boys Auto supply stands. His son Wayne worked at The Garden Center on weekends while earning a bachelor’s degree in business from Southwest Texas State. Wayne worked for Tru Green Lawn Care in Houston from 1988-1991. He then moved to San Antonio in the fall of 1991 and began working full time at The Garden Center.
Gerald bought the land where The Garden Center stands today in 1994. His goal of providing the best quality, the best prices and the best service is what keeps The Garden Center going.
Scott Lunt started working at the Garden Center after high school graduation. He later started his own landscaping business in Utah until he sold it and moved back home to San Antonio in 2002. Scott is the manager of the landscape division and is very passionate about creating outdoor living environments at our customer’s homes.
In 1998 Wayne left The Garden Center and became a sales rep for Color Spot Nurseries. Later he joined The Peace Corps as an agricultural and forestry volunteer in Haiti in 2000. Wayne came home to San Antonio in 2002 and went back to work at The Garden Center with Dear Old Dad.
The Garden Center Today
In 2007, Gerald retired and moved to New Mexico. He visits frequently and is still very involved in the business. Gerald’s vision continues today and the Garden Center is very proud to be a part of the San Antonio community. Most of all, we believe The Garden Center’s success is a result of our loyal customers, the talented people on our team and an undying passion for our industry.