It all started with an innocent little fruit stand. In 1959, our family’s patriarch Joe Spirko began what he calls “an adventure which I loved from the first day”. With no more than a small building that was home to fresh fruit, vegetables, and cut flowers, the seed for Ploch’s Garden Center in Clifton was planted. By 1976, Joe, along with his wife Linda, had grown that small building to what it is today – a full tropical greenhouse, gardening and gift store, spacious shrub yard, and annuals and perennials as far as the eye can see.
With eyes on expansion and a passion for new adventures, Joe and Linda broadened their business horizons and opened Strawberry Blossom Home & Garden Center in Wayne in 1981. Named for the strawberry field it sat on, the garden center was no more than a warehouse and a building we couldn’t even fathom filling at the time. Fast-forward 30 years and Strawberry Blossom now boasts over five acres of retail shopping to fit every home gardener’s needs.
What all began as a small fruit stand with big dreams is now Northern New Jersey’s premier garden center destination. The values of family business continue with the leadership of Joe and Linda’s son Michael, who looks forward to another fifty years of offering quality products and service, honest and friendly advice, and having fun in the process.
At Ploch’s and Strawberry Blossom we pride ourselves on the culture of family and know that extends it to our customers as well. We thank you for your patronage all these years and look forward to working with you in the future. See you soon!