By Steve Kelley, Proprietor
Bill Kelley, a land surveyor, and his brother Rod, a landscape designer, joined forces in 1922 to establish Kelley & Kelley, coaxing a small parcel of land from their parents Will and Ella (my great grand parents) on which to set up shop. The Kelleys (Will and Ella, Bill and Rod and their six brothers and sisters) came to Long Lake from Missouri in the early 1900's, settling on the land that is still home to Kelley & Kelley. The site was a working farm for the Kelleys; the barn and machine shed stand as a reminder. Likewise, mature trees - spruce, white pine, arborvitae, ginkgo and maple - scattered here and there attest to the property's days as a growing range. Our current nursery stock, potted annuals, perennials and shrubs find temporary homes in an informal fashion amongst this canopy. You'll find that display gardens and growing beds ramble around the property, with a lovingly - maintained 1930's era glass greenhouse as the center of attention. It all adds up to a pleasant, relaxed, day-in-the-country kind of character.
We're justly proud of our little 91 year old family enterprise and love nothing more than greeting customers on the old home grounds and sharing our love of plants, gardens, and gardening. We invite your visit.
Bill and Ingred Kelley, Marian and Rod Kelley Circa 1940's
Initially operating out of their homes, The Kelley boys by 1930 or so felt that their new little business was successful enough to warrant a proper home of its own. This was their first little office. Cute, huh?