image005sHillermann’s Nursery & Florist is a large, family owned Nursery/Garden Center established in 1951. The company is diversified with many departments including: Nursery, Garden Center, Floral/Gift Shop, Outdoor Equipment, and Landscape/Irrigation.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to be the best garden center, nursery and service business in our community by creating an experience that “WOWS,” entices and exceeds the expectations of both our customers and associates!

Hillermann Nursery & Florist History

Founded by Don Hillermann in the spring of 1951, Hillermann Nursery started out as a hobby. Don’s brother Bernie joined him in 1953, and a partnership was formed. One year later, having been laid off from their factory positions, the two became full-time nurserymen.

The business was started at the old location on West 5th Street in Washington. From the beginning, Hillermann Nursery & Florist has flourished. The company moved to its current location on East 5th Street in November of the year 2000.

Today Hillermann’s is a large, diversified company, employing more than 60 people and providing a wide variety of services. These services include: Garden Center, Nursery, Florist/Gift Shop, Landscape, Lighting & Irrigation Design and Installation, Grading & Seeding, Aquatic Weed Control, Snow Removal, Spraying, and Lawn and Garden Equipment Sales and Service.

Four greenhouses are in production at the current location where the company grows its own annual & perennial plants. The Hillermann Growers also produce beautiful container gardens and hanging baskets. The company strives to make all of their “Hillermann Grown” varieties the best quality possible.

The business is actively continued by second generation family members of Bernie Hillermann. It is through the inspiration of Don and Bernie Hillermann that we are able to continue our many years of service.

Hillermann Nursery & Florist Time-Line

1951 (April): Hillermann Nursery is founded by Don Hillermann as a hobby at its first location on West Fifth Street in Washington, Missouri.

1953: Don’s brother Bernie Hillermann joins him as a partner and the two become full-time nurserymen.

1953: Hillermann Nursery begins to offer Landscaping Design, Installation, and Maintenance Services.

1958: Hillermann Nursery becomes Hillermann Nursery & Florist and offers Floral Arranging and Delivery services. We specialize in weddings, proms, birthdays, anniversaries, get well, sympathy flowers, funeral flowers, wedding decorations, party decorations, gifts and more. We offer custom designs in fresh cut flower and silk flower arrangements. We physically deliver to Missouri towns of Washington, Union, Marthasville, Dutzow, New Haven, Villa Ridge, and Labadie.  We can deliver world-wide through the Teleflora service.

1960: Hillermann Nursery adds a greenhouse to offer houseplants and tropical plants. The greenhouse is open year ‘round with houseplants, tropical plants, herbs, cacti, and succulents available which are another option for gifts, well wishes, sympathy, and more. Annual bedding plants, container gardens, and hanging baskets are available through the growing season.

1970: Hillermann Nursery & Florist begins to offer Lawn and Garden Equipment Sales and Service. Our staff has many years of experience to help you with selection of new equipment, and service and repairs on your current outdoor equipment. Exmark, Stihl, Toro, Cub Cadet, are among the brands of equipment we offer. Lawn mowers, push mowers, riding mowers, zero-turn mowers, weed trimmers, leaf blowers, chain saws, tillers, log splitters, and hedge trimmers are all available in Hillermann’s Equipment Center.

1980: Hillermann Nursery & Florist begins to offer Irrigation Design, Installation, and Maintenance Services. Services cover residential and commercial irrigation systems.

1994: Hillermann Nursery & Florist is handed down to Bernie’s children who have grown up helping and working at the business.

2000: November, Hillermann Nursery & Florist moves to its current location at 2601 East Fifth Street in Washington Missouri where all departments including Nursery, Garden Center, Greenhouse, Flower Shop, Gift Shop, Lawn and Garden Equipment Center, and Landscape, Lighting & Irrigation Division are in the same building.

2006: January, Sandi Hillermann McDonald becomes the first woman president and the first second-generation family member to become president of Garden Center’s of America, a national association for independent garden centers. Sandi’s father Bernie Hillermann served GCA president in the mid 90’s.

2006: Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO received the honor of making the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2006. Hillermann’s is the only Garden Center in Missouri on the list.

2006: Hillermann Nursery & Florist moves its growing operation to the retail location at 2601 East Fifth Street in Washington Missouri. Our growers raise perennial plants and novelty annual plants as well as beautiful container gardens and hanging baskets. Now all elements of the business are at this one location.

2007: Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO received the honor of making the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2007. It is the second year in a row that Hillermann’s has made it on this list.

2008: January, Hillermann Nursery & Florist receives the honor of being named the Mid-West Regional Winner in the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2008. This is the third year in a row Hillermann’s made the list. Being a Regional Winner is an additional honor.

2008: February, beyond the honor of Regional Winner in Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s Revolutionary 100, Hillermann Nursery & Florist receives the additional honor of being named the National Winner out of the five regional winners, and became the 2008 Revolutionary Retailer. “We are extremely honored to receive the 2008 Revolutionary Retailer Award,” said Sandi Hillermann McDonald, president of Hillermann Nursery & Florist. “Making changes and adapting to new ideas, which is not always easy, helps us stay revolutionary. We feel this is necessary to keep and attract customers in an ever-changing retail market. We love our industry and strive to meet the needs of our customers.”

2008: February, Hillermann Nursery & Florist added an open-bay Nexus structure to their retail greenhouse. The new bay is connected to the current greenhouse and will offer additional covered shopping space for the rush of spring planting. The structure is 42’ wide x 100’ deep, which is the same size as each of the two bays of the original greenhouse. “We needed more space for annual color and tropical plant products,” said Sandi Hillermann McDonald, president of Hillermann Nursery & Florist. “This will help us offer more plant stock and varieties with the added convenience of covered shopping space.”

2009: January, Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO received the honor of making the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2009. It is the fourth year in a row that Hillermann’s has made it on this list.

2009: June, Garden Centers of America has named Hillermann Nursery and Florist in Washington, Mo., its 2009 Garden Center of the Year. Sandi Hillermann McDonald accepted the award at the official award ceremony on June 28 in Portland, Ore., during the organization’s annual Summer Tour. Hillermann Nursery and Florist has been involved with GCA  since the early 1970s. Sandi Hillermann McDonald, current CEO of the company, served on the organization’s board and was its first female president.

2010: January, Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO received the honor of making the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2010. It is the fifth year in a row that Hillermann’s has made it on this list.

2010: August, Hillermann Nursery & Florist was Voted #1 Garden & Landscape Center in the Missourian Reader’s Choice Awards.

2011: January, Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO received the honor of making the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2011. It is the sixth year in a row that Hillermann’s has made it on this list.

2011: Hillermann Nursery & Florist celebrates their 60 Year Anniversary. The company plans a Anniversary Party with cake, punch, giveaways on April 2 with the celebration continuing throughout April. A lot of new areas and items will be available for customers in spring of 2011!

2012: January, Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO received the honor of making the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2011. It is the seventh year in a row that Hillermann’s has made it on this list.

2012: April, Hillermann Nursery & Florist celebrates their 61st Anniversary.

2012: August, Hillermann Nursery & Florist was Voted #1 Garden & Landscape Center in the Missourian Reader’s Choice Awards.

2013: January, Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO received the honor of making the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2012. It is the eighth year in a row that Hillermann’s has made it on this list.

2013: April, Hillermann Nursery & Florist celebrates their 62st Anniversary.

2013: April, Hillermann Nursery & Florist holds a grand opening of the Pot Shop inside the garden center. Pottery will be for sale, pottery classes and parties will be available.

2013: August, Hillermann Nursery & Florist was Voted #1 Garden & Landscape Center in the Missourian Reader’s Choice Awards.

2014: January, Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO received the honor of making the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2014. It is the ninth year in a row that Hillermann’s has made it on this list.

2014: April, Hillermann Nursery & Florist celebrates their 63rd Anniversary.

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2014: October, Hillermann Nursery & Florist is Ranked #47 among this years Top 50 Independent Garden Centers in the United States By Garden Center Magazine Based on annual revenues reported.

2015: January, Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO received the honor of making the Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers list for 2015. It is the tenth year in a row that Hillermann’s has made it on this list.

2015: April, Hillermann Nursery & Florist celebrates their 64th Anniversary.

2015: May, Hillermann Nursery & Florist is selected to become an official Flower and Vegetable All America Selections® Display Garden location. All-America Selection varieties will be grown and marked in an AAS Display Garden. A national AAS directory will include Hillermann Nursery and Florist as a location to view the display garden with the AAS winning plant varieties.

2015: September, Hillermann Nursery & Florist receives the True Value Home & Garden Showplace Garden Center of the Year Award during the fall trade show in Chicago.

2015: September, Hillermann Nursery & Florist is Ranked #45 on the 2015 Garden Center Magazine’s Top 100 list. The Garden Center Top 100 is based on 2014 revenue from independent garden centers, and is reported by each company listed.

2016: March, Hillermann Nursery & Florist adds beekeeping supplies to the offerings in their Garden Center. A complete line of supplies are included in this department to cover all aspects and levels of beekeeping.

2016: April, Hillermann Nursery & Florist celebrates their 65th Anniversary

2016: May, Hillermann Nursery & Florist is selected to become an official Flower and Vegetable All America Selections® Display Garden location for a second year in a row. All-America Selection varieties will be grown and marked in an AAS Display Garden. A national AAS directory will include Hillermann Nursery and Florist as a location to view the display garden with the AAS winning plant varieties.

2016: August, Hillermann Nursery & Florist adds locally made wines to the offerings in their Garden Center. A good selection of Missouri wine varieties are available to purchase room temperature or chilled in the Garden Center. Wine can also be added flower and gift basket deliveries through our Flower Shop.

2016: Hillermann Nursery & Florist receives an award from the Washington, MO. Chamber of Commerce for Best Special Event 2016 for their Earth Day event held in April of 2016.

2016: September, Hillermann Nursery & Florist is Ranked #53 on the 2016 Garden Center Magazine’s Top 100 list. The Garden Center Top 100 is based on 2015 revenue from independent garden centers, and is reported by each company listed.

2017: January, Family members of Bernie Hillermann accepted The 2017 Western Legend Award in his honor at the Western Trade show’s Wednesday evening reception on January 18, 2017 in Kansas City.