Writer / Jon Shoulders
Photographer / Brian Brosmer
Hamilton County residents in need of a nursery, garden center, outdoor living or landscaping supplier, without the big-box store feel, are in luck starting April 21 when family-owned Wasson Nursery & Outdoor Living kicks off the grand opening for its new Fishers location.
Located on East 126th Street, Wasson Nursery will feature bold residential design concepts, state of the art grills, such as the new American Muscle, unique home and outdoor accessories and employ 30 to 40 people in its first year. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, April 21, followed by a two-day grand opening celebration featuring live music, food, local craft beers, wines and giveaways.
Wasson Nursery & Outdoor Living is co-owned by Wasson Nursery and Jon Pardieck. Wasson (celebrating its 40th year in business) was founded in 1977 by Dan Wasson in Union City, Wasson Nursery offers a wide range of plants, flowers, trees, shrubbery, outdoor kitchens, patio products, home accessories, as well as a variety of landscaping and grounds keeping services, primarily for residential customers. Wasson’s sons Bob and Dan Jr. grew up helping their dad at the office and observing his business grow and they decided to follow in his footsteps when it came time to pursue their own respective professional paths.
Jon Pardieck, president of operations at the Fishers location, developed a close friendship with the Wasson family after hiring the company for some landscaping work at he and his wife’s Muncie residence in 2005. A life-time landscaping enthusiast, Pardieck partnered up with the Wasson’s to make a purchase offer on a six-acre Fishers property previously occupied by Wild River Nursery in the fall of 2014, and construction for the new facility commenced one year later.
“It’s more than just a garden center – we have a lot of large displays like outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces and a variety of outdoor living furniture and accessories,” Pardieck says. “It’s really quite an experience destination, and not just a retail brick-and-mortar store or a stop-and-shop nursery. We want our customers to feel comfortable, welcomed and have the opportunity to host small events here. We want to make it more of a community destination and shopping experience.”
Ten years ago, the Wasson’s opened a second location in Muncie, and Bob says the company’s customer base has steadily expanded to include the greater Hamilton County area.
“Our customer base has grown in Hamilton County organically each year, really from just word of mouth,” says Bob, adding that the company grows many of its own annual plant and flower varieties in greenhouses at each of its locations. “That’s why we wanted to expand our service offerings, and we found that the best way we can do that is to have an awesome destination garden center where people could come and learn about us. It just happened that we looked into an awesome location and the timing was right so we couldn’t pass it up.”
While no firm plans are in the works for additional locations, Dan Jr. says further expansion is certainly a goal for the future.
“The west side of Indianapolis holds potential if the opportunity presents itself, and we’re open to the possibility of expanding more throughout the state,” he says.
For additional information on Wasson Nursery & Outdoor Living, please call 317-770-3321 or visit WassonNursery.com/fishers.