LARSON’S GARDEN CENTER 100 Years and Still Growing…
From Lydia Larson’s ironing board in 1919 to today’s Larson’s Garden Center in 2019
Larson’s Farm was a familiar sight on Rt 6 Bristol, CT for nearly 90 years. A produce stand that started on an ironing board which had its origin long before highways were numbered. Larson’s has changed over the years as does anything that grows. The legacy began on Rt 6, 1379 Farmington Avenue, Bristol, CT by Lydia Larson. It was a place that Lydia dreamed about, far from her native home of Sweden. It was a place where they could work the land and provide for her large family (12 children). She dreamed of fresh fruits and vegetables and maybe a barn with a root cellar! Little did she know that she would be starting a business that would still be growing strong a 100 years later by her Great-Granddaughter, Kaitlyn Larson.
Larson’s is a far cry from the legendary “ironing board”. It’s now a destination Garden Center located in center of Burlington, on Rt 4 (26 Covey Road), Burlington, CT where creativity and inspiration grows.
It seems that many people in Bristol either shopped or worked at the Farm over the years. There is no shortage of memories of Lydia’s sons, Eric, Bobby, Art, and Johnny (second generation), and as the generations continued to pass on to Art’s sons, Ralph and Stephen Larson (third generation). Over the years, the Larson team did everything from growing and picking strawberries, corn, beans, pumpkins, etc.; winning awards for beautiful floats in the Bristol Mum parade, raising monies for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation and American Red Cross with Haunted Houses and Hayrides.
100 years later, Larson’s has expanded in many ways, and retired some of the old ways of doing things. They are no longer crop farming, yet still growing and providing beautiful quality plants (annuals, perennials), trees, and shrubs for its large customer base. One thing that has not changed is the same spirit of community, family, and pride. They have always loved their customers and continue to spread that love today.
Kaitlyn Larson is now the sole owner of Larson’s Garden Center with the growing support of her Dad Ralph, office manager/sale associate Brother, Zachery and Garden Center Mom, Sally.
They continue to be a family business where the extended family (Uncle Eric, Aunt Elaine, and Cousin Heather and the rest of the growing family pitch in to get things done when extra hands are needed).
Kaitlyn is also blessed with a fabulous extremely knowledgeable, kindhearted Manager, Jim Caron, who is assisted by very knowledgeable, talented, fun loving and creative associate, Sue Munger.
Landscape design is Kaitlyn’s specialty adding a newer addition to the Farms breath of products and services. Larson’s Garden Center is the proud winner of 2 national awards for best bathrooms, and a local Burlington Beautification award. If you haven’t visited the new location in Burlington, CT please come by! Their mission is to provide creativity and inspiration, while servicing customers with the highest quality goods and services in a knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and fun way.
Larson’s is happy and proud to be 100 years old! God willing, they expect many many more years to come. One thing is for sure… one person sure can make a difference for many. Thank you Lydia, for dreaming and making the Farm a reality so many years ago and for the Larson family carrying it forward to 100 years and beyond.
To celebrate this huge milestone, events are scheduled throughout the year… Larson’s, 100 years and still Growing.