Plants Unlimited - Naturally since 1978

By Hammon Buck | Nov 06, 2017

Plants Unlimited opened for business on March 2, 1978 in a typical early Spring snowstorm. The only warmth felt that day was the glow from the little pink building we first occupied (eventually stained brown), as well as the response from our first customers, who braved the weather and visited us at that first site across from Pen Bay Hospital. Opened on a wing and a prayer by Hammon Buck (a 1977 landscape architecture graduate of Cornell University), Plants Unlimited sold a few houseplants, trees, shrubs and plant care products that year.

Gradually the business grew to include all the products you might expect at a garden center - but on only 2 acres of land. These cramped conditions mean that sometimes trucks were unloaded on the edge of Route 1, and customers often had to park there too. By the time we built 2 greenhouses, Plants Unlimited had run out of room.

In 1988 we purchased the former Rockland Drive-In, and Plants Unlimited opened in our new location in March of 1989 (in a snowstorm of course). Our present shop is the former drive-in concession stand. The screen was located on Route 1, and much of its lumber was converted into the arbor that wraps around our building. More importantly, the 26 acres of the site gives us ample room then and much needed room to grow in the future.

Our goal is always to bring quality products and attentive service to our customers in a beautiful garden center with unusual products for you. I'm Hammon Buck - the same (older) guy that started Plants Unlimited in 1978, and you can read more of our story at our website. I always want to hear from you about how my staff and I are doing and what new things you might like to see here at Plants Unlimited. You can contact me here - I always like to hear from you!

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