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Willowbend Nurseries, owned by Angelo Petitti of Petitti Garden Centers (No. 2 on Garden center Magazine’s Top 100), purchased the assets of Herman Losely & Son, Inc. with the intention of continuing their legacy as Losely Nursery. Willowbend now represents 2,000 acres of field production, 500 acres of container production and 300 employees, all located in Lake County, Ohio and geographically positioned within 500 miles of 75% of the North American market.

Losely Nursery’s Facebook page displays the company’s new name and logo.

Losely is a third-generation family business that spans 1,200 acres of production land and grows a diverse selection of over 1,000 varieties of primarily woody ornamental plants. Second-generation Willowbend offers a family-owned thread and specializes in bare-root trees and shrubs. Willowbend also owns and operates Ridge Manor Nurseries, recognized throughout the industry for producing high quality potted plants.

The set of nurseries under the Willowbend umbrella should provide immediate benefits to landscape contractors, garden centers and wholesalers.

“With the combination of Losely to our family of companies, we are now a 2,500-acre one-stop-shop for bare root, container and bale and burlap (B&B) trees and shrubs,” Petitti said. . “Our quality bare root plants from Willowbend and our container plants from Ridge Manor, combined with Losely’s most respected and diverse B&B varieties in the industry, greatly expand the selection available to all customers.”

Willowbend chairman Joe Allio, who is also Petitti’s son-in-law, says additional benefits are expected to come from more infrastructure at Losely.

“We are committed to investing in new technology at Losely that matches what we have implemented at Willowbend and Ridge Manor over the past few years, and it will have an incredibly positive impact,” Allio said. “Adding this technology will improve the quality of Losely’s product offerings and deliver efficiencies that should result in consistent inventory, reliable supply and better overall value for customers.”

Editor’s Note: For more on Petitti Garden Centers and affiliated Willowbend Nurseries and Costa Farms, read our June 2021 cover story.