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Petitti-Owned Willowbend Nurseries, LLC Acquires Assets of Herman Losely & Son, Inc.
Acquisition of family-owned business by local industry peer doubles new owner’s acreage, positions combined company to provide expansive product offering to customers
OAKWOOD VILLAGE, OH – On Friday, December 31, 2021,Willowbend Nurseries, LLC, owned by Angelo Petitti of Petitti Garden Centers, purchased the assets of Herman Losely & Son, Inc. with the intent to continue their legacy under the Losely Nursery name. 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 a 500-mile radius of 75% of the North American market.   Losely is a third-generation, family-owned business encompassing 1,200 acres of field production growing a diverse selection of more than 1,000 varieties of mostly woody ornamentals. Second-generation Willowbend provides a common thread of family ownership and specializes in bare-root trees and shrubs. Willowbend also owns and operates Ridge Manor Nurseries, recognized industrywide for its high-quality container plant production.   The aggregate of nurseries under the Willowbend umbrella is expected to deliver immediate benefits for landscape contractors, garden centers, and wholesale customers.   “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 balled-and-burlapped (B&B) trees and shrubs,” said Petitti. “Our quality bare-root plants from Willowbend and container plants from Ridge Manor, combined with the industry’s most well-respected and diverse, B&B varieties from Losely, greatly increases the selection available to all customers.”   Willowbend President Joe Allio, who is also son-in-law to Petitti, affirms additional benefits expected to be achieved through greater infrastructure at Losely.   “We’re committed to invest in new technology at Losely that’s consistent with what we’ve implemented at Willowbend and Ridge Manor over the past several years, and it will have an incredibly positive impact,” said Allio. “Adding that technology will enhance the quality of Losely’s product offerings and achieve efficiencies that are expected to result in consistent inventory, reliable supply, and an overall better value for customers.”
About Willowbend and Ridge Manor Nurseries Willowbend Nurseries is a 1,200-acre collection of farms, including Ridge Manor Nurseries, headquartered in Perry, Ohio, where more than 3 million trees, shrubs, and ornamental grasses are cultivated annually for sale to garden centers, landscapers, and re-wholesalers throughout the United States and Canada. The namesake Willowbend site, a 415-acre farm more than 110 years old, specializes in bare-root tree hydrangeas, and hydrangea shrubs. Ridge Manor specializes in container production of zone-hardy grasses, trees, and shrubs. Willowbend is owned by the Petitti family, led by Angelo Petitti, which additionally owns 9 retail garden center locations. Visit www.willowbendnursery.com and www.ridgemanor.com to learn more. 
About Losely Nursery Losely Nursery, formerly Herman Losely & Son, Inc., is a division of Willowbend Nurseries, LLC, as of December 31, 2021. In business since 1949, Losely Nursery is based in Perry, Ohio and encompasses more than 1,200 acres of field production where a diverse selection of 1,000 varieties of mostly woody ornamentals are cultivated for sale to landscape contractors, garden centers, and re-wholesale yards nationwide. Losely specializes in one-of-a-kind, B&B plant material available for harvest in sizes ranging from 1-gallon container to 90-inch spade ball. Visit www.losely.com to learn more. 
About Petitti Garden Centers Petitti Garden Centers is a family owned, independent garden center business with nine locations serving the Greater Cleveland, Akron-Canton, and Youngstown communities of Northeast Ohio. Petitti’s offers a wide selection of outdoor plants, indoor houseplants, backyard birding supplies, lawn & garden products, patio furniture, and home décor. Nearly 98% of plants sold in the retail stores are supplied by Willowbend and Ridge Manor Nurseries, and the Petitti-owned Casa Verde Growers, a 32-acre greenhouse production facility location in Lorain County, Ohio. Owned and operated by Angelo Petitti since 1971, Petitti Garden Centers celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021. Visit www.petittigardencenter.com to learn more. 

These plants are great staples to fill the gaps in your inventory!

Hamamelis vernalis flowers in early spring and is one of the first signs of the change in season. This beauty creates a year-round addition to the landscape. Myrica pensylvanica has aromatic leaves and silver-gray berries. With its foliage turning bronze in fall it makes a great hedge plant that is hardy to zone 3.
Nyssa Sylvatica has a spectacular fall color and is a very popular native tree. Prunus snow fountain makes a beautiful centerpiece. With cascading branches and delicate white flowers in spring, it is a showstopper!
Hydrangea pan Phantom tree form is a crowd-pleaser. With large panicled flowers up to 15″ across that emerge white and change to pink, this ornamental tree provides the impact that you have been waiting for. The Red Drift® Rose displays beautiful, red flowers that bloom continuously with disease resistance and hardiness.

Forget Something?

Take this downtime to see what you have forgotten on your spring order.
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Acer rubrum ‘Franksred’ more commonly known as a Red Sunset Maple is a great choice for the next shade tree you install. It is a hardy, upright tree with excellent orange-red fall color. Quercus macrocarpa has an oval habit with dark green foliage and sports an eyecatching yellow fall color.
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Rhododendron ‘Maximum Pink’ is a staple for spring sales. This variety gets to be about 6′ and has a late-season bloom of pink flowers. Hydrangea p. ‘Tardiva’ also has a mid-summer bloom and gets to be about 8′ in height. Both of these staple plants would make a beautiful hedge plant in the landscape.
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Weigela f. Spilled Wine reaches a height of only about 2′, with its dark foliage and rose-pink flowers. This spreader is the low-profile bloomer you have been looking for. If you are looking for something around 5′, but with the same impact Weigela f Wine & Roses is a great choice as well. Buxus x ‘Green Velvet’ is ideal for low hedges reaching about 3′ at maturity.
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January 25th-27th
Visit Losely Nursery at booth# 307    

 

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  January 25th-26th
Visit Losely Nursery at booth# 148
 

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February 2nd-4th
Visit Losely Nursery at Booth #917
Visit Ridge Manor Booth #1612
Visit Willowbend Booth #1612

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February 3rd
Visit Losely Nursery at the show!

Come see us at upcoming Shows!

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January 5th-7th  

Visit Losely Nursery at Booth# 2310
Visit Ridge Manor Nurseries at Booth #736
Visit Willowbend Nurseries at Booth #738  
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January 25th-27th
 
Visit Losely Nursery at booth# 307
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January 25th-26th  

Visit Losely Nursery at booth# 148
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February 2nd-4th  

Visit Losely Nursery at Booth #917
Visit Ridge Manor Nurseries Booth #1612
Visit Willowbend Nurseries Booth #1612
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February 3rd  

Visit Losely Nursery at the show!