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Our Story

Every successful company has a story - the reason they arrived at where they are today, and the path they will pursue towards the future. There is a saying, “bloom where you’re planted” and that’s exactly what Fritz Schaefer did when his story unfolded, and he and Elisabeth established Atlantic Nurseries of Dix Hills back in 1969. 

Fritz, our founder and mentor, not only bloomed, but generated a long-established business based on strong core values that every member of our team lives by. Fritz originally began his career by focusing on designs and installations for residential landscapes. Since he had an exceptional thirst for knowledge and a passion for horticulture, he demanded more diverse and unusual plants that he could not find at local wholesale nurseries. Hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, flowering shrubs and dwarf evergreens were a staple for his designs, but without easy access to them, it was a challenge for him to bring to life his vision for his clients.  His one-of-a-kind designs demanded a more effective way for him to follow his purpose. 

Hence, Fritz established a much needed growing operation in Dix Hills to supply plants for his own landscape installations. In years to follow, other landscape contractors also began to see a need to obtain unusual and exquisite varieties of plants, and the re-wholesale division of Atlantic Nurseries was born. 


Atlantic Nurseries soon became known as the go-to for elite plantings and designs. Fritz’s eye to uncover exclusive and one-of-a-kind plants has laid the groundwork for the company’s success today, placing us in the forefront of design for residential clients, and setting us apart from our industry competitors. 


Due to the tremendous growth of both the residential design/build and growing/wholesale nursery aspect of the business, 1981 brought a positive change to the company structure. Two separate and distinct companies were created to focus on distinct customer bases and their needs. The two separate branches are now called Atlantic Nurseries and Landscape by Atlantic Nurseries.


With quality at our core, we nurture a tradition that encompasses the needs of our landscape design clients and our wholesale customers by remembering and acting on our mission statement…a tradition of creating beauty in every conceivable way.

Fritz and Elisabeth Schaefer
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