Johnson’s Nursery, LLC™ (“Johnson’s Nursery”, “Johnson’s”, “JNI”) history begins its roots in the 1950s with Clark Johnson. The original site was just south of the current location on Marcy Road in Menomonee Falls. In less than 10 years it outgrew its hobby intention and Clark opened the doors to the public for sales. Clark’s son, Wayne, helped his father from the beginning, and upon his high school graduation in 1959, he purchased the nursery from his father.
During the 1960’s, Johnson’s Nursery began offering landscape design and installation services to the growing metro-Milwaukee area. Many unique plants grown by Clark and Wayne began appearing in local landscapes.
The 1970s brought expansion at Johnson’s Nursery. A rapidly expanding plant inventory required more land. Forty acres were purchased just west of the current location. An irrigated shade house and plant holding area were created to allow for a large inventory of plants to use throughout the growing season. The addition of a plant propagator to the staff allowed Johnson’s Nursery to begin selecting new, locally adapted plants suited for the area.
Johnson’s plant selection increased dramatically in the 1970s as well. More native, ornamental, evergreen, and shade trees were added. A wide selection of flowering shrubs rounded out an inventory that today includes more than 1,200 different types of woody plants. Johnson’s diverse plant selection drew interest from landscape contractors, golf courses, and municipalities throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. Today, Johnson’s Nursery is one of Wisconsin’s largest suppliers to the landscaping industry.
At the beginning of the 1980s, more space was needed for Johnson’s growing inventory. Excellent farmland was purchased just north of metro Milwaukee in the Town of Jackson. Currently, JNI is growing plant material on over 500 acres at the Jackson tree farm.
During the 1990s Johnson’s Nursery continued to grow. A new sales office was built, which improved the company’s ability to provide quick, quality service. In 1997 Wayne’s three sons purchased the nursery and in 2005 Chad Johnson became president.