Logee’s Greenhouses Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
Join us on June 17, 2017 from 10am-5pm for our Festival of Fruits and Flowers celebrating our 125th Anniversary. Logee’s, in celebration of our fruiting, rare and tropical plants, will have all our greenhouses open to the public. Special tours will be available of the Production Greenhouses as well as the seven Retail Greenhouses. You will have fun exploring the Potting Shed, the Fern House, the Herb House and the famous Lemon Tree House. Wander through the tropical pathways of the Big House and see the beauty of Angel’s Trumpets, and the Kumquat tree with six different varieties of citrus grafted on it. The seven-circuit labyrinth will be open for walks and tours. In honor of the founding date of 1892, many plants will be on sale for $18.92. The 125th Anniversary Celebration will also include local artisans, music and vendors of food, crafts and specialty items.
Logee’s Greenhouses was founded by William D. Logee in 1892 in Danielson, Connecticut. He started the business as cut flower grower and soon became interested in tropical and unusual plants. In 1900, he bought a small Ponderosa Lemon Tree from a grower in Philadelphia. It was known as the “American Wonder Lemon” (Citrus limon) due to the size of the fruit, which could become a massive 5-pound specimen. The plant was shipped by train, then picked up by horse and buggy and planted directly into the ground in the original greenhouse. The same tree still stands in the same greenhouse (appropriately called the Lemon Tree House) and it has been producing 5-pound lemons every year. Hundreds of thousands of cuttings have been harvested from this original tree to produce the Ponderosa Lemon trees that Logee’s sells. This year, as Logee’s celebrates its 125th anniversary, the American Wonder Lemon Tree continues to be a star attraction.
Many additional greenhouses were built on the property as the company grew and produced more and more plants. The second-generation owner was Joy Logee Martin who loved begonias and geraniums. When Joy’s son, Byron Martin and his business partner, Laurelynn Martin took over as third generation owners, they turned their attention to bold, beautiful flowering plants, fragrant plants, fruiting and rare plants that perform well in containers.
Logee’s is a destination greenhouse for anyone who loves exotic and unusual plants. The retail store is open daily. On June 17th, the company will host a Festival of Fruits and Flowers celebrating our 125th Anniversary. For more information about the store, special events and the hundreds of unique plants the company sells, visit www.logees.com. Or, visit explore.logees.com to see “what’s growing on at Logee’s.”