About the Company
Breezy Hill Nursery, Inc. began as a small design/build firm in 1980 by Jerry and Colleen Epping. The company began as a small start up with only the bare essentials, 3 employees, a couple of wheelbarrows, and a dump truck. Over the years, the company’s commitment to hard work, honesty, and customer satisfaction has helped the business grow into the multifaceted landscape firm which it is today.
In 1981, Jerry and Colleen purchased 40 acres of prime farmland in Salem, WI. The land was strategically planted with nursery stock to aid the landscape business in its design/build process. The nursery, a critical component to business growth allowed the company the opportunity to maximize customer value by designing and installing homegrown plant material at reduced costs.
As years went on, the business grew steadily. Jerry and Colleen’s home office could no longer suit the needs of the company. In 1987, the company purchased a piece of land south of the nursery location, formerly know as the Hooker Lake Inn. The property was developed into a Garden Center for nursery product and also served as office space for administration and design staff.
Since then, multiple adjacent properties have been added on to the Hooker Lake property to facilitate expanding landscape operations. Currently, the 80 acre site hosts a Retail Garden Center, Retail & Wholesale Landscape Supply, along with Greenhouse and Nursery Operations. The site also features the old Kenosha County Highway building which has been renovated into a mechanic’s shop and equipment storage area for Landscape Construction & Landscape Maintenance Operations.
In 2003, Nursery Operations expanded out to Clinton, WI where 630 acres of prime farmland was purchased. The company made this decision because of the climbing demand for nursery stock and because the business needed the extra acreage to increase nursery production. The Clinton facility also supports landscape construction operations in the Rockford, IL and Janesville, WI market areas.
Most recently the development of a secondary Retail/Wholesale Landscape Nursery and Supply Yard has been established in Menomonee Falls, WI. The facility has been strategically located to better serve Milwaukee and surrounding market areas. The 25 acre site is located just west of I-45 on County Line Rd. The facility also hosts full service Landscape Construction & Landscape Maintenance operations.
Today, the company employs over 250 seasonal/full time employees at the 3 locations. The company has grown in size, but it remains true to its roots of hard work, honesty, customer satisfaction and overall value. Jerry and Colleen are still deeply involved with the business and have overseen its growth every step of the way. The company will continue to remain family owned and operated business with a mission to serve the unique needs of each and every customer.
Landscape Design and Construction Division
Serving a sixty mile radius stretching from Northern Illinois and Chicago up to the Milwaukee lakefront and across Wisconsin to the Madison area, Breezy Hill Landscaping is revered for creating breathtaking landscapes both large and small. Be it a Japanese garden, an outdoor kitchen with a stone fireplace and pond, to a sustainable organic garden in an eco-friendly environment, Breezy Hill Landscaping demonstrates an unwavering commitment to exceptional customer service and superior landscape design.
The Breezy Hill Landscaping Division comprises of a residential design group and commercial design center. Breezy employs 20 full landscape crews, 8 landscape designers, landscape architects, 2 auto-cad technicians, and a remarkable administrative team.
Our passion for growing beautiful, high quality plants has earned Breezy Hill Nursery an unparalleled reputation within the landscaping industry. We now supply specimen quality trees and ornamental shrubs to the landscape industry across the US through our wholesale division.
Breezy Hill Nursery owns 1000 acres of prime farmland in Salem, Menomonee Falls and Clinton dedicated to nursery production and has acquired additional land to serve the growing needs of our clients. In addition, Salem also houses our 20 acre container growing operation and five acre holding yard for nursery materials.
Retail Garden Center and Supplies
The Salem Garden Center is located on Highway 50 and County Road B. The Garden Center and Supply Yard has over 15 acres of nursery stock and hadscaping items to choose from. Because Breezy Hill Nursery Produces over 90% of what it sells, our customers are assured that our nursery stock is Grade A and suited for our northern climate.
Landscape Maintenance Division
We offer complete Lawn and Landscape Maintenance Services. We are committed to providing the superior quality and customer service you have come to expect from Breezy Hill Nursery. We feel our Lawn and Landscape Maintenance Services can be a huge asset to you by providing friendly, timely, customer-oriented services and technical support. Our services will protect your landscape investment and enhance the overall value of your property. We look forward to being your Lawn and Landscape Maintenance Company!
The Irrigation/Lighting Division is capable of any size job commercial or residential. We have two crews because we realize how crucial it is to have your system operating efficiently to protect your investment and your pocketbook. Our specialized training and experienced staff allow us to service all of your routines maintenance needs as well as unexpected repairs in a timely manner.