Oakland Nursery was founded in 1940 on Maize Pike in Columbus, Ohio. The nursery was relocated in 1950 by its founder, Gustav Reiner, to its current location on Oakland Park Avenue. In 1990, Oakland opened another retail complex in the city of Delaware and in 2005, a complex in the city of Dublin. Our "newest" retail complex just opened during April 2011 in the village of New Albany. The Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, and New Albany retail complexes combined make the meaning of the motto "35 Acres of Gardening Pleasure" a reality.
We take pride in the fact that we are still family-owned and operated: currently owned by our second generation, our third generation of family members also works in our business. Many of our employees have been with us several decades, and some even have their children working with us as well. Much of our plant material is grown here in Ohio, which a portion coming from our sister company Acorn Farms on the north side of Columbus. We are proud to serve our communities around Columbus and beyond.
A few sweet memories from our wonderful clients and customers:
"When my son, John, went to AG Bell I would walk to get him and on the way home we would cut through Oakland Nursery and walk through the trees and play hide and seek. After that we would go to the gazebo swing and he would tell me about his day or make up a story. He goes to Indianola now but in the summer we still make it a point to walk over and continue the tradition." --Kelly D.
"Well I love Oakland Nursery at Christmas, we started taking our granddaughter to see Santa at age 1 which she wasn't thrilled about him at 1. LOL...but we continued the tradition up till she was 10. It was so fun to see folks smiling, laughing, enjoying Santa, the decorations which are always beautiful." --Janette G.
"I remember Mr. Reiner from a very young age. My Dad would go their to purchase plants, and I loved to listen to Mr. Reiner's accent. I also watched that site transform over the years. First, as a student walking past each day on my way home from St. James the Less school, and then as a fledgling horticulture student, up until current days." --Mary M.