Joe & Louise & Riggio established Riggio's Garden Center in 1939,currently where Doane's Pharmacy is located. Even after putting an addition onto the building Riggio's soon outgrew its home. It was time to move and grow in a new location. Joe purchased 6 acres of land across from the current Bokum Center in 1958. Here Joe and his sons built the current home of Riggio's, which officially opened the spring of 1960. After working many years to establish his business, Joe decided he was ready to retire in 1977.

At this time his oldest son Sam, opted to buy the business and become the second generation to keep Riggio's growing. Sam and his wife Janet have kept up with the times over the years by adding the Essex Flower Shoppe, new greenhouses and keeping the newest products on the shelves for their customers. In 2000 daughter Bethany bought into the business. She plans to take over and run the family grown business once Sam retires. This will make Bethany the third generation of Riggio's to keep the garden center growing. We hope to keep growing and serving the community for many years to come!


OUR CREW

Bethany

Bethany

Co-Owner

Bethany has been a part of the family business her whole life, but became a full time employee after graduating college. In 2000 Bethany became co-owner with her parents which makes her the third generation to run Riggio's Garden Center. Since then her parents have retired and she runs the family business with her husband Kevin.

Kevin

Kevin

Shrub Manager/ Co-Owner

Kevin has been with Riggio's since 1995. Kevin, not having a background in the industry, was quick to learn the trade and become our Shrub Manager. He has completed the Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional Program. In 2009 Kevin married into the family and now helps run the business with his wife Bethany.

Meagan

Meagan

Front counter / Cashier

Meagan, just coming to us in 2017, has been a great addition to our crew. She has a bachelor degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Ornamental Horticulture. Meagan has been working in the horticultural industry since 2007.

Dave

Dave

Annual / Perennial Manager

Dave came to Riggio's in 2002 looking for a career change and eager to learn about growing. Dave trained under Janet Riggio to learn the trade before she retired. Dave is an avid reader of gardening & greenhouse growing and is very knowledgeable in his field.

Michelle

Michelle

Assistant Perennial / Annual Manager

Michelle started with us back in 1989 in our floral shoppe as a designer. She left us for some years to raise her family but returned to us in 2008, again as a designer. In 2012 Michelle moved out into our greenhouse/ growing area. She has been a wonderful addition to this department. Michelle enjoys working with the plants and has an eye for putting together planters and window boxes.

Karen

Karen

Annual / Perennial Assistant

Karen came to us in 2014. Working along side Michelle and Dave in the greenhouse she has become an asset to our company. She has completed her Master Gardeners Course and has a background in light landscaping. Karen has a degree in Theater Education, and has a lighthearted personality and a laugh you can't miss.

Nancy

Nancy

Floral Manager

Nancy has been a floral designer since 1987, and came to The Essex Flower Shoppe in 2002. She has an Art Degree in Illustration.

Jill

Jill

Floral Designer

Jill started with The Essex Flower Shoppe in 2015 , but has been a floral designer since 1991. She has been a great addition to our floral design team. Jill also has a degree in Biological Design.

Ron

Ron

Shrub Assistant