the early 1900's,
Francesco Colantuonio, a farmer and mason, immigrated to America.
Eventually settling in Wakefield, Massachusetts he continued his work as a
farmer and opened a greenhouse. In the 1950's,
son, Gaetano Colantuonio opened his extension of the family business,
Flower Stand, in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. This seasonal shop was
only open in the spring and at Christmas time. Gladiolas, Gyps
Breath), and Asters were grown on the two acres of land behind the
shop. These flowers were sold here at the Tewksbury location and
were transported to the Wakefield shop and to the markets in Boston.
By 1959, a permanent shop with one greenhouse was opened for
year-round business and the name was changed to Tewksbury Florist.
Tewksbury Florist 1972
By the 1970's,
the next generation of Colantuonio's
had taken their place at the Tewksbury location. Huge changes began
to occur with the opening of a garden center and additional
greenhouses. The growing fields for cut flowers were replaced with
new greenhouses for potted plants. Poinsettias, Easter Lilies,
Tulips, and flowers were grown in large quantities to be sold from the
shop. In 1976, the name was expanded to Tewkbury Florist &
Greenery, Inc as a result of the changes and expansion.
A Greenhouse in
brought additional crops to the production line. In addition to the
grown flowers, the
Greenery began to carry annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. A
total of six greenhouses were on site to accommodate both growing and
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generation joined the business in the 1990's
which added a Landscaping and Masonry component to the business.
Larger, sturdier greenhouses replaced the original ones to allow for the
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Florist & Gift
Today the shop, more commonly called the Tewksbury Greenery, covers
more than 3,000 square feet. Besides the continuation of our full
service Florist, our gift line has grown immensely. We have a huge
selection of flags, stepping-stones, candles, and candleholders. Our
Garden Center, with over 17,000 square feet of space, now includes eight
greenhouses. Year round, the greenhouses are busy growing plants for
the upcoming seasons and holidays. Thousands of annuals and
perennials are sold in the spring and summer. Fall garden mums give
color from August to October. By Thanksgiving, Poinsettias are the
rage and Christmas trees, garland, and wreaths are ready to be sold.
The Main Greenhouse 2001
Whether you are a
long time customer or a first time visitor, we look forward to seeing you
soon at the Tewksbury Florist & Greenery.