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For over 70 years the Saunders Family has been devoted to boxwood and its development in an ever-changing industry.

 

The story

Paul Saunders began propagating boxwood as a high school science project in 1947. He fell in love with boxwood and his nursery, and this passion passed on to his offspring.

Today, brothers Tom, Bennett, Jim, and Robert Saunders continue the family tradition. Upon their graduation from college and return to the farm in the 1980’s, boxwood production exploded.

As production expanded, so did challenges. In the early 2000’s, the Boxwood Leafminer became a huge pest to the newer varieties they were growing. In 2011, Boxwood Blight came into the forefront as a game-changer. These challenges were met head-on through research, hard work, and common sense.

In 2018, Saunders Brothers created NewGen™ boxwood, the result of 70 years of work with boxwood. These new genetics encompass a new generation of boxwood to meet today’s challenges.


Thomas Edison once said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
— Paul Saunders

Paul Saunders planting boxwood liners in the 1950s

Paul Saunders planting boxwood liners in the 1950s