The Griswold brothers are committed to discover, grow, and deliver the finest selection of locally grown perennial plants throughout the season for the Northeastern independent garden trade. Our green initiative allows us to remain both efficient and innovative.
We focus on providing our customers the consistent size and quality they've come to expect from our true gallon plants, our 'premium perennials'. The lions' share of our production is fall potted, allowing our plants to literally explode with growth and bloom the following sales season. Stapled to these pots, the customer finds our descriptive four-color picture tag, complete with pre-pricing when desired. We continually update our plant list to feature new and exciting introductions and to eliminate selections with waning appeal and performance.
Service, we feel, is of paramount importance, and an owner is always readily available for questions and comments. Matt's cell number is printed on every availability we issue. Heck, we even drive truck in a pinch when it's crazy busy. How about having an owner climb down off the sideboard to deliver your next order of Judges finest? Judges Farm Perennials, come get some!
Matt and Martin Griswold founded Judges Farm on a tract of family land at the mouth of the Connecticut River in 1990. After a 'brief' ten-year stint growing choose and cut Christmas trees, the two shifted the Farm's focus to perennials citing their popularity, longer season, and much quicker turn around. They borrowed the name 'Judges Farm' from their great great great grandfather, Connecticut Supreme Court Judge Matthew, who built Martin's house in 1798. Judges House, Judges Farm.
From a barnyard plot of five hundred one gallon plants in 1998, production doubled annually. Today, the Farm boasts close to ten outdoor acres under production. Several tall oak groves provide natural cover for a diverse array of shade selections. While the remaining open fields radiate out from a central potting/shipping/office area. When standing in front of the office, one can easily see all four corners of the Farm. That's just the way they'll keep it: compact, organized, and efficient.
Upon receiving a BA in British History from Bowdoin College in 1989, Matt moved down the coast to Portland, Maine and opened Granny Killam's, an outpost for live music and assorted beverages. After serving a few drinks, Matt put his creative talents to work and opened a freelance graphic design business with a college classmate. Taking his new marketing skills and desire for greener pastures, Matt then moved to Worcester, Massachusetts for a couple of years, finally settling with his family back in Old Lyme. Though his background is diverse, Matt has established a niche as a perennial grower and business owner. His knowledge of perennial production has grown faster than the nursery, and he is always seeking out new and exciting plants for our customers.
Martin spent five great years at the University of Vermont, and graduated in 1995 with a degree in Small Business Management and Environmental Studies. The opportunity to travel after college lured him from Burlington for six months, followed by a move to Boston. A year with an executive education firm in Cambridge provided great experiences, but was also the catalyst for returning home to Old Lyme in 1996 to pursue new business ventures. While working for a local landscape company, Martin and Matt founded Judge's Farm in their father's barnyard.
With knowledge gained from school, Martin began with the business operations and management aspects of Judge's Farm. From keeping the books to managing inventory, his time is spent ensuring the farm runs as smoothly as possible. Martin and his wife Sondra live near the farm with their two boys, John and Henry, and their two golden retrievers Wilder and Baker.