EASTON — This year marks the 90th anniversary for Eastern Shore Nurseries in Easton, and Comptroller Peter Franchot joined the celebration Wednesday, Aug. 14, by honoring the Hemming family for their nine decades of success.

Franchot, along with Easton Mayor Robert Willey; state Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot; state Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; and Keith Graffius, who was representing U.S. Rep. Andy Harris R-Md.-1st, visited with the family and employees at the nursery.

At 30104 Dover Road, the business is the last retail retail nursery in Talbot County. The business has expanded to feature five generations of the Hemming family.

“We, in the state of Maryland, appreciate the grit, innovation and entrepreneurship of Eastern Shore Nurseries,” Franchot said. “You provide wonderful products for the community.

“Your successful, family-run business grows old favorites and new ones. You have exceptional service to your customers. We have the deepest appreciate to your commitment to the community and contribution to the state’s economy. Your business is a great heirloom for the state.”

Eastern Shore Nurseries Inc. began as English boxwood nursery in January 1929 with Ernest Hemming and his son, E. Sam Hemming, as the owners.

Eastern Shore Nurseries now offers encore azaleas, crepe myrtles, English boxwood, forsythia, English, American, Japanese and hybrid hollies, endless summer hydrangea, blushing bride hydrangea, knock out roses, nandina, kaleidoscope abelia, lilacs and many perennials. The business helps customers select the proper trees and shrubs for shoreline and wetlands mitigation projects in a law abiding and economical way.

Michael Hemming, Sam’s son, grew up in the business and began working in the nursery at an early age. He went to the University of Maryland in 1968 and graduated with a degree in ornamental horticulture in 1971. When he took over as president, Michael changed the business from a landscape nursery to a container-growing nursery, which now features more than 30,000 plants.

Michael’s wife, Flo, also works at the nursery with their son, Larry Hemming, the fourth generation. The Hemming family has added a fifth generation with Larry’s son, Robert, working at the nursery. Shawan Lake is the nursery foreman.

“I appreciate Mr. Franchot visiting our nursery,” Michael Hemming said. “It means a lot to have people like him and the other officials recognizing our business and our great employees. It is great what we have been able to grow over the last 90 years with our family.”

For more information on Eastern Shore Nurseries, visit its website at www.easternshorenurseries.com, find it on Facebook page searching Eastern Shore Nurseries Inc. or call 410-822-1320.

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