Growing With The Miami Valley for Over 60 Years
In 1958, Ray Stockslager had a desire to join with his father and brother in farming. Roy, Ray’s father, suggested that Ray purchase a greenhouse and grow flowers and vegetables, and the story begins! Ray was at the time, working at the Ohio Bell Telephone company. Ray and his wife Joyce purchased their first greenhouse from Rough Brothers Greenhouse, Cincinnati, Ohio, and opened for business in the spring of 1959.
While Ray worked during the day at Ohio Bell, evenings and weekends all winter long were spent in the greenhouse growing for spring sales. Joyce would care for the plants during the day, transplant seedlings, wait on customers, and take care of three children-Vicki, Duke and Scott-and, still manage to have dinner ready!
The greenhouse was open each season until the first of July, and then Ray put all of the earnings right back into the business by building another greenhouse. The second greenhouse that Ray and Joyce put up was a used greenhouse, 30ft by 50ft. It was a glass greenhouse, which Ray dismantled glass by glass and hauled in his station wagon to New Lebanon. Joyce washed each glass pane, Ray reconstructed the greenhouse, and the growing area more than doubled.
A Family-Owned Garden Center
All three Stockslager children decided to grow up to work in the greenhouse. Vicki graduated from high school in 1972, married David, and went to work at Met Life Insurance. Duke graduated from high school in 1974 and went to Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, studying Political Science. Scott graduated from high school in 1978, and showing an interest in the greenhouse, he attended the Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio, studying horticulture. Scott’s plans were to work at the greenhouse with mom and dad. After graduating from Ohio Northern, Duke went to the University of Dayton, where he received his Masters of Public Administration, and most significantly met his wife to be, Jennie. As Scott finished at OSU, he had also met his future wife, Barb. After much discussion and long thought, Duke decided that he too would like to join Scott, so in 1980, the same year that Ray retired from Ohio Bell, the boys were now officially “employed” by the greenhouse.
From top right, Duke, Scott, Vicki, and Duke’s son, Jacob.
Duke (right) having a discussion with his father Ray in 1992.
Eventually Barb joined in as well, Dukes son Jacob, who would attend the Ohio State University and study horticulture, joined the team, and after retiring from Met Life, sister Vicki returned to the greenhouse! While Ray passed away in 2009, Joyce still lives in the family homestead, visiting with employees and customers as she takes her “almost” daily walk through the greenhouses!
Stockslagers has become a destination stop for gardeners from miles away. Locally grown plants are cared for by a tremendous team of folks who not only care about the plants offered, but also that their customers get the plants and service that they deserve. Stockslagers is one of the Miami Valley’s largest and longest running family-owned greenhouse operations. In 2019, they celebrate 60 years of growing in the Dayton area. Supplying green goods to landscapers and municipalities, parks and retail operations, the entire Stockslager family and staff are proud to supply the area with the largest display and variety of quality flowers and vegetable plants!
We Continue to Love Our Customers and Friends in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Beyond.
Today, Stockslagers has over nine acres of indoor and outdoor growing area. The greenhouses and garden center are open year-round, growing spring bedding plants, fall mums, and of course, those beautiful poinsettias for Christmas.
Growing for 60 years, Stockslagers thanks and appreciates their customers, their friends!