Maryland garden center purchases Ronny’s

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Maryland-based Homestead Gardens has purchased Ronny’s Garden World on the northern edge of Smyrna.

Homestead has operations in Davidsonville and Severna Park, MD.

Ronny’s Garden World closed at the end of 2020.

“We’re proud to bring our reputation for helping area homeowners and gardeners create beautiful spaces,” said Homestead Gardens CEO and owner Brian Riddle. “We sell the highest quality plants and garden products, and will bring our signature customer service to Smyrna. Importantly, we’re excited about contributing to the growing economy in this region of Delaware.”

Ronny’s Garden World was founded in 1970 by Ronald and Glenda Burris, natives to the Smyrna area.

The family grew the business to become Delaware’s largest garden center and a regional destination, Homestead noted.

Burris’ children have operated the business since 2005, and plan to retire. “We are confident that Homestead Gardens will carry on our proud tradition of family ownership, high quality service and community engagement,” said Donna Staley, current owner and Burris’ daughter.

“Just as my own family did at Homestead Gardens, the Burris’ built Ronny’s World to be a successful, iconic business that is the premier destination for regional gardeners and growers,” said Riddle. “We plan to build on that foundation by selling the area’s best selection of trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, pollinators and houseplants.”

Homestead has taken possession of the property at 5580 Du Pont Parkway. “We’re actively working to set up the houseplants and garden center and are currently hiring,” said Riddle. “Homestead Gardens plans to open as soon as possible.”

Homestead Gardens was founded in 1973 by Don Riddle, Jr..

The company employs more than 200 people.

Homestead Gardens has donated more than $1 million toward community projects since the company’s founding.

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