Hortco Greenhouses was founded in 1985 as a seasonal and holiday plant wholesale operation and in 1988 added a retail Garden Center, in Fruitland, Maryland. The next year, the Garden Center was moved to Tasley, Virginia, and in 1996 to its present location in Onley, Virgina. In 2003, shortly after opening the present location, owners Dreux and Catherine Alvaré began offering landscaping services.
Together, Dreux and Catherine Alvaré have more than forty-five years of business experience. Dreux holds a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University and taught vocational horticulture for seven years with Accomack County Schools. Catherine holds a business degree from The Pennsylvania State University and owned a ballet studio in Parksley, Virginia prior to operating Hortco Garden Center.
From the 14-acre growing location comes 60-70 percent of the plant stock offered at the garden center. Selling direct, from the grower to the customer, means less expensive and healthier plants.