Rockledge Gardens
Rileys and Mary Witte

About Rockledge Gardens

Rockledge Gardens was founded in 1960 by Harry Witte, a bulb farmer who had settled in Brevard County in 1948 with his wife Mary. In the earliest days, before the Space Coast boom, Rockledge Gardens was essentially a road-side stand run on the honor system (our sign said, “grab a bag of soil and leave your money in the can”). Through the 1960s and 1970s we evolved into a full-fledged nursery and landscape business — the largest and most complete garden center in Brevard County. Over the years Harry and Mary’s six children took turns working in the family business; today Rockledge Gardens is owned and managed by their youngest daughter and her husband, Theresa and Kevin Riley, with Mary Witte still actively involved.

At Rockledge Gardens we’re committed to providing our customers with the highest-quality Florida plants and gardening supplies—including healthy produce from The Farm at Rockledge Gardens—in a welcoming and beautiful setting. We think that shopping for plants should be fun and relaxing, and we want to inspire and inform Brevard County gardeners with ideas and solutions. Rockledge Gardens has a reputation in the county for being the “answer people” — and we consider it our privilege and responsibility to maintain the trust of local gardeners, and to give back to our community.

Rockledge Gardens News

Article 5/4/2014: “Rockledge Gardens Remains All in the Family,” Florida Today
Article 1/2014: “Houseplants are Good for Your Health,” Rockledge Marketplace
Article 12/2013: “Natural Beauty for the Hoidays,” Rockledge Marketplace
Article 11/2013: “Fresh is Best,” Rockledge Marketplace
Article 10/2013: “Fall Means Fresh Local Food,Rockledge Marketplace

Press release 9/2013: Rockledge Gardens Fall Festival

 

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Top photos, this page: Mary Witte with Theresa and Kevin Riley; Rockledge Gardens staff. Above, from our scrapbook — images of Rockledge Gardens over the decades, including (top row) its precursor, the Alexander Thomas Bulb Farm; Harry Witte with an original employee Pat Flannery; a version of the Rockledge Gardens sign using hardware recycled from the Space Center; a family photo from the 1960s; and (bottom row) more views from U.S. Hwy 1; Harry and Mary Witte before Harry’s death in 1998.