BICENTENNIAL MINUTE: Jackson & Perkins Co.

The Jackson & Perkins Co. was founded in 1872 in Newark, N.Y. Charles Perkins and his father-in-law, Albert Jackson, moved to Newark in the 1860s f...

October 13, 2022
11:46 PM

The Jackson & Perkins Co. was founded in 1872 in Newark, N.Y. Charles Perkins and his father-in-law, Albert Jackson, moved to Newark in the 1860s from Boonville, N.Y., where they had been operating a cheese factory. The company started as a small producer of strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and grape plants, along with flowering shrubs.Legend has it that Charles Perkins read 'The Rose,' which was written by Rochester's H.B. Ellwanger in 1882. This influenced and inspired the young company into the gradual specialization in roses.

Chris Davis