The story of Penn Hills Lawn & Garden begins and ends with family. In 1984, my parents Carl & Beverly Visnesky found a “home” for their tiny garden center in a community that they felt was so special. I was just seven years old. Even in 1984, Penn Hills was welcoming to new people, new ideas, and in my parent’s case, new businesses. It was a community filled with diversity; one that embraced the differences and came together with pride. From the very beginning, it was the community that gave the business wings. Somehow it felt more like growing a family rather than growing a business. The customers were not just patrons of the store, they were people that my family knew and loved. My Mom knew her customers, and even knew their children. She watched those children grow up over the years. She grieved as people passed on, and she celebrated the triumphs in their lives too. It was such a unique experience to find that coming to work felt a lot like coming home. The people that came through the doors each day were the reason for the store’s success. Without Penn Hills, there would be no garden center….heck, it’s even in our name. PENN HILLS Lawn & Garden.
In 2002 my Mother retired, and I was honored that she entrusted the garden center to me. I had been working by her side since I was a child, and with the family business now in my hands, my goal was to give back to everyone that had gotten me here. It may sound funny when I say that Penn Hills Lawn & Garden is my home, but it has always been so much more than just a business. Of course that doesn’t mean that my staff and I aren’t busy with the day-to-day routine of operating a business. Needless to say, as we have grown, so have our lists of things to do. However, what we are busy doing is creating a peaceful place; a place where everyone is welcome. We are so much more than just a garden center. Penn Hills Lawn & Garden is for the people of this community, and they deserve it to be the very best. I truly mean it when I say that I want people to walk in my store as a customer, but walk out feeling like a member of the family.
Penn Hills Lawn & Garden is celebrating 35 years of service to the community. We want to thank each and every one of you that has supported us through the years. We look forward to another 35 years, and we promise to get better and better as the years go by. I am so blessed to be a part of my family business, and I would like to thank my parents for all they have done for me. Below is a photo of my family at an annual fall festival here at the garden center. The beautiful lady on the left is my mother Beverly. She is the one that started it all and provided an exceptional example for me. To the right is my brother Joe and his wife Jill. My nephews Ben and Owen are in the back, and you’ll find me right there in the middle.