SOUTHINGTON - Citing tremendous recent expansion, Winterberry Gardens is beginning a major hiring push to fill a variety of positions before their spring busy season.
Winterberry Gardens, located at 2070 West St. on the Southington-Bristol town line, has expanded its number of employees by a third according to owner Brian Stolz.
“To see this amount of growth is very exciting,” said Stolz. “The main constraint on our growth right now is that we need more qualified people. If we had more qualified applicants, we could have seen even more growth last year.”
As spring draws near, Stolz said Winterberry Gardens is hoping to fill 40 positions, including entry level positions, foreman and supervisors.
“We do landscape installation and maintenance work throughout Connecticut and last year we got the contract for MGM in Springfield, Mass,” said Stolz. “We also work on golf courses up and down the East Coast.”
Winterberry Gardens’ spring season begins April 1. He said that it is important that the company hire workers before then so they can be properly trained.
“Spring is by far our busiest season but last year we kept going through the summer with now slowdown,” said Stolz.
Winterberry Gardens got its start in 1985 and has been at its current location for 20 years. Stolz said that the company “really took off” after that point.
One of the reasons for Winterberry Gardens’ success, Stolz said, is its low turnover.
“We have a lot of people who have been working here for more than 20 years,” he said. “I have been here for 12 years and it was my first job out of college. We have had a lot of people bring friends and family members to work here and we pride ourselves on keeping people here. We have even had two couples that met and held their weddings at Winterberry.”
Another reason for Winterberry Gardens’ success, Stolz said, is that “quality is our number one concern.”
“Landscaping is, for the most part, a fragmented industry, but we train people right away and we hold them to a high standard,” he said. “There are a lot of opportunities for growth and we do a lot of internal promoting. There are also a lot of departments that people can work in as they practice new skills.”
For more information on Winterberry Gardens, call 860-378-0071 or visit winterberrygardens.com. To apply for jobs, click on the jobs tab on the website. There are instructions in English and Spanish.