North Haven Gardens has a rich history here in Dallas, Tx! We've been a fixture in the Garden Industry since 1951, when Ralph and Muriel Pinkus opened up North Haven Gardens on a country lane at
7700 North Haven Road.
The Pinkus Family in Guatemala. Mid-50s.
Jon Pinkus, hard at work, 1961!
Having just fnished a rotation in Guatemala, growing quinine to aid our military personnel who contracted malaria in WWII , Ralph and
Muriel Pinkus were looking for a place to call home and start a garden center. Dallas was their choice and they purchased 9-acres on what was then a country lane. Ralph, a lover of plants from as early as he could remember, took care of his plants like his children, with lots of care and love. Finding a new plant was one of his greatest thrills. In fact, he introduced many new plants to our area including Lantana, Mandevilla and Copperleaf to mention just a few. Starting a new business required all decks on hand, and the Pinkus' young children, Jon and David,
worked at the garden center, and “grew up” in the business.
A-Frame Greenhouses 1961
The orignal parking lot.
Ralph and Muriel started with landscaping and quickly
started selling retail plants to anyone who would make the drive. With a commitment to quality and value for
their customers, the nursery has grown into one of the most respected
horticultural ventures in the area. Ralph always had an agenda of introducing
new plants that were well acclimated to north Texas and would provide improved
benefit for the consumer.
North Haven Gardens 1965
North Haven Gardens 1969
North Haven Gardens (landscape & retail)
and Nortex Wholesale Nursery (wholesale growing) grew slow at first, each
composed of separate profit centers. The
companies were incorporated in 1969. In 1972 and 1973 Jon & David Pinkus joined the
business making it a true family venture.
In 1972 Jon started building greenhouses in
Wylie, Texas. Over the years, it has grown to more than 280,000 square feet of
greenhouse. It serves area retailers and contractors by providing a wide range
of quality greenhouse grown plants.
Beginning in the early 1970’s Ralph worked
through the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dallas Park
Department to create an Arboretum and Botanical Garden for Dallas that would
show the public all the wonderful ideas that could be done to north Texas landscapes.
In 1977 Ralph started Tawakoni Plant Farm on
a lake in east Texas. The nursery grows quality trees and shrubs which it
delivers to retailers and contractors throughout the five state area. That
business has been owned and operated by David since
In the late 1980’s the company underwent a
lot of changes adjusting to the new economic climate. In 1992 David Pinkus left the company to
pursue his interests political lobbying in Austin with Small Business
United. Lillian Pinkus, Jon Pinkus' wife, took over the
landscape business, Jon took over the retail store in addition to Nortex and the
administration of all companies.
In 2000 the landscape company was sold to
ValleyCrest in order to provide it with a national presence for its corporate
customers and provide for it’s continued growth. ValleyCrest is the largest privately owned
landscape company in the country.
In 2003 Aaron Pinkus, Jon and Lillian's son, joined the company as
Vice President over the Wylie Greenhouse.
In January 2005 Leslie Finical Halleck, previously Director of
Horticulture Research at the Dallas Arboretum, joined the
company as General Manager of the Retail division and has energized and
refocused the staff with the same core values that built the company--commitment
to quality and value for their customers.
In 2007 the greenhouse in Wylie introduced a new branding program, Blue Label Herbs. Blue Label Herbs provides area home gardeners with an easy way to enjoy the benefits of growing their own fresh herbs for use in the landscape, cooking and crafts.
North Haven Gardens has a long-standing commitment to a new generation of gardeners in north Texas. We look forward to watching the progress our customers continue to have creating their outdoor environments and are proud to be a part of their homes.