Century of Snow's: Family business hits the big 100

Where's Willard Scott when you need him? Three generations of Snows gathered Thursday at the Snow's Garden Center headquarters on Avon Street to celebrate the 100th birthday of the family business.

"It's amazing to see something that started 100 years ago not only being here but thriving," says a proud Duane Snow at the April 26 event.

He says he passed the landscape business on to his son, Corbin, and to family friend Scott Price back in 2003. It was Duane Snow's grandfather, Leroy H. Snow, who started the operation back in 1912 in Belmont, off Monticello Road near what's now Mas restaurant before relocating to Avon Street in 1978. A century later, Duane Snow says, it's hard to throw a, well, stone in Charlottesville without hitting greenery that Snow's planted.

"We've done whole subdivisions," he says, in addition to planting the trees on the Downtown Mall and performing landscaping work on UVA Grounds. Currently, Snow's employs 50 or 60 people on a full or nearly full-time basis, which means they can do plenty of planting in the next 100 years.

"It's going very strong," says Snow.

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1 comment

@hook reader, you must not know the Snows.

I think it is commendable to have a business that has been around for 100 years in the same area though it has expanded. Everyone around here if askes will tell you the work they do is extreemly good in everything they do. May they be around for another 100 years!

PS Besides I like Banjo!