1936 - 2021
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Russell Weiss, patriarch of Kurt Weiss Greenhouses. Russell passed away on June 15th, 2021, at the age of 84 years old, surrounded by his friends and family. His life was lived to the fullest in pursuing his passions which included his family and every facet of the greenhouse industry.
Russell began his lifelong passion in floriculture from an early age working alongside his grandfather Otto and father Kurt producing field grown azaleas in Queens, NY. Eventually Kurt and Russell branched out to begin the present-day company of Kurt Weiss Greenhouses. After Kurt was injured in an automobile accident, Russell who was in his 30’s at the time assumed leadership. What started as a small company primarily growing azaleas for the New York City carriage trade, quickly became known for growing azaleas, hydrangeas, annuals, perennials, tropical plants and more.
During Russell’s tenure, the company spanned six states plus Canada and consisted of 18 locations. Because of his energy and entrepreneurial spirit, Kurt Weiss Greenhouses is currently the fourth largest grower in the United States. Russell was the relentless force that drove the company to heights his father and grandfather could have only imagined. He instilled that same passion into the company’s current culture, creating a diverse workforce of more than 1,200 employees from all over the world. Under Russell’s tutelage, the family business has entered its fifth generation and has provided the beauty of flowers to homes across the United States.
Russell is survived by his wife Teresa, his children Kirk (Marcella), Wayne (Audrey), Wendy Weiss Dailey and Anna (Leland) Weiss Abrams, his stepson Damian Olech, 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, he was predeceased by his son Douglas. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy that will continue to live on through his family, his friends, his employees, his colleagues, and his contributions to the floriculture industry.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the
Russell C. Weiss fund to support endeavors in the Floriculture and
Greenhouse industry with an emphasis on research and education.
Over 100 Years of Growing
Family Owned & Operated
Kurt Weiss Greenhouses has been owned & operated by four generations of the Weiss family since 1960 but we can trace our roots back over 100 years. With multiple locations on the east coast, our firm is one of the United States' largest growing operations. We were named the 3rd largest grower in the U.S. in 2020 by Greenhouse Grower Magazine. Our diversity of greenhouse locations and partnerships with affiliate companies create unique opportunities to service multiple channels of the floriculture and horticulture industry.
Our largest value and resource as a company is our people. We look for and encompass passion, diversity and innovation which is demonstrated with our present work force. With over 1200 employees, we have graduates from some of the United States' leading universities and from all over the world. We are constantly working to create community and culture within the workplace and we take pride in the fact that many of our employees have been with us for many years and we are not only coworkers, but family.
Before a seed is even planted, our mission is to provide quality plants and flowers to our customers. Each variety of plants that we grow have a unique set of requirements. With our dedicated grower team, we choose the best plant genetics and provide the conditions needed to bring each plant to its full potential. From the greenhouse, our plants begin their journey to their final homes. Our shipping and logistics team makes sure that the plants are delivered on time and ready for sale. Our merchandising and sales teams visit the stores to ensure that all of the plants are neatly organized, watered and cared for. Whether the customer is a landscaper, a gardener or just someone who likes to decorate using plants, we want them to be successful and happy with our products.
Kurt Weiss Greenhouses is one of the leading producers of Hydrangeas and Azaleas in the U.S. while still offering one of the widest product ranges in the industry. We specialize in quality plants including foliage, flowering potted plants, bedding plants, perennials, annuals, mixed combination planters and much more. We specialize in plants that can be tailored for all different types of customers, even at a large volume. During busy holiday times, it is not unusual for us to package and ship over 1 million plants in a week. We are proud of the fact that we are able to accomplish this with consistency and without compromising quality.
Products Everyone Will Love
Check out some of our featured products below.
Kurt Weiss Greenhouses has been growing and perfecting our line of Hydrangeas for over a century. We are continually searching the globe for quality genetics, exciting and new varieties that will meet the standards of the Hydrangeas.com Collection.
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Ace of Hearts Anthurium
Place your bet on our Ace of Hearts Anthurium!
As one of the most popular tropical plants, we felt this was a great houseplant to put our brand behind. With it's bold heart-shaped flower and simple care, it's easy to see why it's a fan favorite. Perfect for any season or ocassion, anyone will enjoy it!
The Basil Tree
We are excited to add the Basil Tree to our wide variety of plant products. Explore the new taste sensation of micro-herbs with the basil tree that keeps producing new leaves to enhance all of your culinary specialties!
Basil is used around the world in many different cuisines with good reason. It adds a unique depth and flavor that is not rivaled by other herbs. The Basil Tree is a thoughtful and unique gift that keeps on giving! It's great for holidays, birthday's and special occasions. Gardeners and Home Cooks will love it!
As living sculptures, succulents offer endless possibilities for any decor. Their variety of textures and brilliant colors make it hard to choose just one. Join the Succulent Society and enjoy long lasting, easy care accents for your home or office!
Patio Paradise Plant Collection
Turn your backyard into a tropical paradise with our Patio Paradise Plant Collection! There are so many great options to choose from- Gardenia, Hibiscus, Mandevilla and Banana plants.