March 2018

Bruno Landscape & Nursery:A Gardener’s Garden Source

Author: Kitty Bartell | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Winter showed her true colors in the Lowcountry this year in the form of a winter white-out in January, and chilly, chilly temps in February. Can spring be far behind? If the deliveries appearing at Hilton Head Island’s Bruno Landscape & Nursery are any indication, spring has arrived. “A customer may come in three times a week, and at each visit there’s probably going to be something they haven’t seen,” said Jenna Hull, one of owners Gary and Mary Ann Bruno’s three children, all who work in the family business.

The last significant Lowcountry snowfall was in 1989, the same year the Brunos opened their custom landscape residential and commercial landscape design company. Despite the weather anomalies of 1989 and 2018, spring does eventually arrive every year without fail, bringing with it forays into yards and gardens, inspiring visits to the nursery, and days spent planning and planting—and the Bruno family is ready to assist.

Now a four-season source for everything from fall mums and favorites, to Christmas trees and wreaths with handmade bows throughout the holidays, bougainvillea baskets and butterfly trees through spring and summer, the nursery is stocked with plants, supplies, and gifts year-round. Daughter-in-law, Jordan (married to son, Steven) began working in the nursery three years ago and has since made the nursery her own. Bringing with her a background in customer service, Jordan originally came in to cover for Jenna when she was going out on maternity leave. “We figured out she really had a gift for working in the nursery,” Jenna said. “Jordan pretty much runs the show back there now, and then in the spring, we all jump in when it’s busy, including my Aunt Beth, and Sherry and Leanne, who have been part of the Bruno nursery family since the beginning.”

In order to stay dialed-in to what their customers want and need, Jordan and Mary Ann Bruno have traveled to gardening trade shows several times over the past couple of years. “At this most recent show, we opened up our buying selection and are bringing in some different items,” Jordan said. Some of the goodies in those daily deliveries are gifts and garden accessories, including wind chimes, gazing globes, birdbaths and feeders, solar-powered lights, garden tools, seasonal houseplants, well-made, lightweight garden pots, and raised gardens.

Bruno is also a source for the sought-after gardening line made by Espoma. “It’s an all-organic line of fertilizers and soil amendments and is pet-friendly and kid-friendly,” Jordan said. With gardeners losing blooms and new plantings to the area’s deer population, Bruno sources Messinas, as well—also a family-owned business. The founder has experienced outstanding results discouraging deer in Palmetto Dunes where he lives part time, and often hand-delivers his product to Bruno when he is in town.

“People are always surprised with how resourcefully we run our business,” Mary Ann said. “For nearly 30 years, we have ground up all of our debris. We recycle the mulch and process it so we can put it back on people’s yards. When we had the hurricane with all these trees down, we used our portable saw mill and redid our fencing, tables, and benches.” Like a good old-fashioned plant nursery paired with a forward-thinking, modern approach to business and the environment, Bruno meets customers in their comfort zones, providing all the gardening and landscape materials, tools, and services to take projects exactly where they want to go.

“We want gardeners to have what they need when working in the yard,” Mary Ann said. “We want to stay true to who we are, and then a little extra, to know that when people come in here they’re going to get high-quality plants and great service; they’re really not going to have to go anywhere to get their soils, their amendments, their tools, or decoration for their gardens. We listen to what people want. In the past few years, customers expressed an interest in Encore Azaleas; we now carry a large selection.”

What truly sets the Bruno team apart is that nearly everyone working there is a Bruno, either by birth or by relation. All three Bruno children grew up and went away, Mary Ann said. “The biggest surprise has been that my kids wanted to come back. I didn’t anticipate that.”

“It isn’t because we are all die-hard landscape people,” Jenna said. “Mom and Dad created an atmosphere, created a company, that was big on being family-owned, keeping the right things important. It is a good atmosphere for us, and we like working together. It’s different than going to work for someone else. And the bonus is we get to be outside and we get to play around with nature—the very reason the island is so beautiful.”

Nearly every waking moment of every day of the week is dedicated to family and community here. Whether it’s working together toward a common goal, celebrating victories and blessings, troubleshooting in life and in work, or contributing to the local community, the Bruno family embraces every season.

Bruno Landscape & Nursery is located at 109 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island. For more information, please call (843) 682-2624 or visit

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