Our History : Cultivating Cross Creek Nursery

  • 1974 Gene and Diane McAulliffe renovate a gas station in Carytown and open Tropical Treehouse, a retail shop that sells tropical plants & flowers.

  • 1977 Plant maintenance services offered at Tropical Treehouse

  • 1981 Tropical Treehouse expands to several local branches around Richmond. Land purchased in Chesterfield for Interior Maintenance division.

  • 1983 Retail nursery opens at Courthouse Road location.

  • 1988 Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance divisions begin operations.

  • 1996 Son Mark McAuliffe joins Cross Creek Garden Center full-time and begins work in the Exterior Maintenance division.  

  •  1997 Farm in Nottoway County, Virginia purchased to grow Balled and Burlapped trees for the retail nursery.

  • 1998 Son Jason McAuliffe joins Cross Creek Garden Center full-time as a Landscape Designer.

  • 2002 Landscape division expands into hardscapes including patios, fire places, water features, steps and fire pits.

  • 2005 Son Andrew McAuliffe joins Cross Creek Garden Center full-time and begins work in the Exterior Maintenance division. 

  • 2006 Container trees and shrubs added to Nottoway Farm. Sons Mark, Jason and Andrew assume new roles: Mark, Vice President of Operations; Jason, General Manager of the Nursery; Andrew, Manager of Exterior Maintenance Division

  • 2012 Six acres purchased along Courthouse Road to expand nursery to 14 acres. Tropical Treehouse and Cross Creek consolidate to one location

  • 2013 Ten additional acres purchased along Courthouse Road to expand nursery to 24 acres. Readers of R Home Magazine vote Cross Creek “Landscaper of the Year”.​

  • 2015 Cross Creek was named a Family Favorite by the Readers of Style Weekly. Also named one of Richmond’s Best in the categories of Nursery and Landscaping in a poll by the Richmond Times Dispatch.

  • 2019 Cross Creek was named one of Top 100 Independent Garden Centers in the country.

  • 2020 Cross Creek once again earned distinction as one of Richmond’s Best by the Richmond Times Dispatch and was also voted a Reader’s Favorite in a poll by Richmond Magazine. We were also recognized as one of the Top 100 Independent Garden Centers for the second year in a row.

  • 2021 We were named Best Landscaping Company and Best Florist or Garden Shop in Style Weekly’s Best of Richmond.

  • 2022 In Fall of 2022, we will open our second retail nursery location in Hanover, Virginia near Short Pump Town Center. We’re excited to see what the future brings!