Today, Earl May Nursery & Garden Center is among the top 10 independent garden centers in the nation. While the company’s core business remains selling seed and garden products, specialty items have been added to include private label lawn and garden seed, fertilizers, garden insecticides and fungicides. In addition, Earl May has added a garden gift and decor department and continues to expand the outdoor living department with beautiful, functional patio furniture and accessories to complete any outdoor space. Landscape design and container garden design and installation as well as yard, garden and container maintenance services are offered in every store. Some Earl May Garden Centers even carry an array of pet supplies and livestock as a year-round conveniences for customers.
As times change, store facilities also change to allow customers a pleasant, up-to-date shopping experience. New construction, remodeling and relocation are ongoing. Earl May President Betty Jane Shaw is instrumental in the design and layout of stores, providing general direction and long-range strategies for all of them. All locations have been updated with new paint colors and signage to create an inviting and inspiring atmosphere for our customers.
CEO Bill Shaw, Betty Jane’s husband, oversees daily operations for the company from its corporate offices in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple is on a first-name basis with managers and store personnel. “Great pride is taken in product knowledge and service. Almost any place can sell a rose bush or potted perennial but not many can tell you how to care for them and honor a guarantee, too” says Mr. Shaw. “We want to educate our customers so they’re happy with their purchase and they can enjoy it for years to come.”