FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1958
In 1955, Tom (DiDominica) Dee had a dream to build a modest greenhouse in his community. Now, over 65 years later, Dees’ has grown into one of the largest garden centers on Long island. We proudly provide the Oceanside community with exceptional customer service, expert gardening advice, and premium products for the home and garden. The Dees’ Nursery carries only the finest live goods for our customers. All of our flowers, plants, trees and shrubs, are hand-selected for top-notch quality. We love to work with novice and experienced alike to achieve their gardening goals!
Our offerings do not stop there – we also offer florist and planter design services for all occasions. Plus, we host awesome educational seminars, workshops, and family friendly events all year long. Whether you are visiting our store to shop or attend an event, we maintain a beautiful, clean, and comfortable environment for all. The Dees’ looks forward to welcoming you soon.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Tom's Flower Cart
Tom (DiDominica) Dee began selling Daffodils on the corner of Lincoln and Atlantic Avenues at the age of 16. His flower cart quickly became popular as people drove by on their way to church or passing through to the popular seaside town of Long Beach. His father, Tom DiDominica Sr., supported his son’s love of flowers and helped him purchase land adjacent to their home to begin building his dream.
1955 - 1978
Tom's First Greenhouse & Adele's General Store
In 1955, Tom built his first greenhouse and Dees’ was born. In 1957, Tom married Adele and together they grew the business and a family of eight children. Tom and Adele’s 8 children all grew up working in the Garden Center. Today there are 4 generations of DiDominica’s including 25 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. When you shop at Dees’, you shop with family as all family members have worked at Dees’ at some point!
With expansions completed in 1971 and 1998 Dees’ has grown to be one of Long Island’s largest full service retail garden centers. In 1978, Adele opened The Dees’ General Store, the first of its kind on Long Island. Adele sold candles, soaps, antiques, gifts and coffee grinds.
1978 - Today
Four Generations of DiDominicas
Today Dees’ Nursery is still proudly owned and operated by 3 of the Dee brothers, Tom Jr, Steve and Joe. The family business has evolved each year and now offers an online store. Keeping with their roots you can still come into Adele’s gift shop for candles and gifts, receive gardening advice from one of the family and purchase a fresh, live Christmas tree from their tree farm.
The Dees’ Nursery and Family proudly supports their town and surrounding community. We would like to thank generations of loyal customers who continue to support our family business. We will continue to grow our business and focus on individual and exceptional service.
THE HOLIDAYS AT DEES
ALL YEAR & ALL AGES
In addition to Dees’ Nursery in Oceanside the family owns and operates The Dees’ Tree Farm in Franklin Maine. There they harvest Balsam Christmas Trees and Balsam brush for wreaths and garlands. The Tree Farm is also the family’s second home and favorite vacation spot.
The Holidays at Dees’ are magical and a visit to Dees’ has become a tradition for generations of families. We offer family fun events all year long including a fall festival with a petting zoo, gem mining and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Easter Bunny.
CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
The Dees’ at their Christmas Tree Farm in Franklin, Maine.
TREES FOR TROOPS
Since 2003, The Dees’ donates Christmas trees from their farm to the women and men serving our nation overseas. Since starting this endeavor, over 6,000 trees have been shipped and countless community members have contributed their time and resources.
CHRISTMAS AT DEES'
Always festive and fun, come see how the Dees’ transforms for the holiday season. We welcome Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause – plus the Grinch!
QUALITY MEANS SUCCESS IN THE GARDEN.
Come check out Long Island’s Best Kept Secret. At Dees, Quality Means Success in The Garden.