The first generation of Zimmerman Landscaping began with Del Zimmerman in 1929. With a degree from Michigan Agricultural College in Landscape Architecture, Del began his business on the corner of West M-72 and Bay St in Traverse City. It was called Zimmerman Landscaping as it is today. His wife Dawn was in charge of the Zimmerman House and Garden Shop, which sold high quality garden and home accessories. Most of her customers remember sitting by the fireplace with Dawn sharing stories and good times. Del had a very successful business that served Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie and Antrim Counties!
Del’s son, John, who grew up in the home right next door to his family’s Garden Shop, lived and breathed the landscaping business every day. John, like his Father, attended Michigan State’s Landscape Architecture program as well. In 1970, John, and his wife Jacque purchased the landscaping business from Del. In the beginning of John’s career, he purchased the land which Zimmerman Landscaping is still on today. The land was the old Hoolihan farm, complete with the farm house, barn and chicken coop – chickens included! Over time, they paved the farm driveway and tore down the old farm buildings.
John and his wife Jacque built up the business tremendously. Along with the growth, they had their business, Zimmerman Landscaping, Incorporated. They tripled their stock of of plants, trees and shrubs according to demand over the years, greatly expanded the landscaping services the business provided, and added irrigation installation to the mix. Now, we have one of the largest plant selections in the area. John and Jacque have two sons in the landscaping business. Their son Matthew, who is now Head of Operations, is the 3rd generation of Zimmerman Landscaping Inc.