横浜植木 夢を植える。未来を育む。

130th

Thanks to you, we were able to celebrate
the 130th anniversary of our establishing.

We, Yokohama Nursery celebrated our 130th anniversary in June 2021.

The beginning of Yokohama Nursery.
In the Meiji Restoration era, as the development of overseas trading business,
the founder Uhei Suzuki aimed to lead the horticultural world,
which was behind other industries,
to civilization under the banner of the Meiji government dignitaries.
That was the beginning of Yokohama Nursery.
Since foreigners had been in control of trade,
Uhei Suzuki, as a Japanese, wanted to take control of
trade to convey the traditional Japanese horticultural
and garden culture to Europe and the United States by the hands of the Japanese.
We wanted to bring Western horticultural and landscaping culture
back to Japan and spread it by ourselves.
That is the root of Yokohama Nursery.

From now on, Yokohama Nursery. In seedlings, horticulture, and landscaping,
Yokohama Nursery will continue to create new valuable things
and deliver them to everyone while aiming to harmonize with
the natural environment and to solve social problems with the new era.

We will work closely with you so that everyone can lead a prosperous life.

Yokohama Nursery, challenging overseas business (1890 – 1945)

1890

February 1890: Founded as the "Limited Liability Yokohama Ueki Shokai" at the present location with Uhei Suzuki as the representative. We became the first Japanese trading company to import and export plants, which was the predecessor of our current company. Opened a branch office in San Francisco, USA.

The 1st President Uhei Suzuki

The 1st President Uhei Suzuki

1891

June 1891: Established as the "Yokohama Nursery Shokai Co., Ltd." with the capital of 50,000 Japanese Yen.

1893

October 1893: Changed our trading name to "Yokohama Nursery Co., Ltd." and completed company registration. Exhibited bonsai and Japanese-style gardens at the Columbus World's Fair in Chicago, which was very well received.

Lilies of Japan, Product catalog for overseas

Lilies of Japan,
Product catalog for overseas

1897

1897: Opened an iris garden in Isogo, Byobugaura, Kuraki, Kanagawa, to cultivate and improve the quality of irises for export.

The Isogo Iris Garden

The Isogo Iris Garden

1898

December 1898: Opened a New York office.

1903

March 1903: Due to the expansion of overseas sales channels, we opened an iris garden in Kamata, Ebara, Tokyo.

1907

February 1907: Opened a London branch. Published a list of prices for the first time and sold flower seeds in packets in Japan.

The appearance of London Branch, Source: The Florists' Exchange dated September 29, 1906

The appearance of London Branch,
Source: The Florists' Exchange dated September 29, 1906

1910

May 1910: Exhibited bonsai and a Japanese-style garden at the Japan-British Exhibition in the United Kingdom and received an Honorary Award. We were also awarded two silver cups from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Japanese cypress(Chamaecyparis) bonsai at the Japan-British Exhibition

Japanese cypress(Chamaecyparis) bonsai at the Japan-British Exhibition

1913

April 1913: Opened a shop in Shin-Ogawamachi, Ushigome, Tokyo.

1914

1914: Exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show and won the Standard Cup (We exhibited at the show every year from 1913 until 1939, receiving multiple awards).

Shrines and bonsai exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show, ©RHS Lindley Collections

Shrines and bonsai exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show,
©RHS Lindley Collections

1915

1915: Exhibited bonsai, a Japanese-style garden, etc., at the Panama Pacific World Exposition held in San Francisco, North America, receiving one honorary award, six gold medals, and five silver medals.

Exhibition at the Panama Pacific World Exposition

Exhibition at the Panama Pacific World Exposition

1916

August 1916: Opened a shop in Otaru, Hokkaido.

1925

November 1925: Constructed a pesticide manufacturing factory in Kawawa, Tsuzuki-gun, Kanagawa in preparation for the increasing demand for pesticides.

1926

March 1926: Established the Totsuka Trial Farm in Gumizawa, Taisho, Kamakura, Kanagawa.

1931

December 1931: Opened the Osaka Sprayer Factory in Kita, Osaka.

1933

1933: Opened the Sapporo office in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

1941

November 1941: The Osaka Sprayer Factory was refurbished and relocated to the Totsuka Trial Farm.

The Totsuka Trial Farm

The Totsuka Trial Farm

1942

May 1942: Following the agricultural chemical company development policy set by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Toa Agricultural Chemicals was established in partnership with National Purchase Agriculture Cooperative Association. Koichi Suzuki, a director of the Company (later the fourth president), became the president of this association. The Kawawa factory was transferred to the new company.

1945

March 1945: The Totsuka Trial Farm and Sprayer Factory were transferred by military mediation and the machinery was moved to the head office. All overseas branches and offices were closed after World War II.

Yokohama Nursery, a leader in the Japanese horticultural industry (1946~2000)

1965

February 1965: Established the Kikugawa Research Station in Kikugawa, Shizuoka.

Today's Kikugawa Research Station

Today's Kikugawa Research Station

1971

June 1971: Received the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Award as an export contributing company.

1974

1974: Our first hybrid carrot variety, US Mating Fresh Red 4 Inch, was awarded the first special prize by the Japan Seed Trade Association Variety Examination Committee.

1984

April 1984: Establishment of a biotechnology department for the purpose of research and development of plants.

1988

August 1988: Established the first branch field in Yoshizawa, Kikugawa, Shizuoka to enhance the vegetable seed research and development system.

1988: The iceberg lettuce variety Shizuka received the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award from the Japan Seed Trade Association Variety Examination Committee.

Shizuka

Shizuka

1988: First announcement regarding the red flesh melon variety Quincy. This long-selling variety is still on sale today.

Quincy

Quincy

1991

January 1991: A celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the company was held.

1996

1996: Announcement the Radish variety Bushou. This is the first variety in Japan developed using cytoplasmic male sterility and was awarded the first prize from the Japan Seed Trade Association Variety Examination Committee.

1997

May 1997: Noriaki Watanabe was appointed as the 10th president.

Yokohama Nursery strives forward as a general agricultural and horticultural trading company (2001~)

2003

2003: The Bunching onion variety Kaseiro No. 2 was awarded the first prize by the Japan Seed Trade Association Variety Examination Committee.

Kaseiro No.2

Kaseiro No.2

2009

October 2009: Received the Ministry of Construction City Bureau Director's Award (Harbor View Park).

Harbor View Park

Harbor View Park

December 2009: Awarded as an excellent construction contractor in the department of civil engineering by Yokohama City.

2010

2010: Developed the world's first seedless green pepper variety, Tane Nappie. Started selling in 2016.

Tane Nappie

Tane Nappie

November 2010: Completed the construction of a new Seed Center.

Seed Center

Seed Center

2012

December 2012: Established the Horticultural Department Kyushu Sales Office in Kurume, Fukuoka.

2013

February 2013: Obtained ISO9001 quality and ISO14001 environment certification by Headquarters Landscaping Department and Hokkaido Branch Landscaping Section.

May 2013: Kazuo Ariyoshi was appointed as the 11th president.

2014

March 2014: Certified as the highest-ranked Yokohama-model regional contribution company.

December 2014: Received the excellent construction supervisor commendation for the expansion and maintenance work carried out at Ideto Park, Yokohama City.

Ideto Park

Ideto Park

2018

January 2018: Completed a new office building of the Hokkaido Branch.

Hokkaido Branch

Hokkaido Branch

September 2018: Established overseas subsidiary, The Yokohama Ueki Chile SPA.

2019

March 2019: Opened South Kyushu branch office in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki.

May 2019: Satoshi Ito was appointed as the 12th president.

2019: The Japanese radish variety Taketora was presented at the Daijosai, the first ceremonial offering of rice by the newly-enthroned Reiwa Emperor.

Taketora

Taketora

2020

February 2020: Kikukawa Basic Research Laboratory was newly constructed.

Kikukawa Basic Research Laboratory

Kikukawa Basic Research Laboratory

2020: Release of the "Snow Miku Petunia" a variety which was a collaborative product of Snow Miku and Flower Pot & Petunia.

Snow Miku Petunia

Snow Miku Petunia

2020: Redesigned the packaging of the long-selling Arimetsu, an insecticide for ants which has been on sale for 93 years.

Arimetsu

Arimetsu

2021

June 2021: 130th anniversary of foundation.

『百花繚乱「横浜植木物語」』記念出版

The Story of Yokohama Nursery

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