Hammon Buck, Owner
Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee… OH SORRY! That was Daniel Boone…
Hammon Buck, or “Buck” as commonly called, was born into a horticultural family on Long Island. My grandparents on my mother’s side, Joe and Violet Wick, were florist in Baldwin NY on Grand Avenue and the business still remains under the Wick name.
When my grandparents sold the business in the early 1950’s, they retired to Laurel NY and started my uncles, Fred and Joe, into farmers in Jamesport. Soon they decided to raise trees and shrubs and became full-time nurserymen.
I was born in Riverhead NY, but my parents moved to Searsport Maine in 1961, and my father Hammon started a landscaping business and my mother Joan started a yarn shop. Trees and shrubs were also grown in the back fields, and our family began to peddle plants from our front yard. The landscaping crew did many jobs in the Belfast to Bangor area and also did two bid contracts to landscape the interchanges along Interstate 95 as part of the Lady Bird Johnson beautify America campaign. I grew up from age 6 helping to sell plants from the yard.
After my father’s untimely death in 1970, the business was sold. Growing up, I spent many summer weeks and school vacations back at Long Island with my grandparents. This lead to my Senior year in High School spent at Mattituck High School where I graduated in 1973. I was then accepted to Cornell where I majored in Landscape Architecture in 1977. Summers were spent in Camden, where my mother relocated and I worked 2 seasons for the old Dyer Nursery in Camden and All Seasons Landscaping in Rockland.
I preferred not to become an “indentured servant”, working for several years to take the exam to become a Landscape Architect. I started Plants Unlimited in 1978 on a 2 acre parcel across from Pen-Bay hospital. In 1988, the business needed more room and the move was made to our present location, the former Rockland Drive-In. Our present building is the old concession stand!
The years have quickly passed and in those years, I have been involved with the following:
- Maine Nursery and Landscape Association (MELNA) – Past President
- MELNA – 20147 Al Black Award winner for long-term dedication to Maine’s Horticulture Industry
- Garden Centers of America (GCA) – past Board Member
- Camden Garden Club – Honorary Member
- Camden Rockport Chamber of Commerce – past Board Member
- Merryspring Nature Center – past Board Member
- South Thomaston Lions Club – past King Lion and King Lion for the 2017-18 term
- Rock Coast Networkers (RCN) – Current President
I live in South Thomaston where I enjoy growing and “testing” ornamental grasses. I have over 120 varieties.
It has been a pleasure to be in this industry and area.
Buck was recently featured on the Chris Wolf Show with some great information about what's happening in gardening this season.