Organizational Overview

Brandywine Nurseries serves commercial and residential clients, large and small, and customizes our services to the needs, desires, and budget of each. Our motto is "Leaving a legacy of beauty for generations to come".

Brandywine Nurseries is one of the largest landscape contractors in Delaware, and the oldest one continuously family-owned and operated. Our family management guarantees personal service and attention to detail. These attributes have built us our reputation for excellence.

Our staff includes experts certified in landscape design, landscape installation, pesticide application, and sediment and erosion control. Our executives have served in leadership roles in the industry, locally and nationally, including: President, Delaware Contractors Association; President, Delaware Association of Nurserymen; President and Founder, Delaware Grounds Management Association; Senator, American Nursery and Landscape Association; President, National Landscape Association; and Director, Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Management Team

Joseph and Margaret Jamison

Joseph Jamison acted as Chief Executive Officer, supervised the Lawn Maintenance Division, and played a major role in the daily company management. Before establishing Brandywine Nurseries, formerly Joseph F. Jamison, Inc. - Landscape Contractor, in 1946, Joseph served as the Forester for the City of Wilmington. In addition to his extensive experience, he received advanced education at the Bartlett Tree School (Connecticut), Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), University of Delaware, and the O.M. Scott Lawn Institute (Ohio). Joseph served in the First Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army. In 1995, he was inducted into the Delaware Association of Nurserymen's Hall of Fame. Sadly he passed on Mother’s Day 2009. He will be greatly missed.

Margaret Jamison held the positions of Executive Secretary and Treasurer. Margaret managed the daily operation of the company through office staff supervision, accounting, marketing, job costing, and record keeping. Margaret joined her husband at Brandywine Nurseries in 1949. Prior to that she worked at Hercules as a private secretary to a vice president. She received her secondary education from the College of New Rochelle in New York and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Margaret had also received certificates from Longwood Gardens in Ornamental Horticulture. To our great sorrow Margaret passed away on June 2, 2004

Joseph (Jamie) F. Jamison, Jr.

Jamie Jamison has over 30 years experience in the landscaping industry and has been in the family business since 1976. Jamie serves as President in charge of Environmental and Site Management Services. In addition to his years of experience, he attended Wesley College, University of Dallas, and Rutgers University-Cook College.

He is recognized as an expert in the turfgrass industry and has been interviewed on the television news and published in trade journals. In 1994, he lectured at the American Association of Nurserymen's Management Clinic. Jamie is a Past President of the Delaware Association of Nurserymen and part of the team that designed and implemented the Delaware Certified Nursery Professional Program. He served nationally on the Board of Senators and currently sits on the Horticultural Standards Committee of the American Nursery and Landscape Association. He also is a founding member and President of the Delaware Grounds Management Association. In 1995, the National Landscape Association elected Jamie its Region II Director. He became President of the National Landscape Association in the year 2000. Locally, Jamie serves on the New Castle County Vocational Technical Advisory Council, The Delaware Water Resource Coordinating Council and The Governors Drought Advisory Committee. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has acknowledged Jamie as a Certified Stormwater Management Construction Reviewer and Certified Sediment and Erosion Control Specialist. He is also a Certified Pesticide Applicator.

Brien H. Jamison

Brien Jamison has over thirty years of landscaping experience and became a full-time executive of Brandywine Nurseries in 1976. Brien serves as President in charge of all Landscape Services, and has established himself as a local and national leader in the landscaping and contracting industries. Landscape operations include the Lawn and Landscape Management and Bid / Build divisions. Brien is a Past President of the Delaware Contractors Association and the first Merit Shop contractor to hold the position; currently, he serves on their Executive Committee. He has also served on the Small Business Committee for the State Chamber of Commerce and committees with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Delaware.

Brien has gained national recognition through representing the National Landscape Association, as an end consumer, on a committee to review and update the American Standard for Nursery Stock, published by the American Association of Nurserymen. In addition to Brien's years of experience, he graduated from Delaware Valley College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He regularly attends continuing education programs to remain a leader in the industry.

Brien Jamison Jr.

Brien Jr. is the next generation of the Jamison Family. He is the third generation to operate the business overall. Brien Jr. is the new Head of Technical Services. He designs, develops and maintains landscape lighting and irrigation systems of the highest quality. Brien is factory trained and certified in irrigation and lighting design and installation practices. His personalized service gives great attention to each client’s specific needs. Brien Jr. has a B.S. from West Virginia University in Agribusiness. Brien Jr. continues to stay ahead of technical advancement in irrigation and landscape lighting through trade seminars and factory training.


Company History

2010 Paul Orpello joined management staff in design / build operations
2006 Brandywine Nurseries opens Sussex County (Delaware) Division
2002 Continuing on Brandywine Nurseries' Mission to be Delaware's premier provider of professional landscaping and environmental services
2000 Joseph 'Jamie' Jamison, Jr. served as President of the National Landscape Association
1997 John Hetrick served as President of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers
1996 Celebrated "50 years of Service" to the landscaping industry.
1995 Corporation reorganized. Joseph Jamison, CEO; Margaret Jamison, Executive Secretary / Treasurer; Joseph Jamison, Jr., President - Environmental and Site Management Services; Brien Jamison, President - Landscape Services; and John Hetrick, Vice President - Design Services
1989 John Hetrick, APLD, a Certified Landscape Designer joined management staff in an effort to expand design / build operations
1984 Moved to present location - closed Retail Nursery and Garden Center. Focused efforts on full-service landscape contracting. Services include landscape design, installation, maintenance, turf establishment, and environmental services.
1976 Joseph, Jr. and Brien Jamison became full-time officers of Brandywine Nurseries, Inc.
1971 Celebrated 25 years of operation. Expanded operation and moved Garden Center location to Marsh Road.
1959 Brandywine Nurseries became incorporated. Margaret Jamison, President; Joseph Jamison, Jr., Vice President; and Brien Jamison, Secretary / Treasurer.
1956 Opened Garden Center on Wilson Road - changed name to Brandywine Nurseries.
1947 Expanded services to include Landscape Design, Installation, and Construction.
1946 Established Joseph F. Jamison, Inc. - Landscape Contractor, specialized in tree work and lawn maintenance.

Professional Affiliations

Community Activities

Service Areas

Based in Wilmington, Delaware serving a 90-mile radius including Kent and Sussex Counties, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.