The Gallea Family
Gallea's Tropical Greenhouse got its start in 1957 as Clover Croft Farm Market. A young, tenacious couple, Joe and Ann Gallea began to grow their little market from handfuls of fresh fruits, vegetables, and homemade Italian breads into a vast variety of nursery plants and specialty items that are enjoyed by our customers today! Joe and Ann Gallea raised the business while also raising their family of five children and 19 grandchildren (and still growing)!!
In 1985, Joe Sr. and Ann Gallea decided to retire, leaving the business in the hands of three of their children; Joe Jr., Sheryl (Roets), and Susan (Lang) continuing the family traditions. We have been very fortunate to have rich history in our business which helps us to offer variety and personal touches to our valued customers.
We have grown this once tiny family business, into a successful venture! In 2000, Gallea's Tropical Greenhouse expanded to offer more unique and modern items for our respected customers. The larger space and sophisticated architecture creates a warm environment with a touch of our family history! The new building remains located at 2832 Clover Street in Pittsford, on the northeast corner of Clover Street and Jefferson Road.
Our business has remained family owned and operated for over fifty years! All the Gallea children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been a part of this family tradition, and our loyal customers have supported us through the decades.
Our family's mission is to provide you with the utmost, personal and customized care on all your planting and shopping concerns. Thank you for being a part of our family history!
"We have tried to capture the feeling of being 'at home' with a genuine fieldstone fireplace for our customers to gather around to enjoy a cup of coffee or browse through our collection of garden magazines and books."
- Joseph Gallea Jr.
"It's really rare today to be able to visit a small town shop where you can chat with one of the owners and get your questioned answered."
- Sheryl (Gallea) Roets
"Where else in Rochester can you relax by a fireplace and look into a tropical greenhouse filled with exotic plants in the middle January during a snowstorm?"
- Sue (Gallea) Lang