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The Walter family has been in Point Pleasant, Bucks County, Pennsylvania since the 18th century, working as farmers, teachers, merchants, doctors, and for the past four generations, nurserymen and garden designers.

John Willis Walter, Jr. graduated North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Forestry in 1930, that same year he opened Walter's Nursery with the trees and shrubs he had planted while in school. In the Depression and war years he grew and planted conifers for state and federal reforestation projects as well as fruit trees for victory gardens. His client list was limited to the few who could afford landscape gardens during those hard times, but in the post war boom his design abilities were put to good use as his small client list grew and his nursery expanded to keep up with demand. After years of growth, he turned the firm over to his two sons, John J. and Craig, in 1975.

John J. served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960 in the 8th Engineers. He was stationed in Korea, on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), where he spent thirteen months in communications. His younger brother, Craig, served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1973 and was attached to VA75 Attack Squadron. He completed two cruises on the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier to the Mediterranean and Vietnam. Over the next 25 years John J. and Craig established a fine reputation for design, plant quality, and hard work.

Today the firm is under the leadership of the third generation of the Walter family, while their sons are just entering into the story. Twelve decedents of the founder, John Willis Walter, Jr., and a score of other folks are working hard to keep his nursery going strong.