Southern Branch Nursery Updated:08/2019

History of Southern Branch  

Our President, Eric Gunderson, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1979 with a degree in Nursery management/Landscape design.  Eric then worked for London Bridge Nursery as Nursery Manager until founding Southern Branch Nursery, Inc. in 1981.  We operated a retail garden center and landscape nursery on Battlefield Boulevard for a number of years before moving our operations to our current location on Benefit Road.  We now propagate and grow over 350 species of native plants.

Services We Provide

Southern Branch Nursery, Inc. provides consultation, design, and installation services for wildlife habitat and wetlands conservation.  We prepare landscape design master plans for large and small garden areas.

We strive to use only the native straight species (as opposed to cultivars) of plants.  Cultivars are a vegetative clone of one another and have therefore lost their genetic diversity.  However, the straight species of a native plant has gone through the natural reproductive process.  Natural selection has deemed these plants to be healthy and more attractive to pollinators.  

Southern Branch Nursery grows native plants for sale to the public, to the landscape nursery trade, and to nonprofit organizations.  We propagate native wetland plants and upland trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflower perennials from locally collected seed sources.  We grow native plants, including pollinator, host and nectar plants, freshwater and saltmarsh tolerant grasses and wildflowers, wetland and riparian buffer plants.  We do not use pesticides in our nursery; our aim is to support, never harm, the local fauna.

We install Best Management Practices (BMPs) for clients living on the local watersheds for soil conservation and stormwater control.  These include rain gardens, bio-retention soil beds, and bioswales.  We also install wetland and upland restoration and conservation landscaping using native plants, including living shorelines, riparian buffers, wildlife corridors, and pollinator gardens.  We help clients obtain required permits for implementation of restoration, erosion enhancement, and habitat projects.

We plant trees, establish and enhance wildlife habitats, including butterfly gardens, wildflower meadows, woodland gardens, and songbird, hummingbird and bee habitats.

We remove invasive plant species and replace them with site-appropriate native plants.

We deliver within the state and to Northeast North Carolina.


Our certifications include:

Certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional

Virginia Certified Landscape Designers

Virginia Certified Horticulturist

Virginia Wildlife Habitat Designer

We are members of:

Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association

Virginia Native Plant Society

Butterfly Society of Virginia

VA Society of Landscape Designers

Better Business Bureau

Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council

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Southern Branch Nursery is not employed by or affiliated with the Virginia Land Conservation Assistance Network, and the Network does not certify or guarantee their services. The reader must perform their own due diligence and use their own judgment in the selection of any professional.


Contact Southern Branch Nursery

1412 Benefit Road
Chesapeake, VA  23322
Phone: (757) 373-7763

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