Rockledge Gardens has been a mainstay in Central Brevard since 1960

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In March 2020, Theresa and Kevin Riley were planning a party.

Rockledge Gardens, their destination nursery and event space on US 1, started by Theresa’s father as a bulb-packing plant, was about to turn 60.

As part of that celebration, the Rileys planned an announcement: They were ready to retire. With their three children happy in non-gardening careers, they were looking for someone to take over the business, someone who would love it and nurture it.

Then came COVID-19.

The party was canceled. The Rileys, like business owners around the world, went into preservation mode, implementing curbside pick-up and online ordering.

Now that they’re no longer in crisis mode, the Riley’s made a different announcement last week, in their Gardening Bugs e-newsletter. Rockledge Gardens has been sold. Theresa and Kevin are retiring.

New owners Devon Klingman and Brendan Hayes-Morrison were introduced to Rockledge Gardens customers during a casual wine reception Wednesday. Another event is planned for 11 am-4 pm Sunday.

Rockledge Gardens, a family owned destination nursery and garden center has been sold.  Kevin and Theresa Riley, long time owners, have sold the business to Devon Klingman and Brendan Hayes-Morrison.  Rockledge Gardens was founded in 1960 by Harry Witte, a bulb farmer who had settled in Brevard County in 1948 with his wife Mary.

How do you get from Antarctica to Rockledge Gardens?

Until a few months ago, Devon and Brendan rented a home in Charleston, South Carolina, but they spent at least half their time at sea working as merchant marines.

Brendan grew up in Gainesville, Devon in Colorado. Last summer when both were on dry land for a few months, they took a trip around Florida in their VW camper van. They were charmed by the Space Coast.

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