About us

Welcome to Acer Gardens! Bill and Sharon Harris have owned and operated the 18-acre nursery since 1983, and daughter Rosemary Delello joined the team in 2013, continuing the family legacy. Located in Deep River, CT we now have 11 greenhouses, acres of plant material and beautiful display gardens.

The nursery offers a wide range of plants and products which include over 1,800 varieties of perennials, grasses, ferns, vines, annuals, houseplants, vegetable plants, shrubs, roses, and trees.


We feature both pre-planted seasonal containers and a wide selection of empty containers in all sizes. We offer an extensive selection of products designed to help you in the garden and we carry both bulk and bagged products. We mix our own blends of fertilizers and grass seeds and an amazing soil/compost mixture. Our lift-gate and dump trucks can deliver any of these products.

The nursery is in a unique location near the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. Our temperatures are moderated by the Sound and the river valley soil is very fertile. Our climate zone is listed as 6a but many of the plants we sell are hardy to zone 4.

Acer  is the Latin designation for the plant genus that includes maples, a group of small and large trees with opposite leaves, cultivated chiefly for shade and ornamental foliage. When we first started this nursery, we specialized in Japanese Maple trees and still feature many unusual maple varieties.

Come and Visit Us!

Do you have any questions, or are you interested in learning more about a plant or product? Send us an email or call our office, and we'll be happy to help.


Acer is located along the CT shoreline in the quiet town of Deep River.  We are easily accessible to NY and the greater CT area via CT 9 and CT 95.

A Little History

What is now 18 acres, with 11 growing houses, started off from humble beginnings. Sharon Harris began selling plants from her front yard in North Branford as a girl, and soon after met Bill Harris as students at the UConn Agricultural School. Together, they opened a small landscaping company, which became known as Acer Gardens. The pair always wanted to own a nursery and purchased their dream land in Deep River, officially opening the nursery in 2000. They discontinued the landscape portion of the business, in pursuit of full time growing, and the nursery has been expanding ever since.

Looking Back & Looking Forward!

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