The Pinchbeck Rose Farm is an historic agricultural center located in Guilford, Connecticut. Founded in 1929 by William Pinchbeck Jr., great grandfather to fourth-generation farm owner and Head Grower Tom Pinchbeck, the rose farm sits on 38 acres of a 118-acre property and houses 150,000 square feet of greenhouse space between its 2 colossal glass houses. While the farm closed down business briefly in 2008, roses have been growing in the greenhouses for more than 80 years, producing more than 200 million blooms to the delight of customers now nationwide.
Pinchbeck roses are locally renowned for being fresh-cut and full fragrant, and for unfolding in exquisite blooms over the course of up to two weeks upon delivery. They have been a favorite among such distinguished customers as Joan Crawford and Barbara Bush, and continue to create a following among new and returning customers on a daily basis.
Today the Pinchbeck Rose Farm operates under the umbrella of Roses for Autism and offers an integrated work environment to adults on the autism spectrum who cut, sort, grade, and care for the roses under the direction of Joan Volpe, Executive Director, Tom Pinchbeck, Head Grower and Lori Gregan, Retail Operations Manager.
And production is once again on the rise. Currently the farm grows 32,000 rose bushes, 25,000 lily bulbs, and 4,900 gerbera daisy plants a year. Tom's hopes are for the greenhouse space to return to full capacity - with a vibrant, colorful array of roses, lilies, daisies, and more.