Co-owners Robert Barone Sr. and Jim Lorusso Jr. founded the company in 1987.

Co-owners Robert Barone Sr. and Jim Lorusso Jr. founded the company in 1987.


Our Mission

Southgate Nurserymen, LLC has been one of Southern Connecticut's premier commercial and residential landscape design, installation and maintenance firms for 30 years and counting. Meeting your needs and desires is our number one goal while striving to surpass your expectations. Southgate's team members are some of the most skilled and talented landscape industry professionals that Connecticut has to offer. The outcome of every project we complete is a direct reflection of what Southgate represents.


Landscape Design

            Our design staff consists of highly trained, talented, and knowledgeable individuals with years of in field experience. From small planting bed designs, to large property master plans consisting of plantings, turf, hardscapes and landscape lighting; our designers work closely with you to bring your landscape dreams to life. We can find whatever specialty item you may be searching for whether it is a large specimen plant, or a unique focal-point piece our designers specialize in sustainable landscape design which create long lived landscapes while providing many environmental benefits. Our seasonal container gardens are second to none; bringing you the “wow factor” that your home deserves.

Jacobs Beach, Guilford, CT


Landscape Construction

            Southgate's construction crews are responsible for bringing every one of our landscape designs to life. This is where the paper meets the soil. Our construction foremen are trained in reading architectural blueprints and work alongside Landscape Architects and Southgate’s Designers to make sure the project is executed to exact specifications. The diverse personnel at Southgate Nurserymen consist of horticulturists, stone masons, carpenters, drainage experts and even a welder. We have the tools and the expertise to get your project completed to the highest standards. All of our projects are completed using the highest quality materials and craftsmenship.

Winter Sod Installation


Custom Grounds Maintenance

            Staffed with experienced Horticulturists and professional detailed landscape maintenance technicians; we custom design maintenance routines specific to our client’s needs. These maintenance routines can be as detailed as needed and cover everything from; regular mowing, seasonal clean-ups, hand pruning, weeding, and plant fertilization to; pest and disease treatment of turf and ornamentals, seasonal container planting design and change-outs, and quick detailed clean-ups before parties and events. Our technicians are well versed in plant identification as well as pest and disease identification. This enables them to efficiently monitor our client’s properties.

Grounds Maintenance


Snow and Ice Management

            Our staff is trained in the most efficient snow-removal methods providing complete snow and ice management for industrial and commercial properties. . We offer the highest quality service to ensure your business is up and running in the toughest weather conditions.

Winter Storm Clearing