Stephen Hazeltine is President and Owner of Hazeltine Nurseries, Inc., a full-service landscape development and maintenance company, as well as a 90-acre growing nursery and tree farm, located on North River Road in Venice, FL. Hazeltine Nurseries, Inc. specializes in designing and installing landscapes, hardscapes, irrigation, drainage and landscape lighting systems that transition the outer living areas of both residential and commercial properties.
Stephen and his wife, Michelle, began their company in 1983. It has since grown to employ over 150 people and is one of the largest privately owned green industry businesses in Sarasota County.
Stephen is one of nine children and a fourth-generation resident of the Venice area. He attended Sarasota County Technical Institute from 1982 to 1986, where he studied horticulture landscape design, irrigation and crop production. He is a certified landscape/irrigation designer and contractor in the State of Florida and a member of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, Florida Landscape Architects Society, Florida Palm Society and TEC of Southwest Florida. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Occasionally, he speaks to civic and horticultural groups on proper design techniques and is often sought after for his innovative and eco-friendly designs. His passion is designing exterior living areas.
Under the guidance of Stephen and Michelle, Hazeltine Nurseries, Inc. has won numerous awards over the years. Some of them include:
- Sarasota County Environmental Services “Keep Sarasota Beautiful” Copper Star Award
- First Place Venice Reader’s Choice Award – “Best Landscape and Lawn Maintenance Company”
- Venice Main Street “Award of Excellence”
- Sarasota and Manatee County “Dedication to Service and Commitment to Excellence” award
- Venice Area Middle School “Dedication and Support as a Business Partner” award
Hazeltine Nurseries, Inc. is committed to giving back to the community. This philosophy is something both Stephen and Michelle strive for. Having started their business from nothing has made them very grateful for all the blessings they have been given. The organizations they support are usually education-based, community beautification, helping the poor or child- related. They are supporters of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, All Faiths Food Bank, South County YMCA, Venice Arboretum, Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI), Big Brothers/Big Sisters and State College of Florida.
Our fully trained expert designers’ landscape designs can be seen throughout Southwest Florida, including Boca Grande, Longboat Key, Manasota Key, Casey Key, Siesta Key, Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton and Port Charlotte. Stephen has designed projects in the Bahamas, Florida Keys, Hilton Head, SC and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, as well as an 1,800-acre corporate lodge project in Fishtail, Montana. The scope of jobs varies from single-family, high-end residential, multi-family, condominiums, commercial, and industrial to churches, parks and specialty hardscapes.
Photographs of our landscapes have appeared in Style Magazine, Sarasota Magazine, Architectural Digest, Florida Architecture, and Home and Design.
Stephen and Michelle have two sons. Michael is a graduate of Stetson University with a Degree in Family Business; he works on company process and procedure development and executes the implementation of procedures. Clayton attended Wingate University Business School and is managing the Fleet and Shop division.