Central Nurseries Inc. was founded in 1936 by Alessandro Pagliarini. Under his guidance the company prospered and developed during the 1930s through the 1950s. He remained active in the company until his passing in 1984. His son, Mario, was active in the business from his childhood. In 1953 Mario assumed the position of President and Administrative Officer. He expanded the company's operations, which included large landscape projects throughout the North Atlantic States.