Landreth, Jr. was
born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802. The company had started a branch office in Charleston, South Carolina and
David, Jr. ran the operation as his first business experience beginning. The
branch in South Carolina thrived until the war forced its closing in
the death of his father in 1828, David took over management of the seed
operation and Thomas Landreth
assume responsibility for the nursery business. The seed business
changed its name to David Landreth & Co. in 1830.
took an active role in horticulture and became one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He eventually became
president of the Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture
and was vice president of the United States Agricultural Society.
1832 he began publishing "Floral Magazine".
The magazine was not financially
successful and ceased after only a few years. He edited an American edition of George W. Johnson's
of Modern Gardening" published in Philadelphia in 1847.
in 1847, the firm moved to Bloomsdale, Bristol, Pennsylvania.
Bloomsdale was said to be the most complete seed farm in
America. The company changed its name to David Landreth
& Son in 1860 and David Landreth & Sons in 1875. David died in 1880 and his son,
assumed the reins of the company.