In 1829 Michael Waterer took control of John Taylor?s nursery at Bagshot. John Waterer, Michael's brother went to live on the nursery and three of his sons ? Frederick, Michael and John - worked with him on the nursery which traded as `John Waterer & Sons?. It was known for specialising in American plants, especially Rhododendrons.
Regularly exhibiting at shows at the Royal Botanic Society?s ground in Regents Park, the nursery soon became known as The American Nursery, Bagshot.By 1870, Waterers was the largest nursery in the area and by 1880 extended to 150 acres, of which 60 acres was utilised in the growing of RhododendronsIt later became one of the most prestigious nurseries in England.In 1982 it was purchased by Notcutts of Woodbridge, Suffolk, but retained the name.