Peter Cilio, a renowned entrepreneur, artist and iconic fixture
of the gardening industry, died Dec. 16 at his
home in Blue
Bell, PA after a year-long battle with cancer.
Mr. Cilio founded Peter's Home and Garden Center in
Quakertown, Pa., in the early 1970s.
The retailer pioneered
the importing of Italian terra cotta to the states after its
In 1988, Mr. Cilio's
stood for quality products, top-notch customer service and a unique mix of cast stone items with Mr. Cilio's
hand applied patinas.
The small wholesaler began to evolve into a full design and production company.
born Campania Imports.
As only Peter would have it, his
family slowly began to surround him, and in the late
'90s, his daughter Nina Cilio Reelick and oldest son Peter C. Cilio
joined the company to help continue to guide
Mr. Cilio retired from his wholesale business in 2000 when he sold Campania International to a Philadelphia
company that continues to operate the business today.
At the same time, at the age of 70, Mr. Cilio
full time to focus his
energies on his
Until this last year, Mr. Cilio
continued at his
seven days a week, to develop his
specialty retail store with European style garden accents, plants, casual
furniture and much more.
The retail division of Peter's Home and Garden Center
continues to be operated by
the Cilio family today and remains a staple of the Philadelphia garden community.
legacy continues even now through his
All four of his
children remain closely tied to
Peter C. is a vice president at Campania International; Anthony Cilio is Vice President of
Peter is also survived by seven grandchildren.
The Cilio family would like to thank everyone in the closely knit and caring garden and casual industries who
were such an important part of Mr. Cilio's
Customers, vendors, friends and lunch guests - everyone was
welcome at Peter's table, and in his
We know today that he
is looking out over all of us, content and
peaceful in the knowledge that what he
has really achieved, his
greatest legacy, is the love of the garden he
helped instill in the hearts of the dear friends he
has come to know over the past 36 years.