SMYRNA — A Maryland-based company has purchased the landmark Ronny’s Garden World site and plans to open operations as soon as possible, according to an announcement Monday. New owner Homestead Gardens, a nationally recognized independent garden company, is working to set up the plant and garden center and hiring staff, CEO and owner Brian Riddle said in a news release. “We’re proud to bring our reputation for helping area homeowners and gardeners create beautiful spaces,” Mr. Riddle said. “We sell the highest quality plants and garden products, and will bring our signature customer service to Smyrna. Importantly, we’re excited about contributing to the growing economy in this region of Delaware.” Ronny’s Garden World was founded in 1970 by Smyrna-area natives Ronald and Glenda Burris. The family grew the business to become Delaware’s largest garden center and a regional destination at 5580 Dupont Parkway, according to the news release. The Burrises’ children have operated the business since 2005 and said they are looking forward to retirement. “We are confident that Homestead Gardens will carry on our proud tradition of family ownership, high-quality service and community engagement,” said Donna Staley, former owner and the Burrises’ daughter.