June 10, 2014

Jill West Of Al’s Garden Center And Greenhouses Is A 2014 Finalist For Head Grower Of The Year

Innovation and strong leadership skills make Jill West a worthy finalist for Head Grower of the Year.

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June 10, 2014

Ivan Tchakarov Of Metrolina Greenhouses Is a 2014 Finalist For Head Grower of The Year

Ivan Tchakarov's contagious enthusiasm, technical knowledge, drive for innovation and deep passion for his work make him a deserving finalist for the 2014 Head Grower of the Year.

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June 10, 2014

Agri-Starts Is A 2014 Nominee For Operation Of The Year

See why Agri-Starts unique products and services has made it a finalist for Greenhouse Grower's Operation of the Year Award.

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June 10, 2014

Creek Hill Is A 2014 Finalist For Operation Of The Year

See why Creek Hill Nursery's sustainable growing practices and strong customer relationships has made it a finalist for Greenhouse Grower's Operation of the Year.

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June 10, 2014

Henry Mast Greenhouses Nominated As 2014 Finalist For Operation of The Year

See how Henry Mast Greenhouses’ commitment to quality crops, customer success and sustainable practices has made it a finalist for Greenhouse Grower’s Operation of the Year Award.

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June 10, 2014

North Creek Nurseries Is A 2014 Finalist For Operation Of The Year

See why North Creek Nurseries' commitment to sustainable horticulture practices has secured its nomination as a finalist for Greenhouse Grower's Operation of the Year.

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February 19, 2014

Two Ways To Show Your Staff Members How Important They Are To Your Operation

Participating in Greenhouse Grower's Grower Of The Year program is a great way to show your appreciation to your staff, co-workers and company leadership.

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August 19, 2013

Operation Of The Year, The Perennial Farm: Putting Customers First

Rick Watson, owner of The Perennial Farm in Glen Arm, Md., has a simple goal. “I want to make sure our customers have all the plants they need when they need them,â€�  he says. “That sounds like a very simple goal, but it’s a challenging one.â€� Challenging indeed. With that objective in mind, Watson has built a business that spans more than 50 acres of highly efficient greenhouses and outdoor production, growing more than 1,000 varieties of perennials, ferns, grasses, groundcovers and flowering vines. A fleet of 16 trucks delivers to customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, and a staff of 75 employees pot, maintain, sell plants and track orders. After Fowler’s death in 1998, Watson made the difficult decision to close the landscaping division and change the name of the nursery division to The Perennial Farm. It is still a family business — Watson’s wife, Gail, does the […]

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August 19, 2013

Head Grower Of The Year Dennis Crum: The Grower’s Grower

Dennis Crum values relationships. It’s a trait that has served him well over the years and it defines his career. And it’s those relationships that have stood the test of time and remain important after the excitement of the day and after the applause dies down. This was illustrated perfectly at Greenhouse Grower’s Evening of Excellence reception at OFA Short Course. The ballroom was abuzz with excitement, as 17 companies and individuals were nominated for awards at the prestigious ceremony, including four finalists for the 2013 Head Grower of the Year Award, sponsored by BASF. When Crum, the director of growing operations at Four Star Greenhouse in Carleton, Mich., was announced as the winner, the room erupted with applause and cheers from his many supporters. Crum accepted his award with humility. Through jokes and a few tears, he thanked owners Tom and Sharon Smith and his team at Four Star […]

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July 9, 2013

Head Grower Of The Year Finalist Ivan Tchakarov, Metrolina Greenhouses

Get to know the finalists for Greenhouse Grower’s 2013 Head Grower Of The Year and Operation Of The Year Awards. The winners will be revealed at OFA Short Course.

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June 20, 2013

Pacific Plug & Liner Is A Nominee For Operation of the Year

Founded in 1999, Watsonville, Calif.-based Pacific Plug & Liner has developed a reputation for growing high-quality young plants. Owned by Washington grower Smith Gardens, Pacific Plug & Liner spans 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art production greenhouses that are the picture of innovation, with rolling Dutch containers, irrigation booms, Argus environmental controls, high-pressure fog systems and hydronic bottom heating. Managing orders and inventory with the PICAS software system allows the operation to track everything in real time, ensuring consistent quality and timely delivery. Pacific Plug & Liner places a great emphasis on customer service, committing to 24-hour turnaround for all orders and questions. Pacific Plug & Liner is a certified sustainable grower through the VeriFlora certification program. Because of its location on the environmentally pristine central coast of California, the operation sought certification as confirmation of its steps to be accountable for the overall welfare of its employees, families, community and […]

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