June 14, 2011

2011 Grower Of The Year Nominees

Bob’s Market & Greenhouses Selected as an Operation of the Year finalist for the second consecutive year, Bob’s Market and Greenhouses in Mason, W.Va., is well known for producing some of the highest quality plugs in its region. In fact, Bob’s is among the top 10 plug and liner producers in the United States despite just 15 years of focus in that area. Robert Barnitz and his wife, Corena, established Bob’s Market more than 40 years ago. All five of their sons chose greenhouse floriculture as their career paths, and all five have a stake in the business as owners. Customer service is at the core of Bob’s Market, and Robert is especially proud of the fact Bob’s has never lost a customer due to poor product quality, delivery or a lack of business integrity. Building longstanding, personal relationships with customers that outlast Bob’s business relationships has always been a […]

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November 23, 2010

Regina Coronado’s Perennial Playbook

Success in plant production or growing good, quality plants is greatly related to production methods and growing strategies. All plants have different requirements. Some require higher rates of fertilizer; others require more calcium, more boron, additional iron, more trace elements or regular Epson salts applications. Soil and water analysis are a key factor to determine the appropriate feeding regime. Some plants are sensitive to certain pathogens more than others. Using a professional lab for disease diagnostics and building up the history of pathogens in a facility makes it easy to determine control strategies in a preventative manner. Always remember, preventative is easier than curative. Chemical Controls Pest control is easier to determine by season. Insect population varies with weather. When applying pesticides, it is very important to study the active ingredients and the modes of action. The chemistry of the pesticide will help structure a chemical rotation with different modes […]

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November 23, 2010

Now Accepting Grower Of The Year Nominations

In 2010, Greenhouse Grower took its longtime Grower of the Year award to new heights. We introduced a new Grower of the Year program, which encompasses two distinct awards: Operation of the Year and Head Grower of the Year. Metrolina Greenhouses and Regina Coronado of Stacy’s Greenhouses, of course, were respectively named Operation of the Year and Head Grower of the Year in 2010. But long before Metrolina and Coronado were recognized for their hard work at July’s OFA Short Course, they were nominated for their respective awards by industry colleagues. The nomination process is again in effect for the 2011 Grower of the Year awards, and you can nominate an operation or head grower you deem worthy through Friday, Feb. 25. There is no limit on the number of nominations you can make. For Operation of the Year, Greenhouse Grower is looking for operations that exemplify modern, high-quality production […]

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September 1, 2010

Slideshow: Regina Coronado at Stacy’s Greenhouses, York, S.C.

Let’s visit our Head Grower of the Year, Regina Coronado, at Stacy’s Greenhouses. Ranked at No. 87 on our Top 100 Growers, Stacy’s produces millions of perennials over 250 acres of production, including 815,000 square feet of greenhouses.

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August 25, 2010

Metrolina Greenhouses: Operation Of The Year

As a business grows really large, there’s always the concern it will become too big to move or capitalize on opportunities and adjust to market forces. Size can kill you if you can’t manage it. But that has never been the case with Metrolina Greenhouses, which has fully embraced its role as a mega grower and created a team culture that is nimble and alive to embracing change and innovation. Even 10 years ago, Metrolina was considered a very large operation with 50 acres of greenhouses in Huntersville, N.C. The company has since nearly tripled in size, becoming the largest single-site greenhouse production facility in the world. Metrolina ranks at No. 6 on our Top 100 Growers with 134 acres of covered greenhouse production and an additional 5 acres outdoors. The two large retailers it serves driving this growth are Walmart and Lowe’s. Peak season, Metrolina has nearly 800 employees […]

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August 25, 2010

Regina Coronado: Head Grower Of The Year

She came for three months and ended up staying for 20 years. That’s how Regina Coronado’s journey began from an agronomist in Guatemala to becoming one of the leading ornamental plant growers in the United States. Regina is the head grower at Stacy’s Greenhouses in York, S.C. Ranked at No. 87 on our Top 100 Growers, Stacy’s has 815,000 square feet of greenhouse production and 250 acres of outside growing area. The company founded by Louis Stacy, Jr. specializes in perennials, pansies and mums and serves the nation’s largest retailers directly and indirectly through many of the largest bedding plant growers. Stacy’s also has two retail garden centers and is in touch with consumers. Our panel chose Regina among a pool of 17 nominated growers and four finalists for our very first award recognizing an outstanding Head Grower of the Year as part of our Grower of the Year awards […]

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August 24, 2010

ASBPE Recognizes Grower Of The Year Coverage

The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has recognized Greenhouse Grower Editor Delilah Onofrey for her September 2009 Grower of the Year coverage of Lucas Greenhouses. ASBPE awarded Delilah a Regional Silver Award in the Central-Southeast region for the organization profile category. In addition to Delilah’s award, Greenhouse Grower’s sister magazine, Today’s Garden Center, was awarded a National Bronze Award for its 2010 State of the Industry Report. The report appeared in the December 2009 issue of Today’s Garden Center. Editor Jennifer Polanz, Group Editor Richard Jones, Associate Editor Pete Mihalek and Senior Graphic Designer Patrick Brickman are the award recipients.

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July 16, 2010

Metrolina, Coronado Earn Grower Of The Year Awards

Greenhouse Grower hosted its annual Evening of Excellence event July 12 at OFA Short Course, where it unveiled the 2010 Operation of the Year and Head Grower of the Year award winners. Earning Operation of the Year honors this year is Metrolina Greenhouses, the sixth largest greenhouse operation in the United States that’s constantly developing new ideas, inventing new production systems and automation and building effective service and merchandising programs. Head Grower of the Year honors, meanwhile, went to Regina Coronado of Stacy’s Greenhouses. With a staff of four assistant growers, four scouts, eight irrigators and 12 chemical applicators, Coronado uses a variety of methods to ensure every plant grown at Stacy’s grown to the highest quality and ready to perform for the consumer. Coronado manages 250 miles of drip irrigation and 20 acres of lit growing beds, and she keeps the operation at the front end of technology and […]

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June 15, 2010

2010 Head Grower Of The Year Finalists

For the first time, Greenhouse Grower is recognizing head growers as part of its Grower of the Year program. Our Head Grower of the Year will be named July 12 during our Evening of Excellence ceremony at OFA as part of our program. Our Operation of the Year will be named then, as well. Seventeen head growers were nominated for this award. Our 2010 panel, which narrowed the field down to four, includes Associate Professor Paul Fisher of the University of Florida, Greenhouse Grower Editor Delilah Onofrey, our last two Growers of the Year – George Lucas and Mark Elzinga of Elzinga & Hoeksema Greenhouses – and Steve Larson, national ornamentals account manager for BASF. Now, we present our four finalists of Head Grower of the Year. Andrew Britten, Costa Farms Andrew Britten, who currently manages plug, propagation and offshore stock production at Costa Farms, joined the Miami, Fla.-based operation […]

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August 24, 2009

Slideshow: Grower Of The Year Lucas Greenhouses

Grower Of The Year Lucas Greenhouses

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