AmericanHort recently announced that it will host a fall tour of ornamental growing facilities in the Southern New Jersey area. The Field & Covered Production Tour, which takes place September 14-15, will provide growers with the opportunity to see new production techniques, gain a better understanding of industry trends, have an opportunity to learn best practices, and make valuable industry connections.
Tour stops include Overdevest Nurseries, Centerton Nursery, and Lucas Greenhouses. Lucas Greenhouses, number 62 on Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Top 100 Growers list, is one of eight pilot sites for Systems Approach to Nursery Certification, so growers will have the opportunity to learn more about this harmonized, risk-based systems approach to nursery and greenhouse certification, what it means for the industry, and how to implement it in their operation.
Overdevest Nurseries in Bridgeton, NJ, is a wholesale grower that sells to independent garden centers and distributors within a 300-mile radius. Overdevest Nurseries grows more than 1,400 varieties of shrubs, trees, vines, and perennials on 210 acres, while container production involves more than 2.7 million square feet of covered growing space.
Centerton Nursery, also in Bridgeton, is a family owned operation that produces nearly 1,000 types of container-grown, hardy garden plants, including perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and herbs. Centerton Nursery sells exclusively to independent garden centers, franchises, farm and roadside markets, landscape contractors, and florists.
Lucas Greenhouses in Monroeville, NJ, known for its plant quality and customer service, sells to garden centers and landscapers. More than 1 million square feet of indoor growing facilities combines with more than 30 acres of outdoor production space to house Lucas Greenhouses’ full line of best-selling annuals, mums, and poinsettias.
Information about the event, tour locations, and registration is available at AmericanHort.org/Tour.