Bailey Nurseries has acquired Plant Introductions, Inc. (PII), effective January 1, 2015. Founded by Dr. Michael Dirr, PII has developed numerous innovative new varieties that have been marketed worldwide, many introduced by Bailey Nurseries.
Since the introduction of ‘Endless Summer The Original,’ Bailey Nurseries and PII partners Dirr, Jeff Beasley and Mark Griffith have developed a strong association. This relationship has expanded in the years, with PII breeding genetics for the ‘Endless Summer Hydrangea’ and ‘First Editions Plants’ collections.
“This new venture is a natural progression in our relationship with Dr. Dirr, Jeff Beasley and Mark Griffith,” says Bailey Nurseries’ President Terri McEnaney. “We have built such a collaborative rapport over the last 20 years, and we are incredibly excited to continue the groundbreaking work of PII here at Bailey Nurseries. We are also delighted that Jeff, Mark and Dr. Dirr will be staying on board to consult on breeding, plant trials and market trends.”
“Mark, Jeff and I are enthusiastic about what has been achieved at PII and its future with Bailey Nurseries,” says Dirr. “We share a mutual passion for this industry and look forward to the potential of this exciting endeavor.”
With the acquisition of PII, Bailey Nurseries solidifies its position to supply new genetics and introductions to domestic and international markets. This enables Bailey Nurseries to best support the industry and consumer demand with exceptional new varieties.
Source: Bailey Nurseries