May 15, 2018
Floriculture’s Future Hangs in the Balance Between Labor and Technology
The nation’s largest growers are investing heavily in technology, new structures, human resources, and efficiency measures to stay competitive and profitable, despite significant labor shortages.
May 21, 2018
Insights From Lawmaker’s Visit to a Top 100 Greenhouse Grower
When Rep. Julia Brownley of California visited Sun Valley Group, she got a firsthand look at a very busy time in the life of a flower grower.
May 7, 2018
2018 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Growers: The Complete List, and More
Strong growth among the nation's largest growers shows no signs of slowing down, as nearly a third of the Top 100 growers have significantly expanded production, and many have ongoing projects underway.
April 13, 2018
Costa Farms’ New Chief Marketing Officer Has Experience in a Wide Range of Industries
Henry Gonzalez says the core gardener is aging, which makes it important to reach, engage, and encourage new customers to experience the benefits of gardening and houseplants.
March 23, 2018
Bell Nursery’s Gary Mangum Provides Insight on Deal With Central Garden & Pet
In light of the March 14 announcement that Bell Nursery Holdings LLC had been acquired by Central Garden & Pet, Greenhouse Grower caught up with Bell Nursery CEO Gary Mangum to get the backstory on the deal. Here is our full interview with Mangum.
March 14, 2018
Bell Nursery Acquired by Central Garden & Pet
Greenhouse Grower just learned that Bell Nursery, headquartered in Elkridge, MD, has been acquired by Central Garden & Pet Company, a leading innovator, producer, and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets.
February 20, 2018
Top 100 Growers Survey for 2018 Is Now Open!
Operations with more than 400,000 square feet of environmentally controlled production are eligible to take the survey, which provides valuable market knowledge on how the nation's largest growers are innovating, sourcing labor, keeping up with demand, and setting trends.
November 20, 2017
Botany Lane Greenhouses Announces Expansion Into Young Plants
Botany Lane, a producer of finished tropical plants, succulents, and specialty annuals in the Western U.S., recently announced it is expanding to provide young plants for growers and grower-retailers.
November 16, 2017
Costa Farms’ New Marketing Director Eager to Tap Into Changing Consumer Needs
In her new position, Damarys Mora Crawford will lead Costa Farms’ marketing team and create and execute strategic marketing initiatives to support continued sales growth for the company’s retail customers.
November 9, 2017
Speedling Wins Environmental Leadership Award From Florida Ag Commissioner
Speedling has eight nurseries throughout the country and two in Florida, where moisture levels are carefully analyzed to improve performance and consistency of transplant operations.
August 1, 2017
Costa Farms Will Maintain Operations “the Costa Way” With Acquisition, Says CEO Joche Smith
The Miami, FL-based, Top 100 Grower operation announced an agreement for Markel to acquire a majority interest in Costa Farms and its related companies. But the operation will continue to be run by current leadership, with the partnership Markel offers to allow it to continue to grow.
May 16, 2017
The Top 100 Growers are Investing in More Technology to Offset Labor Shortages
Labor has traditionally been among growers’ most significant costs, but the continued rising costs and lack of available labor are currently two very heavy burdens that growers have to bear. As the labor supply dwindles, the Top 100 Growers discuss their next steps toward investing in technology to streamline efficiency at their respective operations.
May 16, 2017
The Top 100 Growers Speak Out on Changes Needed in Immigration Reform
Opinions about the new administration’s approach to immigration reform vary widely among Greenhouse Grower‘s Top 100 Growers. Many say they are “very concerned” about the potential impact on agriculture’s guestworker programs. Others say the entire guestworker program needs to be overhauled to be simpler and easier to use for growers, and hope that this will be part of the reform efforts. And some seem to be generally in favor of the current methods. “I am in favor of securing the borders but want a simple system for legal residency.” — Dale Buist, Countryside Greenhouse and Farm Market “All this talk has made huge waves in the migrant labor workforce. Continuing this path will create an even greater shortage of employees willing to do our type of work.” — Mark Worley, Speedling, Inc. “[Trump] is only enforcing and not reforming. We will lose a lot of our best employees if this […]
May 12, 2017
How the Top 100 Greenhouse Growers Tackle Managing Costs and Prices
The country’s largest growers continue to strive to maintain a balance with price and costs while making sure they stand out from the competition.
May 8, 2017
Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Behind the Scenes: How (and Why) We Do It
It’s more important than ever to have good data that allows us to accurately measure the size and scope of our industry.