Van Wingerden International

City: Mills River, N.C.

Website: Natures-Heritage.com

Environmentally controlled square footage:
1,500,000

Percentage of production space under permanent environmentally controlled structure devoted to each crop:
Ornamental bedding plants–60%
Flowering potted plants–20%
Plugs and propagation material–20%

What’s the best way to describe your greenhouse operation and its role in contract growing?
We produce plant material for other growers through contracts AND contract other growers to produce material for us.

Percentage of sales by customer:
Home improvement chains–42%
Other growers–22%
Supermarket chains–21%
Mass merchandisers–8%
Wholesale florists/brokers–3%
Other–2%
Retail florists–2%

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