Buckley Opens New Facility

Buckley Opens New Facility

After more than a year of construction, Buckley Growers Illinois opened a state-of-the-art,energy-saving greenhouse adjacent to the Five Oaks Disposal Facility in Taylorville, Ill.

The disposal facility is operated by Waste Management, which partnered with Buckley to utilize hot water as a heat source. To heat the Taylorville greenhouse, a landfill creates methane gas which, in turn, powers an electrical plant and creates hot water as a byproduct. Hot water is then channeled to aerial pipes built along hanging basket lines and through floors of the greenhouse and the support facility.

Buckley can also use high-efficiency boilers and use natural gas as a safety backup energy source when landfill-created methane gas is not available. The primary energy source is, however, a huge cost-saver. The new four-acre facility is also a welcome replacement to Buckley’s previous facility, which was built in 1965 and recently sold to housing developers to pave the company’s way to Taylorville.

Aside from the heating systems, the Taylorville facility features two styles of greenhouses, six computer-controlled environment zones, 18 automated watering booms, 5,300 lineal feet of electric-powered production handling conveyors and 36,288 square feet of blackout curtains which span over 163,296 square feet. 

Buckley focuses most of its production on young plants for growers, finished and seasonal plants for retail garden centers and landscapers, and holiday pot crops for garden centers, florists and interiorscapers.

Over the years, Buckley has evolved from a small Springfield florist to a major Illinois grower. Henry Pete Buckley began the family tradition in the 1880s and Harry M. Buckley continued it by building a 40,000 square foot greenhouse that led to the creation of H.M. Buckley and Sons.

In 1965, Buckley built a 100,000 square foot greenhouse in Springfield. Buckley Growers Illinois is now in its fifth generation with H.M. “Lad” Buckley IV, Doug Buckley and David Wagner Jr. serving as co-owners along with production manager William Boehm.

Leave a Reply

5 comments on “Buckley Opens New Facility

  1. WE WOULD LIKE A CATALOG OF YOUR AVAILABLE ANNUAL PLANTS IF POSSIBLE PLEASE SEND TO BUDS AND SHRUBS 1439 FRANKSTOWN RD.JOHNSTOWN, PA. 15902 THANKS, JEFF SARLOUIS

  2. WE WOULD LIKE A CATALOG OF YOUR AVAILABLE ANNUAL PLANTS IF POSSIBLE PLEASE SEND TO BUDS AND SHRUBS 1439 FRANKSTOWN RD.JOHNSTOWN, PA. 15902 THANKS, JEFF SARLOUIS

  3. Do you do group tours? I saw a program by Mark McDonald on Illinois Stories featuring your greenhouse and Waste Management. Interested in an April 2012 tour by our group of 41. I can just imagine the beauty in your greenhouse in April! Thanks

Latest Stories
Joe Lamp'l

July 1, 2016

Gardening Personality Joe Lamp’l Will Be Keynote Speake…

Lamp’l, who hosts the PBS series “Growing a Greener World,” will discuss effective ways to build your business and keep your customers.

Read More
Cannabis states 2016

July 1, 2016

Adult Use Of Cannabis On The Ballot In 2016

25 states have legalized cannabis and public opinion is increasingly positive. Here’s where things may be headed as we move toward the fall elections.

Read More
University of Georgia Trial Gardens

June 30, 2016

First-Ever Academy Of Crop Production Offers Snapshot O…

Hosted by the Georgia Green Industry Association and the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture, the three-day conference covered everything from unmanned aerial vehicles to remote-sensing greenhouse control systems.

Read More
SunPatiens Sakata Medal of Excellence Feature

June 29, 2016

SunPatiens Earns The 2016 Medal Of Excellence In Market…

With its reputation for excellent garden performance from spring to frost, and as a problem-solver for Impatiens Downy Mildew, SunPatiens has become a “hero plant” that helps gardeners succeed.

Read More
Kelly Norris - feature

June 28, 2016

Kelly Norris: Three Variety Trends That Caught My Eye T…

My reflections on promising new plants, the realities of market penetration, and adding value along the supply chain.

Read More

June 28, 2016

10 Things You Need To Do Before And During Cultivate’16

From pre-planning to on-site networking and education, here are 10 things to consider before you depart for Cultivate’16.

Read More

June 28, 2016

How “Brexit” Will Affect The Horticulture Industry

The news this week of Great Britain’s departure from the European Union has sent shockwaves through many industries, including horticulture. Here’s a look at the potential effects of “Brexit” across the horticulture and floriculture industries.

Read More
iPad In Garden Center

June 27, 2016

Inspiring Summer Customers Without A Word Being Said

Now is the time of year to sell your customers what they like, rather than what they need. According to industry consultant Ian Baldwin, one way to do this is to use silent selling techniques and devices that help validate a purchase.

Read More
Oconomowoc

June 27, 2016

Fire Destroys Greenhouses At Oconomowoc Landscape Suppl…

The fire not only consumed the Wisconsin garden retailer's structures, but also major equipment like dump trucks. In all, the owners estimate $1.2 million in damage occurred.

Read More
Robert Conrad, Ball Seed Technology Research Manager

June 27, 2016

Ball Premier Lab Wins Medal Of Excellence Award For Its…

Over the past 30 years, the Ball Premier Lab has set the standard for high-quality seed in the industry, earning it Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Medal Of Excellence for Industry Achievement, for its dedication to advancing seed and helping growers improve their margins.

Read More
Greenhouse Whitefly

June 26, 2016

Michigan State University Offers Tips On Whitefly Manag…

Whiteflies are making headlines in Florida, but they are found across the U.S. Michigan State experts say it’s important to know how to manage each type of whitefly.

Read More
Schaefer Exhaust Fan

June 26, 2016

What’s New In Greenhouse Cooling

Cooling and ventilation companies, as well as structures suppliers, are working to help growers manage efficiencies. Here are some of their latest innovations.

Read More
Dr Allan Armitage

June 25, 2016

Three Types Of Plant Consumers To Watch

There are three emerging groups of plant consumers that you should be targeting for plant sales in the future, according to Allan Armitage.

Read More
North Creek Nurseries lower trials

June 24, 2016

North Creek Nurseries Is A Finalist For 2016 Operation …

North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg, PA, is one of three finalists for Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Operation Of The Year award and winner of the Excellence In Sustainable Production award for 2016.

Read More
Cal Poly Logo

June 24, 2016

Cal Poly Ag College Hosting Alumni Reception At Cultiva…

Alumni and friends of The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences are invited to a reception that will be held Sunday, July 10.

Read More
Stocking spring plants at Petitti Garden Center FEATURE

June 23, 2016

How Growers Can Help Retailers Sell More In Spring

Fresh from a busy spring season, retailers share their wish list of things growers can do to make spring generate even more sales.

Read More
Houwelings Tomatoes

June 23, 2016

Houweling’s Tomatoes Has A New Corporate Head Grower

Arie van der Giessen, who has led the horticultural operations for many successful regional and national greenhouse operators in North America, will start his new role in September.

Read More
Vic Frey, Kurt Weiss Greenhouses Feature

June 23, 2016

Vic Frey Named A Finalist For 2016 Head Grower Of The Y…

Vic Frey, a finalist for the 2016 Head Grower of the Year and recipient of the 2016 Excellence In Production award, was always willing to trial and experiment with the latest technology. He loved the constant change in this industry, and turned every opportunity into a teaching moment.

Read More
[gravityform id="35" title="false" description="false"]