Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery To Receive Award Of Distinction

Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery To Receive Award Of Distinction

ECGC Distributors, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery of Homestead and Apopka, Florida is the recipient of the 2006 Award of Distinction. This award recognizes the premiere interior plant grower providing the most distinctive product and service in 2006.

Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery is one of the largest orchid and bromeliad production complexes in the world, and the largest in North America, growing more than 5 million orchids. Kerry’s love of bromeliads began in his grandparents back yard in his home town of Homestead, Florida Where he began growing plants as a way of earning money while in high school. Over the next ten years he began to build his first nursery. Today Kerry’s has expanded to over 1 million square feet of automated state of the art growing facilities, always on the leading edge of innovation.

 “We are extremely honored to receive this prestigious award from this group of distinguished garden centers. These are operators that care deeply about their customers and know what they want. We are proud to be associated with the best of the best”, Kerry L. Herndon, President, Kerrry’s Bromeliad Nursery.

The Foliage Buyers of all ECGC firms perform an evaluation on each Preferred Vendor.  This evaluation contains objective criteria and a graduated scale that evaluates product and customer service.  Scores are tabulated and rankings are reported back to all foliage growers.  Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery received the highest score. 

“We believe in partnerships with our vendors and in this spirit, we perform these evaluations and share the results.  This process helps build strong long term relationships with our vendors,” comments Kathy Scott, ECGC Purchasing Director.

The Award of Distinction will be presented at a reception on Friday, January 19, 2007 at the TPIE trade show in Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center.  

“We are delighted ECGC has chosen TPIE to present its award.  I know many foliage companies strive to provide excellent customer service.  It’s a credit to ECGC that they award their vendors for outstanding service, “notes Linda Adams, Associate Vice President of FNGLA and TPIE Show Manager.  

This Award of Distinction is the only national award recognizing the interior foliage industry.  ECGC Distributors presents awards in other venues to honor the outstanding support of their vendors.  The Vendor of the Year Award is given to the highest rated woody plant grower.  The Awards of Excellence, cosponsored by Americas Mart is given to five Christmas and Decorative vendors during the January mart in Atlanta.

ECGC Distributors, Ltd is a LLC of the eleven largest independent garden specialty centers in the United States.  Owners include:  Al’s Garden Center, Oregon;  English Gardens, Michigan; Green View Companies, Illinois; Homestead Gardens, Maryland; Mahoney’s Garden Centers, Massachusetts; Martin Viette Nurseries, New York; Molbak’s, Washington; McDonald Garden Centers, Virginia; Pasquesi Home and Gardens, Illinois , Petitti’s Garden Centers, Ohio, and Southern Homes and Gardens, Alabama.

Bailey Nurseries rose chosen to honor the crew and passengers of United Flight 93

St. Paul, Minn.–Bailey Nurseries is honored to announce the inclusion of its “Forty Heroes” rose in the “Remember Me” Rose Garden collection. “Remember Me” Rose Garden is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating three gardens, one each in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, to honor the memory and spirit of each man, woman and child who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

“Forty Heroes” is an own root rose that features large clusters of deep-yellow blooms. The flowers open to a beautiful hybrid tea form, bursting with a fresh, fruity fragrance. Intense green foliage provides the perfect backdrop to highlight the golden blooms. Strong canes and an upright habit make it a standout rose in any garden.

“Forty Heroes” possess all the qualities master hybridizer Ping Lim looks for in a rose: superior disease resistance, beauty and fragrance. This rose has survived many years of rigorous testing, or what Bailey Nurseries experts call “Ping’s tough love.” There are no chemicals used in the breeding or evaluation programs, absolutely none. This process also includes purposely inviting diseases. Any roses that show signs of problems are quickly eliminated well before you see them. As a result, Forty Heroes is highly resistant to blackspot and mildew.

Lim and Bailey Nurseries are honored to be part of the “Remember Me” Rose Garden effort. “I feel this rose exemplifies the strength, courage and beauty of the passengers of United Flight 93,” says Lim. “They are the true heroes, and we feel privileged to pay tribute to them.”

Look for “Forty Heroes” Rose at better garden centers nationwide beginning spring of 2008. A donation from the sale of each “Forty Heroes” rose bush will be made to the “Remember Me” Rose Garden Maintenance Fund to finance the care of the three gardens in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, PA. For more information on the “Remember Me” gardens visit www.remember-me-rose.org.

Forty Heroes Rose
Rosa ‘BAInial’
Classification: Hybrid Tea
Official Flower Color: Deep Yellow
Bloom Cycle: Recurrent
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Height: 3-4′
Flower Form, Size: Double, 3.5-4″
Petal Count: 17-25

Visit www.BaileyNurseries.com for more information and beautiful, high-resolution images. For more information on Easy Elegance Roses or Endless Summer Hydrangeas please visit www.easyeleganceroses.com and www.endlesssummerblooms.com. We’ve expanded the content for both garden journalists and consumers to provide growing tips and planting ideas.

Bailey Nurseries is a family-owned wholesale nursery with home offices in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is among the top wholesale nurseries in the United States and provides industry members throughout the U.S. and Canada with a full line of bareroot and container-grown plants from Bailey’s properties in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington.

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