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.

Leave a Reply

More From Varieties...

October 17, 2017

14 New Shrubs With Fringe Benefits

What’s popular with shrubs? Consumers want varieties that will give them more return on their investment, in terms of long-lasting blooms and multi-season appeal that lasts from spring until fall and at times stretches into the winter months. Here are 14 new varieties of shrubs and sub-shrubs to consider for your product mix in 2018.

Read More

October 14, 2017

PlantPeddler Hosting Poinsettia Variety Day in December

The event will feature side-by-side comparisons of more than 100 commercial and pre-released varieties from seven breeders.

Read More

October 10, 2017

Coastal Callas Is a Dream Fulfilled for Founder Adrian Espinoza

Adrian Espinoza and his family founded Rancho Espinoza Inc. and Coastal Callas in California seven years ago with a mission and purpose to provide consistent quality and reliable supply of calla lilies to the marketplace.

Read More
Latest Stories

October 17, 2017

14 New Shrubs With Fringe Benefits

What’s popular with shrubs? Consumers want varieties that will give them more return on their investment, in terms of long-lasting blooms and multi-season appeal that lasts from spring until fall and at times stretches into the winter months. Here are 14 new varieties of shrubs and sub-shrubs to consider for your product mix in 2018.

Read More

October 14, 2017

PlantPeddler Hosting Poinsettia Variety Day in December

The event will feature side-by-side comparisons of more than 100 commercial and pre-released varieties from seven breeders.

Read More

October 10, 2017

Coastal Callas Is a Dream Fulfilled for Founder Adrian …

Adrian Espinoza and his family founded Rancho Espinoza Inc. and Coastal Callas in California seven years ago with a mission and purpose to provide consistent quality and reliable supply of calla lilies to the marketplace.

Read More
Azalea Encore Autumn Bonfire

October 4, 2017

Big Changes on the Horizon for Woody Ornamentals

The future looks bright for the woody ornamentals market, with exciting new varieties in the pipeline that will offer greater disease resistance, cold hardiness, bloom capacity, and more.

Read More

October 3, 2017

25 New Blooming Potted Plants for Luxury Sales

Consider these new blooming potted plant varieties that offer full blooms, unique foliage, and a touch of extravagance and easy maintenance for time-strapped customers who want to pamper themselves.

Read More
Hydrangea 'Berry White' (Bailey Nurseries)

October 2, 2017

Woody Ornamentals Market Set for Growth

The woody ornamentals market is looking up. Now, out-of-the box thinking about product offerings and consumer education will keep things moving in the right direction.

Read More

September 27, 2017

New Mum Intros From California Spring Trials 2017

For fall gardening product selection, you can't go wrong with offering mums. Here are a few of the new introductions that we saw at California Spring Trials 2017 that will be making their retail debut in 2018.

Read More
Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer BloomStruck’ (Bailey Nurseries)

September 26, 2017

Bailey Nurseries Enhances Product Development Program, …

Plant Introductions, which Bailey purchased almost three years ago, is being rebranded as Bailey Innovations, an entity that will breed and trial new varieties in Georgia.

Read More
Green Fuse Lupine Staircase Pink

September 24, 2017

How to Effectively Grow Staircase Lupine

The Staircase Lupine series, part of Green Fuse Botanicals’ First Light Perennials collection, has the potential to put on a great display with solid and bicolor hues.

Read More
Terra Nova 2018 Catalog

September 23, 2017

Terra Nova Nurseries’ Latest Plant Catalog is Now Avail…

The new 2017-2018 plant catalog, which features hundreds of varieties, series, and collections from Terra Nova Nurseries, pays homage to the company’s 25th anniversary.

Read More
Armitage GWA Buffalo Tour 5

September 21, 2017

Tour of Buffalo Gardens Reveals Hidden Gems And Communi…

This past August, Allan Armitage joined the Association for Garden Communicators on a tour of Buffalo. It was a reminder that that we can make a difference in neighborhoods, in cities, and in people’s lives.

Read More
Suntory Grandessa argyranthemum - feature

September 18, 2017

Breeders Open Availability for Unrooted Cuttings; Here&…

With new avenues for buying young plants for vegetative production, growers should have an easier time finding availability and receiving shipments of unrooted cuttings for the coming seasons.

Read More
Ball, Tagawa Succulents Partnership

September 14, 2017

Ball Seed to Partner With Tagawa Greenhouses on New Suc…

The new program includes in-demand retail products that are popular with younger shoppers, allowing growers to easily build a comprehensive succulent program and stay on-trend in the marketplace.

Read More
Strait-Laced Elderberry

September 10, 2017

Check Out the Top Varieties On Display at Farwest 2017

A panel of plant experts, along with show attendees, selected their favorite offerings during the Farwest 2017 New Varieties Showcase.

Read More

September 5, 2017

Hort Couture Announces New Propagation and Broker Partn…

The new grower-propagator partners are deeply vested in the independent garden center channel with propagation expertise, as well as finished production focused on the independent grower.

Read More
Helianthus Sunfinity (Syngenta Flowers)

September 3, 2017

Growing Tips for Helianthus Sunflower ‘Sunfinity…

This annual sunflower is a profuse bloomer with strong branching that produces multiple flowers per plant from spring to fall.

Read More
Ball Seed Field Day 2017

September 2, 2017

Highlights from Ball Seed’s Annual Field Day and Landsc…

Attendees of the one-day event had the opportunity to see new plants in up-close-and-personal trials, and engage with speakers and product experts.

Read More
Bidens Popstar (Kientzler)

August 31, 2017

Allan Armitage: Why I’ve Become a Fan of Bidens

The rather boring plant with mundane daisy-yellow flowers has morphed into a vigorous plant carrying colorful flowers that seems to be comfortable in most of the country.

Read More