ADHB/BPOA nursery tour completes

The tour visited different sized nurseries to look at production methods of seasonal bedding and herbaceous plant production and marketing strategies employed by various retailers.


The ADHB/BPOA tour ran from 19 February until 27 February 2017.

Tour ADHB/BPOA tour destinations:

Northwest Horticulture in Skagit County, Vancouver, British Columbia.

The business consists of three sites in Washington State and a further one in California, covering an area of 260 ha of protected and outdoor production.

Northwest Horticulture produces a wide range of plug grown herbaceous and perennials, grasses, ferns, along with roses, bedding plants and sedum tiles for use as living roofs. Mark Buchholz, CEO of the company, showed the group around two of the sites.

Terra Nova Nurseries, Canby, Oregon. Known for their plant breeding and new introductions (they have around 800 patented plants) Terra Nova Nurseries has several micro-propagation laboratories and weaning/production structures.

Smiths Greenhouse site at Aurora, one of four sites making up 25 hectares of glasshouses and other structures and 20 hectares of outdoor production beds.

The nursery produces a wide range of plant material - bedding, perennials, pot plants and plugs, supplied to multiple retailers, garden centres and other nurseries generating a turnover of $60 million per annum. A new four hectare glasshouse block was just being completed at the Aurora site which featured concrete cascade flood floors, pipe heating, shade screens and diffuse glass.

Nordic Nurseries, Aldergrove, British Columbia. A propagation nursery producing around 7 million rooted cuttings per year, primarily Proven Winners plant material.

Minter Country Garden, Chilliwack. A garden centre offering a wide range of annuals, perennials and shrubs.

deVry Greenhouses, Chilliwack, British Columbia.

The business consists of three sites in British Columbia and Alberta consisting of 20 hectares of production space, both protected and outdoors. Under glass a wide range of annuals, vegetables, herbs and fruits are produced in packs, pots and baskets, along with young plants, while outside thuja is field-grown for containerisation.

Rainbow Glasshouses, Chilliwack. This nursery has a similar product range and also produces its own young plants, around six million cuttings and 30 million seedlings.

The business has invested heavily in a system of conveyor belts around the nursery, boom irrigation, LED lighting and plug making equipment. 

It also possesses a five and a three megawatt biomass unit.

Garden Works, a garden centre on the outskirts of Vancouver.

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