Fisher visited Timothy’s Center for Gardening in Robbinsville to announce the results of the survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. He said Memorial Day weekend is a great time to head to a nursery or garden center to buy plants for the season.
Floriculture crops include bedding plants, such as flowering annuals, and also cut flowers, chrysanthemums, hostas, lilies, poinsettias and foliage plants.
The survey showed that
Bedding and garden plants sales were $110.5 million, an increase of 3 percent from a year earlier.
Dominick Mondi, Executive Director of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association said the survey shows that floriculture is a viable industry in
"Now that you know, use that knowledge to wisely purchase locally grown plants from independent growers and garden centers; your garden and the environment will thank you," said Mondi. "All the same benefits you receive from buying your produce locally, like higher quality, less fuel spent on transport, and supporting the local economy, you get with purchasing flowers locally, as well."
Timothy’s Center for Gardening grows annuals, perennials and fall mums on one and a half acres. Timothy Serinese is the third generation in the business, which was started by his grandfather, father and uncle on the same location in 1965.
“Our specialty is our large selection and quality – we have one of the largest retail perennial departments in the area,” said Serinese, who has an Ornamental Horticulture degree from
To find a nearby nursery or garden center, visit the Jersey Grown website at: www.jerseygrown.nj.gov/retailers_info.htm.l