Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

May 04, 2007

Greenhouses Open for Season, Offer More Than Just Flowers

Western New York Greenhouses Host “Make it for Mom” Promotion This Weekend

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today reminded New Yorkers to support local greenhouses and nurseries when purchasing flowers and plants this spring. New York’s "green industry" includes nearly 800 commercial greenhouses, nurseries and garden centers statewide.

"Supporting New York’s green industry does more than beautify your home or business," the Commissioner said, "it generates economic activity on the local level and provides seasonal employment for thousands of New Yorkers.  New York’s greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries are now open for the season and filled with an assortment of trees, shrubs, flowers and plants that are ready to be planted. Stop by one of New York’s many greenhouses this spring and do your part in keeping New York green."

Local greenhouses and garden centers offer many varieties of greenery, as well as fruit trees and vegetable plants. Greenhouses make significant contributions to local communities by generating economic activity, creating jobs, keeping land open and productive, and enhancing the aesthetics of homes, schools, businesses and parks.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, several Western New York greenhouses and garden centers will be promoting "Make it for Mom" on Saturday, May 5, an event that will allow families to assemble their own planters and hanging baskets. For a list of participating garden centers, visit

Karen Hall, Director for New York State Flower Industries said, "New York State Flower Industries is an association created to support and promote greenhouse and garden center businesses in New York State. Our growers and retailers take pride in offering customers quality plant material for the yard and garden. Please support your local greenhouse and garden center by visiting them this spring."

To find other local greenhouses and garden centers in New York State, visit the Pride of New York website at Pride of New York is the State’s marketing and promotion program that generates interest and demand for New York food and agricultural products.

New York ranks fifth in the nation for floriculture production, generating $200 million last year. Bedding and garden plants are the largest component of the industry with $111 million in sales, followed by potted flowering plants that had nearly $50 million in sales last year. New York growers maintain 25 million square feet of space under greenhouses and temporary growing facilities.

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