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About ECG

2021

Growing, like gardening, is an act of faith, a declaration of optimism. Seldom, if ever, was that more true than in the past year.

Over the years, we’ve consistently invested in upgrading our infrastructure. In the past three years alone we’ve built acres of new growing space, modernized our technology, and streamlined our product flow.

At times, those acts of faith seemed pretty risky, almost like gambling. But they’ve paid off handsomely. Entering our fourth decade, we are a vastly improved incubator for your starters.

We’re your source for the tried and true, but we also feed your need for the novel and new. Make us your guide to the mild side, and the wild side.

We’re always on the lookout for plants that occupy the sweet spot on the oddity-to-commodity highway. That’s the point where we can reliably produce a healthy starter, and you can reliably sell a beautiful finished product — but it’s still unfamiliar enough to raise a gardener’s eyebrows and draw admiring, envious comments from passersby.

We’re delighted that you’re here with us for another growing season. Together, we’ll offer our customers and yours the best plants they’ve ever seen — and the best plants they’ve never seen.

What sets us apart

We scrupulously screen and select for unsurpassed quality and consistency throughout each liner tray. Count on reliable timing, well-established plants, and an exceptional finish with Emerald Coast.

Key products

Industry-leading selection of ornamental grass liners.

Perennial starters, familiar and novel, with new introductions each year.

Native selections, which include exclusive varieties of Andropogon.

Multiple sizes to suit our customers’ production needs, from economical 128s to jumbo 21s.

We grow 23 of the 27 plants chosen as PPA Perennial Plant of the Year.

Production Capacity

Over 500,000 square feet of heated greenhouses in Pennsylvania and Florida, plus 55 acres of outdoor growing area in the mild Florida panhandle climate.

Market

We consistently supply top-quality starter plants to growers in the US and Canada. Delivery is available by common carrier, grower truck, and customer pickup in FL and PA.

Ornamental Grasses

You never forget your first love. Our first love, the seed that grew into the company we are today, was ornamental grasses.

Thirty years ago, specializing in grasses was hardly a sure thing. Despite steady growth in designers’ vocabulary and gardeners’ favor, they hadn’t quite penetrated the mainstream market. Some dismissed them as a niche, an anomaly, a fad.

Thirty years later, grasses have traveled far – but not too far -- on the road from oddity to commodity. Well-chosen grasses, as individuals, small stands or great swaths, are an accepted and expected element of good landscapes.

We believe we had a hand in raising America’s consciousness of this wonderful, diverse category. Popularity fades if availability lags; demand soon shifts focus if supply can’t keep pace. That won’t happen on our watch.

A remarkable number of our original varieties are still with us, still popular, still generating respectable profit margins.

Festuca ‘Elijah Blue’ sold out the first year we divided it. It still does, even as excellent newer forms like ‘Cool As Ice’ emerge to challenge it. Pennisetum ‘Hameln’ still graces America’s gardens and retail benches. But have you grown our infertile collection? Cayenne™, Etouffee™, Hush Puppy™, Jambalaya™ and Praline™ offer multiple sizes and colors, with long-lasting flowers that can’t develop viable seeds. They stay put.

No, you never forget your first love... especially when it never ended. Especially when it’s only become stronger over three decades.

We renew our commitment every day. Thank you for helping us celebrate – and reach -- our 30th Anniversary.

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