BELMONT, N.C. — What does it take to run a retail and wholesale company that has more than five acres of greenhouses, two acres of outdoor growing space and provides millions of plants to the region? What plants will be popular next year? What annuals grow best in North Carolina?
Learn the answers and more during Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens upcoming First Tuesday Presentation: Horticultural Partners from noon to 1 p.m. July 2 at the garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.
Larry Leonard is a co-owner of Kings Greenhouse, a local commercial greenhouse that plays a role in the gardens horticultural process. Because the garden does not have the space or manpower to grow every annual or perennial plant, Kings Greenhouse supplements the gardens annual and perennial selection.
King's Greenhouse has two locations in North Carolina: one in Stallings and another in Monroe. According to Lawrence, Kings Greenhouse grows almost 4 million plants each year, with 70-80 percent being sold at a wholesale level to independently owned garden centers. The original location of Kings Greenhouse in Stallings is home to The Garden Center, a shopping facility and gift shop. It has 14,000 square feet of greenhouse space and about 30,000 square feet of outdoor shopping area. The location in Monroe is known as the Wholesale Center and consists of acres of greenhouses, and provides plants for independent garden centers and professional landscapers.
First Tuesday presentations are free with garden admission: adults, $12; seniors 60 and older, $10; and children 4-12, $6. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit visit www.DSBG.org.