Green Industry

The green industry across North Carolina is a huge part of the economic and environmental success of our state. Across North Carolina the green industry is comprised of various companies and organizations providing products, services, education, and resources that keep NC green and beautiful.

Our Plant and Garden Supply Sources listing includes many retail sources in 22 western North Carolina counties.  Thank you to the NC Cooperative Extension Service for providing assistance with the preparation of this listing. The North Carolina Green Industry Council indicates that the green industry adds $8.6 billion and 151,982 jobs to the state's economy annually.

The North Carolina Arboretum is a green industry partner exhibiting the newest and best plants, demonstrating best practices in landscape systems distributing horticultural marketing and promotional materials, educating professional landscape and horticulture workers through garden exhibits and the Plant Professional Landscape Garden, and hosting regular professional lectures.

The North Carolina Arboretum hosts annual symposia for the traditional Green Industry.

The 2012 Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium offered programs on scouting for insect pests and new diseases in the landscape, integrated pest management in conifers and using beneficial insects in both greenhouse and landscape application. The attendance doubled in size from 2011 and drew a variety of green industry professionals including landscape, garden, greenhouse, small farm, national park service, university and garden center sector representatives.

Partners in the conference were The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and Biobest International.  

The Speaking of Gardening Symposium annual event hosted speakers in 2012 from United Kingdom, Asia and the United States. Lectures on creative design, current global gardening trends and as always, great plants provided professional attendees a host of Continuing Education Units from four agencies. Design, nursery, landscape and garden center professionals were in attendance at this annual sell-out event!

Community Partners for Speaking of Gardening have included B.B. Barns, The Garden Company, Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park, French Broad River Garden Club, Hawksridge Farms, Inc., J.R. Stone Sales, Inc., Reems Creek Nursery and Landscaping, Inc.