Industry Connections: Overview
Apopka, Florida is the heart of the sunshine state’s greenhouse industry, known to many as the “Indoor Foliage Capital of the World.” Orange County ranks third in statewide sales and jobs in the nursery and landscape industry, which employs more than 232,000 individual and has 21.08 billion dollars in output sales in Florida.
The nursery industry has played an important role in shaping the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC), which is home to more than 11 horticultural faculty members and 130,000 square feet of greenhouse space. MREC works closely with growers, state and national membership organizations and other researchers to find solutions and innovations industry-wide.
To thank the industry for their support of the center, MREC has begun highlighting local nurseries to share their stories, showcasing new products, multi-generation family farms and industry trends. To learn more about Florida's nursery industry, please click here.