The 2021 Nursery Production Tour will introduce or reacquaint visitors to the nursery industry of Lake County in northeast Ohio. The “Nursery Belt” of Lake County is known for its legendary soil, which was formed by glacial till then shaped and reshaped by waves and wind. The result is a unique diversity of many types of fertile soils.

The full-day tour takes place Saturday, July 10. It costs $165 and includes lunch. The bus departs from Greater Columbus Convention Center at 7:15 a.m. and is slated to return by approximately 6:30 p.m. Attendees will leave with best practices and new ideas to take back to their teams.

There will be 3 stops on the tour: Bluestone Perennials, North Coast Perennials, and Ridge Manor Nursery.

The first stop will be Bluestone Perennials, a family-owned business near Lake Erie, that focuses solely on direct-to-consumer sales, a unique business model for the nursery industry. From implementing RFID scanning to navigating and mastering e-commerce, you will discover how this Madison, Ohio grower has been perfecting its model for the last 49 years.

For more: www.bluestoneperennials.com

Just a short drive from the first stop is North Coast Perennials. With a philosophy focused on the value of people, owners Mark and Cathy make sure to hire the right people for their North Coast family. At this stop you will learn how a smaller operation utilizes unique methods and technology from other industries to provide their customers with the best quality.

For more: www.northcoastperennials.com

Located in the northeast corner of Lake County, Ohio, Ridge Manor Nursery, owned by Petitti Garden Centers, offers a full line of zone-hardy shrubs, perennials, grasses and trees to independent garden centers, landscapers, and re-wholesalers in a wide variety of container sizes. Come see how this nursery is an important part of the Petitti supply chain.

For more: www.ridgemanor.com