history of the NGLCO
The Lake County Horticulture
Industry has a long and proud history dating back to the late
1800's with the Storr's and Harrison Nursery. Today over 100
licensed nurseries in Lake County are producing a wide variety
of high quality container and field grown nursery stock on over
5000 acres. What makes the industry unique in this area is that
it is concentrated in a narrow belt along Lake Erie 15 to 20
miles long running from Willoughby to Madison. Operations vary
in size from less than one acre to over 900 acres. The Lake
County nursery industry employs over 2,700 full and part-time
workers and has an estimated annual wholesale figure of over
$90,000,000 in sales.
Lake County's location gives added benefits besides the moderate climate provided by Lake Erie. Most nurseries are located close to major freeways for ease of shipping. The Cleveland metropolitan area is a close and vital marketing and shipping neighbor to Lake County. The nurseries of Lake County are located within 500 miles of two-thirds of the U.S. population. Neighboring horticultural communities utilize county nurseries as sources of plant materials and technology.
Other advantages enjoyed by Lake County nurseries are moderating climate conditions, natural water supply, moisture, drainage, and other protective factors attributed to Lake Erie. Another important feature is the quality and diversity of soil types found in Lake County, which makes it possible to grow such a wide variety of plants.
Nurserymen from Lake County have long been known for new plant introductions and growing a wide variety of well-known woody ornamentals. This fact coupled with being strategically close to major shipping and marketing facilities, along with excellent climate and soil conditions, has earned Lake County a reputation that is second to none. The Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio, Inc. sponsors a Casino Night in conjunction with the Summer Field Day that is hosted by a different nursery each year. While visiting the nurseries of Lake County, it can easily be made into a family vacation. There are many recreational activities: beaches, rivers, golf resorts, fishing, wineries, Lake Metropark system, Holden Arboretum, and shopping to name a few, that are guaranteed to entertain all members of your family. For more information on things to do and places to stay in Lake County, please contact the Lake County Visitors Bureau at 1-800-368-LAKE.