Improvement Opportunities for Growers of Ornamental Plants: A Survey of Landscape Architects

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M.P. GarberDepartment of Horticulture, University of Georgia, P. 0. Box 1209, Tifton, GA 31793-1209

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K. BondariDepartment of Statistical and Computer Services, Coastal Plain Experiment Station, Tifton, GA 31793-0748

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A survey of landscape architects in Georgia was conducted to identify opportunities for nurseries to meet the needs of landscape architects and to improve the quality of installed landscapes. The primary opportunities identified for improvement for growers are to provide regular, frequent plant availability (32% of respondents); develop new plant varieties for specific needs (21%); supply plants that meet specified sizes (20%); recommend plant varieties for specific conditions (12%); provide picture of plants (9%); and make presentations to landscape architects (5%). Additional insight into how growers can help landscape architects achieve a higher quality installed landscape was gained from the question, `What is the most common complaint you experience regarding plant material installed?” Landscape architects indicated that plants below specified size (44%) and plants below specified quality (24%) were the two most common complaints.

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