First Lady Mary Pat Christie Kicks-Off 9th Annual New Jersey Flower & Garden Show
- Thursday, February 17, 2011
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– First Lady Mary Pat Christie officially opened the 9th
Annual NJ Flower and Garden Show today at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison. Mrs. Christie toured the floor of the show, viewing some of the “Jersey Grown” displays designed by nursery growers, greenhouse operators, landscape designers and floral arrangers from the Garden State.
The show, which runs February 17-20, highlights Gardens on Broadway and features 10-fully landscaped gardens as well as a judged flower show presented by the Garden Club of New Jersey, which has over 5000 members.
“As the Garden State, New Jersey has a rich agricultural industry we can have pride in and all celebrate,” said Mrs. Christie. “From ‘Jersey Fresh’ produce to ‘Jersey Grown’ horticultural plants, this flower show provides the perfect opportunity to support our homegrown products and agritourism attractions.”
Since 1998, the Garden State’s horticulture industry has grown 44 percent. Today, horticulture continues to be New Jersey’s largest agricultural sector, representing 38 percent of sales in the state’s overall $1 billion agriculture industry. This ranks the Garden State eighth nationally for gross sales of all horticulture crops with approximately $348 million in sales.
New Jersey has 623 horticulture operations in the state growing various forms of nursery stock, annual bedding and garden plants, perennial plants and potted flowering plants, among others.
According to the Census of Horticultural released in December 2010 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Jersey also ranks fourth in cut flowers; fifth in potted herbaceous perennial production; sixth in nursery production; eleventh in annual bedding and garden plants; twelfth in potted flowering plants and tenth in foliage plants.
The 2011 New Jersey Flower and Garden Show is expected to attract more than 25,000 visitors this year. For more information about the show, visit www.macevents.com/show.cfm/eventID/121
To learn more about “New Jersey Grown” and “Jersey Fresh” products, visit www.jerseygrown.nj.gov or www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov.
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