Economic Impact

Florida’s Nursery & Landscape Industry: Loud & Proud!


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Industry in 2015 (PDF), Full Report

Authored by: Alan W. Hodges, PhD; Hayk Khachatryan, PhD; Mohammad Rahmani, PhD; and, Christa D. Court, PhD from the University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Food and Resource Economics Department

Economic Impact Study Summary

The environmental horticulture or “green” industry encompasses a wide range of businesses: nursery and greenhouse producers, lawn and garden equipment and supply manufacturing, merchant wholesalers of durable and nondurable horticultural products, landscape design, installation and maintenance and other support services, lawn and garden stores and other retailers selling plants and related goods.

Nursery plants are one of the largest agricultural commodity groups in Florida, along with fruits, vegetables and forest products. According to the Census of Horticulture Specialties for 2014, the state of Florida had over 2,069 commercial nursery and greenhouse farms, with total sales of $1.796 billion, and $3.291 billion in capital assets in land, buildings, and equipment (USDA-NASS).

Released June 2017, this study utilized 2015 data and is the fourth in the series since 2000.

In 2015, total output sales by Florida nursery, landscape service firms and horticulture retailers were $21.08 billion and total employment was 232,650 jobs!

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Segment Sales ($B) Jobs
Nursery/Greenhouse Production $4.55 Billion 36,980 Jobs
Landscape Design, Installation
& Maintenance
$10.11 Billion 148,220 Jobs
Retail Garden Center $6.42 Billion 47,450 Jobs
Total $21.08 Billion 232,650 Jobs

Allied Supplies are reflected in the above with $2.426 in total industry output and 13,180 in total employment.

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