Texas Cooperative Extension,
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

September 2005


Starting a Texas Nursery/Greenhouse Business


by Dr. Scott Ludwig,
Extension Specialist

A course for persons interested in possibly starting up a nursery or greenhouse will be offered by Dr. Scott Ludwig, a Texas Cooperative Extension specialist who works closely with the East Texas nursery and bedding plant industry. The four day program will take place October 4-7 in Fort Worth at the Resource Connection conference and Recreation Center, 2300 Circle Drive.

Each workshop will involve 3 days of lectures and one day of tours of local working nurseries and greenhouses, according to a release from Agricultural Communications, Texas A&M. Registration for the workshop is $300, which includes lunch each day, refreshments at breaks and educational materials.

The lectures will cover such topics as a history of the business in Texas: how to make a business plan, calculating the cost of producing various types of ornamental plants, soil fertility, production of trees and shrubs in containers and in the field, and marketing.

To pay by check, call Ludwig at 903-834-6191, or register over the Internet with a credit card at the A&M Extension's secure Web site at http://www.peopleware.net/1542b. Driving directions to the Fort Worth conference center can be found online at http://www.tarrantcounty.com/tc_resource/.