But then I'm a plastic bouquet kinda guy. I guess I should have taken his word for it.
I'm glad to see his research and development are paying off:
Nursery sales of 'Hort Couture' plants soar
Beckley, W.Va. (AP) -- Nursery owners with operations in Virginia and West Virginia have created a line of plants that caters to style-conscious gardeners.
Jim and Jennifer Monroe created the "Hort Couture" line two years ago. It now includes more than 500 varieties sold by 1,300 retailers in the United States and Canada.
Jim Monroe says he and his wife expect to sell 8 million plants this year, up from 6.5 million in 2008.
The Monroes own Greenbrier Nurseries in Beckley, W.Va., and in Roanoke, Va. [link]
If memory serves, Jim Monroe has the largest nursery stock of Japanese Maples there in Greenbrier County of any supplier on the planet. Not a bad distinction.
Now he's into Hort Couture. Very cool.
* For more information on his new venture, go to hortcoutureplants.com.
It appears that the Monroes are wholesaling Hort Couture products as well as retailing them. Double cool.