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COVER STORY
perennials and ornamental
grasses on about 290 acres
for independent garden
centers within a 300-mile
radius of Bridgeton, New
Jersey.
From the very beginning,
their founding principles
were hard work and
developing a " tradition of
excellence. " Seventy years
later, that is still the case,
says Ed Overdevest, the
current president, co-owner
and the third child of John
and Jean's four children.
Ed joined his parents
in the company in 1975
after receiving his degree
from Cornell University.
He purchased the 60-acre
nursery from them in 1978.
After several years as a
science teacher, his wife,
Gail, joined the business
in 1982.
In 2015, the third generation
of the Overdevests, Ed and
Gail's son, Ryan, returned
to the family business after
spending several years
working in New York City in
the finance field.
Big Grower recently
chatted with Ed, Gail
and Ryan to learn about
Overdevest Nurseries'
history, current business
philosophy, and where the
company is headed in the
coming years.
IT'S ALL ABOUT
QUALITY
Overdevest Nurseries'
continued success can be
attributed to staying true to
their founding principles and
staying focused on the needs
of their customers. Over the
years, " we have expanded
on the strong foundation my
folks started in 1952, and
have remained dedicated
to the independent garden
center channel, " Ed says.
While the product line has
radically diversified from a
dozen or so plant groups back
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Overdevest Nurseries has 1.5 acres of gutter-connected greenhouse and more than 290 acres of
outdoor growing space including 2.7+ million square feet of unheated overwintering poly houses.
in the 1950s to the 2,000+
varieties today, it all boils
down to growing plants that
look great on the garden
center customer's benches
when the consumer walks
through the door.
To do that, the entire
team focuses on quality in
every aspect of the business.
" Quality is a given these
days, " Ryan says. " We strive
for absolute consistency
from plant to plant and year
to year.

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