Past & Present
In the 1960's Charles and Margaret Hart began selling the flowers and vegetables that they grew in a small roadside stand. Their plants supplied local Jefferson area gardeners for years.
In 1968 Charles and Margaret opened Harts Nursery on the same property where they began. From that first greenhouse grew the largest wholesale bedding nursery in Oregon.
Today, seed germination and propagation takes place in our state of the art plug range. Automated watering booms, fog systems, shade covers and vents control light and humidity for young plants. These plants are then raised to maturity in our greenhouses.
From over 1,000,000 square feet of greenhouses our employees select plants for their fullness and color. Harts seasonally employs 85 to 150 people, all working to maintain the high standard of quality our customers have come to expect.
Hart's Goes Green
Oregon Energy Trust Incentives
By working with the OET we have been able to reduce our natural gas consumption while increasing production. We are now able to heat our greenhouse floors. Through better temperature and humidity control we turn a more healthy crop more quickly.
Our on site media production is done to achieve the lowest possible production cost. 50% of our fertilizer is control release, directly mixed into our media. This helps us to significantly reduce runoff. We incorporate naturally occurring fungicides into our media to reduce the use of chemicals.
Recycling Greenhouse Coverings
Used poly is picked up on a regular basis by a local recycler. This prevents 76,000 ft. of plastic per year from entering our local land fill. Harts was recognized for their recycling efforts in the Democrat Herald newspaper in 1994.
The Oregon Energy Trust has also supported our upgrade to variable speed controllers (pictured below on left), to help reduce electric power consumption.
Between 2006 and 2008 400,000 feet of drip tape was installed to reduce water and fertilizer waste and run off.
Excess plastic pots and cardboard are regularly picked up by a local recycling companies.