We love boxwood here at 317grow. It’s one of our favorite evergreens for its adaptability and tidy appearance. Right now it might be one of the only shrubs in your landscape with color beyond dull grays and browns. But boxwoods are under threat from a quick-acting and deadly virus: boxwood blight.
2018 has been an eventful year for us. We’ve completed some incredible projects, hired some amazing new team members, struggled through an industry-wide labor shortage, and moved to a wonderful new location. We asked some of our team members what stuck out to them this year and what they’re looking forward to next year, and here’s what they had to say.
Ferns don’t typically make me think of Christmas, but this semi-evergreen fern keeps going strong into December. Its foliage remains green into mid to late winter. It is not the most delicate and dainty fern, but its tough, large leaflets are a good addition to shade gardens when evergreen massing is called for.
Every year in late November, we head to Welch Wholesale Florist on the near west side of Indianapolis to pick up several cases of greens and garlands for winter decorations. Their building is a happy space full of bins and boxes of gorgeous flowers. The most fantastic plant smells fill the air. Yesterday when we picked up a shipment we spent some time talking with Annie and Nora, the current owners and the daughters of the owner and founder, about decorating with fresh greenery and about the challenges, rewards, and surprises of working in their industry.
We are a unique and interesting group of people here at 317Grow, and we love it. As our clients, you may only get to meet a handful of our team members, and even then you may not get to know them very well. We picked 20 interesting questions to ask our team, so look for these posts added to our usual mix every now and again. Today we'll get to know a little more about Drew, one of our mechanic’s assistants.
The owners of this property in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood of Indianapolis called us in to revitalize their limited outdoor space to turn it from some foundation plantings and lawn into a multi-purpose space that would bring their family outside and improve curb appeal. We completed this project in two phases: first we did a functional overhaul on the back yard, and then a few years later we dressed up the front yard to fit with the new style and feel of the re-vamped back yard.
Finding qualified employees has long been a challenge for companies in the green industry. Hours can be long, the work is physically demanding in all kinds of weather conditions, and year-round employment can't be guaranteed. These are all factors going back decades, but lately matters have gotten even worse for green industry companies trying to hire talented employees. I’m going to go over some of those new and unique challenges, talk about how they’re affecting us, and what this means for our clients.