Growers in Florida Impacted by Storms Face Daunting Recovery Efforts
As the impacts of Hurricane Irma continue to ripple throughout the U.S. economy, the tropical plant industry faces an uphill climb in recovery. To help, Ambius, the global leader in creating enhanced commercial spaces and the U.S.’s largest interior landscaping organization, made a foundational donation to a recovery fund established by industry broker Morning Dew Tropical Plants and will expedite payment of all invoices to growers based in Florida, regardless of due date, to help increase available cash flow for recovery efforts.
Many of the country’s suppliers of tropical plants are based in Florida, and a number of these fragile nurseries suffered serious damage during the storm. Many growers sustained partial crop damage, and a handful have 100 percent loss. Flooding and power issues remain a concern for some growers, and many lost shade structures, which help protect plants from sun, wind, and rain as they grow.
Morning Dew Tropical Plants, which works with dozens of growers across Florida, created the recovery fund with the goal of raising $100,000 to assist these growers directly with repairs and rebuilding costs.
“This year, natural disasters have had a devastating impact on the hard-working growers who dedicate their lives to producing the highest quality tropical plants in the world. The Helping Growers Rebuild Fund will lend a hand to these people who make our lives more beautiful and healthy every day through plants,” said Kingston White, President of Morning Dew Tropical Plants. “These growers and all of us at Morning Dew are humbled by the support we have received from Ambius and other buyers around the industry. It is my hope that this united effort will help our growers get back on their feet quickly.”
“Growers in Florida form the backbone of the plant industry in the U.S.,” said John Myers, President and CEO of Ambius. “We are proud to be part of a plantscape industry that has come together to contribute to recovery efforts for a group that brings so much color, vibrance, and wellness to all of our lives.”
Several organizations have mobilized to help interiorscapers and our partners join together to support recovery efforts for those impacted by the hurricanes. Industry organizations or businesses that enjoy plants or interior landscaping and that wish to lend a hand during recovery efforts can learn more about additional ways to support growers, landscapers, and plant distributors with financial, product, or service donations at the links below:
The Morning Dew recovery fund will be managed by a third-party certified public accountant and payments administered only with verified receipts. Morning Dew Tropical Plants has generously picked up the tab for administrative costs associated with fund management.
To learn more about the Morning Dew Tropical Plants sponsored recovery fund, please visit: www.morningdewtropical.com/hurricane-Irma-help-growers-rebuild
Green Plants for Green Buildings Hurricane Relief – https://greenplantsforgreenbuildings.org/support-us/hurricane-relief-fund
Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscape Association Irma Recovery – http://www.fngla.org/irma
Ambius is the world’s largest provider of plants, holiday décor, replica foliage and flowers for commercial environments. Ambius offers a broad range of services including scenting and living green walls, which can help improve employee productivity, reduce absenteeism, and boost well-being in the built environment. Founded in 1963, Ambius is a division of Rentokil Initial plc. For more information, visit Ambius at www.ambius.com and connect with Ambius on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.