From Petunias To Begonias

Homeport Residents Benefit From National Horticulture Event In Columbus

Participants of the annual AmericanHort conference in Downtown have left, but their presence can be felt long after.

For the fifth year in a row Homeport residents in Central Ohio received thousands of flowers and plants left over from the flower and plant industry event held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Six trucks loads were delivered to Homeport communities, both for their personal backyards and community presence.

“Our communities look better for it and our residents love it,” said Brenda Moncrief, Homeport Asset Management Services Manager.

AmericanHort, based in Columbus, was formed in 2014 by the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals. The annual conference, that was held July 12-15  this year, is part of its unified efforts to support and showcase its nearly 16,000 members and affiliated businesses of growers, landscape professionals, florists, students and others.

But when the show is over it is only natural that the community benefit from the beauty brought to it. The deliveries to the non-profit communities and scattered sites enhance a sense of home and community.

Parkmead resident Donald Frazier with begonias

Parkmead resident Donald Frazier with begonias

Typical of the reaction was Donald Frazier of Homeport’s Parkmead rental community on the city’s Southwest side, who received a yellow Begonia hanging planter and yellow potted plant to put on his patio.   . 

“I hung the Begonia up where my bird feeder used to be. It’s really nice,” said Frazier.

“He smiled so big and thanked us over and over,” said Brenda Rawlins, Wallick Communities Parkmead property manager.  “He loves taking care of his plants and seeing that they have water.  He said he loves it here and would not think of living anywhere else.”