Metrolina Greenhouses

Metrolina Greenhouses We are a family-owned, wholesale and services company, founded in 1972! Metrolina is the largest single-site, heated greenhouse (over 150 acres) in the US, as well as the most automated.
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Metrolina Greenhouses is a family-owned business, founded in 1972 by Tom and Vickie Van Wingerden, located in Huntersville, North Carolina. Metrolina is a leader in the horticulture industry, specializing in annuals and perennials. Our products can be found at various local garden centers across the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Metrolina Greenhouses is a family-owned business, founded in 1972 by Tom and Vickie Van Wingerden, located in Huntersville, North Carolina. Metrolina is a leader in the horticulture industry, specializing in annuals and perennials. Our products can be found at various local garden centers across the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Mission: We will lead the live goods industry as the premier provider of the products and services our customers and consumers need. We will do this with a constant and relentless focus on finding innovative solutions, developing top-notch people, delivering quality product and services, and operating with sustainable and safe practices that earn us our business growth on a daily basis.

Operating as usual

Did you know that we have over 51 millions seeds on hand in our seed vault? We also have a germination chamber that hold...
02/04/2021

Did you know that we have over 51 millions seeds on hand in our seed vault? We also have a germination chamber that holds 450 tables and the temperature is between 68-70 degrees with a 100% humidity to help start the germination process. This week alone we are sowing 465 tables and using 3,248,128 seeds to grow new plants. #metrolinagreenhouses #getoutandgrow #aroundthegreenhouse

Today's #employeespotlight is on Silvia Pacheco, one of our production line team members at our York facility. Silvia ha...
02/03/2021

Today's #employeespotlight is on Silvia Pacheco, one of our production line team members at our York facility. Silvia has been with us for 5 years and loves working with flowers. She values the people she works with and is grateful for the opportunities Metrolina has given her.

Did you know that we make all our own soil? Here are some fun facts about our soil!🌻A full trailer of soil weighs 20 ton...
02/02/2021

Did you know that we make all our own soil? Here are some fun facts about our soil!
🌻A full trailer of soil weighs 20 tons
🌻It takes 25 minutes to produce a full trailer of soil
🌻Last year we made 1780 loads of soil between both locations

As we move closer to Spring, we are excited to see more and more color filling the greenhouses. These beautiful dianthus...
02/01/2021

As we move closer to Spring, we are excited to see more and more color filling the greenhouses. These beautiful dianthus plants are beginning to bloom and show off their vibrant colors this week. #aroundthegreenhouse #metrolinagreenhouses #getoutandgrow

01/29/2021

There's a sense of excitement around the greenhouse right now as all the teams play their role in getting ready for spring. Each week the plants grow bigger and the greenhouse gets fuller and more vibrant! It's all about #teamwork #aroundthegreenhouse

It is time for another round of #guessthatplant. This perennial is known for their showy spikes of colorful summer flowe...
01/28/2021

It is time for another round of #guessthatplant. This perennial is known for their showy spikes of colorful summer flowers. If you think you know what plant this is, leave your guess in the comments section. #metrolinagreenhouses

We are loving the range of colors our pansies are showing off in the greenhouse right now. These cool-weather loving ann...
01/27/2021

We are loving the range of colors our pansies are showing off in the greenhouse right now. These cool-weather loving annuals will make a vibrant addition to any early season garden. #aroundthegreenhouse #metrolinagreenhouses #getoutandgrow

We are busy getting ready for Spring and it is great to see the greenhouses filling up with beautiful plants! These bays...
01/26/2021

We are busy getting ready for Spring and it is great to see the greenhouses filling up with beautiful plants! These bays will be full of color before you know it. #aroundthegreenhouse #metrolinagreenhouses #plantlife

Today's #employeespotlight is on Marvin Holder Jr. who is one of our field team members at our York facility. Marvin has...
01/25/2021

Today's #employeespotlight is on Marvin Holder Jr. who is one of our field team members at our York facility. Marvin has been with us for 5 years and says that he loves the people he works with and appreciates being able to work outside in nature every day. Thank you Marvin!

01/22/2021

Some sights and colors from around the greenhouse this week. Seeing a couple of early season bloomers starting to pop now!

It is that time of the week for another round of #guessthatplant! This one might be a challenge, but give it your best s...
01/21/2021

It is that time of the week for another round of #guessthatplant! This one might be a challenge, but give it your best shot and leave your guess in the comments section. UPDATE: This one was definitely hard! It's Coreopsis!

01/20/2021

We are also excited to share that we have broken ground on expanding our York facility this week. We have started clearing the land to create an additional 90 acres of growing space. Stay tuned for more updates on our progress. #aroundthegreenhouse #metrolinagreenhouses

This is an exciting week for us as construction on phase 2 of our MX-5 Greenhouse has begun. An additional 13 acres are ...
01/20/2021

This is an exciting week for us as construction on phase 2 of our MX-5 Greenhouse has begun. An additional 13 acres are being added to the existing 13 acres of greenhouse. We have started installing the support beams this week. Stay tuned for more progress! #aroundthegreenhouse

Here at Metrolina, we use a sustainable biomass system to heat over 170 acres of greenhouses, which reduces cost and our...
01/19/2021

Here at Metrolina, we use a sustainable biomass system to heat over 170 acres of greenhouses, which reduces cost and our reliance on gas & electricity. To do this, we use a wood boiler system to convert reclaimed wood into biomass energy. In the winter, this system converts over 250 tons of wood a day into hot water that runs throughout the greenhouses. This provides radiant heat overhead as well as root zone heating for the plants. The growers can then control the temperatures for each area depending on what the plants need.

Where do we get all that wood?! All the wood we convert is recovered waste from land clearings, landfills, local road construction projects and scrap pallets.#sustainablegrowing #metrolinagreenhouses #reducereuserecycle #growinggreen

Today's #employeespotlight is on Maira Govea-Bermejo who is an assistant area manager overseeing production at our York ...
01/18/2021

Today's #employeespotlight is on Maira Govea-Bermejo who is an assistant area manager overseeing production at our York Facility. She has been with us for 5 years and brings a strong passion for working with people and plants to the workplace every day. Thank you Maira!

01/15/2021

Here at Metrolina Greenhouses we are really ramping up for spring! This week alone we stuck over 1 Million cuttings and Sowed over 4 Million seeds! It takes a lot of people as well as state of the art technology to accomplish our production goals.
#mghgreenhouses
#getoutandgrow

It is time to test your plant knowledge with another round of #guessthatplant! Let's see if you all can figure out this ...
01/14/2021

It is time to test your plant knowledge with another round of #guessthatplant! Let's see if you all can figure out this one. Please put your guess in the comments.

We are starting to see some early signs of Spring in the greenhouse. We love the beauty of this Anemone plant and here i...
01/13/2021

We are starting to see some early signs of Spring in the greenhouse. We love the beauty of this Anemone plant and here is one we found starting to show some blooms. #aroundthegreenhouse #metrolinagreenhouses #getoutandgrow

We had great success in 2020 with our tray recycling program, receiving over 4 million trays that customers returned to ...
01/12/2021

We had great success in 2020 with our tray recycling program, receiving over 4 million trays that customers returned to their local garden center that will now be re-used this year. This is a big win for Metrolina, consumers and the environment by keeping reusable plastic out of landfills. #sustainablegrowing #reducereuserecycle

Today's #employeespotlight is on Omar Garcia, one of our assistant growers who has been with us for 5 years.  He really ...
01/11/2021

Today's #employeespotlight is on Omar Garcia, one of our assistant growers who has been with us for 5 years. He really enjoys the people he works with and the strong bonds he has developed. He is excited to continue to grow his passion and knowledge of plants and horticulture.

Sharing this beautiful sunset we had at the greenhouse this week. We are wishing everyone a great weekend! #metrolinagre...
01/08/2021

Sharing this beautiful sunset we had at the greenhouse this week. We are wishing everyone a great weekend! #metrolinagreenhouses #aroundthegreenhouse #sunset

Sharing another opportunity to test your plant knowledge and guess what plant this is. Please leave your guess in the co...
01/07/2021

Sharing another opportunity to test your plant knowledge and guess what plant this is. Please leave your guess in the comments and good luck! #guessthatplant #getoutandgrow

01/06/2021

It may be cold outside but we're already full steam ahead gearing up for that warm spring weather!
#isitspringyet?

Here at Metrolina, we have over 6 MILLION square feet of glass covering the tops of our greenhouses! Our maintenance cre...
01/05/2021

Here at Metrolina, we have over 6 MILLION square feet of glass covering the tops of our greenhouses! Our maintenance crews stay busy year round servicing and upholding safety standards on this crucial part of our structures.
#aroundthegreenhouse

It is the first week of the new year and we already have some beautiful color in the greenhouse. Spring is on its way! #...
01/04/2021

It is the first week of the new year and we already have some beautiful color in the greenhouse. Spring is on its way! #aroundthegreenhouse

01/01/2021

Thank goodness it's officially 2021! Here's a reel of funnies from some of the videos we filmed around the greenhouse in 2020. Happy new year!

There are so many new beginnings right around the corner! We  love watching our future bloom here at the greenhouse.
12/31/2020

There are so many new beginnings right around the corner! We love watching our future bloom here at the greenhouse.

Dianthus is such a showy flower, and recently we couldn't help but notice a lot of varieties being planted in your garde...
12/31/2020

Dianthus is such a showy flower, and recently we couldn't help but notice a lot of varieties being planted in your gardens this Spring. What are your favorite types of dianthus? How/where do you like to plant them? #dianthus #plantlove #getoutandgrow

Today's #employeespotlight is on Tequilla Forte, our MX-5 Production Manager. She has been with us for 6 years and loves...
12/30/2020

Today's #employeespotlight is on Tequilla Forte, our MX-5 Production Manager. She has been with us for 6 years and loves that she has been able to grow within the company. She likes the diversity she has in her job and she appreciates the open communication with management.

Hey everyone! It is that time of the year again to test your plant knowledge and see if you can guess that plant. Please...
12/29/2020

Hey everyone! It is that time of the year again to test your plant knowledge and see if you can guess that plant. Please leave your guess in the comments and good luck! #guessthatplant

Here is a little peek behind the scenes of some prep work that happens during the winter months here at Metrolina Greenh...
12/28/2020

Here is a little peek behind the scenes of some prep work that happens during the winter months here at Metrolina Greenhouses. It takes a lot of work from all our teams to get ready for upcoming Spring season!

Plant Partners
12/28/2020

Plant Partners

Apply Now for our 2021 season!

Garden Center Merchandiser:
Come grow with us at Plant Partners!

Plant Partners is a family-owned company and a leader in the garden center merchandising services industry.

Plant Partners is now accepting applications for part-time garden center merchandisers in leading retail locations for 2021.
Interested?
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Primary Duties Include:

• Create attention-grabbing displays with beautiful live plants

• Fill tables and hanging basket racks with product

• Adhere to safety initiatives and guidelines

• Provide friendly and exceptional service

Requirements:

• Ability to repeatedly lift up to 50 lbs.

• Must be able to walk and stand for entire shift

• Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions

• Access to reliable transportation, mobile phone, and email

• Must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check

Apply on our website today! Our application only takes minutes! Please click the link to be taken to our website:

www.plant-partners.com

Watch our video here:
https://youtu.be/GnfZYMoHLMc

12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from all of us at Metrolina!

From our family to yours...
12/24/2020

From our family to yours...

While there’s too many to name individually, this week we also celebrated 36 employees that have 10-25 years of service ...
12/23/2020

While there’s too many to name individually, this week we also celebrated 36 employees that have 10-25 years of service to the company. A big thank you to each of you for your passion, dedication and expertise you bring to our company everyday!

Address

16400 Huntersville-Concord Rd
Huntersville, NC
28078

General information

In 1972 Metrolina Greenhouses was founded by Tom and Vickie Van Wingerden, who immigrated to the United States from The Netherlands in July 1971. They moved to Charlotte, NC in the spring of 1971 and rented a 20,000 square foot greenhouse on Old Statesville Road. This location was quickly outgrown and they moved the company to its current headquarters in Huntersville, NC where they bought an 80 acre tract of land. The first greenhouse was a one acre plastic covered structure. The first customers for Metrolina’s plants were Woolworth and the local retailers. The business continued to expand and grow, in order to meet customer needs. During the first 10 years of operations, food chains were its biggest customers. The business at that time was mainly spring – April 1st through Mother’s Day – and Poinsettias for the Christmas season. This pattern continued into the early 1980’s, Metrolina in the process. The 1980’s saw automation come to Metrolina, in full force. We wanted to do tasks at a more efficient rate, minimize costs, and to reduce the amount of necessary physical labor; in other words, we wanted a more cost-effective operation. Tom Van Wingerden was a naturally gifted engineer and developed much of the automation that has enabled our continued success and growth. One example of his automation foresight was the introduction of automated transplanters. Tom designed the Metroplanter and began to sell them across the United States. Although we don’t sell these transplanters anymore, many greenhouses currently use automated transplanters, which all began here at Metrolina. As of 1982 the greenhouses had grown to a size of 12 acres. Grocery chains remained our main customer, but we started to sell to big box retailers who saw a larger need for high quality product from regional growers. The 1990’s saw Metrolina refine its focus on plant breeding. We began utilizing vegetative cuttings for product development, in addition to growing from seed. By 1996, Metrolina had grown to around 50 acres. During this decade, we introduced a moving table system in to our greenhouse to minimize strenuous labor, continuing the previous decade’s automation efforts. We also installed the ECHO hanging basket system into the greenhouse to better the shipping and growing of baskets. Metrolina Greenhouses also began selling to Home Improvement chains and grew our business with big box retailers. At that point, many retailers were starting to include greenhouses into their store designs, which enabled Metrolina – and retailers – to sell and carry product year-round. During the 2000’s, Metrolina emphasized product marketing and packaging. We started to learn what the consumer desired and developed entire programs around their desires. During those years, we grew from 50 acres to 150 acres of covered greenhouse space. We also specialized in logistics, in order for our customers to carry a larger variety of product, by utilizing contract growers who assist in product growth during peak seasons. Production refinements came from our use of recycled/reclaimed water from retention ponds, which ensure that no public water sources are utilized in the production of our plants and use an extensive filtering system to reuse water throughout the greenhouse. We use up to 1 million gallons of water per day, so this water system keeps our greenhouse “green”. 2010-the present has seen an increased focus on logistics and shipping here at Metrolina Greenhouses. We have made our shipping process more efficient by using technology, which is imperative nowadays. We have found that joining forces with it instead of shying away from it is a wise decision for our company. Metrolina employees have access to vital corporate information from home and many retailers are equipped with iPhones and iPads for better on-the-spot customer service; in short, technology has become extremely important for Metrolina Greenhouses. We are continuing to expand and grow after celebrating our 40th anniversary. Metrolina Greenhouses would like to thank everyone who has been a part of our story throughout the years, especially as we look to the next forty years and beyond!

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Thank you so much for supporting Cool Kids Clubhouse in Huntersville, for kids fighting cancer!!!!! You have been a staple in these parts for years and we love you and thank you !
How do ya apply ?????
Thank you so much for the overly generous donation to The Children’s Schoolhouse for our plant Sale THIS Saturday! We are so grateful for your generosity!
Thanks Metrolina! Our hibiscus is extraordinary, new blooms every day! 💜
There has been a lost dog posted on FB that was spotted resting on your property. Looks like a thin malamute. Someone who said they don’t work there took the picture.
Bought these at Wal-Mart yesterday, the sticker on them said "Metrolina." I didn't see anywhere on them with the name of the plant? Curious if someone could tell me what they are, so I can research proper care for them.
I want to plant some lavender. What time of year are lavender plants for sale at garden centers? Thanks!
Why isn't anyone talking about the confirmed coronavirus outbreak you have at the greenhouse?
Ngongo Elongo Musafiri daugther, Meta Okongo Plamedie Ngongo from Democratic Republic of Congo, says Hello to the Metrocarolina Greenhouse hard working team.
Can I purchase plants directly from the greenhouse in York?
Shout out to my Delivery Guy!! 🏆🏆 Always a blessing to find my carts dropped “at/by the garden gate”!! Makes life easier when I don’t have to push them halfway around the store.
HI, I purchased a WM Hibiscus bush and there wasn't a tag in it. Is there a way to know what color it is? Bar code 24719 094648