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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.

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.

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04/26/2022

Today we proudly celebrate 50 years in business. We want to thank each and every one of you that has been a part of our story. The gratitude extends to our employee family, our customers and to this great industry that has helped us grow and supported us throughout the years. It also goes to all of you, the consumers, that we strive to grow a more beautiful world for everyday. Here's to another 50! #metrolina50 #anniversary #ourstory #grownfreshforyou #metrolinafamily

04/25/2022

Tomorrow marks a BIG day in our history. Tune in tomorrow for more celebrations and the full story! Happy 50th Metrolina! #metrolina50 #50yearsandgrowing

04/22/2022

Hanging baskets offer instant color to your patio or porch. Check out a garden center near you for the baskets of color #grownfreshforyou !
#metrolina50

04/22/2022
Soring at the Greenhouse

It was a beautiful spring day at the greenhouse. So many bright colors going out this week just in time for your Earth Day gardens!! Join us tomorrow and we’ll show you how to create a great pollinator container garden! #getoutandgrow #aroundthegreenhouse #grownfreshforyou

This one is for all of the Geranium lovers out there! #aroundthegreenhouse #getoutandgrow
04/20/2022

This one is for all of the Geranium lovers out there! #aroundthegreenhouse #getoutandgrow

Metrolina Greenhouses hiring event is on 4/20/22! Doors will be open from 9:00am to 2:00pm at 16400 Huntersville-Concord...
04/20/2022

Metrolina Greenhouses hiring event is on 4/20/22! Doors will be open from 9:00am to 2:00pm at 16400 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, NC 28078.

We will be interviewing and hiring for multiple positions throughout the greenhouse such as:

General Labor
Crew Leader
Entry-level maintenance
Shop Assistant
Dock Crew Leader
Horticulture Intern

Come Join Our Team!!

Metrolina Greenhouses hiring event is on 4/20/22! Doors will be open from 9:00am to 2:00pm at 16400 Huntersville-Concord...
04/19/2022

Metrolina Greenhouses hiring event is on 4/20/22! Doors will be open from 9:00am to 2:00pm at 16400 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, NC 28078.

We will be interviewing and hiring for multiple positions throughout the greenhouse such as:

General Labor
Crew Leader
Entry-level maintenance
Shop Assistant
Dock Crew Leader
Horticulture Intern

Come Join Our Team!!

If you are looking for a part shade plant that produces beautiful blooms, then tuberous begonias are a great choice and ...
04/18/2022

If you are looking for a part shade plant that produces beautiful blooms, then tuberous begonias are a great choice and one of our favorites. They are easy to maintain and work great in both containers and in your garden beds. #aroundthegreenhouse #getoutandgrow

Happy Easter from our family to yours! #metrolina50
04/17/2022

Happy Easter from our family to yours! #metrolina50

04/15/2022

Spring is in the air! #happyfriday #metrolina50

Today's #employeespotlight is on Greg Ragan, one of our growers who has been with us for 17 years. He enjoys being able ...
04/13/2022

Today's #employeespotlight is on Greg Ragan, one of our growers who has been with us for 17 years. He enjoys being able to oversee crops as they grow and ship. He was recently responsible for protecting our calibrachoa hanging baskets from below freezing temperatures by applying a layer of ice over them. Grower Talks magazine featured an article about him and this process. You can read the article in the link below.

https://www.growertalks.com/Article/?srch=1&articleID=25640&highlight=greg+ragan

Everyone loves the beauty of a dahlia flower. With so many varieties out there we would like to know which one is your f...
04/12/2022

Everyone loves the beauty of a dahlia flower. With so many varieties out there we would like to know which one is your favorite? Share in the comments below. #battleoftheblooms

We love seeing the fields at our York farm filled with blooming Phlox. A perennial that is a great ground cover and prov...
04/11/2022

We love seeing the fields at our York farm filled with blooming Phlox. A perennial that is a great ground cover and provides a blanket of color during Spring. #aroundthegreenhouse #getoutandgrow

We love seeing the fields at our York farm filled with blooming Phlox. A perennial that is a great ground cover and prov...
04/11/2022

We love seeing the fields at our York farm filled with blooming Phlox. A perennial that is a great ground cover and provides a blanket of color during Spring. #aroundthegreenhouse #getoutandgrow

04/08/2022

Happy Friday! We have tons of Annuals and Perennials headed your way! Take some time this weekend to #getoutandgrow !
#metrolina50 #grownfreshforyou

#osteospermum #getoutandgrow #aroundthegreenhouse
04/07/2022

#osteospermum #getoutandgrow #aroundthegreenhouse

The property that is now our York, SC facility was purchased in 2013. This gave us 12 acres of greenhouses and 120 acres...
04/06/2022

The property that is now our York, SC facility was purchased in 2013. This gave us 12 acres of greenhouses and 120 acres of outdoor growing space. Since then, additional space for production, growing, and shipping has been added. With the most recent addition of another 90-acres of indoor and outdoor growing space, the York location today spans over 268 acres, focusing mainly on the production of perennials and shrubs. #metrolina50

Coming soon to your local garden center are these beautiful Alstroemerias, otherwise known as a Peruvian Lily. This plan...
04/05/2022

Coming soon to your local garden center are these beautiful Alstroemerias, otherwise known as a Peruvian Lily. This plant is a native to South America and is a perennial best planted in the Spring after the last frost. They do best in full sun but when temperatures soar, will appreciate some relief in the afternoon shade. Some you purchase in store or online may be like this one (before it blooms) but soon they will produce tons of blooms for beautiful color year after year!

Our flowers are loving these sunny days! Especially this beautiful bay of Nemesia flowers. Not only do these sun loving ...
04/04/2022

Our flowers are loving these sunny days! Especially this beautiful bay of Nemesia flowers. Not only do these sun loving flowers have a lovely fragrance to them but they will produce colorful blooms through Spring. #aroundthegreenhouse #getoutandgrow

Our flowers are loving these sunny days! Especially this beautiful bay of Nemesia flowers. Not only do these sun loving ...
04/04/2022

Our flowers are loving these sunny days! Especially this beautiful bay of Nemesia flowers. Not only do these sun loving flowers have a lovely fragrance to them but they will produce colorful blooms through Spring. #aroundthegreenhouse #getoutandgrow

04/01/2022

So. much. SPRING. 😃 Weather is looking up for the weekend, and this may get you🕺💃🏻 your way to the garden! Which of these will you be planting? #getoutandgrow #happyfriday #weekendvibes #happygardening

Our team is on the road in California searching for the best new plants to bring to your gardens for the next 1-2 years!...
04/01/2022
David Louie on Twitter

Our team is on the road in California searching for the best new plants to bring to your gardens for the next 1-2 years! #CAST2022 #CaliforniaSpringTrials #getoutandgrow

https://twitter.com/abc7david/status/1509723236661047303?s=20&t=fMishtf0Egz9mB_cfcC40w

“Take a peek at a by-invitation-only event to preview what flower seed breeders at Gilroy's @SyngentaUS are developing over a span of years to make your garden more striking & more drought resistant. #abc7now https://t.co/KJLar6uKyQ”

Over the last 50 years, our customers have evolved and grown into great partners. It certainly looks a bit different now...
03/31/2022

Over the last 50 years, our customers have evolved and grown into great partners. It certainly looks a bit different now than it did back in the 70’s, when Tom and Vickie would load up their car and personally deliver fresh plants to retail stores. Today, 50 years later, we service more than 1,400 garden centers and ship over 5,000 carts a day during the Spring season. But our mission remains the same: To send the best quality, most beautiful plants to our customers, and to make gardeners happy each time you visit your local garden center! #metrolina50

Today's #employeespotlight is on Marvis Otis, one of our tractor drivers at our York farm. He has been with us for 7 mon...
03/30/2022

Today's #employeespotlight is on Marvis Otis, one of our tractor drivers at our York farm. He has been with us for 7 months and really enjoys seeing the plants grow from seeds and cuttings to full grown plants. He says he works with great people and learns new skills every day.

This “Staircase Blue” Lupine is a perennial that grows best in deep, rich soil. Tall spires of blue flowers start to app...
03/29/2022

This “Staircase Blue” Lupine is a perennial that grows best in deep, rich soil. Tall spires of blue flowers start to appear in late spring and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Look for these beauties at your local garden center! #getoutandgrow

Add a pop of color to your containers or flower beds with these bold, unique celosia. #getoutandgrow #aroundthegreenhous...
03/28/2022

Add a pop of color to your containers or flower beds with these bold, unique celosia. #getoutandgrow #aroundthegreenhouse

Add a pop of color to your containers or flower beds with these bold, unique celosia. #getoutandgrow #aroundthegreenhous...
03/28/2022

Add a pop of color to your containers or flower beds with these bold, unique celosia. #getoutandgrow #aroundthegreenhouse

03/25/2022
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Happy Friday from Metrolina! #getoutandgrow #metrolina50

Only a few more weeks to go until we start transplanting these beauties into our trial garden. Stay tuned for more updat...
03/24/2022

Only a few more weeks to go until we start transplanting these beauties into our trial garden. Stay tuned for more updates!
#metrolinatrials
#getoutandgrow

Innovation has always been a hallmark of Metrolina. During the 1980's, Tom Vanwingerden started to evaluate how we could...
03/23/2022

Innovation has always been a hallmark of Metrolina. During the 1980's, Tom Vanwingerden started to evaluate how we could complete tasks faster, and he saw the answer in automation. An engineer by trade, Tom called on his expertise to design an automatic transplanter called the "Metroplanter". He also incorporated the use of the Echo system for hanging baskets. Still today, we continue to advance these systems as well as incorporate more automation such as the robotic sticking machines introduced in 2018. #Metrolina50 #thenandnow #metrolinahistory

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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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(704) 875-1371

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Flowering Annuals, Perennials, Hardy Mums & Poinsettias

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Member Spotlight: Abe VanWingerden of Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, North Carolina Abe VanWingerden’s parents immigrated from Holland to North Carolina in 1972 and started Metrolina Greenhouses with only $500 to their name. Over the past 50 years Metrolina Greenhouses has grown­­ to over 1,000 full time employees and over 1,400 big box retail outlets. Abe grew up in the business, only taking one detour to work in sales and marketing at Procter and Gamble, where he learned about retail and consumers. This work experience made it possible for him to return to Metrolina Greenhouses in 2001 as head of Sales and Marketing and start their in-store merchandising program. After Abe’s father passed away in 2009, he took over the business with his brother as co-CEO’s. They have been running it ever since, focusing on honoring their dad’s legacy, celebrating his life, and continuing to grow the business. Fun fact: Metrolina Greenhouses is the largest, single site, single story building in the United States with nearly 9,000,000 square feet of heated greenhouses under cover! They also have a 250-acre farm in York, South Carolina, that grows perennials and mums. Abe’s favorite: -Thing about being an SAF member: Participating in SAF’s Congressional Action Days. This year was Abe’s first time participating in the event and he loved seeing all the different parts of the industry come together to advocate for the industry. -Part about his job: Seeing the smile on a consumer’s face as they buy a plant at one of their retail partners or as they’re enjoying it through the season. -Way to unwind: Relaxing on any beach with his wife and their three sons and coaching kids sports – especially basketball which he has done for the last 20 years. Tune in to this week’s SAF NOW newsletter to read more of Abe’s story!
Will Bunnik Plants and Metrolina Greenhouses fuse together?! Bunnik Plants flew all the way to North Carolina to meet the team of Metrolina Greenhouses, also a finalist for the AIPH International Grower of the year 2022 award. Maybe together we have a bigger chance to win the award! May the best win, and maybe together.. See you guys in Amsterdam at GreenTech on the 14th of June! #AIPH #InternationalGrowerOfTheYear #MetrolinaGreenhouses #Metrilina #Carlolina #Amsterdam #Awards #Greentech
I just received 2 orders of dianthus and lithodora from your greenhouse! They have far exceeded my expectations! Gorgeous and full of blooms and buds! Thank you!!
AFE Intern Megan Swisher was recently visited by her faculty advisor, Francesca Hand, at her internship with Metrolina Greenhouses in North Carolina. Francesca noted, “I appreciated the opportunity to visit Megan, and I am truly impressed by the reach of the AFE’s Vic & Margaret Ball Internship Program. I am sure that Megan will give back to the industry in the most meaningful way.” Faculty can receive reimbursement up to $1000 when they visit their students at an internship - learn more at https://endowment.org/ball_faculty/. Megan’s internship supervisor, Metrolina Greenhouses MX1 Head Grower Clint Dobbins, Megan Swisher, and Francesca Hand are pictured left to right.
AFE Intern Megan Swisher from The Ohio State University reports from her internship with Metrolina Greenhouses in North Carolina. Megan is showing us how the flood irrigation system works. “We water mature poinsettias using flood irrigation instead of overhead irrigation because overhead water will damage their colored bracts. Metrolina’s flood system is controlled by a touch screen indicating flood zones that highlight where you are flooding, what has previously been flooded/will be flooded next, and for how long you set the flood to run (usually between 20-26 minutes depending on flood zone location).” Thanks, Megan!
Earlier this year, Reese Nelson, Professor of Horticulture at BYU-Idaho visited his student, Madison Frost at her internship with Metrolina Greenhouses in North Carolina. “I was especially pleased with the quality internship experience which Maddie experienced. She was exposed to a wide range of learning experiences including operating cranes, applying growth regulator, and given weekend leadership opportunities that included much responsibility,” said Reese. Pictured here is Metrolina head grower Paul Burke with Maddie standing in front of finished poinsettias, ready to ship! Did you know you can be reimbursed up to $1000 as a sponsoring faculty member in a visit to your student? Read more here: https://buff.ly/3smodp9
Hear the results from this new comprehensive study conducted during COVID-19 that evaluated consumer preferences for plant purchasing during our webinar on December 9th at 1PM EST. Learn how the industry can sustain this positive growth when consumers return to “normal” lifestyles and work activities. Coordinated by the Floral Marketing Fund, and co-sponsored by Altman Plants, Costa Farms, Green Circle Growers, Hortica, and Metrolina Greenhouses. Register today:https://buff.ly/3x8dQWq #researchresults #researchwebinar #consumerresearch #houseplants #plantpeople #plantresearch #webinar #floweresearch #succulents #plantlife
Join us for the release and discussion of one of Floral Marketing Fund’s latest studies on houseplant consumer preferences. Hear our researchers go over results from this study conducted during COVID-19 and learn how the industry can sustain this positive growth when consumers return to “normal” life. The webinar will take place on December 9th at 1 pm EST. Register here: https://buff.ly/3x8dQWq Co-sponsored by Altman Plants, Costa Farms, Green Circle Growers, Hortica, and Metrolina Greenhouses. #researchresults #researchwebinar #floralresearch #plantresearch #plantpower #flowerpower #florals #flowers #flowerindustry #flowerresearch #consumerresearch #horticulture #floriculture
Join Floral Marketing Fund for the release and discussion of one of their latest studies on houseplant consumer preferences. Hear the researchers go over results from this study conducted during COVID-19 and learn how the industry can sustain this positive growth when consumers return to “normal” life. The webinar will take place on December 9th at 1 pm EST. Register here: https://buff.ly/3x8dQWq. Co-sponsored by FMF, Altman Plants, Costa Farms, Green Circle Growers, Hortica, and Metrolina Greenhouses. #researchresults #researchwebinar #floralresearch #plantresearch #plantpower #flowerpower #florals #flowers #flowerindustry #flowerresearch #consumerresearch #horticulture #floriculture
Today we reflect back to November 2019 when Nevins celebrated 60 YEARS of creating opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was a fabulous evening celebrating our impact over the years. As we go into to the season of giving thanks, we want to express our appreciation to all who were able to join us at this event as well as all who have contributed to our mission over the years. #CreatingOpportunities #NevinsStrong #FBF Mayor Vi Lyles Fred Shropshire WCNC Atrium Health Central Piedmont Community College Lowe's Home Improvement Metrolina Greenhouses Sunbelt Packaging LLC Bedder Bedder & Moore Hood Hargett Birdsong Brewing Co.Charlotte Latin School YourOffice - Charlotte / SouthPark Festa Italiana Charlotte
Say hello to Megan Swisher, AFE intern, and The Ohio State University student, completing her internship with Metrolina Greenhouses in North Carolina. “As Assistant Growers, we record the area where the sticky card was placed, what variety of plant is in the area, and what pests we find, such as thrips, whiteflies, and fungus gnats,” says Megan. Thanks for sharing, Megan! #intern #internship #internlife #flowerintern #floralindustry #floralindustryintern #floral #flowerpower #flowerproduction #flowergreenhouse #flowerjob
There's still time to sign up for tomorrow's Grower Insider Series webinar: Top Performers from Annual Variety Plant Trials. Join Metrolina Greenhouses Director of Research, Dr. Mark Yelanich, as he showcases their top annuals from bed, basket, and container trails. Metrolina Greenhouses ships plants to stores in both northern and southern regions of the U.S. from their headquarters in Huntersville, NC. It’s essential that their annual trials test plant performance for varieties that will thrive throughout their entire distribution area. You won’t want to miss helpful tips for successfully growing these winning plant varieties. Save Your Seat: https://www.americanhort.org/events/top-performers-from-annual-variety-plant-trials/