John Hoffman announces retirement – Garden Center

John Hoffman announces retirement – Garden Center

Hoffman Nursery has announced the retirement of co-proprietor, John Hoffman as of Jan. 1. Co-owner Jill Hoffman will keep on being as president and CEO, and David Hoffman will carry on as vice president and main working officer.


John Hoffman has put in in excess of 40 a long time in the horticulture marketplace. In 1981, he started out a style-installation firm referred to as Landscapes by Hoffman. Soon afterward, he discovered ornamental grasses. Grasses weren’t commonly applied in the U.S. in the 1980s however, Europe experienced previously embraced them. John traveled to Germany and was privileged to fulfill with the late plant breeder, Ernst Pagels. Pagels’ enthusiasm for grasses and grass-crammed gardens kindled John’s desire. John also obtained inspiration from his mentor, the late J.C. Raulston at North Carolina Condition University. J.C. considered grasses would come to be popular and inspired John to go after his fascination. The far more John realized, the extra his enthusiasm for grasses intensified.


In partnership with his spouse, Jill, John transitioned from landscaping to developing in 1986. Hoffman Nursery was established on a 45-acre previous tobacco farm in rural Rougemont, North Carolina. John individually sent their initial crops—grasses in significant, finished sizes— in rented box trucks. Ahead of prolonged, the Hoffmans made their 1st hoop dwelling, which permitted them to do the job via the intricacies of manufacturing smaller, liner plants.


Now Hoffman Nursery ships liners to wholesale prospects across the United States and Canada. That rented box truck is just a distant memory. An sophisticated production and growing facility, inventory farm, and focused shipping and delivery regions assist Hoffman Nursery fulfill its mission to deliver substantial-excellent crops.

Editor’s take note: In 2018, John acquired a Horticultural Industries Management Award. Browse the profile below

John shares: “As of January 1, 2023, I am formally retired from Hoffman Nursery, Inc. I’ve experienced a great deal of exciting more than the previous a long time with tradeshows, conferences, and journey to nurseries, gardens, and other locations all-around the entire world. Meeting a lot of good mates and colleagues in this business has been the emphasize of the last 40+ a long time for me. Whilst I am retiring from the nursery, I’m not likely too significantly – I count on to be at tradeshows, and journey to pay a visit to shoppers and good friends for several years to occur. I search forward to discovering new crops and tips to deliver back to the nursery. In addition, I have a very long checklist of residence tasks to do as very well as two new grandsons to instruct how to build a fireplace, go tenting, and take pleasure in the outside. Issues have previously been modifying with the addition of the inventory farm and virtually finished propagation glasshouse – and there is heaps more to appear. I look forward to viewing the company change and retain escalating – and keep on to improve fantastic grass!”


COO David Hoffman shares, “I discuss for all staff members when I say we will miss observing John each individual working day at the nursery, but we are grateful to proceed his legacy of growing good grass.”