Loma Vista Nursery, Ottawa, received the Excellence in Sustainability Award from Greenhouse Grower magazine, which represents the best interests of the commercial greenhouse ornamentals industry.
The Excellence in Sustainability Award was given to Loma Vista Nursery during the industry’s annual conference, Cultivate’19, presented this month by AmericanHort in Columbus, Ohio.
“We feel very honored to be recognized for excellence in sustainability. What we do and how we do it matters now and for future generations,” says Lyndsi Oestmann, second-generation owner of the family-oriented company. “I am personally grateful to the No. 1 , most-important resource at Loma Vista Nursery, and that is the great team of people who make all we do possible. They truly deserve to be recognized for all the hard work they put in each and every day to grow healthy plants and implement the best production practices. We also appreciate that we are involved in an industry where so much sharing happens, and businesses are willing to work together. We are excited to be recognized by our peers in this way.”
Loma Vista Nursery — at its 310-container production facility in Ottawa — produces a vast selection of pot-in-pot trees, shrubs, grasses, roses, perennials and ground covers. I
n nearby Willow Springs, it produces field-grown shade and ornamental trees, upright junipers and spruce on its 650-acre farm. The grower ships to retail and wholesale customers in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.
Environmental sustainability is an integral part of the culture and history of Loma Vista Nursery.
The original nursery was built on property that included a 40-acre pond.
Today, this pond is the company’s primary irrigation source and about 80 percent of the water coming from it is recaptured. Loma Vista Nursery’s scouting program helps reduce pests and diseases, and its custom-built shade structures provide the right amount of light year-round. Loma Vista Nursery is also focused on financial sustainability.
Loma Vista Nursery constantly evaluates its sustainable and production practices, as well as its varieties, to make sure it has the right products to take to the marketplace.