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After 95 years in business, Grimes Horticulture has announced that it is shutting down its Concord, Ohio, facilities, effective immediately.
The operation reportedly was the victim of an internal embezzlement scheme that “was too large for the company to financially digest,” according to Director Gary Grimes.
Grimes also shared via email that the operation “managed the timing of this carefully and have already paid over 95% of obligations to vendors.”
“We are extremely proud of our exceptional employees who have been as dedicated and productive as any company could possibly ask for,” Grimes wrote, noting that he and owner Rod LeDrew will be assisting former employees in finding new employment in the horticulture sector.
Grimes also pledged to honor all plant orders already placed with the now-shuttered operation for the upcoming season. That includes any outstanding seed orders, and commercial partners with questions about seed orders should get in contact with president Bill Steen, according to the operation. Steen can be reached via email at BSteen@Grimes-Hort.com.
“We could not be more appreciative of our wonderful, valued customers who will be intensely missed,” Grimes wrote. “It has been an honor to get to know and work with so many of you in this wonderful industry.”
Two new Encore Azaleas, Autumn Majesty and Autumn Starburst, join the lineup of reblooming azaleas with new flower colors.
The bicolor blossoms of Autumn Starburst feature a star-shaped coral-pink center edged in pure white. The bold blooms shine against dark green foliage.
Autumn Majesty produces masses of petite, purple blooms throughout the season. The semi-double flowers are packed with layers of petals for a ruffled appearance. Clean foliage stays bright green all year long.
Developed by Robert "Buddy" Lee, inventor of Encore Azaleas, both varieties were selected for their compact form, attractive foliage and cold hardiness. Reaching only 3' tall by 3' wide, these dwarf varieties take up less space in production and require little to no pruning.
Autumn Majesty and Autumn Starburst are among the more cold-hardy Encore Azaleas, thriving in USDA Zone 6A and above. Like all Encore Azaleas, they flower profusely in spring, with repeat blooming throughout the summer and fall.
Visit http://www.encoreazalea.com to learn more.