Sunshine Farm and Gardens, a 46 year old, 60 acre plant nursery, garden center, and arboretum located in Greenbrier County has concluded negotiations with Tam & Associates, a Beijing firm, to provide landscape material for several locations in China.
The nursery will be shipping plants bred and grown in West Virginia to China that will be used in the landscape of several Olympic venues in the February 2022 Winter Olympics and also for another commercial project in Liaoning Province. The plants will be shipped to China this winter and grown to maturity at several different Chinese nurseries.
Sunshine Farm & Gardens has exported West Virginia grown plants to virtually every country in the world, says President and Founder of the company, Barry Glick. Glick goes on to say that, “In light of Governor Jim Justice’s comments regarding the trade imbalance with China, we are proud to be doing our part in reducing that deficit.”
Sunshine Farm & Gardens hosted a group of Chinese Nurserymen and Horticulturists sponsored by the West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association in 2012. The delegation spent the morning touring the gardens in Renick and were then treated to a luncheon at The Greenbrier and a tour of The Greenbrier grounds. It was that visit that led to this current project.
Plants for export require inspection by the WV Department of Agriculture who then issues a Phytosanitary Certificate to coincide with the importing country’s Import Certificate. All plants exported must be free of soil and pass stringent requirements.