Growers, Brokers & Exporters of Ornamental Plants
31701 SW 194th Avenue, Homestead, Florida 33030
Tel: 305-245-2966 Fax: 305-246-1782
Toll Free: 800-247-PALM
EMail: botanics@botanics.com

History

Botanics Wholesale began in 1980 with the purchase of our original 5 acres, where we began the field cultivation of palm trees, many of which were quite rare at the time.  We believed that given the limited selection of palms available to the commercial landscape market from the wholesale nurseries in South Florida, and with personal knowledge of many other attractive varieties suitable for use in our area, a viable market niche existed.  Over the years, our company introduced to the market a number of palm varieties that were not available except from collectors, if at all, and in sizes and quantities that offered a wonderfully enhanced palette to landscape architects and designers.  Over those years, we were fortunate to have twice been chosen Grower of The Year by the F.N.G.L.A., a testament of our vision, dedication, and the efforts of our family of employees.

Continuing with our original vision… the passion of discovering, trialing, and the introduction of new plant varieties to the landscape market has remained an integral component of the Botanic’s tradition and focus.  

Through the years, many changes have occurred at Botanics Wholesale. Amongst the changes are the reduction of our field-grown acreage and expansion of our container production acreage.  This has allowed us to grow a greater variety of plant material to serve our customers, both domestic and foreign. The extensive use of Jackpots (air pruning fabric container) allows us to grow much larger container material than similar sized traditional containers.  This is a distinct advantage given the increase in transportation costs. The latest change at Botanics has been our production of larger tropical fruit trees, grown so as to be a “Fruitscape” sized tree.  These specimens are ready to enhance the tropical landscapes of Florida and the Caribbean with both their beauty and bounty.

Many of the same faces you have seen at Botanics are still involved at the nursery after decades, and some have now moved on.  Today, Mike Tevelonis is the General Manager following Chris Oppenheimer’s retirement in February of 2013 after 30 years.  There is now also a sister company, Botanics Wholesale of Martin County, with Steve Miller as General Manager.  Mike and Steve both bring the enthusiasm and dedication required in this business to be successful, and we believe under their management, Botanics Wholesale will be here for another 30+ years to continue serving the many customers whom we can now also count as friends.