Horrocks of Ionia to design Greenville’s flower beds


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 3:11 pm on Thursday, March 21, 2013

Raised flower beds in downtown Greenville, such as the one located near Huntington Bank on Lafayette Street, will be blooming and flourishing with new flowers and plants after Horrocks Nursery Farms Inc. of Ionia was selected to redo and design the flower beds. The project is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend in May. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) selected Horrocks Nursery Farms Inc. of Ionia to spruce up the downtown area.

During a special meeting on Tuesday, the DDA selected the contractor to redo and design the flower beds on Lafayette Street in Greenville.

“All three (contractors) could do the job,” said DDA Chairman Roy LaMarte. “We can’t go wrong (with who we choose).”

The DDA made the decision after lengthy discussion deciding what company would do the best job for the city.

According to Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden, he sent out about 30 letters to businesses and people possibly in the landscape business who might be interested in redoing the beds. Of the 30, only three responded — no one from Greenville.

The interested businesses also included True Builders Inc. in Cedar Springs and River Ridge Landscape in Cedar Springs.

March 12, Matt Horrocks of Horrocks Nursery Farms joined the DDA to answer any questions they might have about his proposal during the March 12 meeting. The board decided it would be fair and best to invite the other two contractors in as well to answer questions about their proposals, so they called a special meeting.

LaMarte made it clear the DDA was not choosing a design plan just yet but a contractor to do the job. The DDA will spend a short amount of time with Horrocks to discuss what they are looking for and what can be done inside a reasonable budget.

DDA members said it was important they chose a professional for the job to not only make sure the job is done right the first time, but to teach city staff how to properly maintain the beds so the DDA is not spending a lot of money on the flower beds again in a couple of years.

Although the decision was close on all three of the contractors, it was Horrocks’ dedication, willingness to work with the DDA and city staff and the passion that drove the DDA to choose his company.

The beds being redone in the project include all raised and ground-level beds with the exception on the locust tree beds.

The plan is to have the project wrapped up by Memorial Day weekend if weather permits.

“This is good stuff for Greenville,” said Greenville Mayor John Hoppough.

Ground-level flower beds in downtown Greenville, such as the one located in front of the Springrove Variety store on Lafayette Street, will be blooming and flourishing with new flowers and plants after Horrocks Nursery Farms Inc. of Ionia was selected to redo and design the flower beds. The project is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend in May. — Daily News/Cory Smith

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