About Us

NGA founders were involved in other organizations, but felt the need for an organization focused strictly on the issues facing nursery growers.

Farm Bureau served all agricultural interests but in serving many masters. Farm Bureau could not take sides when the interests of the other crops conflicted with those of nurseries. This was especially true when the conflicts involved intrastate quarantines and shipping protocols.

In serving the entire nursery community, from growers to garden centers to birdbath manufacturers. CAN (now CANGC) also had some conflicting priorities. Some issues did not receive the attention from CAN that growers wanted.

The NGA founders created an organization open to nursery owners and principals by invitation, with no offices or full-time staff. Members met regularly for dinner meetings to learn about issues of mutual interest. Board committees monitored key issues and took action when necessary, recruiting volunteers via the NGA phone tree (pre-internet days).

A good example of NGA action occurred when the Giant Whitefly invaded California. Suddenly, ficus hibiscus and other plants were covered with a waxy white filaments secreted by the bug. John Kabashima of U.C. Cooperative Extension approached NGA with a proposal: we could wait two years for the State to fund research or if we could come up with $10,000 in two weeks, he could send some graduate students to Central America over Christmas break to research natural controls. The NGA phone tree raised the money in four days, the students found a predatory wasp and within three years, the Giant Whitefly virtually disappeared in California.


NGA Board of Directors

NGA is run by a diverse all-volunteer board of directors representing the broad range of small and large nursery operations in California. The president may also appoint adjunct (non-voting) board members from academia and affiliated fields for additional expertise.

2016 NGA Board of Directors

NGA President

Mike Babineau

Village Nurseries
NGA Vice President

Maria Martinez

MB Landscaping & Nursery
NGA Treasurer

Todd Flammer

Sunny Slope Tree Farm
NGA Secretary

John Keller

Monrovia
NGA Director & Past President (’06-’08)

John Schoustra

Greenwood Daylily Gardens
NGA Director & Past President (’09-’12)

Robert Crudup

Valley Crest Tree Co.
NGA Director

Edgar Tuna

Pinery Tree
NGA Director

Frank Chavez

AgroFruits International LLC
NGA Director

Edwin Alvarado

Nick’s Nursery
NGA Director

Tomoharu Iwo

TY Nursery
Adjunct Board Member

Michael Frantz

Frantz Nursery
Adjunct Board Member

Lizzie Mulder

Crop Production Services

NGA Past Presidents

2010-2012

Robert Crudup

Valley Crest Tree Co.
2009

Liz Gallagher

Pardee Tree Nursery

2006-2008

John Schoustra

Greenwood Daylily Gardens
2004-2005

Mike Proffitt

El Modeno Gardens

2003

Robert Crudup

Valley Crest Tree Co.
2002

Tom House

Village Nurseries
2000-2001

Bert Tibbet

Magic Growers
1999

Dennis Connor

Monrovia Nursery
1998

Brad Bowers

Valley Crest Tree Co.
1997

Lance Tibbet

Magic Growers
1996

Haydi Danielson

Monrovia Nursery
1995

Jerry Robinson

Rainforest Flora
1993-1994

David Sasuga

Altman Specialty Plants
1992

Dale Rahn

QCOM

1991

Tom Larson

Nakase Brothers Nursery
1990

Gary Hayakawa

Three Star Nursery

1989

Gilbert Resendez

Monrovia Nursery
1988

Lynn Strohsahl

Bordier’s Nursery

1987-1985

Ken Oda

Oda Nursery

1984

Norman Groot

El Modeno Gardens

1983

Ted Nakase

Nakase Brothers Nursery

1982

Jim Poorbaugh

Monrovia Nursery
1981

Bob Seat

Sea Tree Nursery

1980

Hank Ishida

Union Nursery, Inc

1979

Bud Bordier

Bordier’s Nursery

1978

Bruce Usery

Monrovia Nursery

Don Lewis (deceased)

1973

Ken Inose (retired)

El Modeno Nursery

1972

Jan Groot

Pacific Coast Nurseryman

Jack Eddy

Bing Bordier

Bodier’s Nursery

Jack Boething

Boething Treeland Farms, Inc

Stephen Biemel

Mitsua Nursery

Bob Adams

Richard Griffin

1968

Bill Tomilnson

Tomlinson Select Nurseries

1967

James Hines, Jr.

Hines Nurseries Inc.

1966

Markie McCabe (deceased)

Monrovia Nursery

1965

Cecil Shirar

Hines Nurseries

1964

Tommy Tomlinson (deceased)

Select Nursery

1963

Ove Hoyer (deceased)

Delamo Nursery

1962

Jim Perry (deceased)

Perry’s Plants

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