South Summit Chamber of Commerce
About Aris Horticulture, Inc.
Scott Schaefer, president
From modest beginnings as a partnership of two, hardworking Mennonite brothers, Menno and Ira Yoder Aris Horticulture Inc. (formerly Yoder Brothers Inc.) has grown to be a world leader in flowering research and breeding. Today, almost 95 years after its founding, G. Ramsey Yoder, Menno's grandson, heads a company of 650 employees.and chief executive officer, is in charge of day-to-day operations and shares with Yoder the responsibility of leading the company.
Aris continues evolving to meet the changing horticultural market. In 1995, Blooms of Bressingham was set up as a new company in North America to introduce exclusive perennials from England. This has since expanded into a global activity, under a new name, Must Have Perennials, with business partners in many countries and exciting introductions from breeders worldwide. Shortly afterwards came the acquisition of Green Leaf Enterprises, now Green Leaf Plants, one of North America's leading perennial growers. These venues put Aris in an excellent position to capitalize on the popularity of gardening.
The company reorganized as Aris in 2008, with the sale of its mum and aster product lines and continues to expand its support of the horticultural industry with new varieties and starter plants of many types. Aris operates two business units:
Green Leaf Plants provides growers with starter plants for perennials, grasses, herbs, asters, garden chrysanthemums, exacum, gloxinia, and lisianthus. Production facilities are located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Keepsake Plants supplies starter and finished plants of Keepsake Azaleas, tropical TradeWinds Hibiscus, Hydrangea and Sun Parasol Mandevilla, as well as Pot Mums, Garden Mums and Asters.