our mission

At Local Plant Source, we believe technology enables us to work together better for the collective good of the Green Industry. From growing quality plants to designing award-winning landscapes, a commercial landscaping project requires tremendous effort from people in a variety of roles to be successful. Our mission is to ensure that information can be used to enhance decision-making and improve results at every step along the way. 

 

Our motivation

We take great pride in being a member of this industry and work tirelessly in pursuit of a more connected community and a more efficient supply chain for all, both online and off. Our drive is powered by something much greater than ourselves; it’s about creating transparency, efficiency, and solving industry-wide problems so that every business owner can have a sustainable future. Our motivation is you, the wonderful people that make our our homes comfortable, our vacations relaxing, our offices welcoming, and our streets more appealing through the beauty of the environment.

 

A Letter from our founder

Five years ago, I was designing the landscape for a high-profile hotel expansion in downtown Austin. While the multi-layered decision making process added complexity to the project, I finally got the design concept and the contractor’s bid approved. Needless to say, the project appeared on-track... then, the nightmare unfolded. One week before the Grand Opening, we discovered that the project’s signature plants were unavailable - placing the project completion, the integrity of the design and our relationship with the client in jeopardy.
Over the coming months, I reflected, asking myself: How could I have avoided such a train wreck? Where could I go to find reliable plant information that is up-to-date? How could I avoid wasting so much time calling just to research plant material? Finding no real solution, the idea for Local Plant Source was born: A fair and open marketplace that connects everyone in the commercial landscape industry and provides them with rich information, creating a level playing field for designers, contractors and plant suppliers alike.
Technology has increased efficiency, sustainability and profitability across many industries - empowering companies to communicate freely with their customers, and improving the entire supply chain. A connected and efficient green industry is closer than you think, but we need your help to get there.
Join us as we embark on this journey together.
Optimistically,
J. Zac Tolbert, RLA, LEED AP
 

QUOTES THAT INSPIRE US

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
— Henry Ford
“A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.”
— D. Elton Trueblood