"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,
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J. Zac Tolbert, RLA, LEED AP