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Women in Power

Women in Power

Connie Emmerson, President/Owner

Connie Emmerson is the president/owner of Royal Landscape Nursery, a beautiful landscape nursery owned and operated by the Emmerson family. The business is open to the public ( retail and wholesale). Items available for delivery include shrubs, trees, sod and much more. At Royal Landscape Nursery, personal attention is given to all customers, and landscape advice is offered for free.

Operating hours

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m-3 p.m.

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Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Love being outdoors but sick of those annoying blood-sucking mosquitoes? Put down the sprays and nets, here are thirteen different plants you can grow that’ll help keep the mosquitoes away.
 
Bug zappers are also annoying, and leave you sitting among insect parts. Moreover, you may not be in the mood for smoky candles or incense. However, this does not mean you have to be bothered by mosquitoes. Most people know about cintronella, it’s found in many products that keep bugs away, but there are others that can do the job.
 
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Mosquitoes hate the lemony scent of this plant. With some patience, you can easily grow this plant in your garden. You just have to buy stalks easily available in the market. Lemongrass prefers good drainage and full sun. However, it’s important to understand that this beautiful tropical plant does not tolerate freezing temperatures.
 
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
For some gardeners, this is a perennial. For others, it is an annual plant. Catnip is considered about 10 times more effective than DEET for repelling mosquitoes. However, this plant has a tendency to be quite invasive.
 
If it’s in the garden bed, cats can crush this plant. But you can keep a couple of them in hanging containers to avoid both problems.
 
Marigold (Tagetes spp.)
This is a sun loving annual plant. Besides mosquitoes, this one can also repel aphids. It can be an...
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Sod Shortages Expected in the Southern U.S.

Sod Shortages Expected in the Southern U.S.

Turfgrass in the South may be harder to comeby in the spring and summer of 2015. Renouned professor and extension specialist Dr. Grady Miller of North Carolina State University attributes reduced acreages during the economic downturn and increasing construction demand as likely explanations of the 2015 shortfall in acres. Expect for prices to be higher this year and you should plan your budgeting and pricing accordingly.

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Your One-Stop Nature Shop!

Your One-Stop Nature Shop!

Royal Landscape Nursery
makes outdoor beautification easy
Royal Landscape Nursery in the little town of Gotha is indeed a family operation. The nursery is owned and operated by Steve and Connie Emmerson, whose marriage has survived 22 years of working together. Their local business has continued to grow throughout the past 19 years with the help of their two daughters and reliable staff.
 
Their oldest daughter Mia, 21, will graduate from college in 2016 and take on responsibilities of the family business, while 15-year-old Sophie, who attends Dr. Phillips High School, also works part time in the company and has done so for years. The company averages 40 to 80 employees year-round, with very low employee turnover, and they are also recognized as family.
 
Connie is at the main office to manage daily office responsibilities and oversee the retail/wholesale aspect of the company. Steve is responsible for ensuring all of the nursery’s items flourish to provide exceptional quality products, as well as managing new and existing accounts for the Landscape Maintenance Division of the company.
 
Royal Landscape grows approximately 80 percent of what it sells. This enables the company to keep its prices nearly 30 percent lower than comparable plants, bushes and trees sold in big chain stores. The foliage is lovingly grown amongst Royal Landscape’s three locations with a total of 56 acres of land, and the plants nurtured are perfectly ...
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Annual Spring Fling – Open House 2015

Annual Spring Fling – Open House 2015

This years event was a blast! Thanks to all of the great people that came out to support and have a good time.

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Our Spring Open House was a Blast!

Our Spring Open House was a Blast!

Thank you to everyone that came out and shared a lovely day with us.

Open House Spring 2014

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Royal Resilience

Royal Resilience

Husband and wife team, Steve and Connie Emmerson joined forces to become a success.
Originally oceans apart, Steve and Connie Emmerson met after Steve moved to Orlando, Florida, from London in the early 90s. Connie, who grew up in Illinois and later Texas, worked as the leasing manger at the apartment complex where Steve lived after he moved to the United States.
Steve’s entry to the landscaping business came via a gesture of help while the couple still lived in the Orlando apartments. Steve was lounging by the apartment pool one day when he saw a landscaper working nearby. “I saw a guy wrestling with this huge 65-gallon sago palm, and I said ‘Hey, do you need a hand with that?’ So he hired me for the day and asked if I could come to his office the next day at 7 a.m. I started at $5 per hour.”
 
This same landscaper later offered to sell the Emmersons his business, including 26 residential maintenance accounts for $9,000. “I didn’t have $9, much less $9,000,” Steve jokes. “But I scrounged together $5,000 and began paying the remaining $4,000 in monthly payments of $900.” Times were tight for the Emmersons, but Steve managed to make his payments, pay for fuel, insurance and all other expenses while bringing in only $1,375 per month. Steve did most of the labor himself, with only occasional help from temps, and soon had 70 accounts.
 
He was typically out on jobs or meeting clients...
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Landscaping With a Royal Flare

Landscaping With a Royal Flare

Floridians are fortunate to live in a tem- perate climate where plants and trees thrive year-round. Homeowners can enjoy beauti- ful outdoor surroundings that also translate into increased property values.

Early spring is the best time to consider a new landscape, as the threat of frost is a memory, and the blazing heat of the sun is still a few months away.

Some people may choose blooming plants to add splashes of color, or shrubbery and trees to provide shade and privacy. Others look to extend their outdoor living spaces by enhancing pool areas with pavers and water features. Whatever the scope of the project, Royal Landscape & Maintenance Inc. can coordinate services from design to installation.

Customers are invited to stroll the 19-acre nursery, located in Gotha, and make their selections.

“We tag each plant so they know exactly what is going in their yard,” said Steve Emmerson, who has co-owned and -operated Royal Landscape & Maintenance with his wife, Connie, for 15 years.

Complementing Steve’s more than 28 years of landscape experience is a full staff of professionals who can educate custom- ers about a variety of plants from proper placement to watering requirements.

Customers facing issues with existing landscape can turn to Royal Landscape professionals for advice. Homeowners can either bring in a clipping of a troubled plant or opt to have Royal Landscape personnel come to their homes.

“We...

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