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The Poruban Nursery is a family-owned business, established in 1964 by Floyd and Ann Poruban. A diverse mix of specimen quality ornamentals is currently in production, with emphasis on the broadleaved evergreens and acid soil plants.

A cultural program incorporating the concepts of sustainable agriculture, together with the policy of minimal pesticide use has resulted in a unique growing environment through the years. The proliferation of beneficial soil microflora and predatory insects are living examples of a dynamic integrated pest management program at work.

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Floyd Poruban, the owner, has worked in the nursery industry for nearly 50 years. He attended The Ohio State University, where he received a B.S. in Horticulture in 1961 and a M.S. in Plant Pathology in 1964. His research on crown gall resulted in the discovery of plasmids, a widely used tool in early cancer research. A pioneer of sorts, he was the first blind person to be admitted into any science program since the universityís beginning. He and his wife, Ann, received the very first horticultural enterprise loan in the U. S. to expand the nursery in 1969. Ann, a registered nurse, and their daughter, Jeannette, provide office and technical support for the nursery.


Rich Poruban, Floyd and Annís son, was born in 1969.  He grew up in the nursery, and has always loved horticulture. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University in 1995.  His graduate researched focused on the nitrogen nutrition of field-grown azaleas.  He has interests in plant nutrition and plant pathology, with special emphasis on mycorrhizae and other soil microflora.   Richís wife, Debora,  a molecular biologist, owns Cooking with Debora, a personal chef service, and is our webmistress. 



Floyd and Rich run the nursery together and use their extensive combined experience to educate consumers and challenge industry norms. Along with nursery duties, Rich and Floyd conduct scientific research with mycorrhizae and work to develop more sustainable nursery cultural practices.

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