George County Horticulture Industry Honored

George County hosted a special ceremony Thursday to recognize the success of the commercial horticulture industry.

Sen. Thad Cochran helped nursery owners unveil a new historical marker. The sign will be placed on Highway 98 to let visitors know about the significance of the plant industry in the area.

George County is home to about 40 commercial nurseries that grow both ornamental and bedding plants. The industry's annual economic impact is more than $10 million.

"We have people here who've been in business a long time. And like was said earlier today, they love the business. Whenever you love something, you're going to pour your heart into it. And with the environmental conditions here that are conducive to growing, it's a great formula for success," MSU Horticulturist Cary Johnson said.

The nursery business came to George County more than a century ago. E.E. Bolen established a nursery and orchard company in 1898.