Quinton Nursery’s ‘Liriope Lady’ heads NJNLA


The new president of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association is known to many as the ‘Liriope Lady” because her business in Salem, N.J., Quinton Nursery, grows so many of these plants.
Suzanne Van Schiver said in a telephone interview that the name came about in a rather surprising way. She had placed a call to a business and overheard the person who answered the telephone tell the person she was calling, “It’s the Liriope Lady.”
She like the sound of it and decided to use it since her business does specialize in these plants.
Quinton Nursery carries a wide variety of liriope and groundcovers, perennials, hemerocallis, ornamental grasses, hostas, ferns, shrubs and woody ornamentals.
Van Schiver said she grew up on a dairy farm and when she and her husband Mark bought some land in South Jersey they knew they wanted to stay in some kind of agriculture. The nursery is the way it began 12 years ago with one cold frame.
Today it is a largely wholesale, family-operated business that includes their 24-year-old twin sons, Joe and Nicholas. It serves an area that includes New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The young men grow farm crops as well as working in the nursery, their proud mom reported.
Becoming the president of the association was not a matter of being elected but rather one of working her way up through various positions on the board of directors, she reported.
“It’s a great organization,” she exclaimed. “It’s a great place to network and get information.”
She explained that it serves the nursery, landscaping, and greenhouse sectors of the horticulture in New Jersey.
The state legislature has recently passed a new law governing the use of fertilizer and NJNLA is in the process of disseminating information about the bill and what it means to individual growers.
At a recent meeting sponsored by NJNLA, between 60 and 70 members of the industry were on hand to learn about the legislation which regulates the use of fertilizer on turf.
Asked about the unusually warm weather the East Coast has had this winter Van Schiver said it has been a bonus for her business. It extended the landscape season.
“We’ve been shipping all season,” she said. “Usually we shut down in the winter.”
She did express a wish for just one good hard cold snap to help control any possible plant disease that might be lurking in the wings.