Digging It Up

A conversation with Certified Green Industry Professional Matt Bouvy

By Alicia Finch


How does one become a Certified Green Industry Professional?

To become a Certified Green Industry Professional through the Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association, you need to have at least 2,000 hours of employment in the green industry, pay for and pass the exam and attend at least six hours of continuing professional education per year.


What are the daily duties of being a Certified Green Industry Professional?

At Abele Greenhouse we all have different primary jobs, but I like mine because I get to do a lot of different things. Being an owner, I do everything from cleaning the facility, sales, growth, product ordering, accounting and everything in between. Being a small business, we all must work together on each of the jobs.


What do you love most about your job?

The No. 1 thing I like about my job is seeing that the work we do makes a difference in people’s lives. Families come here together to buy plants and share family traditions like vegetable gardening, flower gardening, landscaping, etc. We are fortunate to get a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our customers.


What’s one thing you think people should know about the hard work it takes to care for a garden?

A lot of people view gardening as hard work, but if you view it as fun and exercise the rewards are outstanding. How else can you add value to your home while getting a little workout and having the sun on your face? Gardening is trial and error. If your plans don’t always work out, don’t be afraid to try again. A good example is when your hydrangea doesn’t bloom, so you dig it up and move it to another place in the yard – maybe with more sunlight, maybe more moisture in the ground. Those beautiful hydrangea blooms are the sweet success of your labors – hours well spent in your yard