Plant Development Services, Inc. was founded in 1996 by Greg Smith of the third generation, family-owned Flowerwood Nursery, Inc. Flowerwood Nursery remains one of the largest wholesale plant nurseries in the Southeast.

Greg identified a need for an industry resource that could market plant advancements being made by breeders throughout the world. Greg created a way for specialized plant breeders to get their plants to the consumer.

Today, Plant Development Services owns and/or licenses more than 100 patented plant properties and boasts three top-ranking plant brands: Encore® Azalea, the Southern Living® Plant Collection and the Sunset Western Garden Collection®.