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Since 1983, Black Gold® brand garden amendments, potting soils and fertilizers have been available at fine garden centers and have gained a loyal customer following nationwide. All Black Gold® products are professionally formulated to ensure gardening success, and many have been certified by the Mulch & Soil Council, which assures they are made from the highest quality ingredients. It also boasts a broad line of natural and organic gardening products that are listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and approved for organic gardening.
The parent company of Black Gold® is Sun Gro Horticulture, a world-class company specializing in both professional and retail growing mixes and fertilizers. In fact, Sun Gro has been a leading producer of quality products for the nation’s top 100 commercial growers, so you can feel confident its retail brands meet the same exceptional standards.
The brand of choice for gardeners, Black Gold®, is now available throughout the United States, and offers one of the most complete selections of mixes, amendments and fertilizers to fit any gardening project.
Find out more about Sun Gro’s exciting and storied history here: Download the GrowerTalks Magazine article.
Since its inception in 1985, Black Gold has become one of North America’s most respected names in growing products. From its humble beginnings in Hubbard, Oregon to being a national brand, Black Gold has come a long way!
Established in 1929, Sun Gro Horticulture was originally organized as Western Peat Company, Ltd. in Vancouver British Columbia. Since that time, we have grown to become North America’s largest producer of Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss and distributor of peat moss and peat- and bark-based growing media to professional plant growers. We are also leaders in high-quality consumer potting soils, garden amendments and fertilizers—producing Black Gold®, Fafard®, Sunshine® and other popular brands.
Sun Gro’s first venture into consumer gardening products was with Sunshine Peat Moss. Then in the 1980s, Sunshine Potting Soils were added to the product line. In 1998, after Sun Gro purchased Pacific Soil, Black Gold and Nature’s potting soils, garden amendments and peat moss product lines were added to the Sun Gro family of home gardening products. In 2006, the Sunshine Pro product line, which emphasizes garden amendments, was added.
So, what makes our products stand out? Why purchase gardening products from an established horticultural company? There are lots of reasons why discerning growers and gardeners trust Sun Gro products.
Sun Gro has always been a horticultural company. We produce top-performing products of the highest quality for both professional and consumer horticultural markets, large and small. Fancy bags and televisions ads are not what make gardeners request Black Gold, Fafard, Sunshine or Sun Gro’s other consumer brands. It is the fact that we produce the best quality products for gardening success.
When a company produces products for the professional horticultural market, it is potentially liable for replacement if the commercial greenhouse or nursery operator has poor success with a product. We have found that the best way to reduce our liability is to produce top-quality products that we can stand behind. For many years, Sun Gro has maintained an industry-leading quality control system for the production of both professional and consumer products. Attention to detail in our production process is one of the key things that sets Sun Gro apart from competitors.
Good people are Sun Gro’s secret ingredient. We have dedicated teams of specialists that develop, produce, and sell our products. Cutting-edge research horticulturists develop product formulations and support the quality process; our exemplary production teams make sure that all the raw materials meet quality standards and are mixed to create unparalleled final products; and our smart, personable sales representatives make sure our products reach garden centers nationwide. We also credit garden centers that carry our products; their knowledge and support ensures our success.
Our satisfaction pledge is another reason to grow with Sun Gro. The pledge states: “If for any reason you, a personal family or household consumer, are not satisfied with the results of using this product, simply send us proof of purchase to the address listed on this bag within six months of purchase and we will promptly refund your purchase price.”
We embrace the wisdom that the customer is always right. And as a horticulture company, we’ve made it a founding principal that we should always strive for continuous improvement in all that we do. Finally, we know that when our products perform well, they spread the joy of gardening. After all, when gardeners experience gardening success, so do we.
Thank you for your business over the years and for continuing to allow Sun Gro to be a part of your gardening projects.
From the beginning Sun Gro has sought to be the best in the business, and we believe we have met that goal. For decades we have worked hard to become North America’s number one producer of growing products for professional and consumer markets.