The Boyd family has been in nursery production for five generations; Bill is a fifth generation nurseryman. Flower City Nurseries, Smartt, TN, has been in business for over 50 years and Bill has owned the business since 1987.
Bill has worked at the nursery for over 30 years. His personal, hands-on knowledge ranges from growing to harvesting to sales and management. He has had direct experience in every aspect of nursery labor and fully understand plant costs very well.
Within the last five years, he has also been a crop insurance adjuster for IGF, ASI, and AmAg. It was critical for him to have an in-depth understanding of plant costs/worth at varying growth and production stages.
Although the nursery requires much of his time, Bill always finds times to support the horticulture industry through service.
He has been attending nursery meetings and conventions since he was about nine years old and has devoted a large part of his life to nursery associations. He served on the Middle Tennessee Nursery Association board from 1979 – 1984 and as president in 1983. From 1985 – 1998 he served for the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA). In 1991, TNLA honored him with the Young Nurseryman of the Year Award. This same year, the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) awarded him the David E. Laird, Jr. Memorial Award. He served on the SNA Trade Show Committee in 1994 and served on the SNA board from 2001 – 2007, serving as president in 2006. Once again he came to the call of duty and served on the SNA board to fill a vacant spot from 2008 – 2014. Bill is the only person to serve on the SNA board for thirteen years. Bill gives unselfishly in other ways to associations. He has moved the SNA office three times and continued to serve on the trade show move-in committee for many years. In 2015, Bill was awarded with SNA's most prestigious award, the Slater Wight Memorial Award, recognizing his lifetime achievements.
Locally, Bill has served on the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce board. He has served on the Warren County Planning Commission and the Warren County Fair Board. He has also served on the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee. Bill is a member of the First United Methodist Church and has served on several committees. He is currently on his fifth term as Chairman of the Trustees.
Flower City Nurseries is members of the following associations:
Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association (ALNLA)
Southern Nursery Association (SNA)
Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA)