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Greenhouse Geek-Rob Tanzer


The Institutional Greenhouse and Conservatory Restoration & Renovation group at Rough Brothers has been headed up by Rob Tanzer for eight years. Having graduated from Virginia Tech University with a BS in Plant Biology and Botany, Rob brings a substantial amount of horticultural and botanical knowledge and experience. Robs hands-on experience with greenhouses during his VT tenure gives him the edge when visiting greenhouse managers at universities and private institutions.

As a former greenhouse manager, not only does he speak the language, Rob can empathize with the sometimes grueling demands of the occupation.Being the main contact person for all the greenhouse users at his alma mater, Rob knows greenhouse managers have many and varied responsibilities: miscellaneous greenhouse repairs, coordinating experiments with students, pest control, pest identification, monitoring environmental conditions, public plant sales, hosting seminars, field days, and guided tours to name a few.

Whether working behind the scenes or front and center, Rob knows the success of a large or small greenhouse operation lies in the greenhouse managers hands. Before his days in academia, Rob put his green thumb to the test by operating and managing wholesale nurseries. His duties included growing and overseeing 3,000 different plant species, shipping, and general greenhouse upkeep.Robs nursery experience taught him the hard work of maintaining greenhouses. Robs natural greenhouse savvy and knack for managing plants and people landed him at Rough Brothers.

His passion lies in renovating old Lord & Burnham or Lutton conservatories – making him the perfect person to head up the institutional greenhouse and conservatory renovation group. Over the years Rob has collected Lord & Burnham memorabilia that he proudly displays next to a picture of him with a giant corpse plant. Rob has traveled to forty-nine states (come on Alaska!) where hes visited countless greenhouses and conservatories. Robs passion for plants, wealth of greenhouse knowledge, and hands on experience has made him a true greenhouse geek. Learn more about Greenhouse and Conservatory Restoration & Renovation at www.roughbros.com┬átest

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