In late December, Emerald Coast Growers hired John Friel as its marketing manager. Friel brings more than 30 years’ experience in the greenhouse industry to his new position. Friel has previously worked with Green Leaf Enterprises, Yoder Brothers and the Green Leaf Plants division of Aris Horticulture Inc. He is also president-elect of the Perennial Plant Association. Founded in 1991, Emerald Coast Growers is a family-owned propagation nursery that specializes in starter plants of ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials and ships throughout North America. For more information, call (877) 804-7277 or visit Emerald Coast's website .