As I walked down the first row of exhibitors at the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore I couldn’t help bet notice a bunch of pots with adorned with NFL logos.
I had to ask Pete Gilmore, director or business development for Sporticulture, if there were any Steelers swag around and he begrudgingly pulled something out. “I’m a Ravens fan, he proudly admitted, maybe that’s why the Steelers items were under a table.
Pete Gilmore, director or business development for Sporticulture, is a good sport holding up this Steelers plant, considering he loves the Baltimore Ravens. Photos by Doug Oster Tribune-Review
He pulled up a pretty yellow mum in a Steelers pot also adorned with the team logo on top of a stake pushed into the soil. It wasn’t easy to get licensed by the NFL, but it’s all part of the league’s focus on making their games a family event, he says. “You could bring this as a gift, it would be great for tailgating,” he added. There’s also other garden products. A light shines a team logo (in this case the Raven’s), a garden hose, and huge leaf bag displaying your favorite team’s logo in the front yard. He has fun talking to the fans about their team, it’s the lighthearted banter and jabs from fans he enjoys. “We see it in our trade shows, people say ‘where’s my team, why do you have that one there?, it is fun that way,” he said with a laugh.
The plants are available at local nurseries and other stores too. “The Steelers are way up there, he says of the team’s sales. I hate to admit that,” he says with a laugh. “The biggest thing is, it’s all about fun, he says, having fun with plants.”