Ever heard of Sporticulture? Check out these Steelers plants!

Posted on: January 11, 2017 | Written By: Doug Oster | Comments

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

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


blog better blog steelersHe 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.”

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Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”