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Our Story

Bougainvillea Growers International (BGI) was founded in 1994 on 5 acres with a vision of turning a niche market into a global phenomenon, bringing color and beauty to landscapes and bougainvillea lovers everywhere. In 2012, our wholesale nurseries totaled over 67 acres.  We  grew over 20 varieties of bougainvillea, all specifically chosen for their reliable branching and flowering habit, and five different bougainvillea products — bush, trellis, standard, hanging basket, and bonsai.

In mid-2012, after 20 years of growing quality Bougainvillea, BGI embarked on a new venture, one that channeled our knowledge towards producing and distributing our GAIN fertilizer products that deliver exceptional blooms, luscious growth, and vital nutrients to make gardens across the country look spectacular.

Although bougainvillea propagation is near and dear to us, we are now solely focused on ensuring bougainvillea and garden plants are cared for with our premier line of GAIN Fertilizers.

Yes, we still consider ourselves the authority on bougainvillea.  Our advanced methods of propagation and production put us at the forefront of our industry, enabling us to offer the largest availability and widest range of bougainvillea products to landscape professionals in the capacity of architects, designers, and contractors for over 20 years.

Today, those 20 years of experience now allows us to deliver a wide range of fertilizers to plant brokers, re-wholesalers, and garden centers, both locally and nationally owned.

Our Team

Tom Scannell

Tom Scannell

Founder
Tom Scannell is a patient yet persistent businessman and scientist. Armed with a soil science degree and 20 years of experience farming row crops in the Mississippi delta, he worked six years to come up with a plant food formula to make bougainvillea blossoms pop with color and hardiness. But after that he realized there...
Mike Dansby

Mike Dansby

Warehouse Manager
BGI Family member since 2011.
Michael Lomeli

Michael Lomeli

Texas Operations Manager
BGI Family member since 2013.

From the Founder

Enthusiastic Endorsements

“My customers are hooked on Bougain®. I also use it around my shop, and people are always asking me what I use to keep my bougies blooming.”

B. Murply
Nu Turf Lawn & Garden

“We are so happy with BGI products. Palmgain® especially! We’ve steadily increased our order volume over the years, as well as the variety of products because we have seen time and time again that they work wonders for our customers!”

L. Lekhray
Fantastic Gardens Aruba

“The products are selling very, very well! Bougain® and GardenGain® are especially flying off the shelves! We have had many customers come into our store, recognize your products from other places, and buy from us which gives us trust with our customers because they know we stock products that work!”

L. Valone
Battista Farms

“I am having great luck with Hibisgain®. My plants are growing and booming like crazy. I am using it on my other shrubs also. It’s nice to buy a large 50 lb bag instead of the smaller bags.”

V. Gibson
James E Hendry member of the American Hibiscus Society

Mission Statement

Our mission at BGI is to be the authoritative source for quality species-specific fertilizers and assist homeowners in creating natural beauty in their landscapes. Our goal is to continue leading the industry in research, product development, and landscape education.

Core Values

The people of BGI also want to share our commitment to a set of principles and core vales that define our company.

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Responsibility
  • Commitment
  • Teamwork
  • Enthusiasm
  • Accountability
  • Creativity
  • Respect
  • Brotherly love
  • Humility

Our Offices

BGI’s is not open to the general public. Only professionals in the Nursery Trade are permitted on site. Gardening societies, and professional horticultural associations interested in special group tours of our facilities in St. James City submit their request. We are happy to share our knowledge and love of bougainvillea!

BGI Headquarters
7401 Stringfellow Road
St. James City, FL 33956 | Map It
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 7:30AM – 4:00PM

Goddess of Fertility (Isis)

Goddess of Fertility, ISISIn 2014 BGI introduced “Isis” as a way to colorfully and creatively personify our product line.

Isis is the Egyptian goddess of fertility, the personification of truth and beauty. The roots of our fertilizer company begin with beautifying landscapes across the world; bringing vibrant color, joy, and visual results to the weekend gardener and landscape architect alike.

By the end of 2014, Isis will begin to grace the front of our fertilizer bags and other print materials.