About TriState Foliage


Our History

TriState Foliage

Tri-State Foliage, Inc. was founded in 1985 with the goal of supplying the highest quality tropical foliage and blooming material to the interiorscape industry year-round, not seasonally as has been done previously by other wholesale companies. The greenhouses were built with several different shading zones and state-of-the-art climate controls with an underground heating system to supply a perfect growing and holding environment. Tri State Foliage has one of the largest inventories of tropical plants in the Midwest. In addition to tropical foliage from Florida and California, we also stock a wide variety of Hawaiian grown tropicals. During the spring season, we expand our product line to include outdoor tropical blooming material for retail garden centers.

In addition to our foliage, we also are a distributor for New Pro Corp, Michigan Growers Products Sure Mix soil, Planter Technology CWI Sub-irrigation (Tournesol Siteworks) and other hard goods necessary for today’s interiorscaper. Also available is Tri State Foliage Wonder plant cleaner. Weekly deliveries are made to Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan in climate-controlled trucks to ensure quality goods reach their destination. Our competent sales staff works with customers to find what they want and what they need.

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We source the highest quality plants from Hawaii, Canada, Florida and the midwest.

Best practices

How we do what we do

We use our years of experience in the industry, along with partnering with industry leaders, to provide our customers with the best availability of tropical plants. 

Customer Service


We strive to provide the best customer service by treating our customers with respect, honesty and fairness. We are dedicated to their success.

Meet The Team

Dan Johnston

Tri State Foliage, Inc. was started in 1985. My goal was to supply quality tropical blooming and foliage plant material for the interiorscape market. Prior to starting Tri State Foliage, I had worked for Delhi Flower & Garden Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 18 years, and learned much about tropical foliage in my years at Delhi. I started traveling to Florida to visit nurseries in 1968. Today, I travel to Florida to visit and hand tag plant material every other month. My philosophy is that going to the nursery on a frequent basis enables us to consistently choose the best plants.

Carson Bender

Carson has 38 years of experience in the industry. In 1982, he received his degree in Botany from Miami University of Ohio. He lives in Dillsboro, Indiana, with his wife and three children.

Steve Kreutzer
Bryan Johnston
Sales/ Management

Growing up in the family business I have worked in the greenhouses from the time I was legally allowed to be put to work! My formal education includes a brief time at Ohio State University Horticulture program and a degree with the University of Cincinnati. I have continued my education by staying active and involved with associations such as American Hort. I enjoy learning about others and their business to find ways to partner with each other for a successful relationship.

Nancy Burke

Nancy has been at Tri State Foliage since February, 1998. She currently resides in Bright, Indiana. Nancy enjoys spending time with her son, daughter and 5 grandchildren. Her pastimes include gardening, outdoor activities and reading.

Cathy Johnston

Cathy is married to Dan and has been with Tri State since 1985. She is in charge of accounts payable.
Cathy is a retired nurse. She has six grandkids and enjoys spending time with them and traveling with Dan.

Janice Broerman
Foliage Maintenance

Janice has been with Tri State Foliage since 2014. She and her husband, Gene, in Ross Ohio. They have three children and four grandchildren. Janice also works at Ross Middle School as a lunch lady. She enjoys gardening, hiking and taking photographs.

Jeremy Hiler
Driver/ Plant loader

Jeremy has been with Tri State Foliage since 2014. He lives in Fairfield Ohio. Jeremy has a degree from Miami University in Athletic Training. He enjoys boating at the lake and sports.

Jessica Johnston

Jessica has been with Tri State Foliage since March 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Jessica lives in Springdale with her husband Jason and two dogs. They enjoy attending concerts.

Denise Sholle
Rental Manager

Denise is new to our team at TSF she will be managing short term plant rentals for events. You can reach her direct at tsfrentals@gmail.com

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Thousands in stock
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Since 1985
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W/ Shading Zones

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