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How does your company become the leader in designing and installing live and artificial plants on the largest cruise ships on the high seas? And then bring that flair for spectacular performance under adverse conditions ashore?

For company principals, Debra Smeltzer and Jim Ziesler, it began with backgrounds in marine botany and marine geological research at the University of Texas. In 1986, one year after Greensleeves opened, Smeltzer and Ziesler made an inspired presentation to design and install plants on the Windstar, a large five-star commercial sailboat.  Greensleeves was awarded the contract because of the marine background both Smeltzer and Ziesler had.

When the Windstar installation was complete and the ship was preparing for its maiden voyage, the French architect Marc Held, who designed the ship, praised Greensleeves’ problem-solving plant installations and floral arrangements, as “nothing short of extraordinaire.”

Greensleeves at-sea know-how and passion for excellence continued to pay off and was followed by winning the contract to work with a team of four European architects on over 4,000 square feet of plantings on a vessel under construction in St. Nazaire, France, The Sovereign of the Seas. At that time, Sovereign of the Seas was the largest cruise ship ever to be built and the first to encompass a large lush outdoor garden as well as thousands of indoor plants.

Debra Smeltzer and Jim Ziesler have maintained and fine-tuned Landscaping Extraordinaire in plant design, installation and maintenance for architects, designers, building owners and managers.  While continuing to work with cruise ship owners, Greensleeves also works with commercial buildings owners, condos, convention centers, hotels, residential properties, State and Government principalities and a wide range of other properties – both indoor and outdoor.

Greensleeves Inc. of Miami, Florida, is locally owned and operated.  The company is often a member of its clients' teams both on ships and ashore.  Greensleeves’ performance has been recognized as outstanding in North and South America as well as ports-of-call in Europe.

Greensleeves passion for excellence continues as there list of distinguished clients grows.

Call or e-mail Greensleeves to see how easy and economical it is to "Go Green" with your indoor foliage and orchids, outdoor foliage and fertilization, Pest Control and Irrigation systems.

305-593-5256 or 888-592-4766


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Greensleeves was “launched” in 1985 byDebra Smeltzer and Jim Ziesler.
It is now one of the leading Interior/Exterior Landscape & Christmas Decorating firms in Florida and the Caribbean.

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The headquarters, offices and 6,500 square- foot warehouse of Greensleeves are at Beacon Lakes in South Florida.

Orchids, tropical foliage & poinsettias are grown and sheltered at Greensleeves’ 10,000sq. ft. shade house and 1.5 acre exterior nursery.


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