The Hoffmann Family of Companies acquired Topiary Creations in Collier County late Wednesday as part of its strategy to build out its nationwide agricultural holdings. Topiary Creations, 1730 Keane Ave., operates on 75 acres in Golden Gate Estates adjacent to American Farms, which Hoffmann acquired majority ownership of in December.
The local companies grow annuals, perennials, topiary and bougainvillea on a total of 200 acres. Combined, American Farms and Topiary Creations ship millions of flowers, tropical plants and topiary shrubs and trees nationwide on a fleet of more than 65 refrigerated tractor-trailers.
Locally owned and operated since 1989, Topiary Creations is known for its hearty plant products, which start with top varieties grown in high-grade soil mixes and fertilizers that are shaped and pruned by hand. All management and staff at Topiary Creations are staying under the new ownership, Hoffmann reports. Topiary Creations President Michael Moore could not be reached for comment.
“Topiary Creations further continues our commitment to grow our agriculture business. Coupled with American Farms, World Wide Farms, our 1,500-plus acres of vineyards in Missouri, four golf courses, nurseries and tree farms we have large agricultural offerings in the United States and Mexico,” said David Hoffmann, founder of Hoffmann Family of Companies.
The transaction amount for the Topiary Creations acquisition has not been disclosed yet. Topiary Creations obtained a $3 million mortgage in 2003, Collier County documents show.
In a deal that closed Dec. 22, Hoffmann purchased a controlling interest in American Farms for $9.5 million. The founding owners of American Farms retained 25% interest in the more than 100-acre agricultural business and continue to operate it.
The acquisitions in Golden Gate Estates expand Hoffmann’s agricultural investments, which include vineyards, nurseries, tree farms, golf courses and organic herbs and spices. The recent transactions continue the growth of Hoffmann’s Southwest Florida holdings and complement the family’s 1,200-plus acres of vineyards in the Midwest as well as its ownership of Illinois-based World Wide Farms, a grower and distributor of fresh culinary herbs and greens.
Hoffmann, the largest privately held commercial real estate company in Naples, owns more than 35 properties in Southwest Florida, including Hertz Arena and the Florida Everblades hockey team. The company acquired the Old Collier Golf Club in North Naples last fall and has the Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero under contract.