About Us

Alan Fritz – Owner

As many of you might know, Alan Fritz, of CMA Growers, Inc. and Palm Acres, recently purchased Specimen House in August 2016.  Specimen House was formerly owned by Bill Kovach in Encinitas, California, and has been in operation since December 1985.  Bill had recently sold his property there and looking towards retirement, when Alan called and asked to purchase the Specimen House business, including its employees and inventory.  Alan has been in the nursery business his whole life, as his parents owned a nursery in Encinitas while he was growing up.  After starting his own company, CMA Growers, which grew hanging baskets, he then purchased Palm Acres, and has grown that into a very successful exterior nursery, specializing in large palms, and catering to landscape companies and garden centers.  While not at work, Alan is involved in the San Diego Flower and Plant Association, Farm Bureau, and other local industry related programs, and enjoys his days off with his wife, kids, and dogs!

For information on exterior material, please call (760)754-8811, or contact sales@palm-acres.com.

Dan Walkoe – Manager

Dan has been with Specimen House since January 1989!  He went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and studied Ornamental Horticulture and Greenhouse Management.  He has worked for several nurseries, and knows the ins and outs of the interior plant business, from growing to maintaining and everything in between.  He is an avid fisherman and hunter, and spends weekends on his boat.  His labrador, Marcus, works by his side at the nursery every day.

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