Florida Association of Native Nurseries

The nation’s largest professional association exclusively devoted to growing, planting, promoting and selling native plants. Our members are growers, garden centers, landscape and environmental professionals.

A.D. Ali

A.D. Ali

Entomologist, consultant, professor The Davey Tree Expert Company 30 years of experience in the horticulture and landscape industry Dr. Ali provides technical support to Davey field offices throughout the southeast and Texas. He also provides arboricultural consulting services including Plant Health Care seminars, plant problem diagnosis and landscape management. Dr. Ali was an Adjunct Professor […]

Mark Hostetler

Biologist, Professor, Author University of Florida, Dept. of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation 20 years of experience in urban wildlife and green development iaauwa Dr. Hostetler conducts research and outreach on how urban landscapes can be designed and managed, from small to large scales, to conserve biodiversity. Partnering with policy makers, city/county planners, environmental consultants, and […]

Jeanette Klopchin

Entomologist Florida Dept. of Agriculture 6 years of experience with bee protection Jeanette has a BS in Zoology, a M.S. in Environmental Studies, and spent nearly six years working at the University of Florida Honey Bee lab, participating in apiary and lab management, research and extension activities. Jeanette is now the Pollinator Protection Specialist for […]

Taryn Evans

Taryn Evans

Naturalist and Landscape Professional Creative Garden Structures 10 years of experience with native plant landscapes and pollinator gardens Taryn Evans is co-owner, with her husband, Terry, of Creative Garden Structures, a small consultancy, garden store and demonstration garden that specializes in helping homeowners create backyard habitat. The company has consulted on, designed, installed and maintained […]

Joe Samnik

Principal, DistanceLearnPro and Samnik & Ballard, LLC “Expert Tree Consultants” Certified Arborist 48 years of tree and landscape consulting and dispute resolution Joe Samnik has dedicated his career to representing developers, professional engineers, landscape architects, attorneys, and insurance companies with the complex problems that relate to trees. Joe is uniquely qualified as a consultant with […]

Michelle Keyser

Marketing Professional Director, Content & Social Media Marketing at GlobalDirective 20 years in marketing campaigns including digital & social media, regional strategy development and branding As a marketing professional with an entrepreneurial approach to business, Michelle is motivated by a challenge and working with other professionals in a mutually mentoring environment. Michelle spent the majority […]

Steve Turnipseed

Lloyd Singleton on the left with Steve Turnipseed on the right (blue shirt) A Chemical Engineer by degree, Steve Turnipseed is retired from a 32-year career with Chevron where he held assignments in Mississippi, Texas, California, Indonesia and Nigeria. Steve is a UF/IFAS certified Master Gardener and Florida Water Star irrigation Accredited Professional. Steve currently […]

Zak Gezon

Zak Gezon

ZAK GEZON – 15 years in ecological research, education and outreach Conservation Program Manager Walt Disney Company Animal Programs Dr. Gezon is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist with a research and education background in conservation biology, community ecology and pollination. In his current position with the Walt Disney Company, he creates butterfly habitats around the […]

Debbie Regnone

Debbie is the president and owner of Resort Sports, a recreation management and events company in Southwest Florida. Debbie has been a successful businesswoman for over 30 years, winning numerous industry awards for service, innovation and leadership. A frequent guest lecturer at the Florida Gulf Coast University School of Hospitality, Debbie has also served on […]

John Conroy

JOHN CONROY, President, Founder and Owner of Fish Branch Tree Farm Inc. John chaired the committee for the most recent revision of Florida’s Grades & Standards for palms. John obtained both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Education from Florida State University. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, John owned garden centers with landscaping, irrigation and […]

Jennifer Marvin

Jennifer Marvin

6 years of experience in landscape architecture, 2 years of teaching PhD candidate, Environmental Horticulture with Ethnobotany focus Jennifer Marvin, Education and Training Specialist, Florida-friendly Landscaping Program, University of Florida, is pursuing a PhD degree in environmental horticulture with a focus on ethnobotany as a method for connecting children and nature. Her degree program is […]

Gabriel Eduardo Campbell

Gabriel Eduardo Campbell

Graduate Research Assistant and PhD Student Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) in Milton, Florida Gabriel’s PhD research is focused on efficient commercial production of native milkweed. Gabriel collects native milkweed seed and has conducted native milkweed germination studies. He has been able to propagate Asclepias humistrata, notoriously finicky […]

Chad Crawford

Chad Crawford is a director and producer, known for The Outsiders Club (2015), How to Do Florida (2010) and If I Could Tell You (2015). “Chad is a true natural leader and one of the stars of the new nature movement. I’m a big fan”– Richard Louv, New York Times Best-Selling Author of “Last Child […]

Brightman Logan

Brightman Logan

Biologist, Former Grower and Landscape Contractor 31 years of experience with native plants & landscapes Founding member of FANN President and founder of Central Florida Native Flora and All Native Flora LLC Brightman began his career as an environmental scientist and early on recognized the potential for native plants in the landscape. In 1981, he […]

Gail Hansen

Dr. Gail Hansen is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida, with a teaching and extension focus on sustainable landscapes. Her program addresses best design practices and quality of life in residential and urban landscapes. She is also a faculty member in the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology […]

Troy Springer

Owner, Springer Environmental Services, a landscape design, installation and maintenance company Troy Springer started his career in the landscape business when he founded Springer Lawn Care in 1992 while in college at USF. Springer Lawn Care was predominately a mowing and traditional landscape operation. However, being a devoted wildlife enthusiast, Troy realized that his business […]

Jaret Daniels

Jaret Daniels, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida and the Director of the Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. Jaret specializes in the ecology and conservation of butterflies and other native insect pollinators. Much of his recent research has focused on the use of wildflower […]

Roger Hammer

Roger served as Senior Interpretive Naturalist for Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation for 33 years, during which time he developed a statewide reputation for both knowledge and his entertaining, informative delivery of information about Central and South Florida’s native plants and natural communities. He has been the keynote speaker at the World Orchid Conference, keynote […]

Craig Huegel

Ecologist, Environmental and Landscape Consultant, Author 27 years of experience with native plants and landscapes Experimental grower & blogger Hawthorne Hill Native Wildflower & Rare Plant Nursery A Certified Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Society, Craig’s specialty area is the plant-animal interaction and he is well known as a state expert in the design of […]

Bruce Turley

Owner, Wilcox Nursery & Landscape Bruce Turley started working at Wilcox Nursery on October 15th, 1977 directly out of Florida State University and coming with a background in business and visual arts as well as growing up in a family background of agriculture and horticulture. The initial objective in his employment was to gain knowledge […]

Bill Bissett

Landscape Architect, ASLA and Co-owner, The Natives, a native nursery and landscape restoration firm During the 33 years as the principle landscape architect in his own firm, Bill has been instrumental in the innovation of many techniques and use of materials that have changed the face of environmentally acceptable landscaping in Central Florida. He has […]

Hayk Khachatryan

University of Florida Assistant Professor and Economist Dr. Khachatryan is an assistant professor and extension economist with a joint appointment in the University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department and Mid-Florida Research and Education Center. His research focuses on issues in the field of horticultural economics, including economic impact analysis, consumer behavior, marketing and […]

Nancy Bissett

Restoration Ecologist, Botanist, Horticulturist 33 years of experience with native plants & landscapes Vice President and Co-Owner of The Natives Inc. Nancy has developed techniques for restoring many upland communities including scrub, sandhill, and flatwoods that include site preparation, planting, direct-seeding native groundcovers, and weed control. She has developed and enacted direct seeding projects for […]

Jamie Wright

Landscape Architect, ASLA, LEED AP® Jamie has over 18 years of experience in the field of landscape architecture in both the public and private sectors. His experience includes lead project design, project theming and image design, concept development, logo and identity creation, landscape/hardscape design, and project management/ implementation. Jamie is currently Dix.Hite+Partners Principal and Studio […]

Blake Gunnels

Landscape Architect Blake has over 17 years of experience in the landscape industry in the fields of landscape architecture, construction, and maintenance. His experience includes managing design, plan production, project implementation and maintenance management for projects in the public and private sectors, including multi-family construction, resort/multi-family renovation, and transportation. His past experience in landscape contracting […]

Lloyd Singleton

Landscape Professional and Extension Agent 20 years of experience with commercial and residential landscapes Lloyd is an Extension Agent for the University of Florida IFAS in Sumter County with a specialization in sustainable landscape management practices including Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. He has 12 years of practical experience as landscape manager for the Universal Orlando theme park […]

Lisa Maier

CEO, LocalDirective (a digital marketing agency) Lisa has over ten years of strategic digital marketing experience in a variety of industry sectors. As CEO of LocalDirective, she oversees a team helping B2B and B2C clients dominate their online space through strategic, cohesive and integrated programs. LocalDirective provides search engine optimization, search engine marketing, social media […]

Josh Decker

Marketing Solutions Engineer Josh is engaged in design, implementation and supervision of cost-effective online marketing efforts for small and medium-sized businesses. Prior to working for LocalDirective, he founded Holistic Visibility, a firm providing search engine optimization, search engine marketing, social media marketing, press releases, article submissions, blogging, newsletter marketing and mobile marketing services. B.A. in […]

Beth Wertschnig

Ecological Restoration Scientist 22 years of experience with native plants and natural landscapes Project Scientist at CARDNO ENTRIX Beth specializes in restoring agricultural and mined lands to their pre-existing natural plant communities. She first worked for The Nature Conservancy in both California and Florida and then went on to work for private companies. Currently, Beth […]

Paul Abel

Landscape and Restoration Manager 29 years of experience in native landscape management Restoration Manager, The Natives a multidisciplinary firm offering landscape and restoration consulting services, restoration implementation and plant nursery Paul is a rare breed of landscape professional with considerable practical applied science knowledge in native plants, plant ecology and Florida ecosystems, particularly upland plant […]

Terry Zinn

Grower, biologist 21 years of experience Terry L. Zinn, B.S. in Biology, M.S. Wildlife Ecology. Terry began his career in the nursery business by operating a tree and shrub nursery in Pennsylvania. He has worked as a wildlife biologist for local, state, and federal agencies and private consulting companies conducting wetlands evaluations, endangered species surveys, […]

Stephen Brown

Soil Scientist, UF/IFAS Horticulture Extension Agent 30 years of experience Lee County Horticulture Program Leader Stephen is a prolific, enthusiastic, entertaining and effective educator with more than 300 published fact sheets, journal publications and newsletter articles; more than 200 digital slide presentations and approximately 70 digital video clips and programs. The garden columnist for the […]

Rob Barron

Environmental Consultant, Grower and Landscape Contractor 40 years of experience in design and installation of coastal landscapes, including both ornamental and restoration projects Owner of Coastal Growers / Coastal Management & Consulting Rob has been working on the Florida coastline and in the Caribbean since 1973, and has carried out over 1000 dune restoration and […]

Tom Levin

Landscape Architect, RLA, ASLA, CLARB, AICP, CEP, Board Certified Environmental Professional 34 years of experience in landscape architecture and planning President and founder, Ekistics Design Studio Tom has 30 years of creative experience in site development including site analysis, urban design, sustainable development, stormwater ecology and thematic environmental design. He founded Ekistics Design Studio in […]

Sandra Wilson

Horticulturist, Instructor 26 years of experience in teaching and research Professor of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center In collaboration with several colleagues, Dr. Wilson’s widely published research focuses on (1) characterizing the invasive potential of ornamental plants and (2) propagation and evaluation of native plants. She also teaches several […]