Rob Barron

Rob Barron

Coastal Growers
Environmental Consultant, Grower and Landscape Contractor

Owner, Coastal Growers Nursery and Coastal Management & Consulting Company

45 years of experience in coastal landscape design and restoration

Rob has been working on the Florida coastline and in the Caribbean since 1973, and has carried out over 1900 dune restoration and management projects ranging from large scale (miles of shoreline per project) hurricane repairs to sophisticated, comprehensive habitat restorations.

Coastal Management & Consulting specializes in no-irrigation-system projects to replicate the complete coastal ecosystem, using a strong and population balanced mix of native plant species. Most landscape installations are for high-end, oceanfront private homes integrating storm protective dune function with the demand for an attractive and sustainable vista.

Coastal Growers nursery specializes in propagation and production of rare and listed coastal species not generally available in the trade, cultured to optimize survival installed in projects without irrigation systems. The nursery produces 60+ native species from colorful flowers to striking specimens including several for which Coastal Growers is the sole source.

Some of Rob’s more notable projects include dunescapes, repairs and restorations for City of Delray Beach, Town of Jupiter Island, Elbow Key (Bahamas), Manalapan private preserve, Indigo Cay (Bahamas), Hutchison Island and Governor Beach, St. Barthelemy, French West Indies. 

Rob regularly addresses professional organizations at conferences on coastal policy, plant science and landscape management practices. He has also tenaciously and successfully lobbied for significant revisions to coastal management policy and regulation at state and local levels.

Lessons Learned in Using Native Plants

Classroom A

This panel session provides attendees with important insights gained from decades of experience installing and maintaining a variety of native plant projects for urban landscapes and restoration. The discussion will explore common pitfalls — and solutions — on native landscape projects and strategies for achieving success with native plants. Topics explored will include: Plant selection […]

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Native Plants for Coastal Landscapes

Classroom B

Shoreline properties constitute the most valuable and vulnerable real estate in Florida, with landscapes that must endure the stresses of coastal weather and erosion. The contribution of the landscape to the value of these properties goes beyond aesthetic, often including physical stabilization of the land itself. Yet many of the native plant species of this […]

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