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November 2017 | Volume 38, Issue 11


The Landscape Show Redux Sets Brisk Pace for Moving Forward Originally scheduled for September, The Landscape Show came to a quick halt when Hurricane Irma blew into Florida the day the show was to move into the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Acting with quick, yet effective, measure, FNGLA staff and volunteer leaders determined it was not only possible, yet in the industry’s best interests to reschedule this significant marketplace event. November 2 - 4 was selected as the show’s new dates. Dubbed Redux and tagged as “Resilience. Rebuild. Reconnect,” 65 percent of exhibitors scheduled to be at the September event were on-hand and 80 percent of buyers were anticipated to attend. The doors opened to The Landscape Show Redux on November 2 for an action-packed three-day event. No one seemingly knew what to expect from the scaled-down event, yet a positive tone set the pace for a bustling show floor filled with industry professionals ready to talk and make purchase decisions. “Reinvigorating” and “reassuring” were two words commonly heard throughout the rescheduled Landscape Show Redux. Other frequent refrains were “impressive,” “very pleasantly surprised,” and “excited to see so much here!” 4,250 industry attendees came to The Landscape Show Redux to find plants, products and community support among the 270 businesses exhibiting in more than 500 booths! The Knowledge College attracted 230 attendees to its solid lineup of 13 workshops and seminars. Continued on page 3


Ed Bravo, FNGLA 2017-2018 President

We are FNGLA Strong: A Tribute to One of Our Industry’s Greats! A successful Landscape Show Redux is now in the books, thanks to The Landscape Show committee and our fearless FNGLA staff. The herculean task of re-planning, organizing and executing this event with all its moving parts could not and would not have been possible without the seasoned experience and professionalism of all the folks who clock in and out at the FNGLA State Office. This show above all that came before it, was truly for the benefit of members that we serve. There were companies who could not attend because of scheduling conflicts and others who were still dealing with the trauma and damage from Hurricane Irma. They are never far from our thoughts and remain in my prayers. We have witnessed great destruction on recent trips, but we have also seen a resolve and determination to rebuild. This industry and the people who operate the farms, nurseries, and landscape companies in it are bending but will not be broken – they are FNGLA Strong. There was one company who missed The Landscape Show Redux for a very different reason. Their creative costumes and award-winning theme booth displays will be sorely missed. Earlier this year Alan Shapiro announced Grandiflora would be closing after 36 years in business so that he and his wife Ellen Shapiro could retire. I first met Alan Shapiro in 1981 when he had just started San Felasco Nursery Inc. on a 15 acres parcel in Gainesville. He had one employee, a shed for an office/storage and was beginning his second overhead mat, all on less than 1 acre. In 1985, San Felasco purchased an additional 16 acres at the Stein’s Greenhouses’ location on Millhopper Road and a retail store in town called The Plant Shoppe, which Ellen Shapiro would manage. Between 2001 and 2005, San Felasco had consolidated to one location with over 100 acres in production; a state of the art chemical mixing facility; cold frames; potting barns; shade structures; and, a 2-acre retractable roof ‘Cravo Greenhouse.’


San Felasco became Grandiflora in 2004 with a new logo and branding program “Grandiflora grown… long lasting southern blooms.” Grandiflora weathered four hurricanes in 2004 and the recession beginning in 2008 by maximizing efficiency, eliminating wastefulness, streamlining the infrastructure and upgrading its marketing/website. Grandiflora and Alan have had many trade affiliations over the years. FNGLA, GCS, FNPS, AFNN, ANLA, AHS, ALNLA, The Florida Museum of Natural History (Butterfly Rainforest) and NFBS (Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.) Alan and Ellen have also supported many other groups with their time and generosity, the FFA Student Contest, Master Gardeners and Extension Services, Orchid Society, Camelia Society, Arbor Day programs, Horticulture Career Day, Sensory Garden for the Blind, Keep Alachua County Beautiful, The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Boys and Girls Club, Ronald McDonald House, Humane Society, St. Francis House, Hope House and the Hospice of North Florida. San Felasco was recognized as the top operation of the year in 2003 and listed in the top 100 growers for 1998, 1999, 2000 by Ornamental Outlook Magazine. Grandiflora has won so many booth awards at trade shows that it is sad to see them coming off the office walls and into the boxes and stacked up like cord wood on table tops. Alan has also received many awards for his contributions to the horticulture industry. From the City of Gainesville, The City Beautification Award in 1987, The Teeny Thomas Tripp/Service Award in 1989 and the Bob Gasche Award in 1995. From FNGLA, the Outstanding Committee Chairman from1990-1991, Spring Garden Festival – Leadership and Service Award from 1991-1994, Silver Leaf Club Member in 1995, Golf Leaf Club Member in 1996, Platinum Leaf Member in 1999, and Outstanding Floriculture Division Member in 2007. In 2010 he received the Balentine Award from Southeast Horticultural Society, and in 2000, the Wendell Butler Award - FNGLA’s most prestigious honor for lifetime achievement. As ambassador for our industry Alan has represented FNGLA in many educational events as a speaker, writer, and even Continued on Page 3

FNGLA HAPPENINGS Continued from Page 1 In FNGLA’s Resources Pavilion, officials of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, USDA’s Risk Management Agency and Florida’s Small Business Development Center were all on-hand to offer disaster assistance guidance. Nine unique and outstanding landscape projects were celebrated and presented FNGLA Landscape Awards. For those 40 and under, FNGLA’s Tapped-In network attracted nearly 100 young industry professionals. The Landscapes Show Redux Opening Reception, sponsored by Tree Town USA, gave colleagues a relaxing atmosphere to share storm status and business news. Huge thanks go to The Landscape Show Redux exhibitors, attendees and the volunteer Landscape Show committee for what proved to be a very successful industry event! The Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA) produces The Landscape Show which means it’s designed by the industry for the industry. Mark your calendars now for The Landscape Show on October 4-6, 2018 in Orlando! Continued from Page 2 Every year since 1999 Alan has decorated the O’Connell Center with plants and trees in conjunction with a theme for the Stop Children’s Cancer fundraiser “Putting on the Ritz,” which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years. Ellen served on the Board for the Stop Children’s Cancer until 2012 and has been the driving force behind landscape projects with Habitat for Humanity, Secret Garden Tours, Women’s Garden Club, the Children’s Garden at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and was co-founder of the Gainesville Junior Women’s Club festival of trees. Grandiflora/San Felasco Nursery has also won several local and statewide awards for their recycling efforts. Alan and Ellen are legendary for a lifetime of community service here in Gainesville. They loan or donate plants on a regular basis for charity fundraisers, local garden projects, schools and educational facilities. The entire company participates in the annual United Way Drive, contributing thousands each year from their paychecks.

Alan Shapiro in 2000 as he was awarded FNGLA’s highest honor -- the Wendell Bulter Award. hosting many workshops, conferences, and tours; including the IPPS Symposium in 2005. His concept of an annual Perennial Field Day and open house would ultimately become the FNGLA Flower Trials. In 1998, Alan served as FNGLA State President and focused his attention on the members and their issues. He served as FNGLA Frontrunners Chapter President in 1982 and again in 1985. Alan was co-founder of the Spring Garden Festival at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and serves on the Spring Garden Festival Committee to this day.

After 36 years of leadership and service to FNGLA and the Horticulture industry, Alan Shapiro has earned the respect of his peers and the gratitude of those of us who now stand on his shoulders to see into the future. “We are FNGLA Strong” Respectfully, Ed Bravo Big Trees Plantation (Gainesville, FL)



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FNGLA HAPPENINGS FNGLA’s 2017 Landscape Award Winners Spotlighted at The Landscape Show Redux SPONSORED BY: With nine project awards announced as FNGLA 2017 Landscape Award winners and surrounded by the industry’s top event in Florida, The Landscape Show, exceptional Florida landscape projects were honored and three higher awards were revealed as the FNGLA Landscape Awards Presentation which took place at The Landscape Show Redux. FNGLA’s Landscape Awards is a much-anticipated, signature show happening, and a welcomed event at the show.

FNGLA spotlighted the winning firms and projects: • Yellowstone Landscape of Bunnell (Landscape Contractor) for its project Legacy of Leesburg. • Blue Landscape of Naples (Landscape Contractor) and W. Christian Busk of Naples (Landscape Architect) for their project Old Naples Residence. • Laurie Potier-Brown and Chris Thompson (Landscape Architects) and Green Construction Technologies of Wilton Manors (Landscape Contractor) for its project Dale Mabry Highway Living Memorial. • Nicolas Bofill and Tenusa, Inc. of Miami (Landscape Contractor) for their project Frost Museum of Science - Vista Level. • Raymond Jungles, Inc. of Miami (Landscape Architect) and Dias Brothers Garden Services in Boynton Beach for Pine Tree North Residence in Miami Beach. • Earth Balance of North Port (Landscape Contractor), The Chappell Group of Pompano Beach (Mitigation Work) and Michael Kroll with Miller Legg of Ft. Lauderdale (Landscape Architect) for Port Everglades Southpoint Turning Notch in Ft. Lauderdale.

As anticipation grew, three higher-level awards were revealed. The Roy Rood Award winner was revealed as Earth Balance of North Port (Landscape Contractor), The Chappell Group of Pompano Beach (Mitigation Work) and Michael Kroll with Miller Legg of Ft. Lauderdale (Landscape Architect) for Port Everglades Southpoint Turning Notch in Ft. Lauderdale. This project was deemed the Most Outstanding Entry for 2017! The FNGLA Floriculture Award was awarded to Brightview Landscape Services of Orlando (Landscape Contractor) for Tupperware World Headquarters Rose Gardens– judged to be the entry showcasing the most effective use of plant material creating color and texture in the landscape. The final special award, the Florida Friendly Landscape™ Award, was presented to Forestry Resources Ecological, Inc. of Ft. Myers (Landscape Contractor) for The Preserve at Mercabo in Boca Grande. This project was judged to be the entry showcasing the most-effective use of the FloridaFriendly Landscaping Principles. The 2018 Landscape Awards program will again take place at The Landscape Show, October 4 - 6, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center’s South Building. (Top Image) FNGLA’s top landscape awards honor is the Roy Rood Award. The 2017 award was presented to Michael Kroll with Miller Legg who was the projects landscape architect on behalf of all involved with the Port Everglades Southpoint Turning Notch project. (Bottom Image) Rick Joyce accepted the Florida Friendly LandscapeTM Award on behalf of Forestry Resources Ecological, Inc. for their project The Preserve at Mercabo.



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FNGLA HAPPENINGS The Landscape Show/SHARE Golf Tournament Raises $13K for Industry Research and Hurricane Recovery 2017 has been a challenging year -- from natural disasters to national tragedies -- no one is immune to dealing with the unexpected. When Hurricane Irma caused the cancellation of The Landscape Show in early September, it wasn’t immediately clear what would become of some of the show’s ancillary events. Yet, The Landscape Show/SHARE Golf Tournament planning committee never once had any other intention than to find a new date and a new time to keep their mission of raising funds for industry research in play. So when the show announced new dates, the plan was set into motion... and the event rolled out in its traditional style: taking place November 1 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort with 16 teams and a total of 61 golfers. Congratulations to the top teams and winners -- and an extra special thanks to our generous sponsors. The 2017 tournament is expected to net an estimated $13,000. In consideration of the suffering some experienced from Hurricane Irma, half of the net proceeds will go toward hurricane relief in the hardest hit nursery areas – Miami-Dade and Ft. Myers/Naples. The remaining 50 percent will go to the FNGLA Endowed Research Fund at SHARE/UF. Since its start in 1994, The Landscape Show/SHARE golf tournament has brought in almost $200,000 to support this important industry research fund.

The winning team: Bryan Ward, Scott Lowdell, Kyle Temples and Rich Courville. The second place team: Steve Griffin, Andy McGahee, Doug Deem and Brody Griffith. And in third was: Ryan Hill, Jim Spratt, Eric Casey and Ed Bravo.


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FNGLA HAPPENINGS TPIE 2018: Seizing the Indoor Plant Movement! A tropical and indoor plant movement is taking place in the consumer world as people of all generations are making plants an important component of their interior spaces. TPIE (Tropical Plant International Expo) is the one-of-a-kind industry trade event which connects wholesale buyers and sellers of tropical plants and indoor foliage. Taking place January 17-19, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, TPIE will attract more than 6,000 industry professionals from around the globe. As its name implies, the Tropical Plant International Expo is an international experience. Attendees typically come from 45 U.S. states and territories and 30+ different countries. With Florida producing 76 percent of all indoor and tropical plants in the United States, TPIE’s Fort Lauderdale location is ideal to connect with a large number of premier Florida growers. Yet, TPIE exhibiting companies are not only from Florida, but from all over the United States and beyond, including Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Taiwan and Japan. TPIE’s trade show floor offers the newest, most diverse collection of tropical and indoor foliage plants, and related products, from more than 400 of the industry’s leading companies. The number one reason buyers attend TPIE is to find the unique products these exhibitors offer. Always the first industry event of the year to focus on upcoming trends, TPIE’s Opening Session features Maxwell Luthy of TrendWatching - a worldwide organization which shares consumer trends and insights. Luthy helps to understand trends so businesses can turn them into opportunities. The Opening Session takes place on Wednesday, January 17 at 9 a.m. and is included with a TPIE trade show badge. More trend information will be presented at TPIE, courtesy of the National Horticulture Foundation (NHF). As part of the TPIE Elevating Expectations Series, the Garden Media Group’s trendspotters, Suzi McCoy and Katie Dubow, will showcase timely horticulture-related trends which underscore the burgeoning connection between people, plants and wellness. This program takes place on Thursday, January 18 at 3:00 p.m. and is also included with a TPIE trade show badge. Presentations at the TPIE Create Theater highlight new ideas for using plants in interior spaces, including on the floor, on table tops, hanging on walls and hanging from ceilings. TPIE attendees have opportunities to create their own interior décor pieces as part of TPIE’s afternoon Show and Tell presentations. Also on tap at the Create Theater will be biomimicry-inspired projects, where outdoor nature is brought into and mingles with interior plants and décor. For even more inspiration, TPIE once again features its Interior Design Showcase, with vignettes pairing plant designs with current interior trends. Look for an indoor/outdoor garden room at TPIE 2018!



One of the all-time favorite TPIE meeting spots is the TPIE Happy Hour, taking place on Wednesday, January 17 at 5 p.m. The connections energy of the event moves from inside the convention center to outside by the fountain courtyard, where business colleagues continue to meet up, swap information and make deals. This popular event is generously sponsored by Sun Parasol/Suntory. For more details on TPIE events, becoming a TPIE exhibitor, booking hotel accommodations, or registering for the show, visit www.tpie. org. TPIE is produced by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), which means TPIE is designed by the industry to serve the industry.

TPIE is Now the Tropical Plant International Expo: Reasons to Exhibit TPIE is the place where interior design and plant design connect and where the industry looks to discover new products and technologies which can lead to enhancing their business. It’s also a venue for energizing creativity and an opportunity to meet new people, see new business opportunities and old connections with a new perspective. If you’re not exhibiting, here are a few great reasons to be a part of TPIE: 1. Gather qualified leads for post-exhibition company follow-up. 2. Introduce new products or services to market: Showcase your new products on the show floor at the Exhibitor Showcase. 3. Give your customers the opportunity to meet the expert: you! 4. Connect face-to-face with buyers not easily accessible to your sales force. Over 10 percent of TPIE buyers travel from out of the country. TPIE brings these buyers to you. 5. Take advantage of advertising and sponsorship opportunities to enhance your presence outside of your booth. 6. Network with industry professionals and colleagues.

The Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) is THE trade event showcasing the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropicals in warm and inviting South Florida. TPIE’s trade show is more than an exhibit area - it’s nearly 5 acres of living and vibrant plants creating a virtual indoor garden of showstopping displays. Your $20 show badge (if registered by January 5) buys admission to the show for all three days and access to the show’s opening session, its elevating expectations session, and other educational demonstrations.

7. Open doors for future sales calls. 8. Directly influence top decision makers: 84 percent of TPIE buyers are direct influencers or final decision makers for purchases. 9. Reach dealers, reps and distributors and further develop relationships. 10. Reinforce your company brand. Ready to learn more? Logon to or contact FNGLA’s Billy Deal,!


INDUSTRY NEWS Post Hurricane Irma: A Brighter Tomorrow By Jack Payne, University of Florida senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources and leader of IFAS, | @JackPayneIFAS By now, we have most of the answers to the industrywide question, “How bad was it?” UF/ IFAS has been a key player in documenting the destruction of Hurricane Irma. Now come a series of questions whose answers will differ for each producer. Rebuild exactly what you had? Replace your hoophouse with something more weather-resistant (and expensive)? Introduce new varieties, maybe even edibles? Is rebuilding an opportunity to investigate and pursue markets you hadn’t considered? What you do now could set the course for the industry for years to come. In that, you have something in common with UF/IFAS. We just did something that’s likely to guide the future of the Environmental Horticulture Department. Dean Kopsell is our new department chair. He’s committed to making sure the department supports you so that each decision you make is an informed one. Dean isn’t looking at the next few months as just helping you survive. He wants to help you find the opportunity in this current crisis. That’s the perspective of a young, motivated leader who plans to be around for a while. He wants to see the implementation of his vision. That gives him a personal interest in long-term impact, not just quick wins. A couple of things won’t change. First, he won’t interfere with the personal relationships you already have with your Extension agents or research center faculty. But he will be seeking your input. He was at The Landscape Show, of course, and plans to attend the Tropical Plant International Expo in January. He’ll be crisscrossing the state on an informal listening tour. Please seek him out. Second, there will continue to be an industry focus and a solutions-oriented approach to much of the department’s research. But Dean will have great influence on the direction of that research with whom he selects to fill current faculty vacancies. All the more reason for you to take point #1 seriously. Tell him now what you need! Third, UF/IFAS will dispatch our Extension agents in the field, host workshops and field days geared toward recovery, post and update EDIS documents, and listen hard to FNGLA members’ input on what science will most help the industry recover. Dean grew up on a tree farm. He spent years in the lab. He has delivered science to producers. He has taught numerous students who have gone on to play prominent roles in the business. In short, he has a personal background in production and a professional background in the research, Extension, and teaching missions of land-grant universities. You can reach Dean at or 352-392-1831. In some ways, you’re both starting over – you in the post-Irma era, he in a new leadership role in the science to help guide you in the new era.



He wants to build the department into an even greater academic powerhouse. I don’t need to tell you about the graying of the industry. Dean is thinking about the succession plan. He sees a need to increase the production of future leaders in the industry.

Be A Part of FNGLA - The Nation’s Largest State or Regional Nursery Trade Association With over 1900 members from across all walks of the industry, FNGLA is a great resource for both you and for your business. Join fellow industry members in enjoying the benefits FNGLA’s members enjoy. Join now:! Dean Kopsell is now at the helm of the UF Environmental Horticulture Department serving as department chair. This means more graduate students, who are both involved in research and who will one day lead companies, join academic departments, run associations, and oversee operations. The new chairman will also support current faculty who are investigating how you might add alternative crops such as hops to your mix. Dean sees diversification and emerging markets as two big areas in which we can inform your decisions. New chair, new era, new generation of leaders, new crops, new markets. It doesn’t sound to me like a field digging out. It’s the promise of a bright future, one that UF/IFAS and FNGLA will strive toward together. Jack Payne is the University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources and leader of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a non-profit organization committed to serving the needs of Florida’s professional arborists and tree-care consumers.


INDUSTRY NEWS Unwanted Titles: Florida Highways Among Most Dangerous in the Nation Florida’s nursery and landscape businesses put a lot of miles on their vehicles. Know which highways put you and your employees at highest risk as part of your business effort to keep everyone safe. A recent survey by Teletrac Navman, a GPS fleet management business, shows Floridians and those traveling around the state have reason for caution. Utilizing traffic fatality data from 2011 to 2015, Interstate 4 (from Tampa through Orlando to Daytona Beach) holds the unfortunate title of deadliest U.S. highway with 1.250 deaths per mile of highway. Florida lands again in third place with 192 (Four Corners through Melbourne to Indianatlantic) weighing in with 0.867 deaths per mile of highway. And fifth was I-95 (Miami through Jacksonville to Weston, MA) with 0.730 deaths per highway mile. Armed with this data, please make pragmatic decisions intended to keep everyone safe. Teletrac Navman offers an informative and succinct graphic expanding the information below. Access it at https://www.


INDUSTRY NEWS 2017 Financial Management Conference Benefits Florida Agriculture Commodities The 2017 Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference (FAFMC) was held November 2 & 3 at the B Resort and Spa, Lake Buena Vista, FL and addressed key financial issues growers and producers face. This is the conference’s eigth year. From touring a new state-of-the-art packing facility where millions of blueberries are packed to a fourth-generation citrus grower, then ending up at a 40-acre U-Pick operation, the 2017 FAFMC attendees started their conference experience in the heart of the what make agriculture strong in Florida. Some of the nation’s leading agricultural and economic experts provided information on the latest trends and tools to assess and manage the overall financial health of their business. Back again as one of the conference’s dedicated presenters, Dr. Edmond J Seifried, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, provided an economic outlook for 2017 and shared his view on how the current administration and policy agenda will affect the US economy. Analyzing financial performance, evaluating new market opportunities such as solar energy, cybersecurity and adapting to regulatory and technology changes were just some of the highlights of the conference. Regina Thomas, co-organizer of the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference and senior vice president/ director of financially related services for Farm Credit of Central Florida, said the conference began eight years ago during the recession that rocked the entire U.S. economy. “We had a lot of nursery growers and farmers that were struggling, and financial management was really something that they needed to help pull them through,” said Thomas. “We always have a tax strategy speaker, and a financial management speaker,” Thomas said. And, she adds, the conference usually has information about succession planning and encourages young farmers to attend. Solar energy was a topic of interest at this year’s conference. A panel of experts discussed incentives to benefit Florida’s business owners and residents who choose to implement solar energy systems on their property. “We’re just now seeing solar get to be one of those things that is starting to pop up,” she said. “It’s definitely an alternative source of revenue for farmers.” The FAFMC conference content is applicable to all segments of agriculture. Sound financial management remains a top priority among many of Florida’s agricultural businesses. This conference hits this facet. Planning for 2018’s conference will begin soon. Look for details as they develop at!




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Celebrate Florida’s Offerings! Hurricane Irma sucker-punched Florida in an unprecedented way. As you know, Florida’s nursery and landscape industry is not the only agriculture segment which suffered significant losses. The reality is not one commodity group went unscathed. As we begin the 2017 holiday season, make the effort to seek out the available Florida-grown offerings at your grocery store... many are brightly labeled as “Fresh from Florida.” And, to acknowledge our agriculture siblings, try a few of our favorite seasonrelevant recipes touting Florida’s amazing commodities!

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CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT FNGLA Frontrunners Chapter: Strength Through Unity and Service Amid tattered shade cloth and strewn-about ground matt converged nearly a dozen FNGLA volunteers last month to right a wrong started by Tropical Storm Emily, but exacerbated by Hurricane Irma. Members from a handful of chapters took to Orban’s Nursery in Bradenton, Florida to assist Owner Marty Orban in cleanup efforts. Volunteers replaced shade cloth, and -- perhaps, most valuable of all -- offered a hand of friendship and camaraderie at a time when those in the industry need it most. Owner Marty Orban said the effort was nothing short of awesome. “We put up half an acre of shade cloth and almost an acre of ground cover,” he said. “Like many I am having trouble finding help so the FNGLA members coming in was amazing.” FNGLA President Ed Bravo helped coordinate the effort: FNGLA: How did the plan to help come about? Bravo: Soon after Tropical Storm Emily made landfall in Bradenton, Florida on Monday, July 31, someone posted pictures on Facebook of tornado damage at Orban’s Nursery. Eric Smith from the Action Chapter brought it to my attention within minutes of seeing it on social media. He is from Bradenton and Orban’s had sponsored the Little League team he had played on years ago. He asked that we check on Marty and see if there was anything FNGLA could do to help. FNGLA: How did you round up volunteers? Bravo: Originally, we had 20-30 volunteers signed up to help, then Irma changed everything. On the actual volunteer day, we had a total of 11 volunteers, plus Marty and his son. The actual volunteer work day ended up being postponed until October 7. Four chapters had at least one volunteer. Action Chapter: Billy Butterfield, Eric Smith; Tampa Bay Chapter: Will Womack; Lake Region Chapter: J.R. Reiner; Frontrunners Chapter’s Joe Eslik and Stefan Liopiros, and Local volunteer Steve Sutton. Myself and four other Big Trees Plantation staff also assisted. Manasota Chapter also donated $2,500 toward materials. Steve Sutton donated all grounds staples and General Cordage sourced and expedited all the needed materials. FNGLA: Why was it important to undertake the effort? Bravo: I promised I would help not knowing that Irma would make it very challenging to honor that promise. And, FNGLA chapter members are not just a list of companies we are extended families, when the opportunity to help arises FNGLA members should be prepared to do what they can. My main objective for this project was to set an example of what FNGLA chapter members could accomplish if they work together. FNGLA: Where did you start? And what progress did you make during the effort? Bravo: I called Marty to make sure he and his family were OK. Then, I called folks in the area to see if they would stop in


CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT and let me know the extent of the damage. After assessing the damage, we began to help coordinate how the materials and a volunteer work day could be scheduled. We were able to replace all the shade cloth and ground mat in one section of the Orban’s Nursery (approximately three acres) operation. One week after the work was completed I received pictures from Marty showing the area full of new plants under production again. FNGLA: How did you feel after the effort was complete? Bravo: I slept very well that night knowing that I had followed through on my promise even though by that point many of us were in the same boat.

A Decade of Giving: Ag Angel Program Solicits Industry Support The holiday season is upon us and it’s time for the Christmas Ag Angels program to launch its efforts for 2017. 10 years ago, Scott Kirouac started donating to local schools in the Highlands Heartland area of Florida. For 2016, the program over $60K in 30 Days! 100 percent of the money provides Christmas gifts for less fortunate children - many of whom are minority agriculture families. All 2016’s Ag Angel program raised $$60,130 in 45 Days, continuing the Highlands County Public Schools, trend of increasing funds each year of the program’s existence. Scott 4 Hardee County Public Schools, Kirouac heads up the effort now in its 10th year of service. The program The Guardian Ad Litem programs has exceeded all expectations raising $212,000 in its first decade! of Highlands & Hardee Counties, Highlands County Big Brothers Big Sisters and Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) each shared in 100 percent of donations received. The true success of this program is due to its contributors-- people like you. Will you join the effort this year to make an even bigger difference for 2017? Get Involved... As always, 100 percent of the funds collected will be used to purchase gifts by the teachers and staff. No funds are used to give gift cards or cash to the students or parents. This assures the funds are not used for unintended purposes. Scott’s goal has always been, and will continue to be, to provide underprivileged children the joy of waking up Christmas morning and having a special gift to open. Scott asks you to make your donation now, while fresh in your mind: Proceeds will be distributed to the schools and programs by December 10 enabling the “Elves” time to shop for the children before winter break. Checks can be made to Ag Angels Inc., P.O. Box 8333, Sebring, Florida 33872 or make a donation online at


MEMBER NEWS Dümmen Orange Acquires McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture Dümmen Orange, leading flower breeder and producer, announced this month it acquired McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture, US-based wholesale plant brokerage firms, to fulfil its strategic ambition for enhanced distribution and customer reach. Dümmen Orange breeder activities and McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture brokerage activities will continue to be managed and operate as autonomous business units. “The McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture acquisition increases our customer reach, while also facilitating the introduction of new products like calla lilies, phalenopsis and grower solutions,” said Dümmen Orange CEO Biense Visser. Dümmen Orange North America will continue to operate under an open platform of distribution through all of their current broker partners to promote and grow existing business relationships and ensure customers interested in Dümmen Orange products continue to have a choice in their preferred suppliers. Similarly, McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture will continue to provide a full service offering to their grower customers by developing their valued third party vendor brokerage relationships. The McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture management team, led by CEO Mike Tizio welcomes this development and supports this next step in the evolution of both organizations, “We look forward to the expanded product offering and the technical and marketing resources that Dümmen Orange will offer our team to help grow our business.” Dümmen Orange is growing their organization to lead in empowering ways, to inspire in new ways, and to win in bigger ways. The expanded customer reach through the McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture acquisition will support Dümmen Orange in realizing these objectives.

UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Introduces Gator Ale Growing hops has been on-trend for just a few years-- and UF/IFAS’ Orange County Extension has grown, harvested and put into use its own crop -- using Chinook and Centennial hops varieties -- bringing their final product online with a reveal event held November 15 at Redlight Redlight, a craft beer parlour and nano brewery located in Orlando. Approximately 50 participants attended and $1 from each bottle of Gator Ale sold goes back to the UF/IFAS Orange County Research Extension fund. The beer is a French-style farmhouse ale or Biere de Garde. It was brewed with a mix of UF’s local hops with European hops. For more information, contact the UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Office at 407.254.9200.




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Welcome New Members ACTION Green Side Up Land Management Robert Ellerby 2755 Border Lake Rd Apopka, FL 32703 407-590-8871

Bryson Lawn Service, Inc. Johnny Bryson 5566 Billings St Lehigh Acres, FL 33971 239-823-0631 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

J.S.J. Unlimited LLC Sharon Wasden 14435 Division St Groveland, FL 34755 407-247-1336

CJM Construction, Inc. Charles Marchitello 8532 NE 13th Way Pompano Beach, FL 33064 954-426-1180 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

Wicatet Farms Plant Nursery Andy McCumber 24701 Ward Way Eustis, FL 32736 352-589-4803 BROWARD JN Lawn & Landscaping, Inc. Amber Dowling 6861 SW 5th St Margate, FL 33068 954-461-7150 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

B Cool Lawn Maintenance Services, Inc. James Fondo 12590 SW 13th St Davie, FL 33325 754-245-0160 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck Fivestar Tractor Joe Jones 1750 E Irlo Bronson Hwy Kissimmee, FL 34744 407-847-8944

Banyan Recycling, Inc. Alom Amit 2805 E Oakland Park #35 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 954-373-2126 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

MC Junk, Inc. Carlos Vargas 12296 Wiles Rd Coral Springs, FL 33076 954-297-9817 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

Bennies Lawn Service, Inc. Bennie Denson 741 NW 65th Ave Plantation, FL 33317 954-684-3987 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

Kwik Klip Service and Landscaping Mark Stumpo 11980 SW 3rd St Plantation, FL 33325 954-258-2361 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

Ambassador Air Conditioning Curtis Keith 730 NW 57th Pl Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954-772-9494 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

Get Green Lawn and Landscape Andrew Critchlow 1600 SW 18th Ave Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 954-401-9257 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

ST Stones, Inc. Sivakumar Thalamuthu 2300 W Copans Rd Unit 1 Pompano Beach, FL 33069 954-873-9965 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

City of Deerfield Beach Michael Pursell, Supportive 401 SW 4th St Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 954-571-4403

Well Groomed Lawns LLC Eric Doan 4948 SW 31st Ter Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 954-552-7560 Sagahon Lawn Services Corp Juan Sagahon 2070 SW 36th Ter Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 754-246-3140 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck Automotive Alliance LLC Giovanni Aqostino 4050 NW 126 Ave Ste 100 Coral Springs, FL 33065 954-742-7661 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck Devove US, Inc. Thierry Devove 1071 NE 43 St Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 954-553-0036 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck Freer General Contractors LLC Michael Freer 801 SW 15 Ave #3 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 954-882-6086 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

LAKE REGION Performance Plus Donnie Jouppi 1051 US Highway 92 W Auburndale, FL 33823 863-258-5639 MIAMI-DADE Shannon Harry, Student 9261 SW 166th St Miami, FL 33157 305-338-7993 Dewayne Pinacle Lawn & Maintenance Dewayne Pinacle 10425 SW 146 Ter Miami, FL 33176 786-426-3437 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck Velez Farm Melba Velez PO Box 770416 Miami, FL 33177 305-794-3940 Landscapes By Design South FL Michael Leger 2805 Freeman St Miami, FL 33133 954-973-0502 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck City of North Miami Lian Plass, Supportive 12400 NE 8th Ave North Miami, FL 33161 305-893-6511

The following are new FNGLA members from October 1 - October 31, 2017:

1. Action 2. Big Bend 3. Broward 4. Central East Coast 5. Coastal Springs 6. Miami-Dade 7. Frontrunners 8. Highlands Heartland 9. Polk

Sampron Furniture Delivery, Inc. Jose Sampron 20313 NW 42nd Ct Miami, FL 33055 305-305-1748 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck OUTSIDE FLORIDA Coastal Nursery Eddie Yarberr 117 Rancho Rd Watsonville, CA 95076 619-719-7550 Moon Valley Nursery Kyle Beaty 19820 N 7th St Ste 260 Phoenix, AZ 85024 602-376-2883 VESCO USA/SNA Manufacturing LLC Alex Mussa 4225 Industrial Center Ln Acworth, GA 30101 678-631-1010 PALM BEACH Boca’s Landscape Specialists Frank Porga 6710 Jog Palm Dr Boynton Beach, FL 33437 561-752-0266 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck Urioste Landscaping & Services, Inc. Agustin Urioste 16300 83rd Place N Loxahatchee, FL 33470 561-358-4221 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck VTV LLC Victor Grande 9832 Happy Hollow Rd Delray Beach, FL 33446 954-977-4790 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck Angel’s Painting Solutions, Inc. Barbarita Gonzalez 4650 Sutton Ter West Palm Beach, FL 33415 561-232-9687 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck ROYAL PALM Jose Flores Landscape, Inc. Jose Flores Full 18709 Bartow Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33967 239-216-0449 Rec’d by: Tom Scott, Steele Truck Center, Inc.

10. Manasota 11. Northeast 12. Palm Beach 13. Panhandle 14. Pinellas 15. Royal Palm 16. Space Coast 17. Tampa Bay 18. Treasure Coast

Southeast Spreading Company LLC Chuck Hussey 17473A Jean St Fort Myers, FL 33967 239-332-2595 Rec’d by: Matt Fleming, Steele Truck Center, Inc. JMC Landscaping & Nursery Juan Castaneda 10433 Stringfellow Rd St James City, FL 33956 239-313-9940 Rec’d by: Brian Creel, Creel Tractor B Cruz Lawn Service LLC Abel Cruz Gomez 631 10th St NE Naples, FL 34120 239-334-7300 Rec’d by: Tom Scott, Steele Truck Center, Inc. Erycks and Sons Lawn Services, Inc. Delmer Castillo 1621 Golden Gate Blvd W Napels, FL 34120 239-334-7300 Rec’d by: Tom Scott, Steele Truck Center, Inc. Allstate Insurance Company Denise Thoman 3940 Radio Rd Naples, FL 34104 239-793-8500 Rec’d by: Nick Wichmanowski, Gulfshore Insurance Razor’s Edge Lawn & Landscape, Inc. Matthew Wiese 2044 Pondella Rd Cape Coral, FL 33909 239-772-1369 Rec’d by: Todd Shreffler, Creel Tractor SPACE COAST Team Waterbury LLC Kenneth Waterbury Full 550 Valkaria Rd Palm Bay, FL 32909 321-984-7200 Roger Dodger Pavers, Inc. Rogerio Mandelli 105 Alynn Place Apte A Marathon, FL 33050 305-504-3701 Rec’d by: Steve Weiss, Tri County Truck

Enviromow of Lee County Deb Ames PO Box 1348 Sanibel, FL 33957 239-896-6789


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November 21:

Commercial Right of Way Pesticide Training, UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County, Palmetto


New England Grows, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA


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University of Florida Poinsettia Industry Trials, University of Florida, Gainesville

Ben Bolusky


Pesticide Applicator License Exam, UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Service, Orlando

Jennifer Nelis,


FNGLA Certified Landscape Technician & Maintenance Technician Exam, Florida Gateway College, Lake City


Green Industries Best Management Practices, UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Service, Orlando

January 4:

Pesticide Applicator License Exam, UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Service, Orlando


SNA Research Conference, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA


MANTS, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

17- 19: Tropical Plant International Expo, Broward County Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale 18:

National Horticulture Foundation’s Annual Reception, Broward County Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale



President Ed Bravo Big Trees Plantation, Inc. 104 SW 131st St Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 332-2150

President-Elect Will Womack, FCLC Tampa Bay Landscaping 5821 Maple Lane Tampa, FL 33610 (813) 368-9891

Past President Robert Shoelson, FCLC Getting Green Plant Services & Betrock Information Systems PO Box 840107 Pembroke Pines, FL 33084 (954) 680-1819

Secretary/Treasurer Shawn Thomas Southern Green Chemical Lawn Care 9456 Phillips Hwy Ste. 10 Jacksonville, FL 32256 (904) 598-4358

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FNGLA's 2017 November Greenline  

FNGLA's official newsletter for association members and Florida's nursery and landscape industry's members.

FNGLA's 2017 November Greenline  

FNGLA's official newsletter for association members and Florida's nursery and landscape industry's members.