Danny Perkins, Perkins Direct Step, Perkins Nursery
Many nursery owners have lost small fortunes pursuing a plant they thought sure to be a hit in the marketplace. Danny and Debbie Perkins found success by devoting their resources to a small number of very useful native species. One in particular, the Saw Palmetto, Serenoa repens, a shrub palm of the southeastern U.S., surprised everyone. Well, almost everyone. Danny's dad warned him. Learn how the Perkins have navigated the nursery industry for well over 40 years and built a very good business with native plants.
David Drylie, Green Images Native Landscape Plants
David has spent over 42 years growing, selling and designing with native plants. He started his career as a native plant grower when, as a young landscape architect, he couldn't find the plants he wanted to use on his design projects. He is a pioneer of Florida's native plant movement and personally responsible for at least one of our most popular native plant introductions, muhlygrass.
Troy Springer, Springer Environmental Services
Troy started his first landscaping business when he was still in high school, and evolved a conventional mowing maintenance business to one focused on designing, installing and maintaining native landscapes that are both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional as it relates to ecosystem services. Now, he's expanding his operation to offer retail native plant sales in his community.
The National Native Seed Conference, Gage LaPierre
A little different format: Gage LaPierre, founder of the University of Florida's Native Plant Nursery on the campus of the Natural Areas Teaching Laboratory has just returned from the National Native Seed Conference in Washington, D.C., and has lots to share about seed partnership, seed strategy and the need for seed. Native seed.