TPIE 2018 is a wrap and this years edition exceeded all expectations! With 6,092 industry professionals from 46 states and nationals from 51 nations, the 'I' for International really hit it home!
I had the pleasure to attend the show on Wednesday and was glad to see how well our Palm Beach chapter was represented: not only by our wonderful nurseries but also by other suppliers to our industry. If you haven't gone this year, make sure to plan ahead for next year's edition at the Broward County convention center and go see what all the fuzz is about!
Take a look at some of our member's stands at the show:
On December 2nd, our chapter members took a break from their snow-plowing activities and gathered for our annual Christmas party. Ed Bravo, current FNGLA State president, Billy Butterfield, Past President, Linda Adams, C.O.O., and Lind Reindl, Director of Education were among the many invitees, including members from our neighboring Broward and Treasure coast chapters.
This year the "ugly sweater' contest was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening, with Colin Friedrich , Chapter President leading the festivities.
And as always we would like to thank our members and our sponsors without who this wouldn't be made possible:
Atlas Peat & Soil, YardCo, FloridaCoast Equipment, A One Stop Garden Shop, A Cut Above Landscape, Atchison Exotics, BASF the Chemical Company, Everglades Farm Equipment, Excelsa Gardens, Green Automation, Green Team Solutions, Advanced Botanicals, ARM International, Country Joe's Nursery, LPL Financial, Mulvehill Nursery and Quintessence Nursery.
Today marks the 287th (!) birthday of Dutch scientist Jan Ingenhousz, who discovered the principle of photosynthesis, basically the stuff that makes plants grow! Look him up on Wikipedia; an interesting fellow!
On November 8th, 2017 Members of the FNGLA Palm Beach chapter placed a commemorative plaque and planted a beautiful Royal Poinciana tree at the Big Dog Rescue facility in Loxahatchee grove in honor of Elyse Ryan, who passed away July 23rd.
Chapter President Colin Friedrich recalled some memorable moments of Elyse's rich life in front of a group of family, friends and fellow chapter members.
John and Elise Ryan had been married for more than 50 years, and they have three children and eight grandchildren. The Ryan's moved to Loxahatchee Groves in 1998. In addition to remodeling their home, they converted the citrus grove portion of their property into a wholesale nursery, Color Garden Farms, until 2013, when a larger company assumed and expanded the business.
Read all about what's going on in our industry here:
Take a look at the pictures below and see why you can't miss out on our events!
This year's annual meeting was held at The Butchers' Shop, West Palm's newest hip place to enjoy lunch or Dinner.
Our freshly elected FNGLA President Ed Bravo was in attendance, Matt Antos introduced our new local board members and Brandon Balch was showered in accolades for the great work he did as this past year's President.
It was yet another great evening of mingling with peers and sharing stories and experiences!
The FNGLA Landscape Awards Program was established in 1970 to recognize landscape excellence in Florida. 47 years later, FNGLA is still celebrating "the best of the best" and recognizing projects and businesses who excel in creating some of the best landscapes in Florida.2017's award–winning landscape projects will be showcased at The Landscape Show in Orlando. Entries will be judged by a panel of distinguished industry jurists and award winners will be honored at the show. Four higher-level "Grand Awards" will be revealed and honored as the event's biggest winners. Will your business be among those honored?
>> Submit Your Project as a 2017 Landscape Award Entry!
Benefits to Award Winners
July 10, 2017Submissions Due
by August 18, 2017Winners Informed
September 15, 2017FNGLA Landscape Award Winners Presentation at The Landscape Show in Orlando
Late SeptemberFNGLA Promotes Award Winners to Local Media
EligibilityLandscape projects featuring at least 50% Florida-grown plant material is eligible and must have been installed (or started being maintained for maintenance awards) on or after January 1, 2013.
Enter (1) New Installations, (2) Redesign/Renovation and (3) Maintenance in the following categories:
Residential Single FamilySingle-family homes
Residential CommunityApartments, condominiums, homeowner associations
CommercialOffices, hotels, shopping centers, banks, golf courses
Theme ParkTheme parks
Institutional/PublicSchools, parks, public buildings,highways, hospitals
InteriorscapeAtriums, malls, office buildings, hotels, any interior groupingsCOST: The cost to submit a project is $85 for FNGLA members and $130 for non-FNGLA members. Winners will receive one plaque, but more can be ordered at a nominal fee.
Entries earn extra points if the principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping™ are embraced in the project entry. The nine principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping™ are:
(1) right plant, right place;
(2) water efficiently;
(3) fertilize appropriately;
(5) attract wildlife;
(6) manage yard pests responsibly;
(7) recycle yard waste;
(8) reduce storm water runoff; and,
(9) protect the waterfront.
Entries must identify the total project value and/or cost of maintenance.
Special Recognition Awards
All entry applications are considered by the judges for the Grand Awards: FNGLA Roy Rood Award; the FNGLA Floriculture Award; the FNGLA Florida Friendly Landscape™ Award; and, the FNGLA S.J. Blakely Award.
FNGLA S.J. Blakely Award>> Submit a business for the Blakely Award!
Presented to an FNGLA member firm which exemplifies design and landscape excellence by the appearance of the landscaping at their place of business.
Nominations for the FNGLA S.J. Blakely Award are encouraged and accepted as part of FNGLA’s Landscape Awards program. There is no fee associated with this award.
FNGLA Floriculture AwardJudged to be the entry showcasing the most effective use of plant material creating color and texture in the landscape
FNGLA Florida Friendly Landscape™ AwardJudged to be the entry showcasing the most effective use of the Florida Friendly Landscaping™ principles
FNGLA Roy Rood AwardJudged to be the most outstanding entry in the FNGLA Landscape Awards program
Enter Your Best!Entering is easy: Submit up to 15 images of the project with short descriptions of each image. From there, we'll contact winning projects for additional information.
>> Access tips on creating the best entry possible.
While we can't show you your competition, here's a peek at the 2016 Winning Projects.
>> Submit Your Project as a 2017 Landscape Award Entry!
For more information about FNGLA's Landscape Awards Program:
Contact Ben Bolusky
Phone: (800) 375-3642
Here here, time to fill out those ballots!
Please cast your votes for our election of your FNGLA Palm Beach chapter board. See the ballot below:
This years' 18th edition promises to be really special!
With already 18 boats and crews signed up, the weather forecast looking smooth and balmy, this years annual fishing tournament is gearing up to be something really special.
As of today, more than 20 crews are listed and thanks to our very generous sponsors the Board of Directors and it's President, Brandon Balch have very high expectations!
The event will be held again at the Riviera Beach Sailfish Marina, starting Friday May 19 with a captain's meeting followed by a cash bar at the 'Crow's Nest'.
Saturday morning the lines go in at 7AM and the fishing bonanza gets underway. Boundaries are set at 25 Miles from the Florida coast, Fishing in Bahamian waters is -as always- prohibited.
Who will be boasting the biggest catch? Weigh-in starts at 1:30 in the marina and ends at 4 pm.
That same Saturday at 6pm prizes will be announced and there will be plenty of time for bragging at the Raffle, Silent Auction and Dinner and Awards Banquet at the Sailfish Marina Restaurant!
See you there!
With deep gratitude to our sponsors:
LPL Financial: Matt Antos - Quintessence Nursery Advanced Botanicals - Port Consolidated
White Rock Quarries - Barnett Management
One Stop Garden Shop - Diamond R Fertilizers
HD Supply Waterworks - Becker Tree Farm -
Branching Out Transporting Inc.
Packing corporation of America