This years TPIE event was yet again...amazing! During three days the Fort Lauderdale convention center was filled with exhibits from Florida's best and most beautiful tropical plant growers. Buyers from as far as The Netherlands, Spain and Colombia wandered the hallways, impressed by all the beauty our nurseries have to offer. As always, our Palm Bech Chapter was well represented; many of our nurseries and suppliers had amazing displays for people to admire. Our President, Will Womack, Ed Bravo and Ben Bolusky had the pleasure of meeting our new Ag Commissioner, Nikki Haley. Below are a few images:
Our annual Christmas dinner was a blast! With over 60 attendees the Atlantic National Golf and Country club was, yet again, the perfect setting to mix, mingle and dance. Someone even spotted a green tractor racing trough the crowd!
Our very own Matt Antos was awarded with the prestigious James J. Lulfs award and the many members present enjoyed a Chinese Auction, a delicious dinner, photo booth and danced til the wee hours of the morning.
Members of our chapter were warmly received by the Friedrich family at Excelsa Gardens on November 27th. After a guided tour of the nursery where members could discover the latest in exotic plants, we were seated in the new garden room, surrounded by the most beautiful landscape and foliage, the Friedrich's are so renown for.
Dr. Kathie Kalmowitz, Ph.D., Turf and Ornamental Technical Specialist, and Ms. Peggy Clanton, gave us a presentation on the latest BASF product being developed, which provides a control option for Aphids, Whitefly, Scale and Mealybug among others.
Members had a great time socializing while enjoying a succulent dinner catered by the talented crew from Lolita's Gourmet, Palm Beaches hot new catering service.
We wish to thank the Friedrich family for their hospitality and BASF for their generous sponsorship!
On September 17th, members and sponsors of our chapter joined at the Atlantic National golf and country club in Lake Worth for a friendly game of golf followed by a dinner. Guest enjoyed a buffet and a prize raffle. We would like to thank everyone who attended and our generous sponsors who made this event possible.
...was a blast!
On August 15th members of the Palm Beach, Broward chapters met for our annual installation meeting. We were very honored to also welcome FNGLA's State president Will Womack and past president Ed Bravo who shared their wisdom and insight with fellow industry members. Guest enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres generously sponsored by Everglades Equipment Group, followed by a delicious farm-to-table style dinner.
Outgoing Chapter president Colin Friedrich was presented with a beautiful plaque for his outstanding service and I was very honored to welcome three new board members: Jenna Rhimes, Laura Corrigan, Justin Rogers and Stan Kushay. Their professional expertise is impressive and a great asset to our board.
I'm looking forward to a great year, filled with connecting members and industry events.
Luc M. Limbourg - Chapter President
for our annual installation dinner
Come and mingle with your fellow Growers, Nurserymen and Landscape professionals. Meet the new board members and our new FNGLA President, Will Womack and chapter president, Luc Limbourg.
Refreshments and a light dinner will be served. Please RSVP by clicking the button below:
The 'Shady Lady' with a heart for plants. (Oct. 7. 1963 - Feb. 10. 2018)
On Tuesday, June 5th family friends and fellow FNGLA members gathered at the Big Dog Ranch in Loxahatchee to celebrate the life of Carmen L. Quinn, known to many of you as the co-owner of Quintessence Nursery on Okeechobee Blv. She was passionate about her family, friends, and employees and spent most of her adult life around plants and the Nursery industry. She loved interacting and getting to know her customers and had a loyal following. She was the co-owner of Quinntessence Nursery in Loxahatchee, Florida for the past eighteen years with Joey. She loved the ocean and spent her leisure time at the beach or boating with her family. Sanibel Island was one of her favorite places. Carmen was a special person, for those who met her, even for the first time, sensed her deep authenticity and compassionate soul. Everyone who walked away from her felt positive and uplifted.
She is survived by her son Shane Quinn from Miami, her daughter Shannon (Cliff) Koziel from Boca Raton, her older sister Tina Craig from Albany, NH and her former husband Joey Quinn from Royal Palm Beach.
In her honor a 'Shady Lady' tree was planted. Family and friends remembered her life and the special relationship she had with the Shady Lady-Black Olive tree (Bucida Buceras).
She will be missed dearly .
Special thanks to Quintessence Nursery and A Cut Above Landscaping for the tree and the installation.
Our 2018 edition was a smashing success!
On May 5th FNGLA Palm Beach chapter members and friends gathered at the Singer Island Sailfish
Marina. After a long day all 11 boats and crews came in with their catch: Wahoo, Dolphin, being as always the favorites. Later in the evening fishermen and friends enjoyed a delicious dinner at the marina while winners were rewarded with their trophies.
The evening ended with a silent auction and a raffle.
Thank you to our sponsors, without you this wouldn't be possible:
The Bushell Stop - Atlas Peat and Soil, Inc
Armand Professional Services - Atchinson Exotics - Excelsa Gardens - Core & Main - Harrell's - LPL FINAncial-Matt Antos - Port Consolidated - White Rock Quarries - A One Stop Garden Shop -
Green Team Landscapes - Halsey & Griffith Office Supplies
Our latest social was a success! Located at the waterfront, Colin invited all members to Frigate's for a casual meeting. Generously sponsored by PNC Bank, it was a great opportunity to mix and mingle and catch up with everyone. Stay tuned for more events!
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: