When FNGLA pro's come together for a good cause....
On November 24th, several FNGLA professionals came together to film an episode of the popular Florida Discovery Channel's series 'Flip my Florida Yard'.
The challenge consists of doing a total make-over of a family's garden and installing a new landscape following Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ standards.
In a record time of 8 hours, the Wilson family's yard was turned into a tropical paradise, including Florida-Friendly™ plants, a butterfly garden, outdoor shower and even a little 'beach corner.'
We'd like to than the following professionals for their generous donations of material, time and knowledge:
Special Thanks to:
- Luc Limbourg
- Christina Catron
Southern Native Nursery
- Raina and David Adams
A one Stop Garden Shop
- The Friedrich family and Wyatt from
Excelsa Gardens, Inc.
- Randy Spies Handyman Service
- Jason Martinez and crew
- Bill Schall from the UF/IFAS extension service
and, of course, Chad and his TV crew from Chad Crawford Entertainment!
Come and help out our friends at Mounts Botanical Gardens, who have had a rough time and for who we are raising funds trying to get them back on track.
Get set to shop as Mounts Botanical Garden hosts Plant-A-Palooza, its annual fall plant sale, Nov. 14-15 — postponed a week after a tropical storm was forecast to be near Florida when it was originally scheduled.
“We have reimagined our fall plant sale for today’s new normal,” Mounts Curator Director Rochelle Wolberg said in a statement. “Public health and safety are our top priorities. Because we’re adhering to Palm Beach County and CDC requirements and guidelines, the upcoming sale will be held at reduced capacity. We are also requesting that all tickets be purchased in advance through www.mounts.org.”
Sponsored by the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, the fall plant sale will feature more than 30 vendors, offering a range of plants, shrubs, trees, garden furniture and accessories, baskets, and fine crafts, all spread throughout the garden. Visitors can stroll and shop in a socially distanced environment, while looking for bonsai, bamboo, bromeliads, butterfly plants, citrus, ferns, Florida natives, flowering trees, ginger, heliconia, orchids and supplies, pitcher plants, plumeria, roses, succulents, vines and more.
“The Mounts Nursery and Vintage Thrift Shop will also be open with a great variety of plants and unique treasures for the home and garden,” Ms Wolberg said in the statement.
Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15. The Entrance/Exit will be at Gate 2 only, in the DMV parking lot. The front entrance gate and back area gate will be closed. Parking is in the DMV lot and the Mounts front entrance lot (there’s a pathway to Gate 2). No onstreet parking.
Tickets should be purchased in advance. Admission is free for Mounts members starting at 8 a.m. Saturday only. A current membership card is required. Advance admission for nonmembers is $10 (general/ages 13 and up); $5 (children 5-12). Gate admission is by credit card only at $12 and $5.
Mounts Botanical is at 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.mounts.org. ¦
for earning the FNGLA 2020 Outstanding educator award!
Dr. George Rogers was honored by FNGLA for his outstanding career in agriculture. He guided hundreds of young professionals to find a path in horticulture and is a great mentor to many more. FNGLA Palm Beach is really honored to have you as our board member!
for being elected FNGLA Outstanding Chapter leader of the year!
We are all very proud here at FNGLA Palm Beach' chapter to hear our immediate past president, Colin Friedrich has been elected outstanding chapter leader of the year! Take a look at the video below to see some of the highlights of Colin's leadership and career:
Superintendent, Operations - Landscape DivisionVillage of Wellington
Performs supervisory work in support of general, technical, professional, and specialized operations. Position is responsible for scheduling, organizing, and coordinating the work of others to ensure completion within established time frames, and is responsible for the effective supervision of maintenance crews, technical personnel, and contract workers functioning in area of assignment. Position requires an advanced understanding of specific aspects of work supervised and practical application to problems and situations ordinarily encountered. Position sets objectives and delivers results with a short-term, operational focus.
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this position. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
Work is focused on landscape maintenance projects and new design installations to ensure high quality aesthetic appearance.
Oversees semi-skilled and skilled operation of various equipment, e.g., backhoes, sweepers, front end loaders, commercial mowers, dump trucks, tractors, chainsaws, skill saws, hydraulic pruners.
Performs related duties as directed when such duties are a logical and appropriate assignment to the position.
Processes applications for fertilizer applicators and maintains registration database; prepares and serves notices to remove and/or correct existing violations.
Monitors littoral zones, conservation areas, and wetlands; prepares inventory and analysis of excavations and littoral planting history from County through current projects.
Performs related duties as directed when such duties are a logical and appropriate assignment to the position.
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist designation along with an ornamental and Turf spray license. .
Complete understanding and wide application of principles, theories, and concepts in general, technical, professional, and specialized operations.
Exhibits an advanced understanding of specific aspects of operations work supervised and practical application to problems and situations ordinarily encountered.
Knows and effectively uses fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures relative to quality and productivity improvement, training, budgeting, and cost control, and progressive techniques in general, technical, professional, and specialized operations.
Generally understands basic supervisory approaches for work direction, motivation, and disciplinary action.
High School Diploma/GED required; Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field strongly preferred; supplemented by three (3) years of professional experience in the area of assignment; depending on area of assignment, one or more certifications may be required within six (6) months of hire; Class “B” Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) at time of hire preferred, or ability to obtain within 60 days of employment if job assignment includes the operation of heavy equipment; or an equivalent combination of education, certification, training, and/or experience. Demonstrated computer literacy with standard software packages (e.g., word processors, basic spreadsheet applications, email, Internet usage) required. Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license required.
Depending on functional area of assignment, tasks involve the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work and may require occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of heavy objects or materials (up to 80 pounds). Tasks that require moving objects of significant weight require the assistance of another person and/or use of proper techniques and moving equipment. May require periodic lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of heavier objects. Tasks may require extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation, depending on area of assignment.
Tasks are regularly performed inside and/or outside with potential for exposure to adverse conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, fumes and/or poor ventilation, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, machinery and/or moving vehicles, vibrations, electric currents, animals/wildlife, toxic/poisonous agents, gases or chemicals, oils and other cutting fluids, violence and/or disease, or pathogenic substances.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
Wellington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Wellington provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
For all your physical mail correspondence, please use the following address as of March 1st, 2020:
FNGLA Palm Beach
PO Box 210731
West Palm Beach, FL 33421
WOW! Just WOW! Last week’s Tropical Plant International Expo was an exciting, hugely successful, upbeat, marketing showcase! For those of you who like numbers, here are a few: With 6,853 TPIE attendees, TPIE registration increased by 400 -- a solid six percent over last year! Attendees flocked to Fort Lauderdale from no less than 47 states, 6 Canadian provinces and 37 different countries! Interiorscape buyers jumped up by eight percent over last year. Landscape buyers catapulted up by an astounding 24 percent! And, ready for this? The number of retail buyers at TPIE 2020 absolutely exploded by 41 percent! Another phenomenal indicator as to how strong houseplants are as a retail product category throughout the United States.
More big TPIE news: A brand new FNGLA record was set with 729 registrations for the TPIE Road Show and educational workshops! This is a mind-blowing 182 percent increase over last year! More than 600 people packed into the TPIE Opening Session with Max Luthy of TrendWatching reporting on the key trends for 2020 -- and what they mean for interior foliage sales. More than $28,000 was raised for research and scholarships at the National Horticulture Foundation’s annual TPIE reception!
Some 400 exhibitors took 850 exhibit booth spaces showcasing houseplants, indoor foliage, tropicals, products and services. Eye-catching merchandise displays and clever marketing ideas were abundant throughout the nearly five-acre TPIE show floor! A BIG tip of FNGLA’s cap goes to our TPIE exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and TPIE Planning Committee for such a truly outstanding show. Mark your calendars for next year’s TPIE- January 20-22, 2021 when TPIE will be in Tampa during the multi-year Broward County Convention Center's expansion construction project.
In collaboration with the Habilitation Center, Boca Raton, FNGLA Palm Beach is very proud to announce our first Fall Farm Fetival. Come and spend a day of fun-filled activities, music, food and a rib cookoff that promises to be 'fingerlickin' good'!
On Wednesday, June 5th 2019 from 6-8pm, Palm Beach chapter of FNGLA held it’s June Member Meeting at Grandview Public Market's Living Room in West Palm Beach.
In the ‘Living room’ area of the market, surrounded by masterful portraits of some of West Palm Beach’s finest chefs, the sixty-some guests were treated with hand crafted Taco’s, Nacho’s and a fine selection of local craft beers and other beverages.
‘Enduring Business’ one of our chapter members and the night’s sponsor explained the membership the many benefits of his services. Palm Beach County Extension Agent Bill Schall was on hand to update everyone on the latest education news regarding current pests our nurseries and landscapers have to deal with and latest horticulture info… And Frank Dowdle, also Palm Beach County Extension Agent explained to an attentive audience the rules and regulations on proper respirator use.
Our incoming President, Colin Friedrich presented the students who were awarded the Hoskins McDougald scholarship as well as individuals who passed their FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professionals testing, to great applause of all the members present.
Another great evening for our chapter members to meet, learn and mingle.
See you soon!
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