Celebrating six decades of membership


Until 1951, the Florida State Nurserymen had been a part of the Florida State Florist and Nurserymen Association. In May of that year, some nurserymen members felt, given the growing importance of the nursery industry within Florida, and concerns not shared by the florist group, a separate organization was needed.

The first official organized meeting was held in Miami May 25-27, 1952 where a plan of organization was adopted. Dave Stabler of Winter Haven Nursery agreed to be president. James F. Griffin, Jr. came to what was then called FNGA as Executive Secretary in early 1953. Since that time, FNGLA has gained strength and clout-absorbing the members of the Florida Foliage Association in 1993, the Florida Ornamental Growers Association in 1995, the Florida Landscape Designers Association in 1999 and the Florida Citrus Nurserymen in 2000.

During this time, FNGLA established itself as one of the largest and most active nursery associations in the country with a membership base of over 1,800 professionals.

Now in its sixth decade serving the industry, FNGLA is in its prime! The Association represents all walks of the industry - foliage, woody ornamental, citrus nurseries, floriculture producers, interiorscapers, retailers, allied suppliers and landscape professionals - as proven by the addition of "landscape" to the FNGA name, making it the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, FNGLA. Landscape contractors, designers, irrigation and maintenance professionals and landscape architects have an association targeting their needs. Government representation and monitoring, professional education, certification and training, and marketing projects encompass just some of the services FNGLA provides to its members and the industry.

FNGLA Presidents

2019-20 Shawn Thomas
2018-19 Will Womack
2017-18 Ed Bravo
2016-17 Robert Shoelson
2015-16 Billy Butterfield
2014-15 Sanford Stein
2013-14 Michael Marshall
2012-13 Wes Parrish
2011-12 Halsey Beshears
2010-11 Carolan Mahr
2009-10 Monty Knox
2008-09 Rosemary Warner
2007-08 Dave Self
2006-07 Paul Polomsky
2005-06 Richard Carroll
2004-05 Bill Rocky Klinger
2003-04 M .E. Buck Wurster
2002-03 Jerry Frye
2001-02 George Hackney
2000-01 Dr. Joe Cialone
1999-00 Jane Van Cleave
1998-99 Alvaro Somoza
1997-98 George Finora
1996-97 Alan Shapiro
1995-96 Russ Mueller
1994-95 Lori Schaefer
1993-94 Tomas Aiello
1992-93 Gary Roberts
1991-92 Sandra Guckenberger
1990-91 Michael Raimondi
1989-90 William D. Reese
1988-89 Ron Arkay
1987-88 Wayne Hardy
1986-87 George Kimmel, Jr.
1985-86 Roy G. Davis
1984-85 Earl Christenbury

1983-84 Edwin Bolling
1982-83 Colleen Boggs
1981-82 Jerry Soowal
1980-81 Fount May
1979-80 Robert L. Hartwig
1978-79 Walter A. Gammel
1977-78 William G. Adams
1976-77 James D. Blakely
1975-76 George Russell, Jr.
1974-75 John A. Blaser
1973-74 Richard A. Gladwin
1972-73 Joseph C. Shaw
1971-72 Joseph Welker
1970-71 Beverly Turbeville
1969-70 Jack Christmas
1968-69 Lawrence W. Clements
1967-68 Richard C. Johnson
1966-67 Jack Siebenthaler
1965-66 Jerry Turner
1964-65 R.E. Ed Brown
1963-64 Charles Culbreath
1962-63 Charles Chaplin
1961-62 N. Curtis Peterson, Jr.
1960-61 Verne Buck
1959-60 P.D. Shoemaker
1958-59 Roy S. Rood
1957-58 Milton Link
1956-57 Edwin Fraser
1955-56 Gervin Pringle
1954-55 Hugh Lalor
1953-54 Charles R. Wedding
1952-53 David K. Stabler, Sr.

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