Allen Wise owned Shady Oaks Gather All, an old-style roadside retail plant nursery on Highway 301 in Sumterville, Florida. A member of the Florida Association of Native Nurseries (FANN) for 20 years, Allen was always eager to volunteer at native plant shows and other events promoting the native plant industry, even when operating from his wheelchair. Offering a mix of native and Florida-friendly plants, Allen was active with the Sumter County Master Gardeners, annually put together a native plant exhibit at the Sumter County Fair, and also was a member of the Florida Native Plant Society for several years, serving as president of the former Sumter Chapter.

Allen's friends established this fund to honor his work and interests. Donations are used to support practical, applied research projects that help native plant growers and landscape pros be more successful. These projects engage young people, students and emerging professionals, to make sure our industry continues into the next generation.

You can choose to honor a family member, friend or colleague now with your donation to the Allen G. Wise Research Fund.