Kiva Loan Success Story: Native & Uncommon Plants

Alfred and Leslie sitting behind a table with a sign in the front that has Native & Uncommon Plants with the phone number and 3 adjectives. Leslie is wearing white sitting on the right while Afred is wearing dark green sitting on the left. Both are smiling proudly holding up gardening tools

Introduction Alfred and Leslie Romeu own Native & Uncommon Plants, a native plant nursery that focuses on cultivating pollinator-friendly, sustainable plants. The growing demand for native plants has shifted their goals from retailing to wholesale and focusing on growing more plants. Challenges in Traditional Funding Traditional funding sources proved difficult for Native & Uncommon Plants.…

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Go Native the Business of Native Plants Podcast

Please take a few minutes to give us feedback on our Go Native: the Business of Native Plants podcast. Your input can help us refine our content and better meet the needs of startups, emerging professionals and career switchers seeking to enter the native plant industry. Thank you.

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Florida Kiva Loan Program


Can a small loan help your native plant nursery? Or a nursery you’d like to have in your community? The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. Ralph Waldo Emerson The Native Plant Horticulture Foundation has been approved as a Trustee by Kiva, one of the world’s most popular and successful nonprofit microlending…

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Dig Meadows? Educational Opportunity

Eryngium in Florida Panhandle

Applications were due no later than Sept. 5, 2022, for registration sponsorship for students and emerging professionals for October educational event hosted by FANN in Florida Panhandle. THIS EVENT IS OVER Wild Meadow Magic – Fall 2022 Thanks in part to a retired native nurseryman, who wishes to honor the memory of his daughter, and…

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Jane Thompson, Indian Trails Native Nursery

Podcast interview with Jane Thompson, owner of Indian Trails Native Nursery in Lake Worth, Florida. ABOUT THIS EPISODE Jane Thompson is the owner and operator of Indian Trails Native Nursery, a one-stop shop for Florida native plants in Lake Worth, the western end of Palm Beach County in South Florida. Jane supplies wholesale plants to…

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Ashley Pike, Real Florida Landscapes Design Challenge award winner

Before this project, I had just been exposed to Florida-friendly landscaping™ principles. Native plants were the “better option when possible” was all I knew. It really helped, being forced to look at native options and dive into it. It’s really cool to see that natives connect to a place. [Now] I definitely know that good…

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Florida Natives and the “Art of Space”

Debra Yates & Ben Burle in an upscale landscape featuring native plants

Debra Yates and Benjamin Burle bring native plants into upscale South Florida landscapes A couple blocks from downtown Lake Worth, Florida, in the Parrot Cove neighborhood, quaint cottages and Spanish-style homes line the historic streets. On O street, one such cottage’s bold landscape stands out from the rest. Native plants south florida style The 1945…

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