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

Kiva Loan Success Story: Native & Uncommon Plants

By Janelle Mendoza | June 20, 2024

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.…

David Chiappini, Chiappini Farm Native Nursery

David Chiappini Education Fund

By Janelle Mendoza | December 18, 2023

David’s friends and colleagues have established this fund to honor his memory and support young people interested in working with native plants. Donations provide travel assistance, pay registration fees and provide other educational support to students and young emerging professionals. David always had time to talk, share information about plants, and to encourage others. Honor…

Go Native the Business of Native Plants Podcast

Podcast Listeners Survey

By Foundation | August 1, 2023

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.


Florida Kiva Loan Program

By Foundation | November 25, 2022

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…

Eryngium in Florida Panhandle

Dig Meadows? Educational Opportunity

By Foundation | August 17, 2022

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…



By Foundation | June 10, 2022

Podcast interview with Steve Beeman, owner of Beemats Floating Wetlands.

Jane Thompson, Indian Trails Native Nursery


By Foundation | May 27, 2022

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…

Go Native the Business of Native Plants Podcast

Go Native: Jerry Fritz, Native Tree Grower

By Foundation | April 6, 2022

Jerry Fritz, retired tree farmer, talks about how he got into the native plant industry.

Ashley Pike, Real Florida Landscapes Design Challenge award winner


By Foundation | March 23, 2022

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…

Go Native the Business of Native Plants Podcast

Go Native: Carl Bates Indigenous Plants

By Foundation | March 2, 2022

This is an interview with a Florida wholesale grower and broker for native plants.