Hi, I'm Chris. I've been "in horticulture" all of my adult life, which is now getting to be a while, almost 35 years. Where did the time go?

Well a little about me, if you're interested enough to read further...I was born in Miami-Dade county and grew up in Broward county, in Plantation and Davie. As a kid my little brother and I spent our days riding bikes, climbing trees, building forts, fishing, catching snakes and lizards, and even an alligator. We were always playing with plants in the yard, Bougainvillea, Dracaena, Croton, Century Plant Agave, Hong Kong Orchid, Seagrape, and Ficus Benjamina and not to forget Citrus were indelibly etched into our brains as kids in suburban south Florida in the 1970s.

i guess it was inevitable that we would end up loving plants. While my little brother moved up north and went into the construction trade (where he has a proper vegetable garden), I was lucky enough to turn that love into a vocation and a career. When I began my first job in landscaping at age 21, working for "Big D", David Kramer, I knew I had found my calling, and I've been "in plants" ever since. After education under the late great David McLean at Broward College, and ten years working in the nursery and landscape trade, I started my own design and build landscape business which I ran with some moderate success for 19 years. Moving on from running my own business I went to work managing the grounds at a large scale retirement community until landing my dream job as the Director of Horticulture at the historic Flamingo Gardens botanic garden and wildlife sanctuary.

In my personal life, I am married to a lovely, patient and forgiving woman, Stacey, and we have a beautiful and talented teenage daughter, Kaylee, who will cringe and roll her eyes when she reads this. In my personal time away from plants, I spend most of my time listening to audio books and podcasts, mostly about nerdy things like Philosophy, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Role Playing Games.

Whew, who knew I would have so much to write here?

Life before Death.

Strength before Weakness.

Journey before Destination.”

― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

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