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FANN’s first microcredential recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of FANN’s first microcredential in the native plant professional credentialing space: FANN Favorites South Florida Native Plants 2023.

This is Florida’s first-ever native plant professional credential. FANN has partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Continuing Education & Skills Academy. FGCU is a leader in sustainability, entrepreneurship, and innovative “right skills, right time” education options for the modern workforce.

Participants in the program had to learn about 20 South Florida native shrubs and trees. They then had to pass three assessments, including a timed test on plant identification, a timed test on plant benefits, and a final planting design using the FANN favorites.


Recipients include:
Nikki Bales, Wilcox Nursery
Keith Buttry, Neglected Plants
Bob Cook, Weeds and Seeds
Savannah Core, Living Roots Eco Design
Melissa Fernandez-de Cespedes, Florida Good Life
Mauricio Gonzalez, NaMa Native Landscapes
Ebonie Gorniak, EarthBalance
Anna Harrison, Native Butterfly Flowers
Timothy Harrison, Native Butterfly Flowers
Ivy Hernandez, Green Spirit Gardens
Michael Kuras, Kuras Design
Leslie Landert, Landert Landscape Designs
KayLee Luis, Native Butterfly Flowers
Natalia Manrique, NaMa Native Landscape
Kevin Matherly, Bee Happy Native Nursery
Clint Oster, General Landscaping
Justin Robb, Wise Hands
Gabbie Salomon, Wise Hands
Rebeca Siplak, Treasure Coast Naturescaping
Amanda Streets, Living Roots Eco Design
Kiamesha Wray, Living Spaces Gardening