Jenny Evans, Manager
worked to control and minimize pollutants in wastewater, stormwater runoff and hazardous waste from large manufacturing facilities.
In 1992 he found much more satisfying employment at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) working with sea turtles, oysters and estuarine fishes.
From VIMS he
migrated to South Carolina where he
worked with hard clams, leeches and other interesting marine creatures.
As luck had it he was then hired by the Marine Resources Research Institute, part of SCDNR where he participated in oyster reef research, headed their horseshoe crab program and helped with water quality monitoring in the ACE-Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR).
While in South Carolina, he received an M.S. in Environmental Science from the College of Charleston-Medical University of South Carolina's joint graduate program.
His thesis explored the secret life of horseshoe crabs in South Carolina, during which time he was a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Horseshoe Crab Management Plan development team.
moved to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
(FL DEP), where he
monitored and analyzed southeastern Florida's waters using biological, chemical and physical indicators . His
work also included taxonomy, data management, laboratory work and resulting publications.
Jenny's love of nature began during her
childhood in the foothills and farmlands of the Blue Ridge Mountains in
She earned a B.S. in Biology with a double major in Theatre from Mary Washington College.
Despite the seemingly incompatible fields, Jenny
has brought them together in the art and science of horticulture.
An intensive summer program in Landscape Architecture at Harvard
love of outdoor design.
This led to a graduate degree in Public Garden Management from Cornell.
Jenny has also held internships in nursery management and garden maintenance at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington and in exhibit development and design at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. In addition, she has been an environmental educator, working in subtropical marine ecology and leading students of all ages on educational snorkeling adventures.
developed a strong appreciation for subtropical flora and plant ecology while living in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys for several years.
In 2010, Jenny was named Treasurer of the Association of Florida Native Nurseries.
She is a member and the newsletter editor of the Coccoloba chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society; serves on the Lee County Extension Service horticultural advisory board and is an annual speaker for the Sanibel Master Gardener lecture series.