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This profile was last updated on 10/26/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Past-President of Serenoa Chapter

Phone: (305) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Florida , United States
Florida Native Plant Society Inc
1725 NE 135 Street
North Miami , Florida 33181
United States

Company Description: The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Horticulture
    Ohio State University
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Tom Heitzman (Serenova ..., 26 Oct 2015 [cached]
Tom Heitzman (Serenova Chapter, 2014)
Given for service including serving and president of the Serenoa Chapter, promotion of the use of native plants in landscaping, and generously educating the publice. He also runs a successful native plant nursery (Sweet Bay).
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Dear Committee,
The Serenoa Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society would like to nominate Tom Heitzman to receive the Green Palmetto Award for his service to the Society, the local chapter and to the community as a whole.
Tom first joined the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) in 1986. As his knowledge of Florida native plants and their ecosystems grew, so did his understanding of how important it is to not just preserve natural areas, but to augment them with the use of native plants in the urban landscape. Luckily for Florida, Tom has worked tirelessly to help others to understand this concept and make it a reality.
Tom first became active in the leadership of the Serenoa Chapter when he accepted the position of vice-president in 1996. After serving for two years, he took on the role of president for five years. Since then he has served as program chair, vice-president again in 2003 and then served as an At-large board member until accepting the presidency again in 2013. During his time serving on the board, he has always led with a steady, levelheaded commitment to the FNPS mission. He has promoted education through organizing informative speakers and field trips, speaking at meetings of the society, to homeowners associations, at public events and to other conservation groups as well as outreach at public events. He has led countless field trips on public conservation lands and is always a knowledgeable, patient and informative leader. He is always willing to share what he knows and to learn what he doesn't, fostering a culture of information sharing. Tom is always warm and welcoming to visitors and members alike at Serenoa chapter meeting and events.
Tom expanded his love and knowledge of Florida native plants from volunteerism to a business with the opening of Sweet Bay Nursery in Parrish in 1995.
Through his business, Tom has elevated the use of native plants in the urban landscape to the level of attractive and practical. He educates clients and visitors, who come to the nursery, about the importance of native plants in the urban landscape, not only to benefit wildlife but also, maintain the sense of place that Florida is rapidly losing. He also works with schools to add butterfly gardens and teaching areas on school campuses. Tom has won several awards for his work. In 2006 and again in 2013 he was awarded First Place Residential Landscape Design Award for the Breyer residence and Richard Beaupre landscape. He has also won two Commercial Landscape Awards for the Ugarte & Associates Office Building and the Felts Audubon Preserve.
Tom is kind and humble yet energetic and enthusiastic in his advocacy of Florida native plants. His love and commitment are palpable to those who know him. He truly loves natural Florida and has committed his full energy to spreading that knowledge and sense of caring to everyone he meets.
Sweet Bay Nursery was started ..., 16 April 2015 [cached]
Sweet Bay Nursery was started in 1995 by Tom Heitzman. A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Horticulture, Tom has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the culture and landscape use of native plants.
Tom is past-president of Serenoa Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, past co-president of FANN and past-president of Manatee County Audubon. He is currently a board member of these organizations volunteering his expertise to improve the local environment.
Florida-friendly landscaping [cached]
Landscaping with Florida Native Plants by Tom Heitzman, owner of Sweetbay Nursery in Parrish: He has designed and implemented numerous award winning native plant landscapes and is a member of the Florida Native Plant Society and the Association of Florida Native Nurseries.
Friday, Oct 17: SWEET BAY NURSERY, ..., 17 Oct 2014 [cached]
Friday, Oct 17: SWEET BAY NURSERY, PARRISH - Visit Sweet Bay Nursery in Parrish, owned by past Manatee Audubon president, Tom Heitzman.
» About Us | Florida Association of Native Nurseries | FANN, 2 April 2015 [cached]
Director: Tom Heitzman, Sweet Bay Nursery
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