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Tom Heitzman

Past-President

Manatee County Audubon Society

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Manatee County Audubon Society

P.O. Box 14550

Bradenton, Florida,34280

United States

Background Information

Employment History

President of the Manatee County Chapter

Audubon Society


Various Board Positions

Florida Association of Native Nurseries


Affiliations

Florida Native Plant Society Inc

Past-President of Serenoa Chapter


Florida Association of Native Nurseries

Board Member


Sierra Club

Member


Florida Native Plants Nursery

Member


City of Bradenton Tree Board

Member


atLarge Inc

Board Member


Education

Horticulture

Ohio State University


Web References(34 Total References)


Florida Native Plant Society

fnps.org [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). More ... 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. Sweet Bay Nursery provides landscape planning, installation and maintenance for homes and businesses as well as retail sales. The really good part, is that all that planting is with native Florida plants! 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. In addition to his tireless work with FNPS and Sweet Bay Nursery Tom has found time to serve as President of Manatee Audubon (2005-2007) and coordinate and assist with plantings and habitat improvements on Manatee County's Felt's Audubon Society Preserve. He has served as a member of the City of Bradenton Tree Board, and the Manatee County Environmental Lands Management and Acquisition Committee; both government-appointed boards. He has served for over ten years in various board positions with the Florida Association of Native Nurseries. 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.


www.sweetbaynursery.com

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.


Contact Us

www.manateeaudubon.org [cached]

Felts Audubon Preserve - Tom Heitzman 737-3169


www.sarasotaaudubon.org

Friday, Oct 17: SWEET BAY NURSERY, PARRISH - Visit Sweet Bay Nursery in Parrish, owned by past Manatee Audubon president, Tom Heitzman.


www.sarasotaaudubon.org

Friday, April 11: SWEET BAY NURSERY, PARRISH - Visit this Parrish nursery, owned by past Manatee Audubon president, Tom Heitzman.
The 24-acre property is home to Red-headed Woodpeckers and the oak hammock is good for Spring warblers. After birding the grounds, Tom will give a tour of the nursery. Meet behind Starbucks (I-75 and University next to Home Depot) at 7:30am.


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