Remembering Joyce Gann

Joyce GannOur friend, founder and mentor Joyce Gann passed away on February 21, 2020, in the Redland home she shared with her husband, Don.

Joyce and Don were among the founders of FNPS.  She helped form several of the first chapters in South Florida, including Dade, and was our chapter’s founding president. 

Joyce (with Don) was an integral part of the Dade Chapter FNPS, FNPS, the Dade Native Plant Workshop, the Florida Association of Native Nurseries, and the local community.  We obtained our favorite plants from Gann’s Native Tropical Nursery and learned about natives at their sides. 

Joyce was active in the Dade Chapter throughout her life.  Besides serving on the chapter board for 10 years, she and Don provided plants for displays and projects, held special nursery sales to benefit the chapter, contributed to the newsletter, volunteered at events, and made presentations at chapter meetings.  She led pre-meeting plant ID workshops for a few years and served on planning committees for two FNPS Conferences held in Miami.  Joyce spoke up when things needed fixing and led early chapter advocacy efforts to preserve natural areas.  Joyce and Don also helped establish the Institute for Regional Conservation and the Florida Association of Native Nurseries.

FNPS bestowed its highest honor, the Mentor Award, on them in 2000.  This award is given for outstanding lifetime contributions that forward the mission of FNPS.

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