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FANN 2017 Annual Membership Meeting at Perkins Nursery in LaBelle

FANN’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 at Debbie & Danny Perkins’ wholesale nursery in LaBelle, Florida. Perkins Nursery is wholesale-only, has been producing more than 40 years and may be best known for ornamental quality palms, including several different native species plus Coonties. Debbie Perkins also retails palms online to a premium market. She will discuss this experience as part of a panel session featuring a variety of online sales and marketing experiences shared by FANN members.

Location: Perkins Nursery, 2575 Case Rd, La Belle, FL / Office phone: (863) 675-3006

All members and potential members are invited to participate. Meet FANN’s Board of Directors and other members.

If you’ve missed the December 1 deadline to order lunch, please bring it with you.


  • 10:15-10:30 Check in
  • 10:30-11:30 Perkins Nursery Tour
  • 11:30-12:00 Annual Meeting with election of 2018 Board of Directors
  • 12:00-1:00 Luncheon hosted by Perkins Nursery
  • 1:00-2:30 Professional Development Panel Session: Online Sales & Presence, real world experiences with B2B and retail online sales and marketing.
    • Debbie Perkins will talk about her experience selling premium quality native palms online via eBay.
    • Bruce Turley will talk about Wilcox Nursery & Landscape’s experience marketing and selling plants online with local delivery to retail customers as well as marketing native landscaping to commercial businesses in the area. Wilcox now has a team of designers busily turning out native landscape designs that the nursery installs.
    • Amy Webb of Mail-Order Natives will talk about their experience selling native plants online. Mail-Order Natives was the first FANN member to sell retail native plants online, moving from old school garden catalog to e-commerce.
    • Sharon Dolan of Maple Street Natives Nursery will talk about their experience using Square to provide an online retail store and sales. Maple Street Natives Nursery was one of the first FANN members to have a website and has continued with the same site which they maintain themselves.
  • 2:30-3:00 Board of Directors Meeting

We expect to see people from the following FANN member companies:
AAL by Frank Gabry
Alexander Landscaping & Plant Farm
AVC/Martin County Farms
Betrock Information Systems
Deana’s Garden
Florida Native Plants Nursery & Landscaping
Florida Organic Solutions
Green Isle Gardens Nursery
Green Seasons Nursery
Green Thumb
Native Plant Consulting
Natural Treasures Farm & Nursery
Reliable Peat Company
Sandhill Native Growers
SCCF Native Landscapes & Garden Center
Springer Environmental Services
Sweet Bay Nursery
Two Tired Services
Wilcox Nursery & Landscape

If you’re on Facebook, please find our Facebook event and indicate that you’re going or hope to (“interested”). We’ll be posting updates as our plans evolve.

Not on Facebook? Watch this page for updates on how to enjoy historic downtown LaBelle and the surrounding region.

Historic LaBelle Sign

Things to do in historic downtown LaBelle
Harold P. Curtis Honey Company in LaBelle
Visit the Harold P. Curtis Honey Company
Visit LaBelle’s little Heritage Museum on Friday 10-4, call ahead to confirm

See historic home of Capt. Francis A. Hendry, LaBelle’s founder and county namesake

More fun things to do in the region:
Visit Seminole Indian Reservation Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Clewiston
Visit the Ortona Indian Mounds – 3000+ year old archeological site
See gators, crocs, monkeys, bobcats & more at GATORAMA, Old Florida attraction in nearby Palm Dale

Good eating places in LaBelle:
Forrey Grill – the Perkins eat here!
The Log Cabin (BBQ)
The Quart House (supports local farmers)
Two Peas Cafe (home baked pies!)

Grab a quick breakfast or chill out with what Dave Chiappini calls a “foo foo coffee” at:
Bridge Street Coffee & Tea Company
23 Fort Thompson Ave, LaBelle FL

Visitors coming south on 29 to LaBelle will first cross a drawbridge over the Caloosahatchee River.

Visitors coming south on 29 to LaBelle will first cross a drawbridge over the Caloosahatchee River.


Annual Meeting – Quick Marketing Survey