May speaker will be one of our own members - Melissa McGuaghey-Moyroud and her husband Richard Moyroud.
Melissa Mcgaughey-Moyroud is proprietor of Lorax Designs - a landscape design firm specializing in Florida natives, edibles, butterfly gardens, composting, pesticide & fungicide-free landscapes and minimal irrigation.
Lorax Designs has been awarded the Broward County NatureScape Emerald Award twice (2005, 2013) and the Florida Native Plant Society State Award for Professional Landscape in 2006.
Richard established Mesozoic landscapes in 1981, specifically to research, grow, and promote plants native to South Florida. Currently active in plant propagation, consulting, restoration landscape design, and writing: published many articles in popular and scientific journals.
As a charter member of the local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, served two years as president, edited the newsletter for more than a decade, and worked on campaigns to secure funds for the purchase and protection of natural areas.
1995: Appointed to the Natural Areas Management Advisory Committee. Served as Chairman for four years, and continues to serve on the committee to this day.
1990: Conservation Chair of the Florida Native Plant Society, appointed to the Endangered Plant Advisory Council, under the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. Continues to serve on EPAC, and has chaired the group since the initial appointment.
Charter member of the Association of Florida Native Nurseries, co-authored "Xeric's Landscaping with Florida Native Plants", a guide to using native plant communities as the basis for environmentally-sound landscape design. First published in 1991, it is still in print and widely used.
1985 to 1994 - Coordinated the creation of a private botanical garden on 11 acres in Manapalan.
1984 - charter member of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, served as a board member of several years, and continues to educate the public about pest plants.
Graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri Bachelor of Arts.
Melissa and Richard will enlighten us in creating every pollinator's dream come true -with our local eco system and native plants in mind!
There will be live plants as well, and attendees are encouraged to bring in plant or tree cuttings, weeds or wild flowers for identification.