MEET THE

TROPIFLORA

TEAM

DENNIS CATHCART

Always the dreamer and adventurer, he started Tropiflora in the early '70s as an outgrowth of a bromeliad collecting hobby. A "hobby gone bad" he says. Collecting and exploring were always his first interests in the plant world and over the years he and Linda have visited over 25 countries on more than 100 trips and expeditions. Together they made travel, adventure, plant exploring, speaking, writing and the nursery business a way of life. He and Linda are now passing their passion for plants on to their children, to take Tropiflora into the second generation. Now retired, Dennis is focused on writing about his reptile and plant collecting adventures over the years!

LINDA CATHCART

We have always considered Tropiflora to be a 'mom & pop' operation and Linda is the mom. She has always treated our employees as extended family and keeps us all well grounded. When Tropiflora was a tiny, fledgling business, Linda poured herself into it wholeheartedly, doing everything from potting to landscaping and office work. Though she claims not to be an expert about plants, her knowledge of our stock, especially bromeliads, is very impressive. Linda has traveled the country and the world along side of her husband Dennis, collecting plants in the jungles and deserts and attending conferences, sales, and aiding in our lectures across the globe.

ROBIN

Robin is Tropiflora’s Office Manager, the friendly voice you hear behind the phone when you call looking for that rare plant! Whether it is answering the phones, coordinating domestic and international orders or handling accounts receivable, Robin is the hands behind it (and you'll need six hands to work in the Tropiflora office!). She is Linda and Dennis’ daughter and like her brother, Scott, she has also fallen prey to working in the family business, joining Tropiflora in 2003. Robin has a Labradoodle named Percy who you'll often be greeted by with a giant nose when stopping by our office.

SCOTT

Scott joined Tropiflora in 2009 as General Manager of Operations, in charge of all daily operations and employees, as well as assisting our head Bromeliad Grower, Brian Weber, with constant propagation.

His expertise is currently trending towards landscape bromeliads as well as miniatures for terrariums, but he is also an excellent resource for driftwood mount creations and has an artistic eye. Outside of work, Scott enjoys time with his wife and daughters and whatever spare time Tropiflora affords him as Sarasota's premier expert pinfish catcher.

BRIAN

Brian is the head bromeliad grower at Tropiflora. He has been interested in plants since 1975 when he bought his first bromeliad; an Aechmea ‘Burgundy’. Brian has a broad knowledge of the latest cultivars, especially Neoregelia, Billbergia and Cryptanthus, but his interests and expertise extend to the whole bromeliad family. Brian can recommend the best bromeliads for landscape and his personal background with reptiles and amphibians gave him a good base knowledge of bromeliads for terrarium use as well. On his time off, Brian enjoys keeping up his personal bromeliad collection and collecting New Guinea tribal art.

VERONICA

Veronica started with Tropiflora in 1994 and is our Tillandsia Grower. While working in the Tillandsia collection she took a personal interest in these fascinating plants, and has now become a real expert in the field. A keen observer, she has spotted many natural hybrids and special clones among our imports and seed grown plants. Her careful cultivation has increased our numbers of rare and unusual Tillandsia varieties and several of her selected clones have been named and registered. Veronica enjoys working one-on-one with customers and they appreciate her broad knowledge of Tropiflora’s vast Tillandsia stock.

ANTHONY

The hands behind your safely-packaged plants, Anthony takes the time and effort to make sure that your plants will make it to you in one piece. Even with our crazy-busy shipping days Monday through Wednesday and simultaneously managing Tropiflora supplies and retail stock, Anthony still lends his expertise with Orchids as well as being responsible for carefully propagating the Cryptanthus collection. If you have any Cryptanthus questions, Anthony is your guy!

In his spare time, Anthony enjoys growing orchids, and has hundreds of different species in his greenhouse! (His favorites are Encyclias.)

GREGORIA

The assistant Tillandsia Grower, Gregoria has become an expert in her field at Tropiflora and handles growing, propagating and pulling orders of Tillandsias, assisting Veronica with dozens of orders to be shipped out daily.

As Veronica's right-hand, she has become familiar with recognizing even the most similar of Tillandsia hybrids and clones

 

 

CRESCENCIA

Crescencia has been with Tropiflora for over 30 years and works with Veronica splitting Tillandsias, propagating, pulling orders, and always selecting the nicest plants for our customers' orders and shows.

It is almost uncanny how Crescencia can always find the most beautiful of plants in even the most cruddy of plant clumps. (She might have a secret stash of perfect plants somewhere, that's the only explanation!)

 

GAUDENCIA 'YAYIS'

One of the Tillandsia gals, 'Yayis' is our set of hands responsible for all of our Tillandsia arrangements and jellyfish!

She keeps our Tillandsia novelties in good stock for our retail shop, as well as helping Veronica and Gregoria pull orders. She has become especially great at creating our popular Tillandsia balls!

JERMAINE

Our all-around handyman/propagator! Jermaine helps Brian and Scott with propagating our most giant to our most teensy bromeliads, as well as fixing wells, greenhouses, roads, screens, you name it! Jermaine is the jack-of-all-trades and he can do it all!

 

BRIAN

Brian is the extra pair of arms that helps with all of the odds and ends at Tropiflora. Whether the other Brian needs plants re-potted, or if Scott needs drip systems fixed or even the gravel flattened with the Bobcat, Brian gets the job done!

 

 

ANDREW

Andrew joined us recently and we are glad to have him! As Brian and Scott's Bromeliad assistant, he helps with propagation and whatever the Cravo's plants need. He has quickly learned about the nursery world and is embracing all of the terminology and nuances of bromeliad growing like a pro!

TOM

Tom is one of Brian and Scott's assistants in propagating and cleaning up our bromeliads. He has a passion for plants and is studying biology while working at Tropiflora part-time. We are happy to have his enthusiasm as well as his green thumb!

 

REBECCA

Rebecca captains the retail shop, helping our customers with any bromeliad questions they have! She always makes sure the shop is looking its best, keeping the plants watered and creating new bromeliad and succulent arrangements for the season. After managing the retail shop at Selby Gardens, we are so grateful to have her knowledge and help in the Tropiflora shop!

JOSH

Always cheerful, Josh is the hands behind our super-powered rhipsalis propagation station. We have just over a hundred varieties of Rhipsalis, Lepismium, and Hatiora, and he keeps them clean while eagerly propagating our fresh stock of cuttings. We are looking forward to seeing all of the beautiful Rhipsalis that Josh has planted in the next coming year!

 

HAN

Han is our new social media -slash- customer service -slash- Robin's office assistant...she wears more than one hat! Han has been revitalizing our social media accounts to provide you with your daily dose of bromeliads, as well as glimpses into the ins-and-outs here at Tropiflora. If you contact us through Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, email or phone, you can look forward to Han's friendly voice or text ready to help! She is an avid aroid lover and collector, with a beautiful room dedicated to hosting her collection.

EMILY

Emily just recently started with us and is one of Brian and Scott's assistants in propagating and cleaning up our bromeliads, as well as helping Josh propagating rhipsalis at the Rhip station! She loves plants and is studying biology while working at Tropiflora part-time. We appreciate her help and care in propagating so many plants!

 

KAREN

Karen is passionate about Tillandsias and is one of Veronica's Tillandsia gals. She carefully cleans the hundreds of Tillandsias in each bench by sorting through clumps of plants to separate and give them room to grow. She enjoys learning about the different kinds of Tillandsias as she cleans them, and loves to tell customers about her favorite kinds. Always looking to make someone happy, Karen makes it a point to refill our office candy jar with new candies and flavors for workers and customers alike.

SAMANTHA

Samantha has just recently moved to Sarasota and her passion for plants led her to hunt down Tropiflora, and is now helping Veronica as one of her new Tillandsia girls! She comes from up north and she is eager to learn about the exotic, tropical plants we have here!

 

 

 

 

JESSICA

Jessica worked with Robin in the office as her assistant while managing the Tropiflora website, graphics and necessary Percy-petting duties. Though she is moving away and will unfortunately no longer be working at Tropiflora physically, she still however is working here spiritually (or remotely)... and has emotionally planted herself into the Tropiflora team page because she will miss everyone very much. :'(

 

PERCY

The true brains behind Tropiflora, Percy runs the show! When he's not busy greeting customers or managing the nursery's rabbit and lizard count, Percy makes sure to keep the office seating nice and warm for customers...by making sure that you can't sit on it.

DAISY

A nursery dog to her bones, Daisy can be found running after Scott's golf cart around the greenhouses, as well as helping him by rolling in the mudpuddles with expert form. If you happen to hear the screeching of what may sound like an animal being slaughtered, don't worry -- it's just Daisy who has been forced to take a breather in the office.

RESIDENT BOX TORTOISE

A frequent visitor in Brian's greenhouse, she likes to rummage around under the benches of bromeliads. Brian keeps an eye out for her and moves her somewhere safer nearby when she decides to visit!