Recognition and Awards
Grandiflora Takes Top Prize at the Landscape Show 2014
Yes, we looked pretty silly, but apparently someone noticed and liked what they saw because our booth won another award at FNGLA's fall trade show in Orlando at the Orange County Civic Center last September. After all, what does every beautiful garden need? Why gnomes of course, and ours had 4 that were almost 6' tall. Pictured is FNGLA President Sandy Stein presenting us our ribbon.
Grandiflora Wins Big Again at the Landscape Show 2013
With the popularity of "Duck Dynasty", Grandiflora did a spoof of the hit reality television show with their Landscape Show booth. Salesmen dressed as the crazy camo-wearing bearded redneck millionaires, and we promoted our line of butterfly attracting plants with signage that proclaimed "Butterfly Dynasty". We also gave away free "butterfly calls" to passing customers. The judges must have loved our creativity, because we were called to the stage to receive "Best Booth of 300 Square Feet or More".
Grandiflora Wins Big at the Landscape Show 2012
Grandiflora won Best Themed Booth at the 2012 Landscape Show in Orlando. The theme for the show was "Where You Are The Star", so Grandiflora created a Hollywood-like booth with a red carpet, velvet ropes, giant Oscar cutouts, gold lame swags against a black and white background, and spotlights. Grandiflora staff dressed as 1940-era paparazzi and the customers were treated like arriving Hollywood stars, asked to pose for pictures and awarded an Oscar-like trophy that read "World's Best Customer". A sign in the background, resembling the famous Hollywood sign, announced "Grandiflorawood".
Alan Shapiro Speaks at FNATS 2005 Short Course
At FNATS 2005, Alan Shapiro joined Robert Bowden of Leu Gardens, Dr. Gary Knox of IFAS, and Alan Heinrich of Cherry Lake Tree Farm in presenting a program at the Short Course on "New Plants". In 2003, Alan was asked to give a presentation entitled "Finding your Niche as a Grower and Marketer".
Alan Shapiro donates blood for the 72nd time
Alan Shapiro was acknowledged in September 2005 as a 9-Galloneer by Life South/Civitan Regional Blood Center. Alan is carrying on a tradition of giving begun by his father, Samuel Wolfe Shapiro, who was a regular donor until the time of his death.
Grandiflora has held a blood drive every two months for many years with an average of 10% participation each time the Bloodmobile comes to the nursery.
Alan Shapiro Presents Program at PPA 2005 Symposium in Tennessee
In July 2005, Alan spoke to a large audience in Knoxville Tennessee attending the Perennial Plant Association's Annual Symposium. His Powerpoint Presentation was entitled "The Challenges and Rewards of Growing Perennials in the South".
Alan Shapiro Presents Two Programs at SNA 2004
Owner Alan Shapiro spoke twice at the SNA 2004 Trade Show, presenting a talk on "Vines for the Southeast" at the short course and speaking again on the World Stage about "Surprisingly Hardy Tropical-looking Perennials".
Alan Shapiro Guest Speaker at 2004 International Symposium in Mexico
Alan and Ellen Shapiro were flown to Cuernavaca Mexico to speak at an international horticultural symposium. Liliana Delgado of Bill Moore and Company also spoke and translated for Alan's talk on Vines in Florida.
SFN wins booth award at FNATS 2002
With the theme "Create a Picture Perfect Landscape", SFN won an award at FNATS for Outstanding Large Plant Booth.
Framed in the picture are Mark Gruver, Alan Shapiro, and Pete Sommer in their artist outfits.
Alan Shapiro presents talk at SC Trade Show 2002
Alan spoke on new and under-utilized perennials at the 2003 South Carolina Trade Show in Myrtle Beach. His Powerpoint slide presentation was well-received by a standing room only crowd.
Alan Shapiro Moderates Session at IPPS 2001 in Houston, TX
Alan Shapiro was moderator for the opening session of the 2001 International Plant Propagators Southern Region meeting in Houston, TX.
Grandiflora (San Felasco Nurseries) Receives Praise for Perennial Field Day 2001
In stories in the Greenline and Ornamental Outlook Magazine, Grandiflora (San Felasco) was praised for putting on its Perennial Field Day in September. This annual event attracts growers and landscapers from all over the Southeast, offering educational sessions, plant and seed exchange opportunities, and nursery tours. Nationally known speakers present talks on various topics involving the propagation, growing of, and landscaping uses of perennial plants.