MEET OUR STAFF!
Lilly Anderson-Messec started working at Native Nurseries in 2006 and became the nursery manager in 2013. She is inspired by the captivating and complex relationships between native plants and native wildlife. A passionate vegetable gardener as well as a native plant enthusiast, she teaches many workshops at Native on these subjects as well as writing articles for the Tallahassee Democrat. She also is our wildflower, tree and shrub buyer. Born and raised in Tallahassee, Lilly has also lived in Montana and Colorado. In her free time she enjoys exploring the ecologically rich and diverse regions of the Panhandle, observing and photographing plants and wildlife, as well as swimming and kayaking our beautiful springs and rivers.
Liz Marshall started working at Native Nurseries in 1987 after completing the Horticulture Program at Lively Tech. She is the annual/perennial buyer and co-manager of the Wren’s Nest Gift Shop and a member of the retail staff. She also custom designs/plants containers for our customers. Liz has a large circle of friends and family, and spends as much time with them as possible, preferably at the beach…
Norma Skaggs started working at Native Nurseries in January, 1990, after completing the Horticulture Program at Lively Tech. She has held the responsibilities of herb and wildflower buyer, tree and shrub buyer, book buyer and has taught various workshops here at the nursery. She is also a member of the retail staff. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening and dancing in her leisure time.
Brian Bryson started working at Native Nurseries in 1991. He is a talented landscape artist, and most of the drawings in our newsletter are his. We sell prints of his many bird and seashore/boat watercolors here at the nursery. Brian also painted the mural in the Children’s Nature Nook and the various signs in the store. The cardinal on our new street sign is a reproduction of Brian’s artwork. Brian also designs and install water features. Check out some of the ponds he’s designed and installed for our customers. He’s a member of the retail staff and is currently being trained by Jody in landscape design. In his spare time, Brian enjoys making blackberry jam and sailing and (like Jody) built his own sailboat.
Timothy Roop started working at Native Nurseries in February of 2004. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, the foreman of our landscape crew and an all-round handy guy - a very handy guy! When he’s not out on a landscape job, Timothy is a member of the retail staff. And when he isn’t working, he’s climbing trees, smoking beans, roasting hot peppers and concocting hot sauce.
Joe, son of Donna and Jody, came to work full time at Native Nurseries upon graduating from FSU with an economics degree in June 2010. He manages the fiscal responsibilities of the nursery, is the buyer for our wild bird shop and a member of the retail staff. Joe is also a very talented chef (we all wish he’d bring samples to work with him more often).
Elizabeth started working at Native Nurseries in October of 2013. She is co-manager of the Wren’s Nest Gift Shop, our herb/veggie buyer and host of some of our workshops. She has an artistic talent that we are happy to utilize. Outside of work she enjoys exploring the natural wonders of the panhandle, swimming, hiking with her dog and woodworking (she and Jody built a canoe together)!
Seth Dunaway started back in January of 2008. He has been a core member of the landscape crew and retail staff. After ten years of mentoring under co-owner Jody, Seth has decided to follow in his footsteps as Landscape Designer. His cheerful attitude and smile is much appreciated by customers and co-workers alike. When Seth isn’t working, he's spending time with his dogs and enjoying the outdoors.
Tristan started working at Native Nurseries when he was a junior in high school in September of 2012. He’s at FSU now working towards a degree in engineering. Tristan bags and stocks the bird seed, makes suet and potting soil and carries customer’s purchases to their vehicles among other tasks. Recently, he’s also begun to work retail and occasionally goes out with the landscape crew. When he’s not busy with work and school, he enjoys outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, hiking and boating.
Jordan, our newest employee, moved back to Tallahassee from Asheville, NC in winter of 2018 knowing Tallahassee was a much better place to be. He was originally hired to work with the landscape crew, however, his customer service along with good work ethic landed him on the retail staff. He is a great extra hand and is currently training to become our "tree and shrub guy." Outside the nursery he enjoys spending time with his dog, Kylo and playing the drums.
Chase started September of 2018 after graduating from Florida State University with a major in Environmental Science and Policy. He is apart of our retail staff and filling in where needed around the nursery. He enjoys spending his free time in the great outdoors, bird watching, kayaking and hiking. He has seamlessly blended in with the humans and no one can tell he is a cactus.