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Don Spence


Landscape Designer/Arborist

Tampa (Hidden Rvr), FL

I've been a landscape designer for more than 25 years, specializing in using native plants, sustainable formats, and low-impact development on public and private sector projects. I design for commercial and mixed-use developments and for community spaces. Researching ecological and historical origins to provide cultural context, matching the right plant with the soil type, and choosing the most disease-resistant species are ideologies that I consider on every project. I develop tree assessment plans, urban forestry management plans, and city/county tree inventories.

I have a lot of experience with environmental resource permitting for activities relating to inland and coastal design, wildlife and vegetation surveys, and completing landscape designs for a diversity of projects. I've also enjoyed teaching university classes on biology, native biota, biodiversity, and sustainability.

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  • ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
  • PhD, Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • BS, Biology, Stetson University, DeLand, FL
  • MS, Biology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL