John and Linda Conroy
John Conroy is President, founder, and owner of Fish Branch Tree Farm, Inc.
Fish Branch has sponsored and hosted many educational events that have covered a wide range of topics. He chaired the committee for the last two revisions of Florida’s Grades & Standards for Palms. John has also presented at many industry venues on various topics relating to palms. He was awarded the 2019 Educator of the Year by FNGLA.
John obtained both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Education from Florida State University. In the 1970’s and 1980’s he owned garden centers with landscaping, irrigation and sod operations. John founded Fish Branch Tree Farm in 1988, which has grown to 325 acres, located in Southwest Florida. Over the years John has sought to develop innovative production methods and has promoted new or under-utilized trees. He owns the plant patents to Boardwalk® and Park Side® live oaks. Recently, John played a key role in the establishment of a committee formed to review and refine a broad range of issues facing Florida’s Department of Transportation’s landscape program.
John has a continuing passion for sharing knowledge with others for the betterment and growth of the industry.
Linda Conroy is a WV transplant. She earned a master’s degree in education and spent 25 years in the public school system. As the tree farm began to grow, she joined her husband John full time in 1994. She remains engaged daily in the business and having 4 children and 10 grandchildren continues to keep her quite busy. She is dedicated to her family and loves every minute of it.