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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | 85 Years Old and Still Growing at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

5-November from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | 85 Years Old and Still Growing at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Virtual Webinar on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Misha McRAE will be presenting the 84-year history of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden from concept in 1934 to the present, with an introduction to the significance of its many functions it provides to the community, City of Key West, conservation, and to the world.

About the Presenter:

Misha D. McRAE – Executive Director, Key West Botanical Garden Society, Inc.

A 24 year resident of Key West, Misha McRAE was a business owner that joined the Key West Botanical Garden Society in 1997 first as a volunteer, then a member, and then quickly transitioned to the Board of Directors lending his administrative, financial, HR and customer service background to the organization. With the service of 5 Board of Directors and a membership of 23, the mission to preserve the remaining 7.8 acres out of the original 55 in 1936 became the main directive.

In 2004, Misha transitioned from public to the non-profit sector when he made the move from the Board of Directors to become the first paid Administrator of the Society. Through perseverance and hard work, Misha was promoted to General Manager in 2010 then transitioned to Executive Director in 2013.

Misha has the distinction of being active with the organization for 23 years where the Garden has grown to 15 acres, showcases 527 different native plant species, maintains a working Native Nursery with over 2000 plants consisting of 180 species with at least 150 species native to the Florida Keys, 10 species native to mainland Monroe County and 20 to the Caribbean basin, and includes over 80 species on the Federal and State threatened and endangered species list. He is an advocate of the importance of native flora & fauna of the region, tirelessly working toward conservation efforts in the lower keys, promotes science and conservation education to the students of Monroe County School District, endorses Community Service through horticulture, adult education and Community Outreach programs that benefit the community, City of Key West, Monroe County and most importantly our environment.

In 2018, through the challenges from Hurricane Irma, Misha graduated Class 26 of the Leadership Monroe County which exposed him to all aspects of the Keys: Municipalities, hardships from natural disasters, welfare, military, arts and the history of Monroe County that expanded not only his reach out of Key West but his conservation message throughout the county.

In 2019, Misha joined the City of Key West Tree Commission lending his many years of experience earned at the Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden to the community for the protection of native tree canopy. In December of this year he was also elected onto the Board of the Key West Business Guild.

Sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust, Lee Garrison, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs


November 5
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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