Mark’s passion for plants began in his teenage years with a job at Fairchild Gardens. This led him to pursue a Tropical Botany degree from Florida International University, where he was later named head of the university nursery. From there, Mark spring-boarded into the Florida horticultural community and began networking with plant enthusiasts throughout the state. In 1981, when a then-young FDS was looking to expand their operations to South Florida, Mark was the perfect candidate. By the end of that year, FDS Miami was officially incorporated into
Dade County. Even thirty years later, Mark continues to learn from the collaborations and connections he’s made with members of Florida’s vibrant horticultural community—regardless of whether they’re a PhD or a backyard grower.And now, Mark has gotten the opportunity to share his love for horticulture with the next generation; Mark’s nephew, David Roth, joined FDS after he received his bachelor’s degree in 2008 and was inspired to continue the family legacy and nurture his passion for South Florida foliage.
David has taken over as Head Sales and Design consultant, as well as New Customer Development. This has allowed Mark to step back into a consulting and oversight role while David brings a new wave of ideas and excellence to FDS Miami.Over the past 30 years, the business has grown from a humble start-up franchise into a successful operation with private offices, nurseries and a fleet of trucks. FDS Miami’s amenities now boast a 10,000 sq. foot shade house, a 5,000 sq. ft palm house, and a 2500 sq. foot packing house.