Export / Caribbean Customers

Our Business

The Company

Island Tropical Foliage is a 25 acre nursery located in Homestead, Florida. We specialize in exporting plants, trees and landscaping supplies to the Caribbean, servicing a broad variety of customers. We carry a full selection of nursery supplies, and consolidate each shipment in an efficient fashion, so that freight costs are minimized, and your order is delivered in a smooth, timely manner. We will communicate with you throughout the order processing process, so that there are no surprises!

Export Services

  • Our customers count on us to not only supply high quality plants and trees which we grow, but to locate and source any additional plants or supplies that are needed to complete your project.
  • We consolidate all grown and brokered plants, trees, and supplies into one shipment. This simplifies the process for you, with only one phyto and one invoice per project.
  • Onsite analysis and recommendations with regard to irrigation, water quality, soil quality, and other critical issues is available.
  • We ship every island in the Caribbean, including Grand Cayman. When it comes to exporting, pre shipping preparation of each plant or tree, and the required paperwork, is essential. Our vast expertise in the region allows us to prepare your shipment meeting the required guidelines and restrictions. 

Customer Service

We pride ourselves on our customer service! Please feel free to call Madaline in our Export Department; who will answer your questions and provide you a quote on your order within 24 hours. Madaline may be reach at 305-245-0010. You may also call Larry Barr, the owner of Island Tropical. Larry’s cell is 305-479-8436. Although we are always professional in our business dealings, we enjoy the very personal nature of our business…and that is thanks to you, our customers.

Our Customers

  • Retailers
  • Garden Centers
  • Plant Wholesalers
  • Landscapers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Commercial Builders
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Developers
  • Home Builders

Our Products

Landscape Plants 

Interior and exterior plants, including:

  • Salt tolerant plants
  • Palms
  • Native plants
  • Clusia
  • Agave
  • Aloe
  • Kalanchoe
  • Bougainvillea
  • Crotons

Current photo availability may be accessed at any time by viewing our Current Availability.

Spring Flowering Selection

Our seasonal selection includes:

  • Ferns
  • Mandevillea
  • Hibiscus
  • Duranta
  • Jasmine
  • Oleander
  • Gardenia
  • Fruit trees
  • Braids and Bushes

Please access our Projected Spring Flowering Availability.

Nursery Supplies

We carry a full selection of hard line products to help complete your orders, including:

  • Mulch
  • Decorative bagged rock
  • Fertilizer
  • Chemicals
  • Soils
  • Ground cover
  • Stakes
  • Conditioners

Please access our dry goods selection by viewing our Nursery Supplies page.

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Larry Barr, Owner

My introduction to agriculture came at about age 5 when our Dad made us trim the annuals and spray the roses. I hated doing those chores. After high school, I went to work for a music distributor and when that business closed a few years later, the owner purchased a nursery in Homestead, Florida. My first day was picking up rocks from a field so a new shade house could be constructed. The nursery, Margo Farms, grew into one of the most progressive nurseries of its time and the owner had ties to Europe, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. I managed shipping for a few years, and then sales and sales management. I owe Mike Spector much gratitude for trusting me to grow with his company. Margo Farms was known for introducing new varieties, and we traveled around the world, establishing some of the relationships I still value today.

From there I joined Foremostco, which opened a finished plants division called Ready Plants. It was a fantastic experience, working with some of the best people in the industry and learning some very valuable business skills. The owner, Joe Roberts, taught me more in those 5 years than I could have learned in a lifetime. From there, I was finally able to open my own business with a partner, starting with a modest 1 acre nursery. Working weekends after our regular jobs, we bought 5 acres and then 10 more. The business grew and we enjoyed every year. When that partnership ended about 10 years ago, I opened Island Tropical Foliage.

With the help of valued employees, we focused on exporting to the Caribbean, Spring Flowering and Ferns. We are at a comfortable 25 acres and because of our employee’s hard work and dedication, and the best customers in the world; we enjoy steady business and growth. Our philosophy is to help the customer in any way we can. We figure if we do that, the rest will come. We hire people with that same philosophy and the relationships we have are strong and we are grateful for that.

My father passed away years ago and though I hated spraying those roses, I found myself spraying 20,000 of them. I had to smile.

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Madaline Duke, Export Specialist

I have been with Island Tropical Foliage since early 2012; bringing my 8 years of nursery experience. I am a California transplant, moving to South Dade County as a youngster; when it was difficult to find a paved road in Homestead! I spent many years in property management honing my customer service skills, and I enjoy the fact that even after all these years, I am still learning more about the nursery business every day!  I am enthusiastic and energetic, and a lover of the outdoors. When I started at Island Tropical Foliage I was working with our stateside customers and Canada, and now I head our export division with a great team of people shipping containers all over the Caribbean. I will work with you by phone, email, WhatsApp, text or fax to ensure your orders are perfect from start to finish. I am proud to represent Island Tropical Foliage and I look forward to shipping to your Paradise. If you visit us, look for me cruising around the farm in a Gator or Kabota tagging and taking pictures of plants for our Caribbean customers.

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Marion Atencio, Export Assistant

I was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. I graduated from  UNICA as a Graphic Designer and was a freelancer while I attending College. After college in 2010 I decided to start my own baking company and that was my passion until August 2017 when I made a decision to relocate with my two children to the USA for a better life for my family. We made our new start in Homestead, Florida. Shortly after arriving, I began working at  Island Tropical Foliage in the  Production department without any knowledge of plants where I stayed for a year and a half  doing payroll, inventory and had many other responsibilities. In 2018, I was promoted to the Export department, my dream come true. I love getting to know our Caribbean customers and their special needs. I am behind all of the orders; I translate English/Spanish to our costumers, respond to emails, maintain contact with them every step of the way. It is great experience and also a great opportunity to grow professionally in the plant industry. I consider myself a creative person, I like to learn every day and I take everything positive from my skills and I feel grateful to be a part of the Island Tropical Foliage team.

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Claudia Ordonez, Office Assistant

Claudia Ordonez came from Venezuela; there she studied Industrial Relations in the University Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin for 5 years. She developed her career in the Human Resources and business organization area,   gaining 10 years of experience. In the year 2017 she joined the team at Island Tropical Foliage, having no experience in the nursery business. Shortly she proved her organization skills and joined the export department as an Export Assistant. Today she plays another role in the company; she is part of both teams now: "Export" and "Domestic" and she assists Ali Barr in our sister company "Tropical Trading". She loves her job and everyday she comes with the willingness to learn more and give her best to our company.  

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Marivi Ponce, Office Manager - Purchasing

My name is Marivi Ponce. My first job was in a daycare as a part time, after I graduated from high school I had 2 part time jobs then I started a family which pushed me to find a full time job which I found in a nursery in the year 2000 that’s how my journey started in the nursery industry. I have been working in the nursery industry for about 18 yrs. I came in to the nursery industry not knowing anything about plants, but along the way I pushed myself to learn as much as I could I believe I have accomplice what I wanted.   Island Tropical Foliage gave me the opportunity to join them again since I worked with them in past doing sales, now I am in the purchasing department been here for almost 2 years. I believe with the experience that I have has helped me in the position I have now in purchasing even though you never stop learning something new every day about plants. Our duties here are to locate plants, visit other nurseries to make sure we are getting the quality our customers expect since I see it as we are our customer’s eyes. We also provide our sales people with pictures, specifications and any other information they might need. We locate anything from palms, trees, shrubs, native plants these are just some of the varieties we look for, also anything else the customer might request. I have now taken on another duty in managing the office for Island Tropical Foliage.  I really believe we have a great team here and really enjoy being part of it. 

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Tracy Smith, Purchasing

My name is Tracy Smith.  I started working in the nursery industry when I was in High School.  My parents had a Ficus nursery and I worked for them part time after school.  I went on to do other things for a few years and then in 2000 I went to work for Green Leaf Nursery and worked for them for 18 years as a plant buyer.  Green Leaf sold to Costa Farms in early 2018.  I started working for Island Tropical in August, 2018 in the purchasing department along with Marivi Ponce.  Marivi and I locate plants over the phone and by visiting the nurseries to make sure we are getting the quality our customers expect.  We provide our sales people with pictures, specifications and any other information they may request so that they may forward the information to their customers.  We locate everything from annuals, big trees, palms, shrubs, flowering, and natives and anything else the customer might request.  We also oversee quality control.   In the short time I have worked for Island Tropical Foliage I have really enjoyed it and am blessed to be able to say I enjoy my job.

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Karen Hill, Accounting

Karen is all things money here at Island Tropical Foliage. Born and raised in the Redland on a dirt road, on the edge of the Everglades, she is a South Dade native. She’s happily married with one son, and loves going fishing on the weekends and riding her Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. She started working in the accounting business in 2006 at Redland Nursery, and worked for them for over 5 years. She’s been with Island Tropical Foliage for over a year now, starting in the fall of 2017. While at work, you’ll find her in her office keeping our money in check, from paying the bills, receiving customer payments to making sure our awesome employees get paid every week.