U.S. Customers

Our Business

Island Tropical Foliage is a 25 acre nursery located in Homestead, Florida. We provide plants, trees, and other landscaping supplies, including dry goods, to broad base of customers across the U.S. Our goal is to provide your company with high quality plants at a competitive price, shipped in an efficient and timely manner. Our customers expect high quality product, and to receive everything they need, even if it means that we assist by to locating hard to find items. Our years of expertise and our experienced staff insure customer satisfaction. Madaline will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, or to quote your order within 24 hours. Please feel free to call her at the office, 305-245-0010.

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Our Customers

  • Retailers
  • Brokers 
  • 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, Sales

Madaline has been with Island Tropical Foliage since early 2012; bringing with her 7 years of nursery experience. Madaline is a California transplant, moving to South Dade County as a youngster; when it was difficult to find a paved road in Homestead! Madaline spent many years in property management honing her customer service skills, and enjoys the fact that even after 7 years, she learns more about the nursery business every day! Enthusiastic and energetic, and a lover of the outdoors, Madaline will be happy to host you on a personal tour of the farm, or work with you by phone, fax and email so that your orders are properly processed. Madaline handles our stateside customers and ensures our availability in Plant Ant and Plant Finder is up to date with fresh pictures. Look for her cruising the farm in a golf cart, tree stick and camera in hand!

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Iris Ruiz, Accounting

You can typically find Iris with her nose to the grindstone, making sure that Island Tropical is meeting its financial obligations. She's popular on Fridays with the staff, as she makes sure we all get paid! Iris joined our team with 20 years of "number crunching" experience under her belt. She told us shortly after she started with us, that she was happily surprised by the fact that she was able to work in an office surrounded by beautiful foliage and exotic plants, and that she was also able to be surrounded by the helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable people in our offices. There isn't much about plants that we don't know, here at Island Tropical, and Iris feels proud to work for a company that doesn't just go the extra mile for its customers, but is willing to go the extra 100 miles! When you do come and visit us, we think you'll find us professional and knowledgeable, with a friendly smile. Don't forget when you are here to get to back to Iris's office and say hello; she needs a break from all of those numbers from time to time!

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