Glenn Franklin

Glenn Franklin was born in Athens, GA. She has degrees in horticulture and landscape design from Clemson University and Texas A & M. In 1984, an adventure of a lifetime presented itself and allowed her to work for over 20 years in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Landscape architecture was her profession but horticulture was her passion. In the Bahamas, she founded a design firm, working with clients and architects on high-end projects. Her firm was also on retainer by the Bahamas Government, working closely with them on new projects such as airport construction and master planning of the Bahamas National Botanical Garden. The Bahamas National Trust aroused her interest in special palms. Their palm collection had been started by friends of David Fairchild who lived in the Bahamas. Many of the palms were sick from neglect and others were unhappy living in limestone soil. Paul Craft was her palm source in Florida and introduced her to the International Palm Society. She has been a member for over 20 years and has attended most of the biennials since Thailand in 1998. In retirement, she moved to Saluda, N.C. as all her children and grandchildren were in the Charlotte area. Instead of tropical palms, she is now growing cold hardy palms. She has narrowed her other tropical interest to bromeliads but will try to grow most anything to see if it will survive. She now volunteers her professional skills by working with the Saluda Planning Board, updating ordinances and zoning. Saluda has been discovered by retirees as well as outdoor enthusiasts and change is happening fast. She also gives time to the Saluda Downtown Foundation, and several other non-profits. If there is time left over, she is into painting memories of her island life.

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