Madison Turnblad joined the MFBG staff as Production Manager in October of 2008. Madison has over ten years of experience in the industry in greenhouse and nursery management, landscaping, design, retail production and agriculture. Madison holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Clemson University and is a SCNLA Certified Nursery Professional. He shares his passion for the natural world with his wife, Ansley, and spends his free time with their dogs.
Tamra has been with Moore Farms Botanical Garden since 2003. As Office Manager, she is responsible for all payables, and assists in events. Tamra is happy to work in a beautiful environment and enjoys interacting with garden guests. She makes her home in Lake City, SC with her husband and two children, Ansley and Aaron.
A 2009 Graduate of the University of Delaware, Brendan has interned at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, Longwood Gardens and the National Tropical Botanic Gardens. After his internships completed, he began working at Greenwood Gardens, in Short Hills, NJ, serving in various horticultural department positions. Brendan joined Moore Farms Botanical Garden in December of 2015.
Originally from Williamsburg County, Coker Plowden graduated from Clemson University in 2015 with a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture. While working during school, his notable projects with John Tarkany Associates, Inc. included the Cassique Village, Freshfields, Flyway Drive on Kiawah Island and the Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding on Johns Island. A summer internship with Grimball and Cotterill Landscape Architect included projects at the University of South Carolina and Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Coker joined the Moore Farms Botanical Garden team in February 2016 as the Ground Technician.
David graduated from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC with an A.A.S in Landscape Gardening. After internships at Longwood Gardens and Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG), he was hired full time as the Greenhouse & Conservation Nursery Assistant Horticulturist at ABG. He joined the Moore Farms Botanical Garden team in 2012.
Katie graduated from Clemson in 2011 with an Environmental Horticulture degree. Favorite courses included arboriculture, turf science, propagation, entomology and landscape design. She is particularly fascinated by xeric plants and ephiphytes – the more bizarre, the better! Passions include traveling, beekeeping and floral design. A Charleston native, she uses any excuse she can to visit the Lowcountry to fish and be on the water.
Originally from Pinehurst, NC, Robert grew up exploring the woods under the longleaf pines. After graduating from Clemson University with a Business Management Degree, Robert began working at South Carolina Botanic Garden under Dr. Patrick McMillan. There he expanded his knowledge of native plants, carnivorous species in particular. Robert began working at MFBG in May 2016. Here he manages the carnivorous plant bog along with the native areas. Robert spends his free time paddling rivers throughout the Carolinas and Georgia and jumps at any opportunity to get on a golf course.
Amanda grew up in the gardens of her family’s rural home in Camden, NY. She graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College with an A.A.S in Science and Math and continued her education in environmental biology at Utica College (UC) and SUNY ESF. During her time at UC she worked in the green house and assisted with research under supervision from Sara Scanga Ph.D. Amanda shares a loving home in Galivants Ferry, SC with her husband Mike, son Deacon, and 2 dogs.
Land Management Coordinator
Calvin has been a member of the MFBG team since 2012. He is a certified master service technician with over 5 years of experience as a mechanic and equipment operator. He is a lifelong resident of Lake City and enjoys doing anything outdoors in his free time.
Education and Events Manager
Rebecca graduated with her Master of Science degree in Horticulture from North Carolina State University in 2012 and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, focusing in horticulture, from Stephen F, Austin State University in 2010. She discovered her passion for public horticulture and teaching through her mom and her various employments at the SFA Mast Arboretum, “Nacogdoches Naturally” Education Program, Missouri Botanical Garden and the JC Raulston Arboretum. She has a strong passion for educating the community and sharing her love for the outdoors. She and her husband Christopher love their shared interest of horticulture and enjoy every moment outside with their dogs Gaia and Hazel.
Kirk grew up in the Ft. Worth, Texas area before attending Texas A&M University. He earned his M.S. in Horticulture where he studied green roofs and quickly became intrigued by living architecture. He was hired on at Moore Farms Botanical Garden in 2014 to maintain and conduct research on the green roof and living wall. Kirk is interested in improving green roof design, function and performance in Southern climates.
Events and Marketing Coordinator
Originally from Riverside, California, Xzaviar has moved across the country settling down in Florence, South Carolina. With a Bachelors in Business Management from Francis Marion University and a Graphic Design and Interactive Marketing degree from the Art Institute of Pennsylvania, he launched his career in interactive media and event design bringing his talent to organizations such as Charleston Fashion Week, Harvest Hope Food Bank, and the City of Florence’s Pecan Festival. Xzaviar believes in refreshing design, inspiring events, irresistible marketing and flawless production. He has always shown that events are essential in getting people to connect and have fun. In his spare time, Xzaviar enjoys traveling with his partner Clay, designing light fixtures, building computers, volunteering and watching his puppies Kaz and Korra romp and play through his garden at home.
Youth & Outreach Coordinator
Kelli grew up in southern California and received her B.A. in International Studies from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After graduating, she accepted a position with the Montezuma School to Farm Project as an AmeriCorps service member in Mancos, Colorado. As a School Garden Coordinator she grew to love edible education and how it helped create curious and empowered students. Kelli joined the Moore Farms Botanical Garden team in 2016 to help enrich and expand the youth and family programs. She is passionate about building community through outdoor education and land stewardship, and is proud to call South Carolina her new home. In her spare time, Kelli loves to explore new places, practice yoga, and play with her giant dog Bodhi.
Senior Maintenance Technician
Tim McElveen joined the staff in October 2012. He has worked as a carpenter for over 25 years and is a certified welder and Art Handler. Tim enjoys the serene surroundings of the garden and feels privileged to be able to showcase his love of creating custom wood work and furniture in his job. He resides in his hometown of Turbeville, South Carolina with his wife and three children.
Jeremy, a Lake City native, joined the Moore Farms Botanical Garden staff in 2012. He holds a B.S. from South Carolina State University and an A.A.S. from Florence Darlington Technology College. He is a certified Art Handler and a member of the Artfields installation team. When not working, he enjoys watching a good movie or just relaxing with his family and friends.
Capital Projects Coordinator
Lee, a native of the community, officially joined Moore Farms in 2007 after 9 years of service as a contractor. Before joining MFBG he operated his own construction company for over 10 years. Lee has multiple certifications in the construction field including his licenses in electrical, plumbing and as a general contractor. He feels right at home at MFBG with the rich agricultural history of the property and the rural country setting.