Director of horticulture, Naples Botanical Garden

Part of what makes Southwest Florida special is its subtropical landscape, and Galligan is all about expanding and preserving it. He’s responsible for every plant that grows within Naples Botanical Garden, and helped developed it from a 170-acre wasteland of invasive plants to the nationally recognized botanical garden it is today. The certified arborist is especially skilled with ornamental plants and tropical fruits and offers his expertise to many community organizations, guiding their efforts in sustainable landscaping. In addition, he’s volunteered with the National Park Service to eradicate invasive exotic species and preserve natural ecosystems.

Galligan loves all things outdoors, including mountain biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking and camping. He has two children with his wife, Rebecca.