Don Byrne, 1936-2011

IWGS Hall of Fame recipient and Founding Member, Don Bryne founded Suwannee Laboratories in Lake City, Florida, USA, with wife, Shirley. Specializing in aquarium plants, the duo later expanded to aquatic plants for water gardening. For many years Don was President of the Florida and American Aquaculture Associations and led the opposition against the State of Florida regulatory agencies that wished to shut down the state’s aquatic plant industry.

In the mid 80s, Don and Shirley explored the Amazon and Rio Negro areas of Brazil for the Giant Victoria waterlily, Victoria amazonica. He enjoyed searching for new and unusual plant specimens, introducing several to the trade industry, including Luwigia sedioides, Phyllanthus fluitans, Nymphaea ‘Shirley Bryne,’ N. ‘Suwannee Mist,’ and others.