Coconut Grove

"Tree Guru" helps protect Grove canopy

Colorful butterflies flutter while lizards dart amid the tropical blooms and vines. Coastal breezes rustle palm fronds, providing the natural music amid the lush 83 acres known as Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

This tranquil oasis exists in the middle of Florida’s most populous county, where Bob Brennan, Fairchild’s chief arborist, is happy to hang his hat.

Dubbed the “Tree Guru” for both his knowledge and passion, Brennan loves teaching about and working with trees. His journey to guru status began at the age of 16; Brennan would charge $10 to trim his neighbors’ coconut palms in the Grove. Brennan attended Silver Bluff Elementary School, Coral Gables High School and graduated with an associate’s degree from Miami Dade College. Read more about it in the Grand Avenue News.