JOHN M. HALL III
Botanical Horticulturist – Illustrator – Environmental & Landscape Designer Explorer - Experimental Botanical Genetic Engineer – Naturalist
With more then fifty years of exploring the marine and botanical wonders of the earth from Florida through the Caribbean to South America, down in the Amazon Basin and up to the mountain of the Andes, John M. Hall III has left his foot prints and gained the knowledge and wisdom that very few people have the privilege to experience in today’s modern world.
Born in Palm Beach, Florida, raised in the Bahamas, John went to Sea at the early age of 14. During these sea voyages, John found his first interest of describing and illustrating marine life. After those yearly years of adventure, John took formal art training at the right hand of H. Bernard Robinson; headed the operation of the Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Greenhouse (the largest collection of bromeliads in the world); became the Director of the Mead Botanical Gardens in Winter Park, Florida; landscaped the gardens and roads of the Bahamas; associated with the architect Neil Sweitzer on the Polynesian Hotel at Disneyworld; headed a Environmental Design Group that received awards of conservation designs and his models for prevention of sand dune erosion became the substance of Florida law on the subject; operated a large experimental botanical farm; lead several expedition throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America; exhibited orchid drawings at the Ormand War Memorial Gallery in Ormand Beach, Florida; illustrated part of John Stone’s book, “WEB OF LIFE”; became technical advisor on the Orlidge Bench book of Bromelliads’ associate with Fred Berry on his book “HALCONIAS”; produced booklets on the sea turtles and their nests on the beaches of Costa Rica; illustrated Suzanne Pierot’s book “Easy Guide to Tropical Plants”.
With an intimate knowledge of Central American’s rain forests and his extraordinary ability to identify plants in the field, John participated in the building of Wilson Botanical Gardens in Costa Rica, where he personally placed 1,000 of the total species. John Hall’s understanding and knowledge of the natural history and biological processes of the rain forest and marine and animal life of Central America (especially of Costa Rica and Nicaragua) has made him the leading naturalist of the area and he lead numerous expeditions into those areas that are seldom exposed to human life other than the local natives.
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions has retained John several times and has commented on his remarkable knowledge and profound ability to recall scientific names of the enormous variety of animal, marine and botanical species that are encountered in the many different conservation projects of NOAA and IOCARIBE UNESCO. The background for this extraordinary ability began while John lived in the Bahamans where he first collected and described numerous marine specimens.
One outstanding aspect of John’s abilities is found in his drawings and illustrations of the animals, marine life and plants. His originals bring a high premium in the market place in the art world of nature and are especially prized as gifts to those interested in nature.
John M. Hall III had the reputation as the man who possesses more practical experience, knowledge and wisdom in the field than any known person today with the ability to express such in a delightful, educational and entertaining manner to the average person.
John’s ability to bring his world of nature in an understanding and illustrated manner to the common man made him a priceless contributor to the expansion of human consciousness.
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