Steve Stroupe has been actively involved in the US water garden
industry since 1987. His interest in all plants aquatic germinated
at some point during a lengthy, but ill-fated tenure as a commercial
turtle collector specializing in the genus Graptemys. His partner
at the time had a penchant for collecting aquatic plants along
the way to decorate his turtle ponds, so Steve eventually started
"seeing" aquatic plants for the first time ever. This
budding interest ultimately resulted in the start-up of Davis
Creek Nursery, a wholesale aquatic plant nursery and distribution
company...which managed to endure for an amazing 12 year run.
Additionally, Steve designed and/or co-designed several aquatic
plant containers shortly after successfully transitioning the
industry from "Tucker Tubs" to professional, no-hole
nursery containers, [Lerio Corporation] and subsequently developed
new growing protocols around them for commercial aquatic plant
He's written extensively for various periodicals in the past,
and has co-authored three books on the care and cultivation of
aquatic plants. His career as an independent sales representative
began in 1992, when, concurrent with his aquatic nursery operation,
he accepted a position with Americo Manufacturing [Poly Flo]
as a national sales representative in order to assist the company
in developing and marketing their filtration media ... a position
he still holds today along with a similar position for Loki Nets.
He also consults for various corporations within the industry
and occasionally teaches aquatic plant classes at industry events.
He is an infrequent contributor to industry trade publications,
but often functions as a de facto industry humorist, iconoclast,
satirist, and critic.
Daughter Natalie with
Steve enjoys rural living, vegetable gardening, cheap wine, vintage
military firearms, growing kick-ass waterlilies, canoeing, fossil
collecting, housewifery, and alligator wrestling. He resides
on 15 wooded acres in Alabama with his indulgent and forgiving
wife, four cats, indeterminate number of western cottonmouths,
and hundreds of aquatic plants.