About Us

Our Story

In 2013, Ryan Georgia spent 2 months backpacking and hiking around Southeast Asia. While visiting Asia’s largest island Borneo, Ryan was fully immersed in the delicate habitat of Nepenthes, an ornate Carnivorous Plant genus commonly referred to as tropical pitcher plants.

During his time spent in Borneo, Ryan visited many locations for these rare carnivorous pitcher plants including Malaysia’s tallest peak Gunung Kinabalu where he saw Nepenthes lowii, Nepenthes rajah, Nepenthes villosa, Nepenthes edwardsiana, and Nepenthes burbidgeae in their natural habitats.


Nepenthes rajah in Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Nepenthes rajah – Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia


Nepenthes villosa in Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Nepenthes villosa – Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia


Nepenthes edwardsiana in Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Nepenthes edwardsiana – Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

After returning to his home in New York, Ryan deliberately began building the beginnings of a carnivorous plant nursery. He first constructed a fully functional lab in a spare room to begin conducting tissue culture of Nepenthes, Drosera, Utricularia, and Venus Flytraps. Ryan purchased a parcel of land across the street and erected an industrial greenhouse for his growing collection of rare plants and house large imports from overseas carnivorous plant vendors like Borneo Exotics, Malesiana Tropicals, and Exotica Plants.


Native Exotics Greenhouse in Snow

The Native Exotics Greenhouse after Snow Fall


Drosera Propogation in the Native Exotics Lab

Drosera Propogation in the Native Exotics Lab

In the summer of 2013 Native Exotics Nursery was born in Trumansburg, New York, USA. Trumansburg is a small town close to Ithaca in upstate New York about an hour and a half south of Rochester and two and a half hours west of Buffalo.

A year later in 2014, Mike Smith came aboard to assist Native Exotics with building out their Ecommerce platform and helping define the Native Exotics brand.


Owner Ryan Georgia posing with N. x kinabluensis on Mt. Kinabalu

Owner Ryan Georgia posing with N. x kinabluensis on Mt. Kinabalu


Mike Smith posing with something a weird-looking Nepenthes rajah on Mt. Tambuyukon

Michael Kevin Smith posing with a weird-looking Nepenthes rajah on Mt. Tambuyukon

Over the next years Ryan began forging relationship with Carnivorous Plant vendors around the world, as well as focusing on propagation of rare Nepenthes and Utricularia in his laboratory.

To learn more about the Nursery, checkout this featured article in the UK Carnivorous Plant blog Tom’s Carnivores.

The Native Exotics Team

The Native Exotics core-team is small but growing


Ryan Georgia - Founder and CEO

Ryan Georgia
Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Travis Fredericks - CTO

Travis Fredericks
Chief Technology Officer


Michael Kevin Smith - CIO

Michael Kevin Smith
Chief Information Officer