Bruce Nash

Bruce Nash, the longtime manager of Alexandria Floral Co., died Feb. 15 at the Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center in Arlington County. He was 62.

The cause was respiratory failure because of complications from Guillain-Barré Syndrome, said his wife, Mindy Nash.

Mr. Nash began working at 15 in the greenhouses at the shop that became Alexandria Floral Co. He later worked in floral design and retail and was promoted in 1974 to manager, a position he held until his retirement in 2003.

Since the mid-1970s, Mr. Nash had taught in the horticulture program at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus.

David Bruce Nash was born in Alexandria, Va., where he graduated from Edison High School in 1969. He received a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech in 1974.

Mr. Nash was a Springfield, Va., resident. He volunteered and taught classes and seminars at the Green Spring Gardens park in Alexandria, also serving on the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) board. He was a frequent speaker at local garden clubs and other venues.

His first marriage, to Lauranne Close, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Mindy Stephenson Nash of Springfield; his mother, Betty Nash of Lawrenceville, Ga.; and a sister.

— Emily Langer