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Learn more about native plants

These articles provide an introduction to Florida native plants and the benefits of using them. For suggestions of specific plants, cultivation and maintenance tips, please consult with your local professionals.

Real Florida Landscapes: a history of award winners

Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition 2015 winners Central Florida Design: Andrea Penuela, University of Florida North Florida Design: James Mahoney, University of Florida South Florida: Sabine Marcks, landscape architect and owner, Landscape Design Associates 2014 winners Central Florida Design: Ryan [...]

Wildflower area along Florida Turnpike in Broward County. Photo courtesy of Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, Florida Department of Transportation.

Economic Impact of using more native plants on our roadways

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released a study in March 2014 concluding that roadside vegetation in the state highway system should be viewed as an asset, the value of which can be greatly improved through the use of sustainable [...]

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CEU Course: Native Wildflowers and Grasses for Central and North Florida, Zones 8-9

Course Description and Objective This course serves as an introduction to the diversity of wildflowers and ornamental grasses suitable for use in developed landscapes in Central and North Florida. Florida has the third greatest diversity of native plants of any [...]

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CEU Course: Native Trees and Shrubs for Central and North Florida, Zones 8-9

Course Description and Objective This course serves as an introduction to the diversity of native woody plants suitable for use in developed landscapes in Central and North Florida. Florida has the third greatest diversity of native plants of any state [...]

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CEU Course: Right Plants, Right Place — All Native

Course Description and Objective This course serves as an introduction to selecting and using native plants in urban landscapes. Instructor provides a working definition and parameters of what is considered a “native landscape” in context of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ [...]

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CEU Course: Florida Native Palms

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVE This course serves as an introduction to Florida native palms. Florida has eleven native palm species but fewer than half of these are used with any regularity in urban and suburban landscapes. Florida native palms provide [...]

Retrofit landscape for upscale residence in Volusia County. Design by David Drylie, Green Images Native Landscape Plants.

Introduction to Florida Native Plant Selection

Correspondence Course for Professionals in the Real Florida Landscapes™ CEU Series For landscape architects, designers, installers and maintenance professionals. Learn and earn continuing education credits from the comfort of your home or office, at your own pace. Benefit from practical, [...]

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Xeric Landscaping with Florida Native Plants – back in print

In 1991, FANN (then AFNN) published the Xeric Guide to Landscaping with Florida Native Plants book that promotes the use of the Davis Vegetation Map of Florida’s native plant communities as a framework for plant selection. FANN modified the map’s [...]

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Tips on Selecting Florida Native Plants

When selecting native plants, there are a few important factors that can “make or break” a project’s success. Availability More native plants are available than ever before, but many are still limited in availability, and considerable time is often required [...]

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Even More About Native Plant Communities

Compared to other states, Florida has a rich variety of native plant communities, including beach dunes, maritime forests, pine flatwoods, sandhills and scrubs, hammocks, marshes and prairies. These communities occur as a function of soil type and fertility, drainage, exposure [...]