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Opposing views on Florida’s water policy: “comprehensive” does not equal “good”

January 26, 2016

Our colleagues in Big Ag are excited about the recent passage of “comprehensive” water policy but we’ve got our doubts. And we respect the voice of former Governor Bob Graham, not in political office and not confined by special interests. […]

30 FANN members turn out for inaugural GrowNative Workshop

January 26, 2016

FANN members, including some new members, came from as far as Tallahassee and Davie to hear the ornamental native gospel as spoken by Roger Triplett, Green Seasons Nursery, January 8, 2016 in Parrish. Roger spoke to the need to get […]

Welcome new 2016 FANN members

December 15, 2015

Please join us in welcoming new FANN members: Bay Mulch Organics Recycling Division based in Plant City, providing USDA-certified organic compost and custom-blended nutrient-rich soils. Company representative Eve Spengler is very pro native plant and eager to find ways to […]

2016 Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition now accepting submittals

December 13, 2015

Holiday break time might be a great time for you to start plotting to win the 2016 Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition. Deadline for submittals is February 20, 2016. Ask ace landscape architect Sabine Marcks of Landscape Design Associates about […]

Landscape Architects to get all types of CE classes at Native Plant Show

December 10, 2015

Finally! Laws and rules and advanced building codes classes will be on the agenda at the 4th Annual Native Plant Show this spring, thanks to a collaboration with DistanceLearnPro, a provider of both live and online education for industry professionals. […]

Sign up online now to exhibit at 4th Annual Native Plant Show

December 9, 2015

Sponsors and exhibitors can sign up online to be part of the show happening Thursday-Friday, March 31-April 1, 2016 at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kisssimmee.

Registration now open for Jan 8 GROW NATIVE Workshop

December 9, 2015

GROWING NATIVE PLANTS FOR RETAIL APPEAL Grower workshop 9am-Noon Friday, January 8, 2016 at Green Seasons Nursery in Parrish, Manatee County Sign up NOW! Grow retail-ready native plants and make money doing it. On-the-farm workshop for growers to learn and […]

Exciting new book promotes designed plant communities

December 4, 2015

Landscape architects Thomas Rainer and Claudia West have produced a beautiful new book promoting “designed” plant communities inspired by nature but which do not aspire to directly imitate native plant communities. In fact, their “plant communities” don’t really appear to […]

Proposed legislation could limit Saw Palmetto berry harvests on state lands

November 27, 2015

The not-for-profit conservation group Speak Up Wekiva is proposing the Florida Black Bear Habitat Restoration Act to be introduced to the Florida legislature in 2016. The legislation seeks a permanent ban on permits to harvest Saw Palmetto berries on all […]

Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection gets new chief & organization

November 20, 2015

Nov. 20, 2016 — The Florida Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee debated and passed two controversial bills and considered Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Jon Steverson for confirmation. Secretary Steverson received many questions from Senators and criticism from […]