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Tampa Title 1 high school needs plants & gardening tools

March 13, 2017

Hillsborough County Leto High School Science Teacher Sean Murray is seeking to inspire Florida-friendly landscaping on the school campus and seeks donations of native plants including cuttings or seeds if appropriate as well as mulch, sea shell gravels, usable old […]

Consumer trust in science, PIE Center survey

March 13, 2017

Because scientists speak in numbers, graphs and jargon, they can have trouble communicating scientific findings to a lay audience. University of Florida researchers Drs. Alexa Lamm and Joy Rumble questioned a representative sample of Florida residents to determine level of […]

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Sustainable Landscape Maintenance

March 13, 2017

Past FANN President Terry Godts sat in on a webinar presenting the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Program and is excited for the potential for Florida and FANN. The CBLP certification program was created to reduce nutrient flows into the […]

Native Plant Horticulture Foundation funds TV show

March 13, 2017

The Native Plant Horticulture Foundation, a new nonprofit dedicated to making communities sustainable by expanding the availability of native plants and native plant professionals, has sponsored an all native episode for the new reality TV series, Flip My Florida Yard, […]

Ashe Magnolia a winner thanks to Leslie Pierpont

March 9, 2017

Leslie Pierpont, former owner of Native & Uncommon Plants and a former FANN member who successfully transitioned her business to the next generation, Alfred and Leslie Romeu, has successfully lobbied to have our beautiful native Ashe Magnolia named 2017 Plant […]

Straight species vs. native cultivar, the questions continue

March 9, 2017

Great to see Big Hort media like Ball Publishing drawing attention to this topic that we’d love to get loads more info on– whether cultivars reduce the ecological and wildlife function of native plants, or not. This article highlights research […]

Do you grow garden-center “fat plants” ?

March 9, 2017

Debbie Hamrick, editor of the NewTerrain newsletter (functional plants, functional landscapes), wrote an interesting article focused on a favorite mostly wholesale native nursery in her backyard, Carolina Native Nursery. The nursery seems very similar to many of ours, perhaps with […]

Big Hort pundit calls for more useful plants (like ours!)

March 9, 2017

Horticulture trade press pundit Allan Armitage says “the thrill of new plants is fading” (thank heavens) and that we need to start focusing on more plants with purpose. He calls for “better” pollinator plants. Well we have the best pollinator […]

Florida law proposed to do away with municipal regulation

March 9, 2017

Legislators are contemplating passage of a bill that would prohibit local governments from regulating businesses unless specifically granted the right to do so. Existing regulations would expire in 2020. This would impact all local (city/county) regulations governing businesses, including local […]

Pollinator Survey for Retail Horticulture Professionals

March 6, 2017

Respond before the end of March 2017 and be entered into chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Carter Westerhold, a Master’s student of Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is conducting a survey to gauge the knowledge horticulture […]