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Real Florida Landscapes™ Design Competition

ANNUAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTAL: Midnight Friday, March 16, 2018

Show off your creativity and help advance sustainable landscape solutions. Submit your innovative design for using all native plants in a 60 x 85 foot landscape area.

Open to professionals and students.


Winners and their designs are promoted:

  • on this and other websites and social media
  • in FANN’s Native Plant & Service Directory
  • at FANN’s annual Native Plant Show

Winners receive complimentary FANN membership and a handsome plaque recognizing their achievement.
Press releases sent to winners’ local media outlets.

One winning design selected in each of three geographic regions, defined for this competition as follows:

    Central Florida: Levy County across to Flagler County, south to Sarasota, DeSoto, Glades and Martin Counties.
    North Florida: West Florida Panhandle to Jacksonville, south to St. Johns, Putnam, Alachua, Gilchrist and Dixie Counties.
    South Florida: From Charlotte, Hendry and Palm Beach Counties south through the Keys.



    Use of regionally specific plants
    Plants selected and grouped for common growing needs (e.g., soil, water)
    Diversity of plant selection
    Creativity, aesthetics and use of design principles
    Support for wildlife
    Design reflects stated goals

Entries judged by the following committee of industry experts:


    Designs must consist of 100% Florida native plants.
    Designs must specify a landscape area approximately 60 x 85 feet in size.
    No turfgrass.
    Limit the use of mulch and hardscape.
    Plan for sustainability in all aspects – including maintenance.

Please consult this website as guide to available native species and appropriate sizes. Get helpful, accurate information on plant size and suitability from growers.

All submitted designs become the property of FANN for use in future educational activities. FANN will not sell or otherwise license the designs.


    $40 for professionals
    $15 for students

Fee is paid online with application form.

Apply online and make payment anytime. You will receive email with link to upload your design submittal. Submit by annual deadline.

Submit your design as one 24″ x 36″ high resolution PDF file and include all of the following elements:

  • Title and brief description of purpose (e.g., residential, development entry, roadside, rain garden etc.)
  • Geographic region (Central, North or South Florida)
  • Designer name and organization
  • Brief description of goals for landscape, including any assumptions about site conditions and ecology, as well as any other exceptional distinguishing features that judges should note.
  • Plan to scale
  • North arrow shown
  • Scale (graphic bar & numerical) shown
  • Plant list with plant abbreviation code for each plant.
  • Properly spelled botanical/common names.
  • Create the design based on the expected size of plants at maturity. However, specify plant sizes and spacing for installation.
  • Plants on plan labelled with plant abbrevation codes
  • Elevation view

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