Books to Flip For!

Flip My Florida Yard is a reality TV series streaming on the Discover Florida Channel. Now in its second season, the show visits homeowners around the state, giving them makeovers featuring the principles of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM.  Each transformation is led by a UF/IFAS Extension agent, and the goal of the series is to show viewers how to create landscapes that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Want to flip your own yard? The IFAS Extension Bookstore has some Florida-friendly resources to get you started:


Florida-Friendly Landscaping Pattern Book

Gail Hansen, Kelly Perez, and Esen Momol

The #1 principle of Florida-Friendly Landscaping is “The Right Plant for the Right Place.” This book is a guide to finding the right plants for your part of Florida and the right place in your yard for planting them. Written by UF/IFAS horticulturists and professional landscape designers, it offers landscape plans and comprehensive lists of native and Florida-friendly plants suitable for each of Florida’s USDA hardiness zones, as well as sections on plant groups, irrigation, and helpful landscape design tips. Whether you live in the Panhandle or the Gold Coast, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Pattern Book will help you find just the right plants to make your landscape look beautiful with a minimum of water, fertilizer, and maintenance.

71 pp.


Growing Up Florida-Friendly

Kim Pepitone Cottrell, Illustrated by Evelyn Lavaughn Davis

This colorful, easy-to-read book is the perfect way to introduce youth to Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Follow the travels of “Miss Flory” and FFL Kids Harriet and Russell as they learn to create vibrant home landscapes through efficient water use, mulching, distinguishing good bugs from bad bugs, recycling waste and other important FFL practices. Written and illustrated by Florida Master Gardener Volunteers, this delightful book can be shared by children and adults, in the classroom and at home.

58 pp.


A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard

Ginny Stibolt and Marjorie Shropshire

University Press of Florida

More and more Florida residents are deciding to replace highly fertilized, over-watered, pesticide-dependent lawns with native plants. They want to reduce their carbon footprints; save time, water, and money; and attract birds and butterflies. But where to begin? This illustrated guide will help you create new outdoor spaces that are both sustainable and beautiful.

136 pp.



Your Backyard Woods and Wildlife

UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation*

Whether you’re a new Florida resident or your family’s been here for generations, you can benefit from this handy guidebook to managing your land. This is the only book designed for landowners of small properties of 20 acres or less. Your Backyard Woods and Wildlife begins by identifying Florida’s ecosystems, plants, and wildlife, showing how to assess the health of your land. The second section details what you can do to manage your land to protect water quality, create habitat for wildlife, prevent wildfire damage, generate income, and other important topics. If you’re interested in maintaining your land, making back a little money, or preserving Florida’s natural resources for future generations, Your Backyard Woods and Wildlife is a great place to start.

164 pp.


*Now known as the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

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Posted: July 11, 2022

Tags: Flip My Florida Yard, UF IFAS Bookstore

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